In the first week of October the Flinders String Quartet will be in residence at ACU's Melbourne Campus.
The quartet – one of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles – will be working with students majoring in music to develop skills around:
Contemporary composition and arrangement
Recording techniques and examining ways technology interacts with live performance
Arts management and the ways creative artists generate professional outcomes
In addition to workshopping student compositions, the quartet will also record material for an innovative 'app' designed to familiarise students with industry-standard music and audio recording technology currently being developed by ACU music staff.
Dr Timothy McKenry, a senior lecturer in ACU’s music program, said the residence represents a major opportunity for students at ACU. "It is one thing to notate a score on paper, but quite another to hear what you have written interpreted by first-rank professional musicians. In working with the quartet, our students will not only learn an extraordinary amount, they will take away with them invaluable insight into the music profession."
While the program is primarily directed at music majors, other ACU students with an interest in composition are welcome to submit scores for consideration for inclusion in the various workshops that will take place during the residency. Interested students should contact Dr Timothy McKenry for more information.