2012 Award for Excellence in Music Education

Gondwana Choirs - 2011 Program

Gondwana’s 2011 program was another fine example of their innovative music education program that is inclusive of large numbers of students and is fully comprehensive with commissions for new work, outreach programs and Indigenous programs. The new works are woven through the educational activities at every level and are not tokenistic. The company has sustained and built on its commitment to music education at an excellent level for many years continually finding innovative avenues to reach young people from all walks of life both in metropolitan and regional centres. Their work with music teachers and local choirs not only builds a sense of pride and ownership in the communities but leaves a lasting legacy through ongoing relationships with those communities. Gondwana Choirs are truly a standard setter in music education.

Graeme Morton – Contribution to music education through St Peters Chorale

In his year of retirement from St Peters, it seems fitting to recognise the enormous contribution made by Graeme Morton through his own music education program, sustained and undertaken with such integrity. Over the years, Graeme has produced so many students who have gone on to achieve and work successfully in the industry. He has developed a curriculum model that is strikingly effective and has a strong methodology and aesthetic. His work incorporates many voluntary hours and has a strong regional focus. Through his programs he has been responsible for creating a voluminous body of new choral works and countless of his commissions have gone on to have a life of their own and become part of the choral repertoire in schools. He is to be commended for sustained excellence in music education.

Kirsty Beilharz – Diffuse series of educational concerts in 2011

Kirsty Beilharz established and organised the ‘diffuse’ series of 6 concert/installation events at Bon Marche Studio UTS in 2011. This series took a practical approach to enlivening music education and developing community engagement by linking industry and the public with a tertiary institution. This series showcased music performance enabled by emerging technologies and new musics, while generating a vibrant atmosphere for enquiry, critical discourse, and discussion around new Australian music in a public forum. Kirsty has given music education a fresh face and extended the opportunities for public engagement in the field.

Moorambilla Voices – Education strategy in North Western NSW

Organically grown out of the community and the region, this program has grown strategically into an excellent model for music education in an incredibly difficult field in remote regional areas. The consultation with schools and professional development of the teachers has resulted in the program being deeply embedded in the schools’ cultural programs. 78 schools across the sectors are now involved and a distance education facility is being developed. This educational strategy provides an excellent exemplar of how music education might break through the barriers for schools with few resources accessing an excellent level of music education.  Moorambilla Voices also reflect the huge amount of work and drive undertaken by a small team, headed by Michelle Leonard, to bring music education to an area where it would otherwise not be available.