ATAR Performance Day 2016
The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Western Australia held its annual ATAR Performance Afternoon for year 11 and 12 students on Sunday 28 August at The University of Western Australia’s Eileen Joyce Studio. Ten students from five government high schools each performed one repertoire item to a supportive audience of family and friends. CASSWA provided Irene Shaw as the accompanist and a range of pieces were performed. These included: Lutoslawski- Dance Preludes #5, Brahms- Sonata #1, Previn- Fancy Passing, Hindemith- Sonata, Mozart- Adagio, Gaubert- Fantaisie and Bergson- Scene and Air.
Ashley Smith, UWA School of Music’s Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance Programs, provided valuable feedback at the conclusion of each student’s performance. CASSWA Chair Person and Principal Clarinet of WASO, Allan Meyer, also gave written feedback for each student. All feedback was much appreciated and well received.
All students performed at a very high standard and two awards were presented at the conclusion of the event. Jane Pankhurst from Perth Modern School won the CASSWA Jack Harrison Award for Excellence for her performance of Weber’s Concertino and Sienna Karklin from John Curtin College of the Arts won the Adjudicator’s Encouragement Award for her performance of Poulenc’s Sonata- 1st Movement.
The CASSWA Performance Afternoon provided a wonderful performance opportunity and learning experience for students and excellent professional development for teachers.
CASSWA (Vice Chair Person)
CASSWA Year 11 and 12 Performance Afternoon 2015
The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Western Australia held its annual Performance Afternoon for Year 11 and 12 Students at Churchlands Senior High School on Sunday 30th August.
Ten students from Year 12 and two students from Year 11, representing five different high schools, each performed an item of repertoire to a captive audience of family and friends. CASSWA provided Irene Shaw as the accompanist on the day and the extensive range of repertoire performed by the students included:
Brahms – Sonatas 1 and 2; Weber – Concertino; Mozart – Concerto; Arnold – Sonatina; Finzi – Five Bagatelles; W.L. Webber – Frensham’s Pond; Saint-Saens – Sonata; Banks – Blues for Two and Hurlstone – Four Characteristic Pieces.
At the conclusion of each item, Allan Meyer – CASSWA’s Chair Person and highly respected Principal Clarinet of WASO, shared his musical advice with each student and they all received a comprehensive written adjudication. With school and external performance examinations looming, everyone was most appreciative of Allan Meyer’s professional expertise, musical generosity and insightful feedback.
All the students performed at a very high standard at the Performance Afternoon and at the conclusion of the recital Jessica Knight from Perth Modern High School was awarded the Jack Harrison Award for Excellence for her performance of the 2nd and 3rd Movements of Weber’s ‘Concertino’ and Adrian Biemmi from Churchlands Senior High School was awarded the CASSWA Adjudicator’s Encouragement Award for his performance of the 1st Movement of the Malcolm Arnold ‘Sonatina’.
The CASSWA Performance Afternoon continues to provide an ideal learning experience for clarinet and saxophone students and an invaluable professional development opportunity for teachers.
Come along to hear ATAR level repertoire performed by outstanding students with expert comments from our panel … a great opportunity for teachers and students alike!
2015 event details here