Music masterclasses hit the right note




Abbotsleigh's Elective Music students gained valuable insights in two very special masterclasses for our singing and composition students.

Singing masterclass with Mr George Torbay
On Friday 23 March, Year 12 Elective Music singers were lucky enough to participate in a masterclass with distinguished conductor, music educator, singing teacher, adjudicator, performer and director, George Torbay. Hailed by The Sydney Morning Herald as 'one of Australia's leading musical lights,' he is currently a Chief Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and Lecturer in Musical Theatre at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. Ten years ago, he was a household name, featuring on the judging panel for Seven Network's show, Battle of the Choirs

During the workshop, taking turns we each performed our song and then workshopped vocal technique and performance style. Personally, Mr Torbay helped with the transition between my upper and lower register, working on strengthening my mixed voice. In the short time that I spent with Mr Torbay, I heard and felt a major improvement in the quality of my voice and it was such a valuable experience. For the whole group, who have a strong background and interest in Musical Theatre, his experience in the field was immensely helpful in our preparation for HSC. We also found his insight into the audition process for various tertiary Music Theatre courses interesting.  

It was a highly valuable experience for all seven HSC singing students, as Mr Torbay provided us each with personalised constructive feedback as we performed and workshopped one of our HSC songs. Mr Torbay's expertise and experience was unmistakably clear as he effortlessly provided us with ideas and performance tips that we had never even considered before. We left the workshop on Friday afternoon with an enhanced performance and numerous areas to work on before our next practical Music assessments. 

A special thank you to Ms Sarah Marshall, Singing Teacher at Abbotsleigh.

Composition workshop with Mr Harry Sdraulig
Year 12 Elective Music students also attended a composition workshop with Abbotsleigh's composer-in-residence, Mr Harry Sdraulig. Mr Sdraulig's compositions are frequently broadcast and performed around Australia and the world by ensembles including the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Musica Viva Australia, PLEXUS and Macedon Music. During the workshop, the students had a fantastic opportunity to hear their original compositions workshopped for the very first time by established professional musicians including Abbotsleigh flute teacher Jude Huxtable, alongside pianist Lillian Camphausen and a string quartet made up of Reafen Liu, Anne-Marie Braid, Alina Zamfir and Rosalind Graham. The students gained invaluable insights about their music and the music of their peers from the perspective of the performers and their teachers. 


Mr Harry Sdraulig 



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