FutureMakers artists take residency at Monash University

Musica Viva’s current FutureMakers artists Aura Go and Matthias Schack-Arnott are offering Monash music students an open door into their individual artistic practice as part of a two-year education partnership between Musica Viva and Monash University.

FutureMakers artists take residency at Monash University

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Launched in 2015, FutureMakers is Musica Viva’s ambitious artist-leadership initiative, designed to nurture Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow. The chosen musicians work alongside FutureMakers Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey to each create a career-defining new performance work. Their artistic projects are underpinned by a tailored professional-development curriculum focussed on artistic leadership, entrepreneurial capabilities and shaping the sector’s future.

Through the FutureMakers at Monash initiative, Aura and Matthias have been residents at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music since May 2018, where they have access to rehearsal spaces, instruments and audio equipment to work on their own projects.

As part of the residency, the pair have been leading regular seminars and lectures on performance practice and composition, as well as offering practical music workshops for Monash University students and academic staff and lunchtime performances at the Monash Academy of Performing Arts for the wider community. 

“This is an invaluable opportunity for me to develop the pedagogical aspect of my artistic research and work closely with tertiary-aged students on aspects of practice and performance that are not usually addressed in mainstream training. Feedback from the students was very positive and I hope to build on these workshops and conduct more in the future,” says Aura.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for me to develop the pedagogical

aspect of my artistic research and work closely with tertiary-aged

students on aspects of practice and performance that are not usually

addressed in mainstream training.”

To date, hundreds of music students have participated in music activities with Aura and Matthias, where they have the opportunity to receive feedback from the artists and to ask questions about their own performance practice and challenges.

Professor Cat Hope, Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, says, “The FutureMakers partnership exposes our students to musicians in the mid-career stage and offers the opportunity for them to see how new works develop over a long period of time – from the beginning of the idea, to working it through, right up to premiere. They also bring a fresh voice to guest lectures and workshops, offering something quite different than more established artists.”

As part of this partnership, Musica Viva’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Anne Frankenberg, and Adele Schonhardt, Media and Public Affairs Manager, will each give a lecture for arts administration students this April.

After a varied career of multiple immensely satisfying roles in the arts, the chance to share insights and learnings from my own journey with students who might want to take the same path is an opportunity for reflection. I’m thinking about what I wish someone had told me at a similar stage and can’t wait to hear from students who are contemplating this path,” says Anne.

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