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.