Guitar at the UWA Conservatorium of Music
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Performances & Masterclasses
While COVID-19 resulted in the cancellation of many performances in 2020, 2021 proved to be an exciting year, with nearly a dozen concerts on the calendar, including a concert tour across WA's South West and Great Southern, and UWA's inaugural "Day of Guitar", which brought together classical guitar enthusiasts of all ages and abilities for a celebration of guitar in WA, culminating a world premiere performance of a new work by composer Simone Lobbia.
In addition, each year students can expect to participate in: Centre Stage performances as part of the guitar ensemble, Lunchtime Concerts, Fridays@Five events, collaborations with local and national arts organisations as well as student led performances, graduations/events and recitals, and weekly performance opportunities in both guitar workshop and string workshop. Students also participate regularly in masterclasses by visiting national and international artists, with recent guests including Craig Ogden, Karin Schaupp, and Josinaldo Costa.
The Moretti Ensemble is UWA’s large guitar ensemble, performing an immense range of repertoire from the Baroque works of Vivaldi and Scarlatti to the 21st century compositions of Nigel Westlake, George Frederic Haas, Terry Riley and Steve Reich. Students also form small ensembles and collaborate with other instrumentalists and composers, with recent collaborations including joint concerts with percussion, wind and voice students, allowing for a rich and varied chamber music experience.
Many of the guitar students also perform with the UWA Symphonic Chorus, performing repertoire from Bernstein to Beethoven, Monty Python to Mahler, in venues such as the Perth Concert Hall, St Mary’s Cathedral and Winthrop Hall.
UWA is a world Top 100 University, and in 2017 the Conservatorium of Music at UWA was ranked No. 33 in the world and No.1 in WA for Performing Arts in the QS rankings. We stage more classical music performances than any other WA Tertiary Institution. With very flexible course structures, UWA is the only tertiary institution in WA to allow students to pursue a performance degree concurrently with another major within the University.
For more information about studying music at UWA, please visit www.music.uwa.edu.au