Congratulations to all the students who performed at the Masterclass on the 10th of April. Janneke and I were very impressed with the level of singing that we heard and how everyone took on feedback into their performance. Due to popular demand we will be organising another Masterclass next month so stay tuned!
Performance Spaces for Vocal Masterclass on the 10th of April with Janneke Ferwerda have been fully booked. I will be organising a second masterclass with a new presenter early term 2 at the Box Hill Arts Centre, for students.
The concept of a ‘master class’ can be traced directly back to the celebrated pianist and composer Franz Liszt, who is credited for developing the format in the late 1900s. Masterclasses have gone on to become a staple of music education in the ensuing decades. Selected students will be asked to perform a solo item, this then will be workshopped with the guest accomplished singer. A masterclass is a dynamic approach to learning that provides performance experience and the chance to learn from other students.
Iris Ferwerda music is proud to present its first ‘Masterclass’ at the Box Hill Arts Centre on the 10
of April. The session will run from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and cost $40.00 for students wishing to perform and $10 for students and parents that would like to observe only. It is expected that the session will be booked out as there are only five solo performance times available with an accompanist. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from one another, gain a new perspective to their singing and confidence presenting music. It is strongly recommended that students doing exams book in a solo performance time to have experience singing their exam repertoire.
Masterclass Presenter:Janneke Ferwerda
At the age of five Janneke began studying singing and never looked back since. Her love of music lead her to 12 years as a chorister in the Australian Girls Choir and various choral ensembles before focusing on her career as a classical soprano. In 2014 Janneke graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) specialising in classical voice performance. She was awarded a First Class Honours for this degree and performed in masterclasses run by international artists including Lynne Dawson and Yvonne Kenny. Janneke has sung in productions by Victorian Opera, Opera Scholars Australia, More than Opera and across stages internationally, including in Dubai where she performed for numerous corporate and social events. Alongside classical music Janneke enjoys singing musical theatre repertoire and improvisation.
The Primary School Choir under Iris Ferwerda has placed 2nd in the Primary School Choir Division. Congratulations to the 55 students involved in singing with the choir for their hard work. A big thank you also to Yi-Shuen Chan in accompanying the choir so beautifully!