News of additional workshops, concerts and of course many student success!

Calling all singers - 22nd of June

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

Save the Date - Winter Showcase 22nd of June

If you are interested in performing in the Winter Showcase please let me know in your singing lesson!

Masterclass 19th of May

Sunday, May 19, 2019 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

Congratulations to all the students involved in the second masterclass at the Box Hill Arts Centre. It is lovely to see you all gaining more confidence singing in front of an audience! 

Special thank you of course to Janneke Ferwerda for leading the session and to Dobbs Franks for accompanying everyone!



Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

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!

Masterclass Performance Spaces Fully Booked

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

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.

Watch this space for updates!

Masterclass - with Janneke Ferwerda

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

Vocal Masterclass

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

Iris Ferwerda Music Presents:

A Vocal Masterclass

10 th  of April 6:30 – 8:00pm

Box Hill Arts Centre

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 th 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.

Another A

Saturday, December 1, 2018 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

Congratulations to Tianna for receiving an A for her Musical Theatre singing exam with the AMEB. Some lovely comments from the adjudicator and of course beautiful singing!

Fabulous Achievements in Exams

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

Well done to Emily for receiving an 'A' in her recent singing exam. She tackled challenging repertoire with ease and musicality. A wonderful result for your hard work!

2nd place in the Monash Youth Music Festival

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

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!


Perfect Score in Singing Exam

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Iris Ferwerda | Uncategorized

A big congratulations to Ayana for receiving a perfect score of A+ in her recent singing exam. A wonderful result for such a young student!