Students success in competitions

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is proud to announce that over the past couple of weeks that three students have been successful in high profile prestigious music competitions.

I would like to congratulate:

Judith Perl, Ed Antanov and Fletcher Mitchell on their success.

Best Wishes

Rob Burke

The Wangaratta Jazz Festival – National Jazz Awards 2012

Undergraduate (3rd year) jazz vocalist Judith Perl has successfully made the final of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. This is the most prestigious jazz competition in the country (2012 for vocalist only). The final ten (many studying internationally and high profile professional performers) were chosen after the 3 judges (Mike Nock, Michelle Nicolle and Vince Jones) assessed over 60 recorded entries on a ‘blindfold’ basis. They will perform at Wangaratta Festival  with an outstanding band : Sam Keevers (piano), Sam Anning (bass) and Raj Jayaweera (drums). Three finalists will be chosen to perform in the final round, from 5pm on Sunday 4 November in the WPAC Theatre. For fans who can’t make it to the festival, the finals will be broadcast live to air on ‘Jazztrack with Mal Stanley’, on ABC Classic FM, and also later available to listen on,.

The Margaret Sutherland Bursary Recital, 2012

In August Melbourne’s Lyceum Club played host to the annual Margaret Sutherland bursary competition, where music students from Monash University and the University of Melbourne vie for a bursary. This year’s event was won by Monash’s Edward Antonov, a violin student who is currently undertaking, on scholarship, a research Masters degree in performance. Accompanied by pianist Elyane Laussade, Edward performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata no 8, Fritz Kreisler’s crowd pleaser, Tambourin Chinois and Margaret Sutherland’s Nocturne.

Victorian State Solo and Ensemble Championships, 2012

Honours -year euphonium student, Fletcher Mitchell, had successful outcomes at this year’s Championship, presented by the Victorian Bands’ League.  In the Open Euphonium section, Fletcher was placed third with a performance of Philip Sparke’s Harlequin, and repeated the placing in the Open “Slow/Sacred Melody” section, with a rendition of the second movement of Sparke’s Euphonium Concerto no.1. Fletcher is focussing his performance and research outcomes on the music of British composer, Philip Sparke.