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Holiday Programme October 2017

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Our Piano and Strings departments are getting stronger!

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Stephen Larsen – Head of Strings

Stephen Larsen is a well known New Zealand violin teacher. Since his student days in Christchurch he has had a fascination with violin pedagogy, something which he has studied intensively ever since. He maintains a busy teaching schedule, as well as teaching violin and viola at the University of Auckland he teaches students through the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music. His students have enjoyed success in numerous competitions on a national and international level and have gone on to work and study all over the world.

He has regularly been invited to give masterclasses and talks on violin playing and teaching throughout New Zealand.

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James Bush is now the Strings & Baroque Programme Coordinator.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, James studied with Ellen Doyle before leaving to complete his undergraduate studies with Christopher Bunting and Derek Simpson, graduating with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music, London. This was followed by a Master of Music degree with Timothy Eddy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. James later studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin.

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Ludwig Treviranus

Wellington born Ludwig Treviranus is of Samoan/German heritage. From 2015-2017 he was piano lecturer for the Young Musician’s Programme at New Zealand School of Music. He holds a Doctorate of Music from Florida State University where he studied under Dr Read Gainsford. In the USA, he was a finalist for the Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition in Tennessee (2009) as well as the Florida State Music School Chopin Competition (2010). Before his studies in Florida, Ludwig held a scholarship as a Maori/Pacific Island scholar to complete his Masters degree at the University of Auckland under Dr Rae de Lisle.

Recently, Ludwig was the adjudicator for the 30th annual New Zealand Institute of Registered Music Teachers Rotorua branch senior scholarships event.

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Linda Lin

Linda Lin holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland under the guidance of Rae De Lisle and Stephen De Pledge.
Linda has been a prize winner in numerous competitions from national and local competitions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Hainan. In 2000, Linda attended music school in Beijing and was chosen to have the opportunity to learn from Professor Jin from the prestigious Central Conservatory in China. Linda was a semifinalist competitor in the Wallace Piano Competition in 2015. Linda has also been chosen as an adjudicator for the annual Rangitoto Piano Competition.


Staff accolades

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Our own principal Grace Liu was recently named Migrant of the Year at the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI) Immigration Awards.

“Ms Dong Liu was chosen for this award   because, in a very short time since gaining residency, she has built a school that will undoubtedly help many thousands of young New Zealanders develop their musical abilities in years to come, and which will also enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments in the field of music,”  

NZAMI chairwoman June Ranson


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Esther Hunter was awarded the Top Tertiary Soloist and a Gold award in the recent NZCBA National Festival in Whangarei, playing the 3rd Mvmt of the Anthony Ritchie Flute Concerto.

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Yunesang Yune was awarded 1st place in the instrumental solo programme of the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition. She has also been chosen as a representative for PACANZ competition this coming October.


Our principal Grace, and music director Uwe Grodd have embarked on a tour through tertiary music conservatories in China. Presenting flute masterclasses and talks on music education concepts.

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(Picture: Professor Grodd and Grace Liu

performing Eve de Castro-Robinson’s

‘Whiplash’ earlier in the year)


Term 3 dates

Piano Performance Class: Sun 6 Aug. Sun 20 Aug. Sun 3 Sept. Sun 17 Sept. 3:30-5:30pm.

Piano Concert: End of the term (Date will be confirmed by your teacher).

Flute Performance Class: Sat 5 Aug. Sat 26 Aug. Sat 9 Sept. Sat 23 Sept. 5-7pm

Flute Ensemble is every Friday at RMA. 4:30-6:30pm

Flute Ensemble Concert: Sun 10 September. 2:30 to 3:30pm. At Holy Trinity Devonport. 20 Church Street, Devonport.

Guitar Performance Class: Sat 12 Aug. Sat 16 Sept. 5-7pm

Strings Performance Class: Sun 13 Aug. Sun 27 Aug. Sun 10 Sept. Sun 24 Sept. 5-7pm


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Music Trip – U.S.A: Wed 9 to Wed 16 August 2017

45th Annual National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This year’s convention celebrates the diversity of our membership, featuring varied musical traditions from jazz to world music, Baroque flute to flute choir, low flutes to piccolo, and tried-and-true standards to world premieres.

Also, visit The Colburn Conservatory of Music, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Disneyland in Los Angeles.


Manukau Symphony Orchestra presents Classics

Sat 19 August 7:30pm.

Vodafone Events Centre,

770 Great South Road.

Conductor: Eckehard Stier

Soloists: Andrew Beer (violin), Bebe Hanley (oboe)

Mendelssohn Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bach Concerto for violin and oboe

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Tickets available from Terry Spragg admin@manukausymphony.org.nz


Elijah  by Mendelssohn

Jennifer Barrington Soprano

Helen Medlyn Mezzo

Martin Buckigham Tenor

Martin Snell Bass

Auckland Choral

Pipers Sinfonia

Uwe Grodd Conductor

Sat 2 September. 7.30pm. Auckland Town Hall


Chamber Music Concert

Melody Lin (flute), Yid-Ee Goh (violin),

Charles Brooks (cello), Peter Watts (harpsichord)

Thursday 7 September, 7-8pm. All Saints Church. 17 Selwyn Road, Howick.


University of Auckland Flute, Cello and String Ensemble Concert

Directed by Dr. Melody Lin and Edith Salzmann

Sunday 1st October, 5-6pm

Music Theatre, School of Music. 6 Symonds Street, Auckland.

Free admission