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Week 4,
Term Three, 2016

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Last week, the Senior Concert Band had the opportunity to be part of the Gold Coast Prodigy Project. During their rehearsal time on the Tuesday afternoon the band was privileged to have a workshop with Ms Natalia Raspopova, the assistant conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Raspopova was born in Far East Russia to a musically gifted family; her mother is a musicologist and her father a conductor. Music was part of her life; she started her piano training from age six, before setting an admissions precedent at the Khabarovsk College of Arts when she was accepted at 13 years of age. In 1998 her family immigrated to Australia, where her musical education and career soared. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (Conducting) and is a member of Symphony Services International’s Conductor Development Programme, which assists a new generation of conductors by providing quality training. Guest teachers of the programme include QSO Conductor Laureate Johannes Fritzsch who will mentor Ms Raspopova during her 18 month tenure with the QSO.

The students were taken through their paces by Ms Raspopova, helping them gain a deeper insight into one of the works they will be performing at this year’s Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Her work has given the band a greater appreciation of the composer’s intentions of the work and different look at aspects of interpretation. The hour-long workshop was quite intense with the students fully engaged in her advice.

Following the workshop, some of our students auditioned for the second stage of the project, which leads to workshop, mentoring and performance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in October. News of the results of these auditions is not yet to hand.

We would like to thank the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Ms Natalia Raspopova and Ms Pam Lowry (Education Liaison Officer for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra) for this wonderful opportunity.

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