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For over 25 years, Orpheus Music has been holding recorder courses which have become renowned across the world. The annual Orpheus Recorder Boutique (ORB) includes recorder workshops, technique classes, concerts, and small and large recorder ensemble groups with tuition from some of the world's leading recorder players. A time of wonderful music...

For over 25 years, Orpheus Music has been holding recorder courses which have become renowned across the world. The annual Orpheus Recorder Boutique (ORB) includes recorder workshops, technique classes, concerts, and small and large recorder ensemble groups with tuition from some of the world's leading recorder players. A time of wonderful music making, motivation and inspiration, and judging by the many returning participants, Orpheus Music recorder courses are the pinnacle of a recorder player’s year! 


Australia's leading recorder teachers

Orpheus music recorder courses always feature a selection of Australia's finest recorder players on the tutor list, including (alphabetically): 

Alana Blackburn (NSW)

Alexandra Bailliet-Joly (NSW)

Barbara Jerjen (ACT)

Benjamin Thorn (NSW)

Brendan O'Donnell (SA)

Caroline Downer ( NSW)

Daniel Murphy (NSW)

Hannah Coleman (VIC)

Hans-Dieter Michatz (NSW)

Joanne Arnott (NSW)

Kara Ciezki (VIC)

Monica McTaggart (WA)

Peter Hagen (VIC)

Robyn Mellor (ACT)

Rodney Waterman (VIC)

Ros Bandt (VIC)

Ruth Wilkinson (VIC)

Ryan Williams (VIC)

Zana Clarke (NSW)


Recorder tuition from international experts

In addition to the fantastic Australian tutors, over the years we have been lucky enough to have some amazing international tutors join us for the Orpheus Music courses, including (alphabetically): 

Amy Power (SWITZERLAND)

Anna Stegmann (NETHERLAND)

António Carrilho (PORTUGAL)

Avery Gosfield (ITALY)

Evelyn Nallen (UNITED KINGDOM)

Joris van Goethem (BELGIUM)

Kamala Bain (NEW ZEALAND)

Maria Martinez Ayerza (SPAIN)

Petro Arvo (FINLAND)

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  • Orpheus Music proudly presents

    The Australasian Recorder Festival 2023

    8-13 January Armidale NSW Australia

    with Grand Opening concert on the 7

    and 

    The Australasian Recorder Competition Finals 

    6 January

    Venue to be confirmed

    Ready to play

    A celebration of the recorder in all its splendour – playing,  listening,  exploring. A festival of full immersion for players of all ages. Six days of technique classes, ensembles and special interest topics and concerts.

    In addition there is the Australasian Recorder Competition which is open to soloists and ensembles. The Festival is residential and each group works with a variety of world-renowned tutors throughout the week.

    "What would a year be without a week in January in Armidale, dedicated to playing recorder intensively with fellow recorder addicts at the wonderful Orpheus Recorder Boutique?  Orpheus Recorder Boutiques are a very rich experience for so many of us, where we can immerse ourselves in the joys of learning, music-making and team-work, with like-minded people who quickly become lasting friends.  Orpheus Music also sells a fabulous range of recorders of all sizes, to suit every pocket, and music from the earliest times to the ultra-modern, to suit recorder players at every level, whether playing solo or in a group of any conceivable size.  A veritable treasure trove!  Thanks so much to Zana, Peter and Alexandra for their expertise and patience in providing advice and help."        (Vanessa Elwell-Gavins, Hervey Bay, QLD)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    The Australasian Recorder Competition - more information here.

     

    TUTORS

    Click here to read more about the tutors.

    Joris

    Joris Van Goethem (BELGIUM)

    Hannah Coleman (VIC, AUSTRALIA)

     more coming soon....

    DESCRIPTION

    About the Festival: Six days of full immersion for players of all ages. The Festival will be made up of technique classes, ensembles both large and small, special interest topics and concerts. Each group will be a balanced and fully functional small ensemble that caters to each individual’s needs, and each group will work with a variety of tutors throughout the week. There will be a separate Youth Section for players under 18.  Full board is available on campus - also available for unaccompanied minors (age 11 yrs and older).

     

    ELIGIBILITY

    All participants need to be comfortable with both C and F fingerings. (I.e. must be able to read for and play descant/tenor and treble). The new learners stream is available for those that only play F or C fingering and will be available on a part time basis only.

     

    VENUE

    To be confirmed. Full board will be available.

     

    HOW TO GET TO ARMIDALE

    Armidale is situated half way between Sydney and Brisbane on the New England Tableland. It is an education centre and the home of the University of New England. Both Qantas and Rex fly from Sydney to Armidale and Fly Corporate flies from Brisbane to Armidale. There is a daily train service from Sydney to Armidale. Orpheus Music is happy to pick up participants from either plane or train and take them to the venue. As the Accommodation is on site so there are no further transport needs whilst at the course. 

     

    GROUPS AND SET WORKS 

    For the Festival a maximum of 6 set works will be required.  Around the end of August, participants will be organised by the tutors into groups according to standard and balance of instruments and repertoire will be selected that best suits each level.  Each participant will receive a list of set works along with a part allocation in late September If you have not attended an Orpheus Recorder Boutique before, you will be contacted to discuss your playing level. 

     

    How are participants allocated a group? 

    This process takes place over several months and includes the following:

      1.  Tutor feedback. At the end of each course the tutors give feedback about their technique class as to whether each participant was in the correct level in relation to their group colleagues or whether they could go up or down.

      2.  Participants own evaluation of their playing standard in the application process (with reference to the Tiers described below)

      3.  Participants that have not previously attended are contacted by telephone and their experience/playing level is discussed. Tutors that may have had previous experience with a player new to our course are asked for their perspectives.

      4.  After the groups have been formed in their initial draft form, further input is sought from the tutors once they are able to view each group as a whole.

     

    Tiered system of progressions and expectations

    Note that there could be multiple groups within each tier depending on who enrols.

    For full information on tier system please click here.

    Tier 1: can play one instrument or fingering type (that is, either C [descant] or F [treble]) within a range of 1 and a half octaves, preferably having learnt for at least a year. You are keen to learn to play an alternative fingering during the course. This level only runs if there is enough interest.

    Tier 2: All participants need to be comfortable with both C and F fingerings. You must be able to read for and play descant/tenor and treble. You may be keen to learn to play bass during the course.

    Tier 3: In addition to Tier 2 requirements,requirements, you can play the bass recorder and are prepared to play it when requested (unless you have physical restrictions). You are keen to learn to read treble up the octave. 

    Tier 4: In addition to Tier 2 and 3 requirements requirements you will be required to have your own bass recorder with you at all times, and can read treble up the octave and bass in the treble clef.

    Tier 5: In addition to Tier 2, 3 and 4 requirements, you will prepare your set works to a high standard and are prepared to play them in masterclass style sessions.

     

    CONCERTS 

    A part of the festival there will be a variety Blackboard concerts and a final concert which are all included in the festival fee. Visitors, friends and family are welcome to attend these concerts at no additional cost.  There will also be a series of special of Festival concerts that include the opening concert which participants can either select when they enrol or pay on the night.

     

    TRADE DISPLAY

    Largest range of recorder sheet music, recorders and accessories in the Southern Hemisphere available throughout the Festival. The display will be open from the 5th January so coming a day or two earlier will allow a relaxed browsing opportunity.

     

    FESTIVAL TOWN DINNER

    On the final day of the Australasian Recorder Festival and after the final concert there is a Town Dinner. Venue to be confirmed.

     

    ENROLMENT DUE DATE

    Bookings open on July 1 2022 which includes and early bird period and close 31 August. For late enrolments please contact Orpheus Music to check if there are places remaining.


    COSTS
     

     

    Registration Fee

    Registration fee includes 6 days of tuition, blackboard concerts, final concert and morning teas

    Adult

    Coming soon

    Concession

    Pensioners and full-time students only

    Coming soon

    Under 18

    Secondary School Student

    Coming soon

    Primary Student

    Primary School Student

    Coming soon

    On campus Accommodation and Full Board

    All meals and Accommodation on campus from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

    Single Room

    Single room from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

    Coming soon

    Twin Room

    Twin room with 2 single beds from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

    Coming soon

    Dorm

    Partitioned private cubicle from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

    Coming soon

    Dorm under 18

    Partitioned private cubicle from Saturday 7th January evening (includes dinner) until Saturday 14th January morning (includes breakfast) and the Town Dinner.

    Coming soon

    Catering 

    Only for those staying off-campus as catering is included for those staying on campus.

    All Lunches

    6 Lunches 8-13 January 2020

    Coming soon

    All Lunches and Dinners (including the Town Dinner)

    All Lunches (6) and dinners (7) including Town Dinner

    Coming soon

    Town Dinner

    Friday 13th January

    NB. If you are staying on campus or buying all lunches and dinners the Town Dinner is included.

    Coming soon

    Additional Course Add-on Options

    There are various Add-ons options for additional Accommodation/Full Board leading up to the Festival and the Australian Recorder Competition.

    Festival Concerts including the Opening Concerts

    Coming soon

    Pre Festival on Campus and Full board

    1 day early

    Friday 6th January     

    Includes Dinner on the 6th  and Breakfast and Lunch on the 7th.

    This is for people that want to come a day earlier to either settle in before the festival begins. Please note this is only available for those who are staying on campus for the Festival.

    Coming soon

    Pre Festival on Campus and Full board

    2 days early

    Thursday 5th and Friday 6th January 

    Includes Dinner on the 5 -6 and Breakfast and Lunch on the 6-7 

    Arrive early and settle in before the festival begins. Attend the finals of the Australasian Recorder Competition and browse the shop before the Festival begins.

    Coming soon

     

    Refunds for all courses: 

    50% refund if withdrawing before 30 September 2022; 

    25% refund if withdrawing before 30 November 2022;

    No refund after 1 December 2022.

    NB - it is recommended that participants consider taking out insurance in case you are unable to attend at the last minute.  


  • Orpheus Music proudly presents 

    The Australasian Recorder Competition 2023

    as part of the Australasian Recorder Festival held in Armidale NSW 

    PRESELECTION: October 1 2022

    FINALS: January 6th 2023

    So much fun

     

    The competition is open to recorder players and groups within Australia and New Zealand. The competition will be held in two stages: preselection and finals. This competition is open to any age.  

    Please read the regulations and the details before applying. The final stages of the Competition will be held in Armidale NSW on the 6 January 2023. In order to be part of the finals candidates must be enrolled and partake in the Orpheus Music Australasian Recorder Festival 2023.  

    The aim of the competition is to offer performance opportunities to the participants of the competition, including prize money, with the jury made up of international and national recorder professionals.  

    REGULATIONS  

    1. STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION  

    The competition is structured in two main stages: PRESELECTION and FINAL.  

    1.1 All candidates selected for the finals must be enrolled in the Orpheus Music Australasian Recorder Festival 2023 located in Armidale NSW Australia, and must be present when the competition results are announced on the 6 of January 2023.  

     

    1.2 The PRESELECTION stage: Orpheus Music will be accepting Video Auditions from the 1 of July 2022 and these must be submitted no later than 1 of October 2022. Trybooking link coming soon.

     It will consist of a recorded video with selected works. The Jury will announce the finalists on the 15 of October.  

     

    Please check the criteria in section 3 and 4 for details regarding the videos and the repertoire category for the selected works.  

     

    1.3 The FINAL stage will be held on the 6 of January 2022, Armidale NSW Australia. It will consist of a live performance in front of the Jury and will be open to the public.  

     

    1.4 Orpheus Music administration will determine the order in which the competitors perform with consideration of piano accompaniment and the number of candidates. 

    All decisions taken by the Orpheus Music administrators are final and irrevocable. There will be no correspondence about these decisions.  

     

    2. SECTIONS  

    The competition is organized into two main sections: solo recorder (with accompaniment) and recorder ensemble. This competition is open to recorder players of any age above age 5.  

     

    Solo Recorder  

    2.1 Solo Recorder – 12 and under*  

    2.2 Solo Recorder – 18 and under*  

    2.3 Solo Recorder – Open Section  

     

    Recorder Ensemble  

    2.4 Recorder Ensemble - Ages 18 and under*  

    2.5 Recorder Ensemble - Open Section  

     

    *Note for 18 and under and 12 and under– your age is as of the 6 of January 2023.  

     

    2.4 Recorder Ensemble - 18 and under  

    2.4.1 This section is open to any recorder ensemble from quartet (4 separate parts) onwards. Any combination of recorders.  

    2.4.2 Players in the ensemble must be under the age of 18. However, one player is allowed to be up to 19 years old as of the 6th January.  

    2.4.3 The whole ensemble must be enrolled in the Orpheus Music Festival 2023 in order to participate. **  

     

    2.5 Recorder Ensemble - Open Section  

    2.5.1 This section is open to any recorder ensemble from quartet onwards. Any combination of recorders. 

    2.5.2 Open to any age - except people who have been tutors at previous Orpheus Music courses.

    2.5.3 The ensemble must be enrolled in the Orpheus Music Australasian Festival 2023 in order to participate.**  

    ** Financial concerns. If you want to participate in the competition and therefore the festival and your financial situation is a barrier for you to do so, please consider options of financial support through your community, recorder society, school and also contact us as we may be able to help as well though our bursary programme. 

     

    3. REPERTOIRE  

    3.1 SOLO REPERTOIRE  

    • Preselection: There are two set pieces that all candidates must learn.  

    • Finals: There are three works. The two set works from the Preselection and 1 free choice work.  

    • Time limit for your free choice work must not be no longer than 5 minute.  

    • Solo Repertoire Set works: First Round 1 October recorded submission. 

    •  If chosen for finals competitors must choose a free choice piece to perform.  

    Click on links to purchase setworks:  

     

    Under 12s Section  

    Baroque Piece: Sonata in G by Pepusch  

    Contemporary piece – choose from either:  

     

    Under 18s Section  

    Baroque Piece: Sonata in C Major by Barsanti C Major 

    DOL126  or HM183  

     

    Contemporary piece – choose from either:  

     

    Open Section  

    French Baroque: Choose at least 5 from the movements:

     

    Contemporary piece – choose from either:  

    (both pieces)  

     

    3.2 ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE  

    • Preselection: There are two set pieces that all candidates must learn.  

    • Finals: There are three works. The two set works from the Preselection and 1 free choice work. 

    • Time limit for the finals must not exceed 15 minutes. 

     

    18 and under ensemble:  

    o An Orpheus Music Publication by an Australian Composer (OMP) – set list below  

    o 1 piece written in the last 30 years.  

     

    Open ensemble : 

    o An Orpheus Music Publication by an Australian Composer (OMP) – set list below  

    o 1 piece from English Consort music from between 1550 and 1604  

     

    OMP SET LIST: Chose one of the following. You may choose to play only certain movements or an excerpt for time limits. Note: Doubling of parts is allowed, however no accompaniment is allowed.  

     

    3.3 Accompanists  

    Solo section: Candidates are allowed to bring their own accompanists. Orpheus Music will be sending out a list of local accompanists for the competitors. The fee for the pianist/harpsichordist is to be agreed with the candidate and the accompanist. 

    Orpheus Music takes no responsibility in arranging the accompanist. We will provide a rehearsal space and rehearsal times prior to the competition.  

    Ensemble Section: No accompaniment is allowed. 

     

    4. VIDEO DETAILS - Preselection Stage  

    4.1 The aim of the video recording is to illustrate to the jury the candidate’s musicality, skills and technique.  

    4.2 The video recording must have visual and audio components and must be recorded in one go without any video editing. Video applications must be recorded from one angle that doesn't change, without video stops between movements or selections, and with no edits whatsoever.  

    4.4 The video recording must include the recordings detailed in the repertoire section of this document.  

    4.5 All video files must be sent to alex@orpheusmusic.com.au using Google Drive or Dropbox.  

    4.6 Candidates younger than 18 years of age will require a parent and/or legal guardian to sign the application form and to give Orpheus Music media permission.

    Click here for Media Statement Form  

     

    5. JURY  

    5.1 The Jury will be composed of a selection of national and/or international recorder professionals from Orpheus Music Australasian Festival 2023.  

    5.2 The Jury may choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in each section, or may choose not to do so.  

    5.3 The Jury may award as many honourable mentions as they like.  

    5.4 All decisions taken by the judging panel are final and irrevocable. 

    There will be no correspondence about the judges’ decisions.  

    5.5 In the finals, the Jury has the right to interrupt any performance that exceeds the time limits.  

    5.6 Criteria for adjudication are based on a holistic and inclusive approach, open-mindedness within the above-mentioned rules, and without predetermined expectations nor biases of any type, musical or otherwise.  

    5.7 Orpheus Music advocates and promotes inclusive practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of racial or ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.  

     

    6. PRIZES

     To be announced in following weeks. Prize money will be available for each section.


    7. APPLICATION  

    7.1 The documents below must be sent by 12:00 pm GMT 1st of October 2022 to 

    7.1.1 Candidates under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the Orpheus Music media statement below.  

     

    SOLO Section  

    7.2 to get registered the solo candidates must send the following documents exclusively by email:  

    • Filled in and signed application form and emailed to alex@orpheusmusic.com.au.  

    • Upload video recording to Dropbox and send the link via email. If you don't have Dropbox, you may upload to Google Drive and email the link.  

    • Email payment receipt of the application fee. The application fee of $25 must be received prior to 1 of October 2022. Your application will not be considered complete until the fee is received.  

    • If under age of 18 a signed permission by parent/caregiver of Orpheus Music Media statement.  

    • IF a candidate is selected for the finals you will be asked to then submit:  

    • Email one photograph per person (headshot) JPEG file if in solo section. (Only necessary if over the age of 18).  

    • Email a biography, 100 words maximum as a Word Doc. This may be used for promotion of your work and performance. (Only necessary if over the age of 18).  

     

    ENSEMBLE Section  

    7.3 to get registered the ensemble director/conductor or leader must send the following documents exclusively by email:  

    • Filled in and signed application form and emailed to alex@orpheusmusic.com.au.  

    • Upload video to Dropbox and send the link via email. If you don't have Dropbox, you may upload to Google Drive and email the link.  

    • Optional ensemble group ensemble photograph may be sent.  

    • Optional email a biography of the ensemble, 100 words maximum as a Word Doc.  

    • Email payment receipt of the application fee The application fee of $50 must be received prior to 1 of October 2022. Your application will not be considered complete until the fee is received. Note for the ensemble section the application fee is only once, not per member.  

    • If any ensemble members are under age of 18, it is the group’s leader/conductor to organize a signed permission of a Orpheus Music 

    •  Media statement (attached below).  

     

    8. APPLICATION FEES Click here to register.

    8.1 Solo Recorder players $25 for the application.  

    8.2 Ensembles: $50 for the group.  

    Email alex@orpheusmusic.com.au after you've paid the application fee so that we can track it; please include the candidate's name, email address, and method of payment.  

    Your application fee supports Orpheus Music Recorder Competition including administrative costs, adjudication, PR, future planning, and educational programs. Prizes are underwritten by generous Orpheus Music donors.  

     

    9.1 The registration fee is non-refundable, unless the competition is cancelled.  

     

    10. COPYRIGHT AND FINAL PROVISIONS  

    10.1 The competition is a musical event that will be recorded and may be broadcasted on the web and other media. By submitting their application the competitors authorize the directors of the competition to the use of their image either through photographs and audio / video that can be broadcasted via radio, television and other media (internet, etc.).  

    10.2 When submitting their application the candidates authorize Orpheus Music to use their name and image in online and printed publications related to the competition and organization.  

    10.3 The application and participation fee will not be refunded for any reason, except for the cancellation of the competition by Orpheus Music.  

    10.4 With the submission of the registration, the candidate agrees to the rules and regulations of the competition.  

    10.5 All winners (of any prize) will be listed on various social media platforms by Orpheus Music. 

     

    CANDIDATES CHECKLIST ON APPLICATION FORM:  

    SOLO  

    • Name, age, address, contact details  

    • Upload video recording to Dropbox/google drive and send the link via email.  

    • Candidates younger than 18 years of age require a parent and/or legal guardian to sign the application form and to give Orpheus Music  media permission.

    • Application fee receipt email to Orpheus Music.

    • If Candidate is selected for final:

    • One photograph JPEG file (if over the age of 18).  

    • Word document with bio for candidates over age of 18 (max 100 words)  

     

    GROUP  

    • Name, age, address, contact details of leader/director/conductor.  

    • Upload video to Dropbox/google drive and send the link via email.  

    • Optional - Word document about ensemble (max 100 words).  

    • Optional - One group photograph JPEG file.  

    • Candidates younger than 18 years of age will require a parent and/or legal guardian to sign the application form and to give Orpheus Music media permission.  

    • Application fee receipt email to Orpheus Music.

    Click here for Orpheus Music Media Statement Form

    Click here for the AES Copyright Declaration form

    Click here to Register through Trybookings.

  • Past Courses

    Orpheus Music has been organizing Workshops, Courses, Summer Schools, Festivals and Grand Musical Gatherings since 1994. All the courses have been held in Armidale NSW except for The Grand Musical Gatherings in 2003 that were held in Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle.


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