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Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Richard Watt and Professor Jędrzej Białkowski in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 1 August from 4.30 – 6.00 pm

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

“The Economics of Music and the Music of Economics” – Presented by Professor Richard Watt, Department of Economics & Finance

Economics, in one way or another, is concerned with decision making – choosing the optimal course of action from among those available. As such, one of the principal applications of economics is to study decision making along the value chain of goods and services in an economy, or more generally, decision making in “markets”. A study of a market begins with the entrepreneurial actions of bringing together inputs (raw materials, labour, capital, etc.) to create something useful, then the resulting goods and services must be made available to the consuming public (decisions around transportation, and retailing), and finally the consumers themselves decide which of them to consume (depending on their income, their preferences, and the prices of the goods and services that are available). Of all of the goods and services that circulate in an economy, “music” is one of the most fascinating, with a series of particular circumstances that have tested standard economic theory in many ways. In this talk, Professor Watt will outline the economics of the “music market”, touching on its special characteristics and the economic institutions that have evolved, and that continue to evolve, to contribute to the music market being functional, profitable, and welfare enhancing.

“Greener than a Greenback: Might the idea of socially responsible investing change the finance industry?” – Presented by Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski, Department of Economics and Finance. 

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the idea of socially responsible (or sustainable and responsible) investing (SRI) has become increasingly popular, attracting a substantial amount of investors’ money and moving from a niche investing strategy to a mainstream one. SRI market participants typically seek to achieve financial returns combined with consideration of some aspect of firms’ environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) profiles. Given the rapid proliferation of green financial products, the increasing assets under management and the differences across the products, it is important to understand this growth and the investor demand behind it.

Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski will discuss the past, current trends and the challenges faced by so-called green finance. In particular, he will focus on the behaviour of SRI investors and the performance of different types of assets in terms of risk/return profile and exposure to ESG values. Light will be shed on the importance of regulations for the development of socially responsible investing.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Audition for UC Consortia Chamber Choir

Do you want to be a part of Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir 2017? 
Directed by Susan Densem, well-known throughout Australasia as a professional singer, choral conductor and voice teacher, Consortia is a choir that is going places. You could even earn points towards your degree for being a part of it! (Check MUSA 190 This is an auditioned choir, open to students and non-students.

Contact for more information or to apply now:music@canterbury.ac.nz

Applications due by Wednesday 22 February

We’re currently updating our official webpage. In the meantime, click here to “like” the Consortia Facebook page and stay up-to-date! .

Anna Whitaker – UC Music Scholarship recipient

Anna Whitaker recently graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Music with a MusB Honours degree. Since completing her studies at UC, Anna has been studying jazz at Queen’s College in New York, with the help of UC’s Keith Laugesen Music Scholarship and Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship and Creative New Zealand’s Aotearoa Music Scholarship. Just before Christmas, Anna wrote to update us on her studies:

I am writing to update you on my studies at Queen’s College.

Yesterday was our last day of classes, and I now have four weeks off to recuperate, practice, and enjoy a (almost) white Christmas with new friends from all over the world who also can’t make it home to be with family.

Anna having a laugh with Jimmy Heath after the concert.
Anna having a laugh with Jimmy Heath after the concert.

The course has been interesting and challenging, and having the chance to work on my musicianship full time really is the most amazing opportunity. I have been to see some of my musical heroes play live, many of whom play with the professors I am studying under. It was a thrill to often have a drink with them afterwards, and hear from them what they were currently working on.

The jazz community in New York is largely a very generous one. They are keen to encourage the younger generation of musicians to keep jazz music alive. A highlight was getting to sing for Jimmy Heath on his 90th birthday, alongside my professors and fellow students. Well-known jazz singer Roberta Gamborini also jumped on stage and traded a solo with me, which was a real thrill. We had a great discussion about practice routines after the concert, with Mr Heath sharing his dedication to still practising at least two hours a day.

Anna singing Jimmy Heath’s tune, “CTA” with staff members and fellow students. “CTA" is a jazz standard that has been recorded by artists including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, and many more.
Anna singing Jimmy Heath’s tune, “CTA” with staff members and fellow students. “CTA” is a jazz standard that has been recorded by artists including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, and many more.

My favourite class was the vocal improvisation class, led by David Berkman, who is the author of the book I taught from as vocal tutor at Ara Music Arts. I gained so much from attending that class, as Professor Beckman is a passionate educator, and has a deep interest in how to make practice enjoyable. I have never been one to particularly enjoy practicing, however now I look forward to sitting down in a practice room, and imagine I will still feel this way when I am Mr Heath’s age.

I got to sing in the ensemble that Michael Mossman takes, and composed a song the band played which was inspired by the first and only bout of homesickness I had, after the earthquake centred in Hanmer Springs – my parents’ home town.

I am very grateful for the financial support of UC’s Keith Laugesen Music Scholarship and Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship and of Creative New Zealand’s Aotearoa Music Scholarship. Without these Scholarships I would not be having this incredible opportunity, and I really look forward to coming back to New Zealand and sharing what I have learned with my music community back home.

Sincerely yours,

Anna Whitaker