All posts by Amy Bowie, Community Engagement Coordinator, School of Music

Community Engagement Coordinator, UC School of Music

Consortia welcomes a new director in 2017

The Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir 2017 has welcomed a new director in 2017.
Susan Densem began her musical training in Christchurch, singing and playing the piano, violin and clarinet. She completed a BA in music at the UC School of Music and a Dip Mus and BMus in Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has taught singing and other instruments, both privately and at schools, in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. She is currently an Itinerant Teacher of Voice at Burnside High School .

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Susan Densem

Susan’s professional singing career has spanned more than 30 years. She has performed as a soprano soloist for many choirs and orchestras in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas and as an opera singer here and in Australia. Most recently she sang in Acis and Galatea with New Zealand Opera and for the City Choir and CSO in Missa Pacifica and the Faure Requiem.

As a chorister, Susan has sung in many choirs including the New Zealand National Youth Choir, the Jubilate Singers and the Queensland University Chamber Singers. She sang with Voices NZ from 2001-03, and returned to the Voices NZ 16 in 2014.

As a conductor, Susan has worked with a number of primary and secondary school choirs. She has had national success with her choirs, winning the Platinum award at the NZ Choral Federation Big Sing Finale four times, as well as receiving many Gold awards. She has been the musical director of renowned Christchurch chamber choir, the Jubilate Singers, for the last two years.

UC Presents International Flute Symposium 2017

This Waitangi Weekend, UC School of Music presents the International Flute Symposium 2017, featuring internationally acclaimed flautist Emily Beynon .

The Symposium is being held at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and includes a Gala Concert where she will perform with other local and international artists including:

  • UC School of Music Flute tutor and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra principal flute Anthony Ferner
  • James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Bridget Douglas (Principal Flute, NZSO.)

The Symposium marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the UC School of Music as teaching and performance activities are relocated to the Arts Centre this month.

The International Flute Symposium 2017 is a three-day Symposium packed with masterclasses and performances drawing on the expertise of some of the world’s best players brought to Christchurch by the UC School of Music.

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Emily Beynon. Photo: Roland Krämer

Emily Beynon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a highly regarded performer and teacher with a long history as principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. She also performs with many other orchestras across Europe. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses internationally.

Associated artists James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Bridget Douglas (Principal Flute, NZSO) and UC School of Music Flute Tutor Anthony Ferner (CSO Principal Flute) will join Emily to perform in the Symposium Gala Concert on Sunday evening featuring works by composers including Otar Taktakishvili, Georges Hüe, Toru Takemitsu and UC School of Music Associate Professor Chris Cree Brown.

For more information on the Symposium click here or contact Anthony Ferner ph 021 244 4023. A Flute Symposium daily and half day observer fee is available.

The Gala Concert starts at 7pm on Sunday Evening, 5 February at the Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale. Tickets are $40 Adult, $15 Student, Door Sales Only.

Auditions: UC Consortia Chamber Choir

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Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir, open to students and non-students of all ages from Secondary School up – and that also includes staff – here at UC!

Consortia is directed by current Music PhD candidate and lecturer Andrew Withington (current Musical Director of the NZ Secondary Student’s Choir, and recent Director of Christchurch City Choir) for UC School of Music.  Last year, the choir’s performances included Bach’s Magnificat and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra: Consortia is a choir that is going places.

There are approximately 40 places up for grabs and those who are successful may also have the chance to join the smaller Vocal Consort formed from within the ranks of Consortia. Contact for more information or to apply now:

Applications due by March 1

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