My congratulations to all those who entered in the Competitions this year, and my thanks must go to the many helpers and supporters who once again helped make the NZ Woodwind Competitions such a success.
I think that it is important to acknowledge our outstanding team of adjudicators:
Primary and Intermediate Class Adjudicator - Andrew Uren
Andrew is dedicated to promoting New Zealand music, the bass clarinet and his new toy the contra bass. He is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble 175 East which was awarded the 2003 Citation for Services to New Zealand Music along with a citation in 2010. Andrew tutors clarinet at the University of Waikato and at four Auckland schools, and is involved in directing various groups as well as tutoring, workshops and masterclasses. He is the New Zealand Representative of the International Clarinet Society and was the founder of the New Zealand Clarinet Society. Currently he is playing in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ followed by ‘Anything Goes’. Under the Atoll label Andrew has a new CD about to be released on World Bass Clarinet music. What this space…..
Secondary Class Adjudicators: Pearl Chatfield and Gretchen LaRoche
Pearl Chatfield has a thriving woodwind and piano practise in Birmingham. As a soloist, accompanist and part of a piano duo, Pearl has performed many charity concerts over the years in the UK and America. Pearl also travels extensively as a classical and jazz examiner for the ABRSM.
Gretchen is currently lecturer in Clarinet Performance at University of Canterbury. Until this year Gretchen was the Principal Clarinet of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, then becoming the Artistic Manager. Gretchen is the Director of the Gisborne International Music Competition, is a trustee for Chamber Music NZ and is also a member of the contemporary ensemble 175 East which was awarded the 2003 Citation for Services to New Zealand Music. She is an adjudicator for chamber Music NZ, has played with the NZSO, is a great promoter of NZ Music and a recording artist for Radio NZ . Gretchen is in much demand as a recording soloist and Chamber music player and has a number of recordings. She has given recital tours in the UK, Europe and most recently in America.
Tertiary and Open Adult Class Adjudicators: Ben Hoadley and Ingrid Culliford
Ben is the co-ordinator of Woodwind and lecturer in Bassoon at the University of Auckland, has taught at the NZSM, University of Waikoto, Otago and the University of Hartford in the USA and the New England Conservatorium in Boston. Has played with the NZSO, the Sydney & Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Boston Symphony and is currently working with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Australian Brannenburg Orchestra based in Sydney. Ben has performed for Radio NZ and has many recordings to his name – labels include Atoll and Australian Broadcasting Commission. He has also premiered 5 pieces by Dame Gillian Whitehead, a renowned NZ Composer ..
Ingrid spent many years in London as a freelance flutist and teacher, and was professor of flute at Trinity College of Music as well as the Junior Royal Academy of Music. Whilst in London she played with the major orchestras and was founder and flute player of Lontano, a contemporary ensemble. Since returning to NZ she has played with the NZSO, is a member of 175 East, is a recording artist for Radio NZ. Ingrid also has a number of recordings to her name under the labels of Laorelt & Atoll. Ingrid has tutored flute at University of Waikato and the NZ School of Music, adjudicates at many festivals and competitions, is an examiner for the NZMEB and a Senior Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Jazz Ensemble Tutor - Jim Langabeer
Jim is a multi-faceted musician and teacher, active as a flute, saxophone and clarinet performer as well as a trained teacher and University tutor. He is currently performing and recording with several jazz and contemporary music groups, and is also in demand as a conductor, composer, arranger, and chamber music tutor. His improvisation master-classes and workshops are always popular, and he is a regular contributor to Flute Focus. Jim has recently been featured on flute and soprano and tenor saxophone on A Bridge To Somewhere and on flutes on Jonathon Besser’s Campursari CDs
Finally please enjoy your musical journey and and congratulations once again to you all!!!!
See you all next year...
Sponsors of the 2011 NZ Woodwind Competitions
My sincere thanks once again to the following businesses whose generosity, support and promotion of the NZ Woodwind Competitions has been overwhelming – their very kind assistance has ensured the continuation of this worthwhile event to encourage students of woodwind instruments in the pursuit of excellence.
Competition Organizer - Mary O'Brien
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