Conservatorium of Music

Accelerate! Strings

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Graeme Gilling teachingUWA Elite Performance Program

Accelerate! is UWA's new elite performance training program designed for string players and pianists in years 10-12, who are looking to take their playing to the next level!

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with UWA staff including Head of Strings Suzanne Wijsman, Shaun Lee-Chen (Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Head of Keyboard Studies Graeme Gilling and celebrated fortepianist Cecilia Sun.

The program will include a wide-range of practical activities including workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on performance, performance skills and general musicianship. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in the Accelerate! Showcase and will also be offered free tickets to a number of Conservatorium of Music performances.

Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition. Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants. 

Who is the program for?

String (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass) and piano students in years 10-12, who are currently performing at AMEB Grade 7 or above (or equivalent). The program is ideal for those undertaking WACE/ATAR Music, although enrolment in those programs is not essential. 


The program will run in terms 2 and 3.


Friday 11 May (5-7pm)

Program sessions

18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, 14 Sept and 21 Sept (5-7pm @ UWA)

Performances to watch (optional)

Thursday 17 May, 7.30pm:  Main Stage: Collaboration (Brahms 4) @ Hale School 

Wednesday 30 May, 5.30pm: Converge: Mozart Double Piano Concerto @ UWA

Wednesday 15 August, 5.30pm: Converge: The Darlington Ensemble @ UWA

Thursday 30 August, 7.30pm: Main Stage: Let's Dance (Copland/Adams) @ Churchlands SHS

How to apply 

Applicants will need to:

Applications should be emailed to by Tuesday 8 May, 2018.

Auditions will take place on Friday 11 May (ad hoc auditions can be arranged in special circumstances).

Please Note: Students who participated in Accelerate! in 2017 will need to reaudition for 2018. 

UWA String Orchestra led by Artist in Residence Shaun Lee-Chen

Accelerate! Classical Guitar Program

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