School of Music

Research Seminar Series

Alessandro Pittorino - Organ


Tunley Lecture Theatre

Free entry - all welcome 

A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

Semester 1 2017

All seminars are held on Tuesdays, commencing at 5.00pm in the Tunley Lecture Theatre.

28 Feb: Nicholas Bannan and Cecilia Sun: The way ahead – introductory session

7 Mar: David Symons: Towards an Australian National Opera? Developments in the Post-colonial Years

14 Mar: Adam Pinto and Christopher Tonkin: Smalley’s Magic Piano (Eileen Joyce Studio)

21 Mar: Suzanne Wijsman: Resounding Images: Imaging Music, Imagined Music and Sound in Art of the Middle Ages

28 Mar: Barry Green: The Inner Game of Music **Please RSVP for this session to**

4 Apr: Alan Harvey: The harmony of souls

11 Apr: Cecilia Sun: Tony Conrad, Early Minimalism, and Early Minimalism: A Historiographic Challenge

2 May: Andrew Foote: Towards an Iconography: What the pictures of performers tell us about musical performance

9 May: Final Presentations, Honours Students

16 May: New HDR and Honours presentations 1

23 May: New HDR and Honours presentations 2

30 May: New HDR and Honours presentations 3

Full session details are available below.

Free Lecture Recital

Presented in association with the Harp Society of WA

Jacinta Dennett: Illuminating Significative Utterance in Performance

In this presentation that relates to her PhD research, Jacinta Dennett will advocate the sonic and expressive qualities of the modern concert harp through the performance and recordings of selected solo repertoire for the instrument. Helen Gifford’s Fable (1967) for harp solo will provide the lens through which a deeper enquiry into performance is sought. The research process will involve a study of Helen Gifford’s oeuvre, its critical reception authenticated by performance reviews, published and archival documents, radio broadcasts and transcriptions of interviews, and interviews between the performer and the composer herself. Using Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom (1894), in particular his theory of ‘moral imagination,’ this path of investigation will lay hold of music performance as the focus for developing an epistemology after the model of a fable, where discovery is self-initiated rather than delivered. What insights (inner sight or wisdom), does a study of Helen Gifford’s Fable (1967) reveal? 

Jacinta Dennett is Harp Tutor at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music

Time and date

  • Tuesday 6 June 2017 - 5pm 


Free entry - all welcome 

2017 Callaway Lecture

Richard Mills AM

Opera in the mirror of history: excite or extinguish

Time and date

  • Thursday 7 September 2017, 6pm