November 30, 2014 ~ TMTA State Awards (North and North West)

The annual awards concert was held at Lifeway Baptist Chruch, Devonport, with AMEB Examiner, performer and teacher, Kent Furmage, adjudicating. This year was a diverse programme, with students performing on piano, flute, violin and trumpet.

Madame Helen George Award (Grade 3-5)

First Prize: Christina Cohen (piano), student of Lyn Loudon.  Runner up:  Emily Penfold (flute), student of Jodianne Smallbon

Ann McGarry Award (Grade 6-8/Certificate of Performance)

First prize:  Katrina Wong (piano), student of Lynda Nicholls.  Runner up:  Alyssa James (piano), student of Julie Bennett

Graeme Buchanan Award (Diploma)

First prize: Chloe Thomas (piano), student of Dominique Baker.


August 18, 2014 ~ Southern Branch Piano Competitions

Competitions were held at the Friends’ School, Hodgkin Hall with highly experienced adjudicator, Jane Edwards, who commented on the high standard of performances. Results are as follows:

Junior Pianoforte Shield (Grade 2 or lower) in memory of Mollie Retjoe

First prize:  Mark Elkerton, student of Greta Lanchbery.  Equal Second Prize:  Jack Connell, student of Shan Deng and Maisie Pfundt, student of Gaye Headlam

Intermediate Brenda Hean Piano Competition (now incorporating the Madame Helen George Award, Grade 3-5)

First prize:  Amelia Millington, student of Karen Clark. (Also winner of the TMTA Award for the Most Promising Performer). Equal Second Prize: William Kuplis, student of Greta Lanchbery and Daniel Glover, student of Victoria Burley

Senior Brenda Hean Piano Competition (now incorporating the Ann McGarry Award, Grade 6-8)

First prize:  Shen-Yuan, student of Shan Deng.  (Also winner of the McCann’s Music Award). Equal Second Prize: Selina Yang, student of Greta Lanchbery and Olivia Eade, student of Annette Stilwell

Graeme Buchanan Award (Diploma Level)

First prize:  James He, student of Annette Stilwell.


March 1, 2014 ~ TMTA State Conference

Guest speakers at our State Conference this year were two high profile musicians, Wendy Lorenz and Robert Schubert.


Wendy Lorenz, pianist and teacher, delivered the annual Jan Sedivka Memorial Lecture, presenting a fascinating account of her studies in London with the remarkable pedagogue Maria Curcio, student of Artur Schnabel. Curcio became a legend in her own time, who was the ultimate artistic ‘door opener’ for a generation of internationally acclaimed pianists. The lecture included details of Curcio’s fascinating life and close association with many of the great musical figures of the 20th century, as well as her approach to interpretation and technique.




Robert Schubert, clarinettist and Alexander Technique specialist gave an introduction and over-view of the Alexander Technique and then offered insights into its practical application in a masterclass with talented young students of members.