Singing from the same songbook: University of Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre announce partnership

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The University of Melbourne has become Melbourne Recital Centre’s new ‘Learning Partner’ and will collaborate on research, teaching and learning and engagement activities.

The partnership will also provide new opportunities for collaborations between the University and the Recital Centre and consolidate existing programs with the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, such as Music on the Mind, Musical Explorations and student master classes.

University of Melbourne Vice-Principal (Engagement) Adrian Collette said the partnership would also establish new directions in cultural impact research and showcase the creative industries as a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations.

“This partnership will enhance the University’s pilot research into the impact of the arts in social, economic and political terms through collaborations with the School of Culture and Communication, the Melbourne Business School and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, including our Musicology and Music, Mind and Wellbeing Initiative,” Mr Collette said.

“We are also thrilled about the learning opportunities that will be available to our students.  Commissions, competitions, masterclasses and internships, shadowing and mentoring opportunities and interaction with visiting artists open up a world of possibilities for our young musicians.”

Melbourne Recital Centre Chair Kathryn Fagg said the University’s involvement in the arts and Melbourne’s Arts Precinct at Southbank was invaluable.

“The University of Melbourne’s support of the arts and contribution to the arts community makes a big difference to what is a vital element of our local, national and international society,” Ms Fagg said.

“We are delighted to announce a partnership that will contribute to Victoria’s creative sector, boost vital arts research and develop innovative music performance opportunities to showcase emerging and established performers and composers.”