Our Toowoomba branch has the advantage of existing in the rich musical environment of one of the largest regional centres in Australia. Our members live and teach in areas from Kingaroy to the north, Stanthorpe to the south and Chinchilla to the west. The branch has around 40 members who teach music practice and theory on a range of instruments using a variety of techniques. We endeavour to foster musical development through workshops and student recitals. One of our permanent events is the “Charles & Motee Rogers Piano Competition” which is held annually.
1. The Charles & Motee Rogers Piano Competition – Being held on September 4, is for young pianists who are residents of Toowoomba, the Darling Downs or the Lockyer Valley who currently study piano anywhere, or for other students currently studying piano in Toowoomba. Competitors can be up to 21 years of age and play at Grade 5 to Diploma level. Click here for more information.
2. Workshops are held whenever the need and opportunity arises. In February 2015, we hosted two workshops: "Sight Reading for Advanced Pianists, presented by Dr Katie Zhukov of the UQ School of Music, and "The Noble Art of Accompanying" presented by Mrs Lorraine Fuller, one of our own local teachers. In 2012, we hosted the Alan Lane Memorial Workshops which provided quite a variety of topics for professional development. Other past workshops have included Composing, and Teaching Theory and Aural Work. Members also have the opportunity to participate in MTAQ workshops in Brisbane through webinars.
3. Student Concerts are often scheduled prior to exams or the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. These concerts are held in an encouraging non-judgemental atmosphere to assist students in honing their performance skills.
We have three meetings per year where teachers can socialise and share teaching strategies. There are also a number of informal social gatherings arranged throughout the year. The formal meetings are held on Thursday nights, 7.30pm at the McDonalds City Centre Function Room, Margaret St, Toowoomba.
Thurs 4th February AGM and General Meetings
Friday 22nd April Informal social gathering - Café Valetta 12.30pm
Thurs 16th June General Meeting
Thurs 25th August General Meeting
Sunday 4th Sept Charles and Motee Rogers Piano Competition
November: Christmas Party - to be advised.
Feb 2017: AGM and General Meetings
2016 Committee Members:
President: Kurt Baudistel, Secretary: Jan Snook, Treasurer: Kirsty Humphrey,
Members: Paula Melville-Clark (VP), Maree Kilpatrick (VP), Marie Haak, Courtney Feldman