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MSO Online Classroom

Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series

MSO Online Classroom is an exclusive opportunity for Government school students nominated to take part in the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series, supported by the Victorian Government. MSO Assistant Conductor Nicholas Bochner and specialist co-presenters deliver rich and stimulating content through live, interactive sessions. Students will be inspired by in-depth and interactive discussion, illustrated by world quality, pre-recorded MSO performances.

Interactive webinars encompass multiple learning areas. See individual session descriptions below for further details.

Register now to reserve your place! Attendees will be contacted with links to join in advance of sessions. Resources will be available for download before each session.

MSO Online Classroom is generously supported by the Department of Education & Training Victoria.

Term 1, 2021


MSO Online Classroom 1 | Curriculum Concert

19 March 2021 at 10am
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre Southbank
Free for Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series students

FEATURING
Nicholas Bochner conductor / presenter
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

PROGRAM
SculthorpeEarth Cry
Haydn Symphony No.94

Dive into the music of two ground-breaking composers. Guided by MSO Assistant Conductor Nicholas Bochner, you’ll explore two works: Haydn’s Symphony No.94 and Sculthorpe’s Earth Cry. Discover why Haydn is known as the ‘Father’ of the Symphony and learn how Sculthorpe was inspired by indigenous music and music-makers, to create a unique Australian sound.

This special concert format is ideal for curious students evolving their understanding of compositional technique and developing their analytical vocabulary.

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Term 2, 2021


MSO Online Classroom 2 | Interactive Webinar

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
3 May 2021, 1.30–3pm

Join Nicholas Bochner and his special guest (TBC) as they uncover the legendary and genius of Leonard Bernstein and his stunning Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. This interactive and thought-provoking webinar will explore Romeo and Juliet like no other!

Students will:

  • Hear detailed insights from the musician and teacher perspectives
  • See recent MSO footage to support musical and conceptual understanding
  • Make cross-curricular links between English and Music in historical social context

Suitable for: High-ability Music and English secondary students from Government schools

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Term 3, 2021


MSO Online Classroom 3 | Interactive Webinar

Cheetham Eumeralla, A War Requiem for Peace
13 September 2021, 1.30–3pm

This very special event brings together acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, Artistic Director of Short Black Opera and MSO’s 2020 Composer in Residence, Deborah Cheetham AO, and cellist/conductor Nicholas Bochner, as they explore the cultural themes and music in Deborah’s moving and powerful work, premiered by the MSO in 2019.

Students will:

  • Hear about the cultural importance of the war at Eumeralla
  • See recent MSO footage to support historical understanding
  • Explore cross-curriculum priority: Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Suitable for: High-ability students from Government schools in Years 7-10 and VCE Music students

“It is my hope that this requiem will help the spirits of those who fell to find a lasting peace and that we, their descendants, might find our way to deeper understanding of the legacy of these battles. Eumeralla: a war requiem for peace will break the silence of so many decades and serve to amplify the importance of our nation’s shared history.”
– Deborah Cheetham AO

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Term 4, 2021


MSO Online Classroom 4 | Interactive Webinar

VCE Exam Preparation
11 October 2021, 4.30–6pm

Students join Nicholas Bochner in a timely in-depth conversation with VCE Music Specialist James Le Fevre (Head of Music, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School) with guidance in preparing for and succeeding in all areas of upcoming Music exams.

The repertoire for study during the session is Haydn’s Symphony No.94 Surprise and Peter Sculthorpe’s Earth Cry, as played by the MSO during the Curriculum Concert in March, providing the perfect contrast for this practical workshop.

Students will:

  • Hear detailed insights from the experienced musician and teacher perspective
  • See recent MSO footage to support discussion
  • Be guided through practical examples focusing on exam outcomes

Suitable for: High-ability VCE Music students from Government schools

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MSO Online Classroom 5 | Interactive Webinar

Copland Appalachian Spring
8 November 2021, 1.30–3pm

This pivotal work was written in 1944, originally conceived as a ballet for the indomitable Martha Graham. It defined the essence of American music and gave life to an intrinsic sound for generations to come. Join Nicholas Bochner and guest (tbc) as they delve into the historical and musical context within which this stunning chamber work lies.

Students will:

  • Hear detailed insights from the musician and teacher perspectives
  • See recent MSO footage to support musical and conceptual understanding
  • Make cross-curricular links between English, History and Music in broad social contexts

Suitable for: High-ability Music and English secondary students from Government schools

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For further information, please contact Sylvia Hosking at hoskings@mso.com.au.