MYMF e-News No. 1 March 2019                                                                     View this email in your browser
From Our President
The Waverley Music Eisteddfod Inc Committee is working hard to bring you the 2019 Monash Youth Music Festival!

At our Annual General Meeting we were honoured to hear Cr. Robert Davies, Councillor for the Mulgrave Ward and Chairman of Pinewood Community Bank congratulate the success of Waverley Music Eisteddfod on behalf of Monash Council for their success over the years and promised ongoing support from Monash Council.

We were also delighted to hear Ms. Cochrane, Head of music, Huntingtower School speak about the importance of performing for music students, and  the  opportunities provided by Monash Youth Music Festival. She understood the hard work of the Committee members and festival volunteers through her experience with the South Eastern Arts Festival.  

We took the opportunity to thank and applaude Keith and Karolee Jones, our longest serving committee members in recent times. Between them, they managed the Piano sections,  provided lunches, dinners and snacks for staff and volunteers, organised Robert Blackwood Hall for the Choral sections, compered sections, and the list goes on! We are deeply grateful for their immense contribution.

We are extremely thankful to our generous sponsors such as the City of Monash, Pinewood Community Bank® Branch and their Pitch Partners, Huntingtower School, The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Dulux Protective Coatings, and all our sponsors and supporters to enable us to continue our valuable work.

I am thrilled to announce that our Ensembles Day will be held in Huntingtower School's magnificent Performing Arts Centre, and I am very pleased to advise that the maximum size of the Junior and Senior Large Ensembles will return to 60 players.

I encourage you to take part in this year’s events, and we hope every young musician will find something they will enjoy. 

– Gordon Pyke President
The Monash Youth Music Festival is coming!
The 2018 Adjudicator of the 2018 MYMF Ensembles competitions, Austrian born conductor, Mario Dobernig (Conductor in Chief and Artistic director for the Preston Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Chorale and the Ballarat Wind Orchestra), announced at the conclusion of the Senior Large Ensembles last year that he had witnessed "the superstars of the future!" Indeed, many Australian musicians who have achieved national and international success, gained valuable performance experience through eisteddfods, including the Waverley Music Eisteddfod, the predecessor of the Monash Youth Music Festival.

The Monash Youth Music Festival offers young musicians plenty of opportunities to perform in piano, orchestral strings, woodwind and brass, recorder, vocal, instrumental ensembles, chamber music, recorder groups, primary school choirs  and chamber choirs. 

Even later-starters can gain valuable performance experience by entering our enjoyable, non-competitive mini recitals and "Two of Us" duet sections (any two instruments including voice), and participate in the mini performance workshops that follow each section. This is excellent preparation for school concerts and music exams, and later starters have been known to audition successfully for university places, simply because they have repeatedly performed at eisteddfods and festivals!

The Festival starts early again this year, on Saturday August 3, and concludes with the Choral sections to be held on August 19 at the glorious Robert Blackwood Hall.

All solo events will again be held in the Orchestral Room of Huntingtower School while the Ensembles sections will be held in the state-of-the-art Huntingtower Performing Arts Centre on August 17. Don't miss it! 
Visit our website for more information
The Monash Youth Music Festival gives your students incentive to practise and opportunities to perform!

Your solo music students benefit from performing in front of an audience and will develop skills that simply cannot be achieved by practice alone. Every participant receives an Adjudicator’s report, which contains encouraging comments and helpful hints to further improve your student’s performance, which in turn will help your student to succeed.

Our Music Festival will also encourage your music students to share their beautiful music with family and friends, and not just with an examiner. What a lovely reason for your music students to practice!
Encourage your students to sign up for this free newsletter!
Do you play in an ensemble, or take music lessons, but have never performed solo? Why not enter this year's Monash Youth Music Festival's many solo sections? Our new AMEB graded sections, or the new, non-competitive Mini Recital sections might be the perfect introduction into Music Festivals and Eisteddfods. We provide a free accompanist for solo sections, so why not have a try?

Learning to manage "butterflies in the stomach" is very helpful for anyone preparing for music exams too - the more you perform in front of other people, the less nervous you are likely to feel in front of an examiner! 


For music students new to eisteddfods and competitions, this year's Music Festival will offer five non-competitive "Mini Recital" sections that give performers the opportunity to perform under similar conditions to our competitive sections, in a more relaxed atmosphere. Each section concludes with a mini master class.

Duet sections offered this year:
Duet 14 years & under
Duet 18 years & under

There are also three graded open age solo sections, perfect for novice musicians:
Solo AMEB Grades 1 – 3 
Solo AMEB Grades 4 – 5 
Solo AMEB Grades 6+
You don't have to be doing the AMEB syllabus, but your piece should be of an equivalent standard. Please check with your music teacher if you are not sure.

Do you have a favourite piece of music you are working on? Why not enter the Festival and perform it? There is plenty of time to practice and polish between now and August, so put your entry in as soon as entries open. You gain valuable performance experience, receive a detailed critique sheet, and pride in having performed in public! You get an Adjudicator's report too, so you can see how you went, and this well help you in your preparation for any future music exam or performance. 


Everyone is welcome to come and watch all the performances at the Monash Youth Music Festival. If you have a family member, friend or student performing in any of the many events, or you would simply like to listen to the "superstars of the future",  come and enjoy a musical treat!
We are a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, and proceeds from all ticket sales and programmes go towards the cost of running of our Festival.
Entries Open
April 22, 2019
Entries Close
June 21, 2019
(or earlier, if section reaches capacity before the closing date)
First day
Saturday August 3, 2019
Last day
Monday August 19, 2019
How to Enter

Enter via STARDOM

Entries via STARDOM only,
April 20 - June 22.
No late entries accepted!
Contact us if you need help

The Huntingtower Community will provide delicious refreshments and sausage sizzles during Ensembles Day on

Saturday August 17

for your convenience, so bring your loose change.
There will also be a coffee cart with  fresh barista quality coffee!

Audience Tickets


Everyone is welcome to come and watch all the performances at the Monash Youth Music Festival. If you have a family member, friend or student performing in any of the many events, or you would simply like to listen to the "superstars of the future",  come and enjoy a musical treat!

We are a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, and proceeds from all ticket sales and programmes go towards the cost of running of our Festival.

All sessions are open to the public
Adults (16 and over) $5
Multi Session Ticket $15
Children under 16 FREE
Competitors FREE
Audience Tickets on sale JULY 1!
Mr Gordon Pyke
M: 0408 597 086

Mr. John Wise
M: 0412 596 299

Mrs. Judy Serelis

Sue Lyons
M:  0438 821 889

Mrs Rae Kum

Miss Majella Drew

We still need

Assistant Registrars. Why not join our Committee?
It is fun and rewarding!

Contact us if you are interested!
Thinking of Selling your Property?
Thinking of selling your property? List with Jellis Craig Mount Waverley and Jellis Craig will support your child's music journey through a generous donation to the Monash Youth Music Festival. Read the Jellis Craig offer HERE.
Next Issue
Issue No 2 - news on our Instrumental Ensembles, Choral sections and Mini Recitals.

Issue No 3 - news on our Piano, Recorder, Strings, Vocal and Wind competitions.

Issue No 4 - bumper issue including special tips on performing at your best in our Festival.

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors


See Your Company Logo HERE
and in our Festival Programme!
Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorship opportunities for the this year's Monash Youth Music Festival close soon.

The Monash Youth Music Festival is is entirely not for profit and is organised and run by the Waverley Music Eisteddfod Inc. Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers.
Copyright © 2019 Monash Youth Music Festival, All rights reserved.

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