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For immediate release Monday 1st April

AMEB Online Orchestra 2019
The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) invites instrumentalists and singers everywhere to be a part of the biggest orchestra in Australia.

AMEB are delighted to announce that I am Australian (written by Bruce Woodley AO and Dobe Newton) is the chosen song for the 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra. This follows the success of last year’s launch during the centenary of AMEB, where nearly 2000 individuals submitted a recording of Waltzing Matilda. This year’s AMEB Online Orchestra promises to be bigger and better.

AMEB invites musicians from Australia and around the world to participate, if you can play an instrument or sing, you can be part of the biggest orchestra in Australia. Videos can be filmed on beaches, river banks, in paddocks, lounge rooms and studios so regardless of where you live, or how long you’ve been playing, you can be part of this unique event.

Bernard Depasquale CEO of AMEB says: “AMEB Head of Publishing Steve Hodgson had the vision for this project last year. We were overwhelmed by the response, this year we know it will be embraced further and wider. The beauty of the AMEB Online Orchestra is that it is all inclusive regardless of musical ability and brings people together. It demonstrates all that is best about the AMEB community.”

Ambassador for the project, Bruce Woodley AO said, “I am delighted that AMEB have chosen my song I am Australian to be arranged in various instrumental formats for the ongoing musical education of young Australians. I am sure that the musical arrangements will do justice to the song and look forward to hearing them played. The best description of my song I have ever heard was that it was “a big pot of glue” helping bring many diverse cultures together, to the exclusion of no one. The AMEB musical arrangements are another important expression of that important idea.”

Entries open on April 1st 2019, participants including individuals, schools and community groups will be able to download the music arrangement, including parts for a wide range of instruments and various skill levels, rehearse, record their performance and upload it to the website. AMEB will then combine all the clips to create one impressive virtual performance of I am Australian. This year the AMEB Online Orchestra Ambassador and conductor is Jessica Gethin, Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Entry details:
Step 1 – Watch the Launch Video for instructions and inspiration.
Step 2 – Download the part you’d like to play and the click track.
Step 3 – Practise your part.
Step 4 – Record yourself playing your part in your chosen location (a place that’s important to you).
Step 5 – Upload the recording (audio or video) to the website.
Step 6 – Be a part of the biggest orchestra Australia has seen!
Find out more here
For over a 100 years the AMEB has been the leading provider of examination services for music, speech and drama. They have developed high quality syllabuses, publications and educational services to teachers, examiners and students, which have gained professional recognition in Australia and in many markets around the world. In 1887 a programme of music examinations was initiated in Australia by the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. Subsequently the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) emerged in 1918 as a national body with the purpose of providing graded assessments of the achievements of music students, later adding examinations for students of speech and drama.
Australian born conductor Jessica Gethin has been hailed by audiences and critics for her stellar musicianship, vibrant energy and charismatic stage presence, being reviewed as ‘accomplished and gifted in every respect; a consummate musician who knows how to get the best out of her player’. Listed by Limelight Magazine in the ‘2017 Top Twenty Australian Artists of the Year’, Jessica's musical experience covers a diverse range of genres, moving effortlessly between conducting core symphonic works, to opera, ballet and film score. In 2011 Jessica was appointed Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra (Western Australia). Winner of the Brian Stacey Emerging Australian Conductor Award in 2015, Jessica has been a leading advocate for the arts and music education, was listed as one of Australian Financial Review's ‘100 Most Influential Women’ in Australia and is regularly engaged as presenter and key note speaker on the topics of the arts, leadership and diversity. Jessica was the recipient of a 2016 Winston Churchill Fellowship for Performance Excellence in Classical Music, as well as inaugural alumna of the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors, where she has since returned to the company as both Conductor and Assistant Conductor. Guest conductor engagements for the 2018/19/20 seasons include concerts in Malaysia, Macau, New Zealand, Dallas, South Africa, Japan, China, Australia and Singapore.
Bernard Depasquale has been CEO of The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) for over 10 years. Under Bernard’s leadership, AMEB has been transformed from Australia’s leading exam board into an organisation that is ready to lead music examining into the digital age. He has also been responsible for the expansion of AMEB internationally taking AMEB first to NZ and more recently to Vietnam.

Bernard is involved in many industry organisations including AMPAL, APRA, AMCOS and as a Director of Melbourne Youth Orchestra, including as Chair of their Education and Advisory Committee. Previously Head of Administrative Services at The Melba Conservatorium of Music, he holds a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice (Honours), Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration.
Bruce Woodley AO has been a prolific songwriter and performer all his career. With a string of worldwide hits and memorable songs Bruce has drawn upon many influences.  Bruce is a founding member of The Seekers, and continues his music writing and performing to this day.  

In 1987, Bruce wrote his now-famous song I am Australian with his friend Dobe Newton of the Bushwackers. Bruce instinctively knew that I am Australian, with its theme of identity and belonging would make its mark, but even he was surprised at the way it was embraced by millions of  young Australians. Bruce is delighted that his song I am Australian has been selected for the 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra project. Please note Bruce Woodley is unavailable for interview.
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