Im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ship

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­land univer­sity mu­sic stu­dent and pian­ist Liam Wood­ing spent his holidays in Saratoga Springs, New York, learn­ing how to im­prove the re­la­tion­ship between a per­former and their au­di­ence.

His trip to the USA for the sum­mer pro­gramme at the De­coda/ Skid­more Cham­ber Mu­sic In­sti­tute was was funded by the Vice Chan­cel­lor’s Arts Stu­dent Sup­port Fund. He is the first arts stu­dent to be se­lected for the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s High Per­for­mance Stu­dent Sup­port Pro­gramme.

‘‘Ev­ery per­for­mance in front of an au­di­ence is a unique and spe­cial oc­ca­sion which can never be repli­cated,’’ Liam says. ‘‘The cham­ber mu­sic pro­gramme at De­coda fo­cussed on com­mu­nity and what that means for im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ship between the com­mu­nity and the mu­si­cian.’’

Liam is from Whanganui and came to Auck­land in 2011 when he was se­lected for the Univer­sity of Auck­land Chan­cel­lor’s Award for Top Maori and Pacific Schol­ars.

He grad­u­ated last year with a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic in Clas­si­cal Per­for­mance (Pi­ano) and is this year study­ing for Hon­ours.

‘‘In ad­di­tion to re­hearsals and coach­ing, ev­ery day we sat in on dif­fer­ent pre­sen­ta­tions which en­abled us to think through how we as mu­si­cians can be most use­ful in our com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Liam says. ‘‘ One way to do this was to take our mu­sic and work on cre­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volved and en­hanced the au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mu­sic – called In­ter­ac­tive Per­for­mance.’’

Mu­si­cal holidays: Liam Wood­ing has spent his se­mes­ter break in New York state on a spe­cial mu­sic pro­gramme.

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