Improving the relationship
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.