CREATE. COLLABORATE. CONNECT.
At the week–long Mcgregor summer music program, musicians of all ages and varying experience will be guided on their journey to becoming the musician they want to be.
Participating musicians will choose a music major, then participate in group instrumental lessons, ensembles, industry workshops and performance opportunities designed to help the musicians embrace music fundamentals and create their own tune.
The majors will be led by tutors who are all well connected, prolific professional musicians and educators, in a vibrant, collaborative atmosphere.
VOCALS WITH RENAE SUTTIE
Musicians will focus on developing their voice and learning a range of vital techniques, covering essential vocal elements like warming up, breathing exercises, contemporary vocal harmony, improvisation, and more.
Having studied music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the University of Queensland, Renae also amassed 25 years’ performance experience all over the world, including performances in Japan, China, Fiji and Vanuatu.
STRINGS WITH SALLIANA CAMPBELL
This will be a performance–focussed workshop wherein musicians will work on a set of popular songs to broaden their performance options.
Covering broad concepts like rhythmic accompaniment and improvisations, musicians will be introduced to a variety of string styles, including rock, pop, country, gypsy, Irish, and bluegrass.
Salliana regularly performs at the Woodford Folk Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay Blues, and many other festivals and has credits with famous names like Bernard Fanning, Powderfinger, and Grant Mclennan.
GUITAR WITH JAMES SHERLOCK
From finger and plectrum techniques, playing all chords, reading notation and learning by ear, to accompanying vocalists and playing solo, students will learn a variety of techniques to become better guitarists.
The Melbourne–based jazz musician, James Sherlock, is well known for his performances with a range of jazz artists like James Morrison, Kate
Ceberano, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, and Sheila Jordan.
PIANO WITH NATHAN SEILER
Students will take a look at the pianist’s role in contemporary genres like jazz, blues, country, pop, RNB, and reggae.
Nathan is a freelance portfolio musician based in Brisbane and will share over 26 years of professional composition, teaching and performing expertise with participating musicians.
BRASS AND WIND WITH ANDREW MCNAUGHTON
Musicians will cover the nuts and bolts of brass and wind with Australian–based multi–instrumentalist, music director, composer and songwriter, Andrew Mcnaughton.
Under Andrew’s tutelage, students will expand their individual sound from a base in jazz theory, covering physical techniques like sound production, breathing, embouchure and articulation.
BASS WITH AJ HALL
Appropriate for both electric and double bass, this workshop will cover everything from groove to gear, time and tone.
AJ majored in jazz bass at the Queensland Conservatorium and worked extensively throughout Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia as an electric and double bass player.
DRUMS WITH JOHN PARKER
John is an award-winning Brisbane–based musician, composer and educator with an eclectic performance and writing style showcased throughout his extensive career.
In a class devoted to all things groove, John will help musicians analyse various playing techniques and incorporate these into their own playing, and will teach them how to create addictive grooves.
SONGWRITING WITH PAT PATTISON
Pat is a professor at Berklee College of Music in the USA, where he teaches writing and poetry.
Among his students you will find three–time Grammy Award winner Gillian Welch, and singer–songwriter John Mayer.
In this workshop, students will explore lyric writing in a hands–on environment, designed to develop and refine their songwriting process.
In addition to the standard music majors, there will also be an intensive songwriting workshop hosted by Pat Pattison and a vocal masterclass by Jeannette Lovetri.
For more information on the retreat, accommodation, age restrictions and so on, go to the USQ Artsworx website at www.artsworx.usq.edu.au