School of Music celebrates 50 years of excellence

17 September 2015

The School is a key asset for the university, the ACT, and Australia.

The ANU School of Music will celebrate 50 years of music excellence this weekend.

The events start on Friday 18 September with the official opening of the School's new $1 million remodelled front entrance, the Athenaeum, followed by Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black performing music from their album, The Goldberg Inventions, in Llewellyn Hall.

The weekend features a number of free events.

Saturday 19 September features the finals of the inaugural Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition, with a total prize pool of $20,000, and an opera masterclass by Cheryl Barker AO.

Sunday 20 September features a number of concerts, demonstrating the breadth of talent of current students, staff and alumni and showcasing their music to the broader community.

Exhibitions showing the history of the School, the building, and its famous moments will be on display in the public areas of Llewellyn Hall.

"We're looking forward to celebrating 50 years since Ernest Llewellyn founded the School of Music," said interim Head of School Dr Royston Gustavson.

"The School is a key asset for the university, the ACT, and Australia.

"We welcome the community to join us as we toast the School and its role in bringing so many of Australia's most talented music students and finest professional musicians to Canberra."

More information on the 50th anniversary weekend can be found under events on the ANU School of Music website.