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Music Centre starts year on high note

By Patrick Nelson

Paolo Fabris … “the vision is for a bigger, better and more vibrant venue” Paolo Fabris … “the vision is for a bigger, better and more vibrant venue”

The newly appointed Director of Charles Darwin University’s Centre for Youth and Community Music says it is “business as usual” in 2014.

Paolo Fabris, who assumed directorship of the centre this month, said the doors were open and that one-on-one lessons and ensemble programs have begun.

“I want to make it clear to people that the centre is not shutting down,” Mr Fabris said.

“To the contrary, the vision is for a bigger, better and more vibrant venue in which youth and adults alike will receive musical tuition and encouragement.

“The challenge is to exceed the community’s expectations for a lively, high-quality space where our city’s musicians can pursue their passion to their full potential.”

Mr Fabris said that new administrative practices and a higher degree of structure would characterise the centre’s new business model.

“Students will need to enrol each term before the enrolment period closes,” he said.

“This has not been the practice in the past, but as we seek to grow the centre and enhance efficiencies it has become evident that enrolments are necessary.

Mr Fabris, an accomplished actor, singer and vocal coach who lectures at both CDU and at Harvard University in the United States, said the centre would provide one-on-one lessons for almost any instrument.

“We will continue to run all our usual adult ensemble programs like the Darwin Youth Orchestra, the Advanced Chamber Ensemble and the Baroque Ensemble and many more.

“Plans are in motion to deliver a new musical theatre course, hopefully from Term Two,” he said.