Award for innovation

Here is the citation for the Student Success Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation, which I was presented in December 2018.

Since joining the team, Katherine has demonstrated an innovative and inclusive approach to everything she has done. With very short time-frames Katherine negotiated spaces for each Learning Hub and for the Maths Hub at Bundoora while drawing together separate teams into one cohesive unit.

Katherine also successfully streamlined the processes of the team and is currently working on evaluation. One example of Katherine’s innovation involved identifying and negotiating an alternate space for the Hub due to the original’s unsuitability. Katherine was able to work with stakeholders to shift and set up operations within the space of a week.

It was an incredible honour to have the work in the Learning Hub recognised, alongside award for the Peer Learning Leaders for ‘Going the Extra Mile’ and Dr Pam Delly, Student Learning, for ‘Collaboration’.

‘Southern Cantata’ at the Brisbane Contemporary Church Music Festival 2018

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The Brisbane Baroque Chamber Choir, conducted by Graeme Morton, will perform the Shultz/Firth Southern Cantata at the Brisbane Contemporary Church Music Festival, at 2pm on 19 August 2018, in St John’s Cathedral.

“Baroque instruments meet contemporary voices in new Advent cantatas by Australian composers Andrew Schultz and Dan Walker”.

Tickets will be available soon.

‘Anthem for the Feast of Any Healer’ released on ABC Music

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ABC Music has released a recording of ‘Anthem for the Feast of Any Healer’, composed by Michael Leighton Jones, and words by Katherine Firth.

The work was commissioned by Dr Jack Best, to commemorate the life of Norman Heatley, the only member of the team who isolated penicillin for medicinal use not honoured with a Nobel Prize. Dr Best saw in Heatley an exemplar of all medical researchers whose work has made such a difference to many lives, but who are themselves un-celebrated. The name, ‘Anthem for the Feast of Any Healer’ highlights this aspect of the Commission.

The work was first performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, February 2011, and later by the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, on multiple occasions, including the opening of the Melbourne Brain Centre (see a video of the event here).

The new recording, with spoken word performance by the librettist, conducted by the composer, and sung by the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne, is now available for download via the ABC Music website.

Article on Ezra Pound and Musical Modernism published

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An article on how Ezra Pound uses ideas and practices of musical modernism to shape his Pisan Cantos. In particular, the chapter debunks the idea that a ‘fugue’ controls the formal aspects of the poem, demonstrating rather the freedom and looseness of the fugue form, and instead demonstrating Pound’s use of small musical moments of coherence through close examination of primary recordings of Pound reciting his poetry, through examination of letters and commentary, and through a deep understanding of early and modern musicology.

The book can be purchased from Routledge, or consulted (in part) on Google Books.

Movement from ‘Southern Cantata’ on 3MBS Radio

Movement 4 of ‘Southern Cantata’ was broadcast on 3MBS radio on Sunday 4 February 5pm, as part of an interview with The Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne, for their ‘Reflections’ Program.

You can listen to the piece here:

Schultz, Andrew: Southern Cantata. Choir of St John’s Southgate/Graham Lieschke (From 36 minutes).

A broadcast of the full work is expected soon.

The score and a recording are available for reference only at the the Australian Music Centre website.

Post published on LSE Impact blog

My blog post ‘Writing a PhD in your second language: 7 reasons you’re doing great and 5 ways to do even better’ (originally published on Research Degree Voodoo), was republished on the LSE Impact blog.

For those PhD students for whom English is not their first language, writing a thesis can be a daunting task and a source of some anxiety too. Katherine Firth has worked with many of these students and as well as offering reasons why they should feel reassured, also provides a short list of simple pointers to help improve their skills. Identify your common errors, practice regularly, and don’t become preoccupied with “sounding academic”!

Read the full blog.

 

Centenary Anthem for Trinity College Chapel

A new anthem was commissioned for the century anniversary of the Horsfall Chapel at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, ‘Sunlight Touches the Roses (Horsfall)’ with words by Katherine Firth and music by Peter Campbell. The anthem was directed by Chris Watson and sung by the Choir of Trinity College, one of the premiere sacred music ensembles in Australia.

The first performance was on Friday 6 October 2017 at a service for Founders and Benefactors of the College, and a second performance on Saturday 25 November for the anniversary of the consecration of the chapel.

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The words and music draw from the present setting of the building, its history as the chapel of Trinity College and Janet Clarke Hall (in 1917 Trinity College and Trinity Women’s Hostel), from the prayers and hymns in the opening services of the new chapel, and ends with a doxology of hope for the future.

Read more about the chapel and the chapel choir.

Deck the Halls with Advent Heat

Peter Campbell and my first every collaboration, ‘In Advent Heat’, will be performed at three concerts in Melbourne and Bendigo. (This makes 6 performances of 3 seperate works in the space of a fortnight!)

Join Melbourne chamber choir Polyphonic Voices and kick off the festive season with Deck the Halls, a distinctly Australian-flavoured concert of Christmas music featuring celebrated local composers alongside more traditional Christmas carols and everything in between. Guests will be treated to suitably themed drinks and nibbles ahead of a performance that will feature unaccompanied choral music from the past 500 years, from countries such as Argentina, Finland, Germany, France, the USA, UK and Sweden. Interwoven throughout will be arrangements or original compositions by young Melbournians Dan Walker, Daniel Riley and Peter Campbell, and a new composition by talented Sydney-based composer Alice Chance. With two performances in Parkville’s beautiful Wyslaskie Auditorium, there’s no better way to entertain the prospect of Christmas and holidays!

This program will be repeated a week later at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Bendigo on Saturday 9th December at 6pm.
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Event details:
Deck the Halls, presented by Polyphonic Voices
Friday 1st December, 8pm
Saturday 2nd December, 8pm
Drinks and nibbles served each evening from 7pm
Standard $40 / Student $20
Wyslaskie Auditorium – Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052
Tickets from www.polyphonicvoices.com

Southern Cantata for St John’s Southgate

A new commission for the St John’s Canata Program.

World premiere of a new cantata commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of St Johns Cantata Program

Southern Cantata (Opus 102, 2017)
by Andrew Schultz, libretto by Katherine Firth

for 2 soloists, chorus and period instrument orchestra of strings, trumpet, theorbo, timpani, harpsichord and organ

St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
Kate Macfarlane (soprano), Robert Macfarlane (tenor)
dir. Graham Lieschke

Guest Preacher: Tom Peitsch
Pastor of Outer Eastern Lutheran Church & former pastor of St Johns Southgate

Cantata in Context 8:30am in the Chapel
Discussion with the composer and poet about the  new cantata

Read more