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HAVE A HAND IN THE FUTURE OF CHAMBER MUSIC The 25th Anniversary Appeal for Chamber Music Australia

OUR IMPRESSIVE STORY As Chamber Music Australia celebrates twenty-five years we invite you to take a lead role in the future of chamber music in Australia. Lend a hand to help Chamber Music Australia discover, audition and fly sixteen impossibly talented young ensembles to Melbourne for the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, 11 to 19 July 2015. Feel first-hand the energy of our new initiatives to grow Australian composition and to build direct and inspirational links with secondary schools. Play a part in discovering the next Amaryllis Quartet, Keleman Quartet, Atos Trio, St Lawrence String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio, Kungsbacka Trio, St Petersburg Quartet, Vertavo Quartet, Eggner Trio, Aviv Quartet, Seraphim Trio, Tin Alley String Quartet, Lyrebird Trio, Benaud Trio, Orava Quartet and the next Amber Quartet. Please show your hand and commit funds to present world-class chamber music competitions for the next twenty-five years.

ENRICHING THE WORLD OF MUSIC BY GIVING Chamber music is a collection of individual voices, interwoven in perfect harmony, counterpoint and balance. Each individual performs an integral and vital role. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch played the principal part in Chamber Music Australia’s first twenty-five years. Her generosity, commitment and foresight built the foundations for Chamber Music Australia and its two remarkable competitions that turn the eyes and ears of the international music world to Australia. For the continuation of that theme, to build on this passion and enrich the world by preserving and developing chamber music further, we need you to play your part. A 25th Anniversary is a significant achievement and we invite you to raise your hand.

ELEVATING OUR STATURE ON THE WORLD STAGE Every two years, Chamber Music Australia stages an international competition in Melbourne. The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition are internationally recognised as stepping stones for talented and committed young chamber music ensembles to the world stage. Both competitions have strict upper age limits. By sticking to these principles we ensure that competing ensembles are on the cusp of a professional career. This is true to the vision of our founder, Marco van Pagee – to build and sustain the next generation of chamber music in Australia.

THE GLOBAL SEARCH FOR EXCELLENCE Preparations for the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition begin in mid-2014 with an international ‘Call To Enter’ directive. Following a preliminary selection process we send two experienced Australian musicians to cities across the globe (Melbourne, Beijing, Moscow, Vienna, Hannover, Paris, London, New York) to conduct live auditions of the shortlisted hopefuls. We then fly up to sixteen selected ensembles to Melbourne to compete (eight string quartets and eight piano trios – fifty-six musicians plus sixteen cellos!). For the two weeks they are here, our volunteers ensure the welfare of these talented young musicians as they undertake a demanding performance schedule and maintain their competition focus. Many of them are a long way from home for the first time. To adjudicate the competition, Chamber Music Australia selects a jury of local and international musicians, all leaders in their field. We book a host of venues and engage the media to promote the young artists locally and internationally. We present the competitions before a live audience and we take the performances to the world through online broadcasts. Many of the public outcomes of Chamber Music Australia are supported by the generous prize donors and organisations listed on the back cover. But to continue the day-to-day operations of staging these international events and to maintain the high standard we have established, we need your support.

WAYS YOU CAN HAVE A HAND IN THE FUTURE You can help with a tax-deductible cash donation. Online payments can be made via our website. You may like to consider donating with a group of friends and pledging a gift to Chamber Music Australia in the name of someone you love. We can also set up regular contributions via credit card or direct debit. We welcome discussions about leaving a bequest to Chamber Music Australia. More information about Chamber Music Australia is available on our website Please take the time to subscribe to our regular e-News and stay tuned as we reveal our living history with archival recordings and highlight moments from past competitions, messages and updates from our laureates, news of our inaugural Schools Link program, details of the New Works Award, and the announcement of competitors for the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

DONATION FORM All donations over $2 are tax-deductible and we will mail a receipt promptly. Name Address Postcode Telephone Email

Patron Companion Friend Supporter $5,000 & above $2,500–$4,999 $1,000–$2,499 $500–$999

Donor $100–$499

How do you wish to be listed in CMA programs? I/we would like to remain anonymous. I am considering a bequest gift. Kindly contact me to discuss this further.

Payment Details PAYPAL Online payment can be made via PayPal and is available at

CHEQUE Please find my cheque enclosed for $ (Please make cheque payable to Chamber Music Australia)

DIRECT DEPOSIT Account Name: Chamber Music Australia Public Fund BSB: 083-004

Account Number: 12-318-9659

Please send an email to Jaci Maddern, Development Manager, via Please include your postal address for us to forward your tax-deductible receipt and your preference for public acknowledgment.

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Cover Image: Leila Gibbs (Year 1) and Tim Roberts (Deputy Head, Junior School) from St Michael’s Grammar School – a participating school in Chamber Music Australia’s Schools Link program in 2015. Front Cover Image: Cameron Murray.

Postal Address PO Box 325 South Yarra VIC 3141 Australia Tel +61 (0)3 9682 3411 Fax +61 (0)3 9682 3422

Have a Hand - Chamber Music Australia  

As Chamber Music Australia celebrates twenty-five years we invite you to take a lead role in the future of chamber music in Australia.

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