Doctoral student attends exclusive Masterclass in Melbourne

29 July 2014
Flutist Abigail is studying music performance at the University of Auckland.
Flutist Abigail Sperling

Doctoral student Abigail Sperling recently attended an exclusive Masterclass led by Principal Flutist Lisa-Maree Amos.  Held in Melbourne, only eight students were accepted into the weekend workshop, and out of the eight there were only two kiwis.

The Masterclass was held over a weekend during the July study break.  The students were put through a rigorous schedule of 12 hours of classes and performances each day.  They were given insight into the audition process as well as receiving real world tips and feedback from the professional instructor.

Abigail sees Lisa-Maree Amos as an aspirational role model. As a Principal Flutist for Orchestra Victoria Lisa-Maree is out there doing what the student hopes to achieve one day.  “The experience was very satisfying.  To work with Lisa-Maree one to one and get her insight into what it takes to succeed as an orchestral player was invaluable.”

Flutist Abigail is studying music performance at the University of Auckland.  She received financial support from the Vice-Chancellor’s Arts Support Fund enabling her to attend the workshop abroad. “It’s extremely rewarding to have the University support me. As musicians we work so hard to be able to take advantage of these kinds of opportunities and having the University’s acknolwedgement and encouragement makes a huge difference.”