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The Strike A Chord Teachers Conference is designed to complement Strike a Chord – the National Chamber Music Championship by building capacity in the teaching of chamber music at secondary school level. A dynamic combination of panel discussions, hands-on workshops and open coaching sessions will be on offer to teachers at all levels of experience, working with students of varying skill levels.

Included in every Conference Registration will be a ticket to the Semi Final and/or Grand Final rounds of Strike a Chord at the Melbourne Recital Centre on September 5 and 6. The optional events on Friday September 4 are free and open only to registered conference attendees.


Friday | September 4
3.30pm-4.00pm Registration - VCASS
4.00pm-5.30pm optional Open Coaching featuring ANAM students and staff - VCASS
7.30pm-9.30pm optional Tabea Zimmerman - The Power of Eight concert - ANAM

Saturday | September 5
8.30am-9.00am Registration - VCASS
9.00am-12.30pm Conference Sessions - VCASS
1.30pm-5.00pm Strike a Chord Semi Finals - MRC

Sunday | September 6
9.00am-9.30am Registration - VCASS
9.30am-11.45am Conference Sessions - VCASS
1.00pm-3.40pm Strike a Chord Grand Final - MRC

Full schedule information coming soon.


VCASS – Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, 57 Miles St, Southbank
ANAM – Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne
MRC – Melbourne Recital Centre, Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank


Presenters include Nick Begbie, Naomi Crellin, Monica Curro, Anne Gilby, Aura Go, John Noble, Roman Ponomariov, Grace Tan, Roland Yeung and Mark Walton.

Professional Development Accreditation

You may claim up to 8.5 hours of teacher-identified professional development and learning from this conference. All attendees will receive a certificate detailing the relevant Australian Professional Learning Standards for each session attended.

The standards addressed will be 3.4, 3.5, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Additional Activities

Tabea Zimmerman Concert | Friday September 4, 7.30pm – ANAM South Melbourne Town Hall

BOWEN Fantasia for four violas
ENESCU String Octet

Tabea Zimmermann viola/director
ANAM Musicians

Conference Ticket Prices

All tickets include arrival refreshments, morning tea, optional Friday ANAM events (Open Coaching + Tabea Zimmerman concert) and a ticket to the Strike A Chord performance.
Student pricing is available to all full-time tertiary students (ID required)

Saturday 5 September
Includes ticket to Strike A Chord Semi Finals
Full price $150
Student price $95

Sunday 6 September 
Includes ticket to Strike A Chord Grand Final
Full price $120
Student price $70

Saturday & Sunday
Includes ticket to Strike A Chord Semi Finals and Grand Final
Full price $230
Student price $140

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