Recognising outstanding achievement in music, speech and drama
Learning areas: Creative arts
Australian Music Examinations Board (NSW) held their annual Diploma and Award Presentation ceremony at the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW on Sunday 12 March. 175 outstanding music and speech and drama students received their Associate and Licentiate diplomas and 12 teachers were recognised for outstanding results in the 2016 examinations.
This year, Linda Hurley, wife of His Excellency General, the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) Governor of New South Wales was the ceremony guest presenter. Mrs Hurley and His Excellency have three children, all of whom successfully completed AMEB examinations during their music studies.
Diplomates and their families enjoyed performances from four of the outstanding Licentiate (LMusA) awardees throughout the afternoon. Although the majority of the students receiving awards from 2016 are in their late teens, the ceremony also honoured the youngest and oldest recipients of the Associate (AMusA) diploma for Piano: Phoebe Mulia, who achieved this award with Distinction at the age of 11, and Annette Erskine-Farkas, aged 87.
Annette Erskine-Farkas was also honoured with the inaugural AMEB (NSW) Lifetime Achievement Award. She first sat for an AMEB examination in 1938, and upon achieving two AMEB diplomas in 1944, she commenced teaching and preparing students for their AMEB examinations. After over 70 successful years of teaching and performing, Annette decided to challenge herself last year by once again sitting for the AMusA. Due to her success, Annette (now 88) is currently preparing for her next goal – to achieve her second LMusA for piano performance.
Featured in the photo from left to right are Ivan Hou (piano), Isabelle Palmer (recorder), Benett Tsai (cello), and Gabriella Bloom (voice). The performers are all recipients of the Licentiate award for their instrument.