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Classical Performance

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Notable alumni

  • Christopher Dragon (conductor)
  • Jessica Gethin (conductor)
  • Rebecca Glorie (violin)
  • Anthony Heinrichs (trumpet)
  • Sam Nester (trumpet)
  • Lisa Outred (oboe)
  • Jon Tooby (conductor/cello)
  • Mark Tooby (double bass)
  • Joshua Webster (percussion)
  • Euphina Yap (percussion)
  • Fiona Campbell (alto)
  • Caitlin Cassidy (mezzo-soprano)
  • Samantha Clarke (soprano)
  • Rachelle Durkin (soprano)
  • Paull-Anthony Keightley (bass-baritone)
  • Amy Manford (soprano)
  • Emma Matthews (soprano)
  • Paul O’Neill (tenor)
  • Sam Roberts-Smith (baritone)
  • Duncan Rock (baritone)

WAAPA’s Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) is a rigorous, four-year degree qualification that offers expert training for classical instrumental and voice students. Students enjoy a range of performance opportunities, plus all the training they need to create careers as professional musicians.

Students receive individual lessons, specialised masterclasses and workshops, and classes in music history, aural skills, harmony, pedagogy, career skills and performance psychology. Students also take to the stage to perform as soloists and in a large range of ensembles.

WAAPA also offers a one-year Diploma of Music that is a great place to begin learning musicianship and technique.

Classical Performance - Instrumental

In addition to specialised instrumental classes, students study a range of classical repertoire and contemporary performance practices. Pianists study solo repertoire, accompaniment, historically-informed performance practices, and vocal coaching. Performance opportunities include specialist ensembles for strings, wind, brass, percussion, piano, saxophone and guitar; chamber music ensembles; and large-scale orchestras for symphony concerts, opera, and music theatre productions.

Classical Performance - Voice

In training for a career as an opera singer and recitalist, students learn not only how to sing, but also how to perform. In addition to core music units, Classical Voice students have specialist classes to study acting, languages and movement skills. Students perform in ensembles, fully-staged operas, oratorios, choruses and concerts, with repertoire ranging from the Baroque through to 21st century music. There are opportunities to work with a full orchestra and to build a folio of pieces for recitals.

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Courses offered in this discipline

These course pages detail entry requirements, fee and interview information. You can also apply from these pages.

Audition and interview documents

Other courses that might interest you

To find out more about WAAPA courses, please visit the WAAPA Study areas web page.

More information

The Course Coordinator for Classical Performance is Mr Tim White.

The Course Coordinator for Classical Performance - Voice is Ms Emma Matthews.

If you would like to view other staff in the Music department, please visit the WAAPA Staff listing web page.

For further enquiries, please contact Future Students on 134 328, or for calls outside Australia, (61 8) 6304 0000.

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