Date: Saturday, 17 September 2016
Venue: Ponsonby Primary School - 44 Curran Street, Herne Bay, Auckland

Session 1: START TIME - 10.30am |  Session 2: START TIME - 1.30pm

LEWIS EADY JUNIOR MUSIC CONTEST for GROUPS is open to all primary and intermediate school children.

The contest is a performance opportunity for children at all levels of musical achievement, which aims to encourage young musicians to perform and to gain valuable experience and increase confidence.

Deserving performances will be acknowledged with gold, silver or bronze certificates.
The contest adjudicators also provide constructive and encouraging written comments for all performances.

Congratulations to all for making this year’s Lewis Eady Junior Music Contest for Groups the best ever!
It was wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces, clearly enjoying their part, creating music for all to enjoy.

A few important thanks…

  • To Ponsonby Primary School - thanks for allowing us use the hall, classrooms and facilities.
  • To our three fantastic adjudicators - Mary Cornish, Drew Hutchinson and Teresa De Vries -  thanks for working through both Contest sessions and presenting two very thoughtful Awards ceremonies.
  • To everyone!  Thanks for braving the rainy spring weather and turning up to participate one way or another. We can’t do it without you!

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Adjudicator Bios:

Mary Cornish has taught music at primary and secondary levels. She is a choral director for Auckland’s APPA music festival, directs the bi-annual inner city school’s music festival and is the artistic director of the New Zealand Ukulele Festival and chair of the New Zealand Ukulele Trust.

Drew Hutchinson is an Auckland based musician and educator who has been teaching and performing on the Saxophone, Clarinet and Guitar for the last 15 years. He has worked in schools right across Auckland over this time and has put hundreds of students through music exams from Grade 1 to Diploma level, with a focus on Classical Clarinet,  Jazz Saxophone and Rock Guitar syllabus'. As a performer he has worked with many contemporary Jazz, Rock and Reggae groups, most notably with the Levites Session Band. Drew currently teaches at Kings School as well as conducting the Auckland Primary Principal Association Jazz Band, where he has worked with many of Auckland's top intermediate age musicians preparing them for concerts at the Town Hall. Drew is also an official artist for Gonzalez Reeds. Drew has a passion for teaching the next generation and inspiring them to take music into the rest of their lives. 


Teresa de Vries is a pianist, accompanist, and dedicated teacher. She regularly adjudicates in addition to presenting professional development seminars and workshops nationally. Presentations have included such topics as: performance anxiety strategies, orchestration in piano music, tension and release in piano pedagogy as well as her current research interest - Partimenti and the art of classical improvisation.


Please note the following...

VENUE: Ponsonby Primary School Hall
WARM UP: Prior to your session start there is an area allocated to tune instruments, warm up and prepare.
REGISTRATION: Registration opens 30 minutes prior to session start time.
Each Group must Register and provide a photocopy of the performance music, noting your 'Performance Number'.
All Groups must be SEATED in the audience PRIOR to the session start time.
Performance time not to exceed 4 mins.
Awards ceremony to follow each session.
PARKING: NO PARKING IN SCHOOL GROUNDS -  Please park on Curran Street and other surrounding streets.
Please read all CONTEST INFO & RULES carefully.