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High Achievers' Concert 2015

posted 29 Jul 2015, 19:19 by Georgina Hewitt

Everyone is welcome to a night of beautiful music featuring Dio's top performance students, Tuesday 4 August 7pm in the All Saints Chapel.

Students have had to audition for the opportunity to perform at this night (earning house points in the process) and compete for a number of awards.

This year we are lucky to have two guest adjudicators:

Duncan Bouwer
Duncan is a South African Born singer, composer and singing teacher who has recently relocated to Hamilton via Geraldine in South Canterbury. Having worked professionally in his homeland, performing roles as diverse as Freddy in My Fair Lady, Barnaby Tucker in Hello Dolly, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and Whizzer in March of the Falsettos, Duncan has had his fair share of performance experience. He was classically trained by a well known SA Dramatic Soprano of yesteryear, Joyce Barker, who taught at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His music has appeared on recordings which include "Wonderful Mercy", an internationally released South African Vineyard Worship album.

Before he came to New Zealand, Duncan owned and managed a music school of 60 students, where his capable staff offered Guitar, Piano, Flute, Violin, Recorder, Drums and of course Singing and Music Theory, which Duncan himself taught. He is delighted to be in Hamilton and relishes the opportunity of immersing himself in the rich and varied musical culture of this wonderful city, and New Zealand's well-established cultural heritage.

Sharon Stephens
Sharon began playing the violin at primary school ‘because her friends were’. The give-it-a-go approach soon turned into a serious interest however, and she went on to become Concertmaster of the Waikato Youth Orchestra for a number of years. Choice of university degree was difficult, but science won and she completed both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree at Waikato University. Her PhD study was halted with the birth of her first son however, opportunity knocked, and she found herself back in the world of music.

She received a grant to resume lessons in Auckland, and is now a Registered Music Teacher and registered Suzuki teacher. She is a long-standing player and committee member for Opus Orchestra, a past Concertmaster for the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, and does production and freelance performing where time permits. She has taught violin in a number of Hamilton schools, and runs a busy private studio. Sharon loves the opportunity music provides to blend family life (with 4 wonderful children) with a life-long passion.

We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday evening.