The Australian Music Examinations Board turns 100
The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) celebrated 100 years of service to the music community at a Government House reception on 15 May 2018. Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC hosted a morning tea with invited guests, including former and current Board members, teachers and examiners.
The Governor poignantly noted that the AMEB was established during the midst of the Great War: “How heartening that, at that time of destruction and sadness – for the world and for Australia – the beauty of music could so aptly reflect the goodness that remained in the world. On 15 May 1918 – 100 years ago to the day – the Australian Music Examinations Board became a federal entity.” The Chair of AMEB Victoria, Professor Barry Conyngham AM, thanked the Governor for generously hosting the morning tea and presented a copy of a new AMEB publication, A Centenary Celebration: Australia Music Examinations Board 1918 – 2018 by Dr Rita Crews OAM.
Book Launch 12 May 2018
A Centenary Celebration
Australian Music Examinations Board 1918 to 2018
by Dr Rita Crews OAM
On Saturday 12 May, AMEB launched the special limited edition of A Centenary Celebration Australian Music Examinations Board 1918 to 2018 by Dr Rita Crews OAM.
Dr Crews has provided a comprehensive and fascinating chronicle of the Australian Music Examinations Board from its early beginnings on 15 May 1918 to today. The book features the personalities, syllabuses, and directions in music education over the last 100 years and these stories have been brought to life with images and pictures from the archives. The book includes a foreword written by Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Commonwealth Minister for the Arts.
The book was launched at the State Library of Victoria by Professor Warren Bebbington. The launch was attended by more than one hundred music teachers, Federal and State AMEB Board members, examiners and staff.
Guests enjoyed performance by several AMEB candidates of varying ages. Megan Duong played two pieces from the AMEB P Plate Piano books and her own composition. Oboist Eason Yang performed a piece from Series 1 Oboe Grade 3, Brindabellas by Carolyn Morris, in the presence of the composer. Ji Woo Yoon played Pezzo Capriccioso by Tchaikovsky from her Cello Licentiate program.