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Maria Grenfell

Maria Grenfell

Co-ordinator, Composition; Co-ordinator, Classical Music

Room 111, Conservatorium of Music, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Maria.Grenfell@utas.edu.au

Dr Maria Grenfell is a composer and senior lecturer at the Conservatorium of Music.  Born in Malaysia and raised in New Zealand, she completed advanced studies in composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she was also a lecturer.  She has lived in Hobart since July 1998 and is co-ordinator of Classical Music at the Conservatorium.  Maria's music has been commissioned, performed or recorded by all the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and her chamber music has been played by numerous ensembles in Australia and internationally.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
DMA University of Southern CalliforniaUnited States1998
MA  Eastman School of MusicUnited States1994
MMus University of CanterburyNew Zealand1992
BMus (Hons) University of CanterburyNew Zealand1991
LTCL Performance Dipolma  New Zealand1990

Biography

Maria Grenfell was born in Malaysia and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating with a Master of Music degree from the University of Canterbury.  She completed further studies in the USA, gaining a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  Her teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Erica Muhl, James Hopkins, Morten Lauridsen, Joseph Schwantner and Samuel Adler.  Her music has been commissioned, performed, broadcast or recorded by all the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and numerous chamber groups in Australasia and overseas.  Maria Grenfell is Co-ordinator of Composition and Classical Music at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, and serves on the Board of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  In 2013 she was Visiting Professor of Composition at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas for a semester, and in the same year she won an Australian Art Music Award for her piece Ten Suns Ablaze, commissioned by the Australia Ensemble.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Music Centre (represented composer)
  • SouNZ Centre for New Zealand Music (represented composer)
  • Australia Council Peer Assessor

Committee associations

  • Board of Directors, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Composers' Association of New Zealand
  • Melbourne Composers' League

Administrative expertise

  • Co-ordinator of Classical Music

Teaching

Composition, theory, aural skills, orchestration

Teaching expertise

  • Composition course design, theory course design, aural skills course design
  • Orchestration
  • Postgraduate teaching in composition

Teaching responsibility

Maria is responsible for teaching and coordinating the following:

Maria is responsible for coordinating the following:

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Expertise

  • Composition
  • Orchestration 
  • Music theory
  • Music aural skills

Awards

  • 2013 Australian Art Music Award for Work of the Year
  • 1995 Composers' Association of New Zealand Trust Fund Award

Collaboration

Maria and Ms Shan Deng collaborated for a research project to create new Australian compositions for pipa and piano from unpublished Chinese folk music.

She has collaborated with Dr Dave Carter and Mr Stewart Long in a project to record four of her compositions in 2014.

Research Fields

  • Music Composition (190406)

Research Impact

  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)

Publications

As a composer her publications primarily centre around CD recordings and published music.

Highlights of CD recordings:

  • ConversationsFive Songs from the East.  Master Performers CD
  • Hush: The Magic Island – Rock Hopping.  Hush Foundation CD 13.
  • Fretsongs – Di Primavera for guitar and marimba, Four Leunig Pieces for solo guitar.  Tall Poppies TP176
  • Spark – A Feather of Blue for piano trio.  HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington NZ.
  • Taurangi – Four Pooh Stories for solo flute.  HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington NZ.
  • Landscapes – Stealing Tutunui for orchestra.  HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington NZ.

Published music includes orchestral commissions Rock Hopping, Roar!, Stealing Tutunui, Night Songs, Alegria, River Mountain Sky, Hinemoa, Tarraleah.

Maria has recently presented at the Australian Society for Music Education 2015 State Conference held in Hobart from 20-21 March 2015

Presentation: An approach to teaching composition: Dr Maria Grenfell

Composition students arrive at university with a mixed bag of experiences and skills at their disposal. What are some useful strategies to encourage skill development in university composition students? How can we help students in schools develop an interest in composition? This session will look at one approach to designing a composition curriculum, assessment criteria, show how specific works for study can help teach aspects of composition, and will explore some useful tasks to develop writing skills and encourage students to find their individual 'voice' as composers.

Total publications

52

Highlighted publications

(2 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
1999Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, ''A Pinch of Time' Burning Bright', Wellington, New Zealand (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories', The Centre for New Zealand Music, New Zealand, pp. 1 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Journal Article

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2005Grenfell M, 'Far from a Madding Crowd', Sounds Australian, 1, (66) pp. 21-22. ISSN 1030-4908 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

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2015Grenfell M, ''Re-Composing' Unpublished Chinese Folk Songs into New Australian Compositions For Pipa And Piano', Asian Composers' League Conference and Festival, 6-11 November, Manilla (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(26 outputs)
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2015Grenfell M, 'Time Transfixed', Reed Music, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, 1 (2015) [Repeat Performance]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Option C Tango', Self, John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW, pp. 8 (2015) [Revision/New Edition]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon', Australian Music Centre, Elebash Recital Centre, CUNY Graduate Centre, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, 1, pp. 31 (2015) [Repeat Performance]

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2014Grenfell M, 'These dark notes drifting', Australian Music Centre, Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsen Hall of Music, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA, http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/workversion/grenfell-maria-these-dark-notes-drifting/24672, pp. 20 (2014) [Repeat Performance]

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2013Grenfell M, 'Five Songs from the East', Master Performers, Conservatorium of Music, 5 Sandy Bay, Hobart, TAS 7001, 028 (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Grenfell M, 'Rock Hopping', Hush Foundation, Hobart, Tasmania, 13 (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Grenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', Self, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, pp. 9 (2013) [Repeat Performance]

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2012Grenfell M, 'Five Songs from the East', University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall (2012) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon - concert by Trillium Ensemble', Pittsburgh, PA, USA (2011) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'Roar!', Symphony Australia, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'Rollicking Rhymes - concert by Elanee Ensemble', The Kilburn Institute, Davey Street, Hobart (2011) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'These dark notes drifting - concert at Music X Festival', The Hindemith Foundation, Blonay, Switzerland (2011) [Performance]

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2009Grenfell M, ''Night Songs' (2008) for chorus and orchestra', Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (2009) [Broadcast]

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2009Grenfell M, 'Danny Boy and Loch Lomond', Federation Concert Hall, Hobart; Albert Hall, Laun (2009) [Performance]

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2008Grenfell M, 'Night Songs', Symphony Services International, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2008) [Performance]

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2007Grenfell M, 'Hinemoa', Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Australia (2007) [Performance]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Four Leunig Pieces', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, Sydney, Recorded by guitarist David Malone (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera ', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, Sydney, David Malone classical guitar, Gary Wain, marimba (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', Australian Music Centre, The Rocks, NSW, for Violin, violoncello, piano. (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'The Blue Suite : three-movement work for guitar orchestra', Fretful Music, Bondi, Sydney, Australia, 1st, pp. 27 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon - trio for flute, clarinet and piano', Australian Music Centre, Wellington, pp. 16 (2000) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Grenfell M, ''A Pinch of Time' Burning Bright', Wellington, New Zealand (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Grenfell M, 'Option C Tango', Opus House Press, Geeveston, Tasmania, 1999, pp. 5 (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera for guitar and marimba', University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Grenfell M, 'Serenades and Skirmishing', New Zealand (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Grenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories', The Centre for New Zealand Music, New Zealand, pp. 1 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera', ABC, Sydney NSW, pp. 3 movements, 1 piece (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Grenfell M, 'To the thing I wish I'd written', Penguin Books, Australia, pp. 4 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Grenfell M, 'Tarraleah', Self, Hobart, pp. 45 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Grenfell M, 'Choro', Australian Music Centre, Sydney NSW, pp. 11 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2011Grenfell M, 'On a Moonlit Night, for flute and piano', Reed Music, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 1 (2011) [Minor Creative Work]

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2011Grenfell M, 'On a Moonlit Night, for alto flute and piano', Reed Music, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 1 (2011) [Minor Creative Work]

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2009Grenfell M, 'On a moonlit night', Australian Music Centre, Sydney, pp. 1 (2009) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories for solo flute', HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Four Leunig Pieces', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2004Grenfell M, 'Alegria', Australian Music Centre, Sydney, NSW, pp. 41 (2004) [Minor Creative Work]

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2001Grenfell M, 'Fanfare for a City', Australian Music Centre, Sydney NSW, pp. 28 (2001) [Minor Creative Work]

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Other Public Output

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Grenfell M, 'Submission 449: Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts', Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts, Australian Govenment, Australia, pp. 1-2. (2015) [Report]

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2014Grenfell M, Philpott CJ, 'Hush - 12 composers write for children at hospitals', Resonate Magazine, Resonate Magazine, online, p. 1. (2014) [Magazine Article]

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2013Grenfell M, 'Ten Suns Ablaze', Tasmanian State Award 'Work of the Year: Instrumental', Australian Art Music Awards, Australia (2013) [Award]

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2012Deng S, Grenfell M, 'Insight: From unpublished Chinese folk songs to new Australian compositions', Australian Music Centre, AMC website, Australia (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', Upbeat, Radio New Zealand, Wellington New Zealand, 2 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', News 5.30pm, Now TV, Christchurch New Zealand, 4 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', Women on Air, Plains FM, Christchurch New Zealand, 3 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', Billboard, Canterbury TV, Christchurch New Zealand, 3 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Not just any old concerto competition', Australian Music Centre Update, Sydney, 117 (2000) [Magazine Article]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Mini-Concerto Competition', ABC Radio: 936 AM 'The Breakfast Programme' with Ric Paterson, ABC Radio, Hobart, Apr (2000) [Media Interview]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Stealing Tutunui (own musical composition)', ABC Radio: ABC CLassic FM 93.9 'New Music Australia' with John Crwaford, ABC Radio, Canberra, 13 Sep (2000) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

IRGS Grant 2010 – From unpublished Chinese folk songs to new Australian compositions – with Shan Deng

C-Domain grant 2014 – recording of CD of chamber music – with Dave Carter and Stewart Long. This internal Faculty grant was for $4900.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$12,500

Projects

Stylistic Development and Performance Practice: from Unpublished Chinese Folk Songs to New Australian Music Compositions (2010)$12,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($12,500)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Deng S; Grenfell M
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Maria has supervised two composers for their PhDs, recently graduated (2013 and 2015).  She looks forward to the opportunity to supervise further Masters or PhD candidates in composition.

Current

1

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersPeteris Vasks' treatment of the violoncello in his Gramata cellam and Cello Concertos2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDIf Music and Sweet Poetry Agree: The Marriage of Two Art-Forms, with Particular Emphasis on Inflection, Speech Rhythm & Inflection, Dramatic Intensity and Musical Coherence
Candidate: Ralph Middenway
2015
PhDThe simplification of complex notation presented in aleatoric forms
Candidate: Scott Ean McIntyre
2013
PhDThe Cimmerian and the Elysian: How musical and extra-musical models and expressive ethos affect the compositional process
Candidate: Adam Brantley Hill
2004