Our Toowoomba branch has the advantage of existing in the rich musical environment of one of the largest regional centres in Australia. Our members live and teach in areas from Kingaroy to the north, Stanthorpe to the south and Chinchilla to the west. The branch has around 40 members who teach music practice and theory on a range of instruments using a variety of techniques. We endeavour to foster musical development through workshops and student recitals. One of our permanent events is the “Charles & Motee Rogers Piano Competition” which is held annually.
Secretary: Jan Snook, Email:
PO Box 2054, Toowoomba Qld 4350,
1) The 'Charles & Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition’ will be held in Toowoomba on Sunday 26 August 2018.
Established in 1983 by the Music Teachers Association of Queensland Toowoomba & District Branch, the Charles & Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition is open to young pianists who are residents of (and/or currently study piano in) Toowoomba and surrounding districts including Warwick, Dalby, Oakey, Pittsworth, Stanthorpe and Kingaroy.
Last year the competition was expanded to include sections from Grade 3 to Diploma level and to incorporate a broad range of repertoire from Classical to Contemporary styles.
2. On 10th March 2018, our branch hosted a Composition Workshop with Daniel McFarlane. This practical workshop had a modal focus and Daniel did an amazing job of de-mystifying the modal language and displaying how the various modes can be used creatively. In June 2017, one of our members, Louise Buttsworth, presented a session on Teaching Piano via Skype and conducted an actual lesson with her student in London. In February 2015, we hosted two workshops: "Sight Reading for Advanced Pianists, presented by Dr Katie Zhukov of the UQ School of Music, and "The Noble Art of Accompanying" presented by Mrs Lorraine Fuller, one of our own local teachers. In 2012, we hosted the Alan Lane Memorial Workshops which provided quite a variety of topics for professional development. Other past workshops have included Composing, and Teaching Theory and Aural Work. Members also have the opportunity to participate in MTAQ workshops in Brisbane through webinars.
3. Student Concerts are often scheduled prior to exams or the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. These concerts are held in an encouraging non-judgemental atmosphere to assist students in honing their performance skills.
We have three meetings per year where teachers can socialise and share teaching strategies. There are also a number of informal social gatherings arranged throughout the year. The formal meetings are usually held on Thursday nights, 7.30pm at the McDonalds City Centre Function Room, Margaret St, Toowoomba.
AGM and General Meetings: Thurs 1st February 2018
Composition Workshop facilitated by Daniel McFarlane 10/3/18
General Meeting Thursday 7th June 7.30pm
General Meeting Thursday August 7.30pm, Venue - TBA
Charles & Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition Sunday 26th August. Entries close 10th August.
Christmas Party: November – details TBA
AGM & General Meetings 7 Feb 2019
2018 Committee Members:
President: Paula Melville – Clark
Vice Presidents: Lorraine Fuller and Cheryl Joyce
Secretary: Jan Snook
Treasurer: Cheryl Reid
General Committee Members: Ann Dawson, Louise Buttsworth