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Hi everyone! I am Corrina Connor. I am 16 years old and I live in Wellington, New Zealand, which as you may (or may not) know is the Capital City of New Zealand. New Zealand is a great place to live and holiday, so I would suggest that you look up NZ on the net and make it your next holiday destination! There are beautiful beaches, native forests, glaciers, mountains, thermal wonders and and unique flora and fauna. You may have heard about such towns and cities as Queenstown, Rotorua, Taupo, Auckland and Napier, to name just a few places with special interest features.
Aside from the patriotism, I am a homeschooler, and a member
of the Wellington Homeschoolers Association,
which recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. My family is one
of the 'founding families' of the Association. I also enjoy
riding, swimming, reading and talking, as well as music (of
course) I hope to be accepted into Victoria University as a music
performance student on cello and violin in 2001.
Cello: I have been playing the cello for nearly three
years. At the time of this going to print I am studying the
minuet of the first Bach Suite,
Sonata No. 5 by Antonio Vivaldi,
and the third movement of Concerto No. 4 by G.
I have had several teachers since I began to play cello,
mainly because they have all been somewhat itinerant, and have
now gone to study/work overseas.
I started with Kate Tringham - after 6 months she left to work
in Japan. I then had lessons with Anne Werry, but she had a full
studio. For an entire year I had lessons with Heidi Baillie, but
she stopped teaching in 1999 as she was saving up for study in
Scandanavia and had to work at a 'proper job'!
After a 6-month hiatus I began to study with David Chickering,
the principal cellist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. I
think that we are working well together.
As a person involved with Suzuki Method I have also been
fortunate enough to go to camps and conferences and have been
able to have lessons with other very skilled, enthusiastic and
talanted teachers, including Sally Anne Brown and Margaret Cook,
who is a member of the Early Music Groups Extempore and Restoration.
I have not yet been able to play in many orchestras or
ensembles yet, but this year I have been playing the London
Trios by Haydn, a Trio Sonata by Roseingrave,
and was the 2nd cellist in the Battalia Suite by Biber,
which was a lot of fun.
Next year I intend to audition for a place in the New
Zealand National Youth Orchestra, which celebrated
its 40th Anniversary in 1999.
I recently bought a new book. It is called Beautiful Music for
Two String Instruments [in this case cellos], by Samuel
Applebaum. It is published by Belwin-Mills Publishing
Corp, and all rights are held by Warner
Bros. Publications U.S. Inc. The pieces also sound
lovely with more than two stringed instruments. Six cellos
playing together is the most wonderful thing! All teachers: try
to get hold of this book. It is also published for other
combinations, violin/violin, violin/viola, violin/cello,
cello/viola, violin/bass. . . .
I have played the violin since the age of 9, when my mother
discovered that there was a Suzuki Teacher with a Studio five
minutes walk from our house! I stayed with Mary Taylor (nee
White) for 5 years, until she moved to Auckland at the end of
After about six months with no teacher, I was accepted by
Gillian Ansell, who is the violist in the New Zealand String
Quartet and a tutor in violin and viola performance and chamber
music at the School of Music at Victoria University.
We are currently working on Scales, Sevcik
for double stopping and shifting, Mozart Concerto
No. 5 in A major, Dvorak Sonatine and
Franck Sonata in A.
This year I have been a member of the New Zealand
Post Wellington Youth Orchestra, Massey
University Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, The
Bach Choir of Wellington Chamber Orchestra and I am
the leader of the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta.
As a guest of the Wellington
Chamber Orchestra I will be playing in Handel's
Zealand Post Wellington Youth Orchestra
The NZPWYO celebrated its 40th Anniversary in
1999, with a three-concert season.
Concert 1: Hungarian March from Damnation of
Faust - Berlioz
Cello Concerto - Elgar
Symphony no. 6 'Pathatique' - Tchaikovsky
soloist Heidi Baillie,
Principal Cellist of the NZPWYO in 1999.
Concert 2: Passacgalia - Webern
Piano Concerto No. 4 - Beethoven
Symphony No. 1 - Brahms
soloist Anna Bull, winner of
the inaugaral NZPWYO Concerto Competition.
Anna Bull is also the Associate
Principal cellist in the WYO. She is studying piano and cello
performance at Victoria University.
Concert 3 Birthday Greeting - Stravinsky
Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' - Mahler
soloists Jenny Wollerman
(soprano) and Melissa Crennan (alto)
All performances were conducted by Marc
Taddei, the Orchestra's Musical Director since 1998.
Some Comments from Wellington Critiques. . .
[Concert 2, 1999] ". . .a
performance to be passionate about, and I doubt if any present
could have failed to be moved by the very different performances
of the three very different works lovingly presented." -
The Dominion 1999
[on the Orchestra's performance of Bruckner
Symphony No. 8 in 1998] ". . .it
was a performance that was often touching in its simplicity, and
earth-shattering in its youthful
exuberance. . ." - City
During 1999 the Orchestra also 'starred' in a
TV special - Baby Proms!
Entry to this orchestra is by audition in early
March each year. For further details about auditions, concerts,
subscriptions and sponsorship: NZPWYO@atrix.gen.nz At
present the Orchestra is developing its WebSite - will keep you
The Wellington Youth Sinfonietta is
a training orchestra for musicians planning to audition for the NZPWYO.
In 1999 it performed Mozart Symphony No. 9,
Sebelius Valse Triste and Bartok
Mikrokosmos among other works. Entry is by
Audition. Contact NZPWYO@atrix.gen.nz
for more information - they will put you in contact with the WYS
Some of My Favourite Websites
If you can't get hold of the NZSO, try typing New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Musical
Amusements and Trivia into your trusty search engine
for the best jokes/musical idiocy/fun to be found anywhere!
And of course the Internet Cello Society - everyone knows the address!
While I am talking about the aformentioned
society I would like to thank all involved for working so hard to
make it such a wonderful site for all musicans! Thank you all a
Pleasures in My Life
As well as music, music, music I enjoy reading
biographies and historical books. Last year I studied and wrote a
lot on the inhumanities of World War II, including the Holocaust,
POWs and Racism.
I also enjoy Latin and studying classics.
I go to lots and lots of concerts, NZSO, NZSQ, Recitals - you name it, I'm there.
I especially enjoy the NZSO, as one day it is my ambition to be a member of either the cello section or the first violin section (I would however be happy just to be a member!)
My favourite music is that of the late Romantic Symphonic genre. I love Bruckner, Mahler, Dvorak, Brahms - their symphonies thrill me to the core.
I also enjoy Early Music, and would one day like to study Baroque cello.
I would like to contact people who enjoy similar things - mainly people my age - but let that not be a barrier - genuine replies only please. Use the 'Net, don't Abuse it, PLEASE!?!
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