Changes to Gold Coast and South Bank library hours this weekend

 

We all know the importance of maintenance. Maintaining your grades, your fitness levels, your meme game…

We also need to maintain our buildings! To do so, our QCA and Gold Coast Libraries will have changes in opening hours over this weekend.

Saturday 20 January

  • QCA library will be closed all day. Now, if you were planning to trek into South Bank today to visit the library, don’t fret! QCGU library will be open longer hours–9 am to 5 pm–to account for the QCA closure.

Sunday 21January

  • Gold Coast library will be opening late, at 12 pm (instead of the usual 10 am) due to an Energex electricity outage. Good news is that it’s business as usual from midday, and you can come enjoy the air con, library spaces and see our wonderful smiling faces.

QHorns at Music in the Library

Music in the Library is back again. Pop into the Nathan Library at 1pm on Monday, 8 May for your special musical treat featuring a four person ensemble from QHorns.

QHorns are a group of Queensland Conservatorium horn students studying in Brisbane under the direction of Peter Luff and Ysolt Clark. Winners of the 2013 International Horn Symposium horn ensemble competition in Memphis, Tennessee, QHorns are active members of the Brisbane music scene.

This ensemble has performed extensively throughout Queensland in venues such as the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios and in towns including Sandgate and Roma. They have been involved with many music festivals around Queensland including the Tyalgum music festival and the 42nd & 45th horn symposiums.

This year, they’re off to Brazil to take part in the International Horn Society’s 49th Horn Symposium.

The 2017 Music in the Library Series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus Library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. If you’re keen to perform, email ins-events@griffith.edu.au

Come along and support your fellow students! See you there.


Music to your ears

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Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and even Justin Bieber’s Christmas albums are on repeat, which can only mean one thing – Christmas is well on its way. But before we heard “All I want for Christmas is you”, twenty five times a day the students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) were spreading joy with their music in our campus libraries.

Over Semester 1 and 2 we’ve had a range of remarkable music students from QCGU visit our campus libraries to showcase their musical prowess. With them they’ve brought pianos, oboes, harps and killer vocal ranges covering all music genres from pop to classical and even including original music.

The exciting innovation was introduced in Semester 2 2015 to help enliven campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. The joint initiative between QCGU and our Music Librarian has been a collaborative effort that has given library users a truly unique experience – after all it’s not every day you are treated to a live library Opera! A big thanks to all the students who came along to perform and support these performances.

So take a break from Mariah, Michael and the Biebs with the highlights of Semester two’s library performances. Enjoy!

 


Me, my selfie and I – Candice Skjonnemand

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Have you ever wanted to audition for a reality talent show? Well, Griffith University student, Candice Skjonnemand did just that in 2014 when she tried out for The Voice Australia. We asked the Popular Music student to take a selfie, and reveal all…

1. What prompted you to audition for The Voice?

Honestly, I just had a feeling it was time to believe in myself. My father was diagnosed as terminally ill and I felt I didn’t have time to be afraid of failure anymore so I just took a leap!

2. Can you tell us about your most memorable moment on The Voice?

It was and always will be those three chairs turning. That moment validated to me that I can actually sing. Until that moment I had slowly been losing faith in myself as a musician and wondering if this was even a path I should continue to follow.

3. Can you tell us about your most challenging moment on The Voice?

Not bursting out into tears when I was sent home at the showdowns. I held it in the whole time I was on stage, and the moment I got back stage I just burst into tears. Thank God it wasn’t on camera.

4. What wise advice do you have for aspiring singers wanting to audition for The Voice?

Don’t invest yourself emotionally, it’s just a TV show. Winning won’t make or break you. Just be thankful for the free exposure and the great friends you’ll make. Also, remember the show is about singing covers so leave your original brain at home and do what you’re told.

5. What’s the best thing you’ve learnt at university?

That talent and faith are everywhere. What sets you apart is literally networking, hard work, knowledge and research. History also plays a big part in where we currently sit and where we need to be going. So get in touch with where todays music evolved from.

6. What did 10-year old Candice want to be when she grew up?

A singer or a vet!

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Travelling the world with my family performing original music and changing lives through music.

8. What sparked your interest in singing/songwriting?

I like to tell stories – true stories. I think music has the ability to reach people who feel alone or lost. And by telling true stories I have seen or experienced myself, whether painful or positive, people can begin to feel connected.

9. What’s been your favourite subject at uni so far?

History. It teaches us that music is more than a sound and entertainment. It teaches us that music shapes the world we live in – the society, the government, people’s emotions. It also teaches us that music has the ability to reach peoples emotions and perceptions of the song on a subconscious level through techniques we are learning.

10. Where’s the best place on campus to study?

The library. It’s amazing!

11. Can you give us your 3 best study tips?

I find less talk more action is essential. But studying with someone so you can bounce ideas off each other, or ask each other exam questions, works really well. But personally I always study at home in a quiet place on my own just because I have a 5-month old baby.

12. What’s the most awesome resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith Uni Library?

Books. Hard copy books can’t get any better. It’s so much better for your eyes among this technology driven world, and so relaxing to learn from so our brain soaks it all in.


Meet QCGU’s Guitar Heroes…

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Monday, you’re axed!

How many strings does a classical guitar have? Come along to our Queensland College of Art Music in the Library performance and find out!

That’s right, it’s time for another Music in the Library performance from the super talented kids over at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). Today we’ve got not one, not two but eight classical guitar musicians joining us at South Bank’s QCA library.

Today’s performers have had the pleasure of learning from one of the best – Karin Schaupp. Karin is a Griffith lecturer but she’s also a seasoned performer and the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene.  She performs widely on the international stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest, and has given countless recitals in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Mexico and Canada.

So safe to say her QCGU students will also be crazy talented! Come along at 1pm and hear some tunes live in your library. After all, science says music helps you study!

The 2016 Music in the Library Series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus Library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture and can’t make it? Don’t worry we’ve got more Library performances on the way. You’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music across Semester 2 as students from the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU) will visit each campus to showcase their talents.

 

P.S. a classical guitar has 12 strings!


Live music in the QCGU library

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Did you know the harp is one of the oldest instruments in the world?

That’s right, this beautiful instrument dates all the way back to around 3000 B.C. Now that’s old!

Today in the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) library you can enjoy some of this history with a musical performance from QCGU harpist students Tijana Kozarcic and Grace Kikuchi. The talented harp duo will start their live library performance at 1pm and you’re all welcome to come along!

The QCGU Music in the Library performance is the third stop on this semester’s tour. The 2016 Music in the Library Series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus Library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture and can’t make it? Don’t worry we’ve got more Library performances on the way. You’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music across Semester 2 as students from the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU) visit each campus to showcase their talents.


Gold Coast Library welcomes The Voice

 

Do you love watching The Voice Australia? Well think back a few years… you may recall this special contestant, blonde hair, killer voice, named Candice Skjonnemand.

Need a reminder? Hit play above and hear her amazing performance of Katy Perry’s hit song, Unconditionally.

Candice is now one of our very own and is studying at the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU).

At 1pm today Candice will perform in our Gold Coast Library alongside fellow student, Angus Oastler who has also had musical success with his Seed Album 5. Take a listen.

But the best news is – you’re invited! Join us on level 2 of the Gold Coast library for an hour of free live music!

The Gold Coast Library performance is the second stop on our Music in the Library Semester 2 live tour.

Music in the Library is an exciting innovation to enliven the campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture or on another campus? Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music as students from QCGU visit each campus to showcase their talents.