13/5/20 - Our patron, Hans-Dieter Michatz, returns as tutor.

Hans-Dieter Michatz has been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, e.g.: as founding member and principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus in Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort, with whom he toured widely in Europe. Following his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche', Hans-Dieter has recently released a new CD, featuring the same composer’s 6 Concerti, with Monika Kornel, harpsichord. He features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti and a number of Salut!, Sydney Consort, and Brandenburg Orchestra CDs. As a conductor, he pioneered premier performances of Handel oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter was Classical Coordinator and Performance Studies lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) from 2009 to 2018, and has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since the early 1990s. He is Patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players, and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. Since his flute career was cut short by focal dystonia, Hans-Dieter has been concentrating on the recorder, including new ventures, such as premier performances on the Csakan, a walking stick recorder popular in 19th Century Vienna, as documented in the first Australian Csakan recording on SALUT! BAROQUE – The Special Collection. Recent engagements included collaboration with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras for their Harry Potter live performances, and a series of concerts and masterclasses with the ‘Folkwang Recorders’ from Essen, Germany, as well as lecturing and tutoring at AMPA, the Orpheus Music Course 2020, and the upcoming Brisbane Festival of Early Music. Hans-Dieter has also

12/8/20 - Jude Huxtable returns to tutor our August meeting.

When Jude is not playing the recorder, she is a flute player and teacher. Whilst studying for a BA in Literature, Jude studied flute with Nicola Snekker, Margaret Crawford and Linda Vogt. She has 40 years’ experience as a flute teacher, maintaining a busy schedule at a girls’ school in Sydney and a home studio, where she teaches beginners through to Diploma level students. Jude has co-authored a book on teaching flute with Jocelyn Fazzone and has twice been a guest presenter on pedagogy at the Australian Flute Festival. She is also a Woodwind examiner for the AMEB. Jude has a wealth of experience leading and tutoring chamber ensembles and plays herself in Sydney Wind Symphony and occasionally with Ku-Ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an active member of two recorder quintets made up of SSRP players. Both a passionate teacher and student, Jude is enjoying exploring the recorder solo repertoire under the guidance of Hans Dieter Michatz.

5/9/20 - Bundanoon Workshop 5/6 September

Another weekend of great learning and playing. Tutors-Ruth Wilkinson, Hans-Dieter Michatz and Jude Huxtable. Workshop begins at 9:30 after registration in the school. Book now to secure an ensuite room at the hotel.

9/9/20 - We welcome SSRP member Clive Lane, this time as tutor.

14/10/20 - Susan Sukkar will bring her usual enthusiasm to our October meeting.

Susan Sukkar has had a long and varied career as a music educator, working across early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. This includes an extensive association with the recorder, performing professionally with many ensembles in Australia and overseas. Susan holds Bachelor and Master of Education degrees and studied recorder at post-graduate level at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Conservatorium Den Haag, The Netherlands.
Susan has been an active supporter of school recorder programs for many years, directing ensembles from infants in schools through to judging high school students studying recorder for the Higher School Certificate. Susan was a lecturer in Primary Music Education for several years at the University of Western Sydney and more recently at the University of Technology Sydney. She has also conducted professional music workshops for Musica Viva. As artistic director of this festival she is actively engaged in commissioning new repertoire for both recorders and strings from a growing number of talented Australian composers including in recent years Tracy Burjan, Brian Buggy, Alex Cronin, Adrian Mansukhani, Alex Pringle, Nicholas Tester, Andrew Robertson, Dan Walker and Stephen Chin.
In 2014 Susan was the recipient of the Alan Laughlin Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership from the Australian College of Educators. In 2018 Susan completed her AMusA on recorder, just for the fun of it!