Chris Healey

Forming Journeys: Structure, musical meaning and narrative potential.


Considering Wabi Sabi and Metamodern aesthetics, this presentation presents one composer's reflections on the relationship between musical structure and the variable meanings that can be implied.


Tim Reed

A Guide to Performance of Twentieth-Century Concerti for Trumpet and Orchestra by Karl Pilss, William Lovelock and John Williams


This seminar will outline my research of three twentieth-century concerti for trumpet and orchestra by Karl Pilss, William Lovelock and John Williams. Research has been compiled regarding the history of the concerto as a genre, the technological advancements made to the trumpet and the current state of the trumpet concerto. This relates to the current problem regarding the underperformance of twentieth-century works for trumpet, and the significance of the three works I have chosen to research. The methodologies I have used combine both Music Performance Research and Artistic Research in Music. I have concurrently analysed the individual sections of the concerti, while giving suggestion for performance technique and ways to overcome problematic areas. I have analysed the interpretive variation within current recordings, comparing them to the score and information given by the composers. I have also incorporated prior research regarding these concerti and my own personal practice and performance in my guide to performance. In this way the analysis of each concerto includes suggestions of ways in which to approach and overcome problematic areas within the concerti as part of my own practice-led research. Outputs from this thesis include recorded performances of the works, and practice and performance techniques utilised, to aid future players of these concerti and other twentieth-century works.



Timothy Reed has been performing music since the age of six, starting with the violin before taking up both the trumpet and French horn at nine. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland, majoring in performance in 2016, studying with Sarah Butler, Iaan Wilson and Richard Madden. In 2016 Tim joined the Queensland Youth Symphony, and in 2018 became the principal trumpeter of the orchestra. He is also a regular member of the Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and freelances around the Brisbane area.

In March 2018 Tim performed as principal trumpet with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony as part of a UQ international tour. In November 2018 Tim was fortunate enough to perform Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto with the Indooroopilly Chamber Orchestra, and then in June of this year he performed Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto with the Redlands Sinfonia. During the second half of 2018 Tim completed a three-month internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed casually with the orchestra in Opera Queensland’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, La Scala Ballet Company’s production of Don Quixote, and Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus.


Helena Yi Fei Wang

The Problem of Choosing Fingerings and Bowings


The importance of the process of choosing fingerings and bowings, and its discussion in violin pedagogical literature. 

About Research Seminar Series

Research seminars are presented by current staff, higher degree research students and visiting academics. 

The seminar series showcases our Higher Degree by Research candidates’ work, as well as providing valuable professional development opportunities for those interested in Higher Degree by Research. Visiting scholars are regularly invited to address staff and students, and the seminars are open to the public. Please register by following the link in the session below that you wish to attend.



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