Artist/teachers who are industry leading conductors, performers and educators.
Clarion214 Artist Teaching provides the Australian Musical community with access to industry renowned experts who deliver musical services including; conducting clinics and workshops; expert adjudication and examining; inspiring professional development; exciting tertiary and community music education programs; and moving professional musical performances.
Dr Richard Mason
Dr Richard Mason is an accomplished and versatile artist who has worked extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. His professional experience encompasses orchestral and chamber music performances; working with Australian Defence Force bands; recording for radio, television and films; and performances in major international festivals. As a conductor, Richard is equally at home working with professional orchestras and concert bands, adult and youth choirs, junior string orchestras, tertiary ensembles and community music groups.
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Underpinning Richard's educational practice when working with ensembles of all ages and abilities, is his experience gained from over two decades of teaching in the Australian tertiary and secondary education sectors. This has included positions at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Xavier College, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
Richard’s qualifications include; a Master’s Degree in clarinet and bass clarinet from the Victorian College of the Arts; a PhD and postdoctoral qualifications from the University of Melbourne; and study in Amsterdam with bass clarinet virtuoso Harry Sparnaay. Richard’s current research interests include 20th century concert band music, community music pedagogy and contemporary performance practice and pedagogy.
Robert Schubert was Lecturer in Woodwind at the Victorian College of the Arts until he retired in 2018. He studied clarinet with James Campbell at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada and with James Morton (Principal Clarinet, National Arts Orchestra of Canada) from 1983 to 1984, and then with Larry Combs (Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra). In 1988 Hiroyuki Iwaki appointed him Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan, a position he held until his return to Australia in 1996.
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Robert appeared frequently as soloist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and has recorded on the Deutsche Gramophone, Victor and Sony labels. Also during this time in Japan, he performed as guest clarinetist with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and was guest principal clarinet with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, Robert was a finalist in the Tokyo International Clarinet Competition.
Since returning to Australia, Robert has performed with the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, in the Melbourne International Festival and in live broadcasts for the ABC. An interest in contemporary music has led to composers including Mark Pollard, Julian Yu, Chan Hae Lee, Tetsuya Nishibe and Peter Tahourdin composing works for him, many of which have been recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM. Robert is a fully qualified Alexander Teacher and is in demand around the country helping students and professional of all ages incorporate Alexander Technique into their professional practice. pedagogy and contemporary performance practice and pedagogy.