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Four elite student musicians from the University of Melbourne are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they head to China to perform at the Shanghai World Expo.

World-renowned sitar player, composer, teacher and writer Ravi Shankar will receive the University of Melbourne’s highest honour -   the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) - at a special conferring ceremony at the University today (Friday 19 March).

Head of Performing Arts and former Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Professor Kristy Edmunds, has been appointed as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM),- in the University of Melbourne. She will take up the appointment  from 1 January  2010 while continuing to lead the School of Performing Arts.

Chair of Opera Australia and former Telstra CEO, Dr Ziggy Switkowski has agreed to be the independent chair of an open and extensive consultation and review of the Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM) at the University of Melbourne.

The Faculty of the VCA and Music (VCAM) and the University of Melbourne have today released a 30-page discussion paper, Defining the Future for the Faculty of the VCA and Music at the University of Melbourne.

Three talented young Australian violinists - all of whom began violin lessons as pre-schoolers - will battle it out with bows and strings this Sunday for the University of Melbourne’s Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarships.

The Faculty of the VCA and Music's School of Performing Arts has today announced the winners of over $60 000 of scholarships for theatre students.

Malcolm Bilson to present Masterclass, recital and lectureOn the weekend of July 18 and 19, Professor Malcolm Bilson - renowned period-instrument performer and Emeritus Professor at Cornell University - will present a Masterclass, a fortepiano recital and a public lecture in Melbourne as a guest of the School of Music (Faculty of the VCA and Music, The University of Melbourne), and the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association.

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