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Graduating dance students at the Victorian College of the Arts who have been studying under four leading Australian guest choreographers this semester will present their season works from the 12 to 17 November in Southbank.

A range of new creative scholarships will be available for outstanding and/or disadvantaged students at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne, from next year, thanks to $3 million dollars of funding support announced today by Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu.

Young people at risk of depression are more likely to listen habitually and repetitively to heavy metal music. University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katrina McFerran has found.

As part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series, acclaimed Indian percussionist Karaikudi R Mani will take up his post as artist-in-residence at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Contemporary Music, University of Melbourne later this month.

The Victorian College of the Arts’ School of Performing Arts at the University of Melbourne has presented more than $150,000 worth of scholarships to its theatre, dance and production students.

Passion and talent in abundance will be the hallmark of the 2011 Season of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA and MCM) as this year’s graduating students strut their stuff.

Six of the country’s best violinists will compete in Australia’s richest violin competition – the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship - this weekend with the winner of the prestigious event taking home a $40,000 scholarship.

Internationally acclaimed Australian Indigenous soprano, Deborah Cheetham, has been appointed Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts at the Faculty of the VCA and Music, University of Melbourne. The Wilin Centre supports Australian Indigenous students at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

In a celebration of Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, the graduating students from the VCA are presenting West Side Story, Thursday September 8th to Sunday September 18th 2011 at Space 28, VCA Performing Arts building, 28 Dodd Street, Southbank.

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