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Mr Colin Spiers

Senior Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Career Summary

Biography

Over a thirty year period working in the university sector, my principal research has involved the creation of original musical works and the performance and recording of new contemporary musical repertoire.

Between 1988 and 1990 I was the foundation pianist of the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, which commissioned and performed many new works by Australian composers during this period.

Since joining the academic staff of Newcastle University in 1990, I have continued to compose, but since I have a large teaching studio involving one-to-one as well as class teaching and postgraduate supervision, my ability to continue my creative work is often intermittent. Despite this constraint, I have managed to write at least one work per year (sometimes more), and have recently completed a commission from the University to compose a large work celebrating the 150th anniversary in 2009 of local government in Newcastle. This work was premiered in Newcastle town hall on Nov. 1, 2009 with an orchestra of seventy-six performers, four vocal soloists and a choir drawn from members of the Conservatorium, university and chamber choirs. Present projects include arrangements for violin, piano and other instruments of well-known hymns for projected CD release in 2011/12.

Research Expertise
1. Musical performance relating to contemporary performance practice and styles. 2. Original musical composition. 3. Currently enrolled in PhD programme.

Teaching Expertise
1. Tertiary level piano teching 2. Tertiary level composition teaching 3. Postgraduate supervision

Administrative Expertise
Head of composition division.


Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music), Queensland Conservatorium of Music

Keywords

  • Music composition and analysis
  • Music composition and piano teaching
  • Music performance

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190406Music Composition100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
20/09/2007 - 1/11/2009Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama Fine Art and Music
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/06/1984 - 1/12/1987LecturerUniversity of Queensland
Department of Music

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
1995The Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Spiers CJ, 'Signifying Meaning - Keith Jarrett's Performance Practice and its Role in the Evaluation of the Solo Concerts', Another World of Popular Entertainments, Newcastle, Australia (2013) [E3]
2012Spiers CJ, 'Keith Jarrett's Solo Music: Process, Product and Evaluation', 35th annual Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Canberra (2012) [E3]

Creative Work (34 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Spiers CJ, The Art of Indifference: 30 vignettes for Solo Piano, Sydney (2014) [J1]
2012Spiers CJ, Journey of the Spirit, Australia (2012)
2011Spiers CJ, Garden of Souls, Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, Sydney/Alexandria, VA (2011)
2009Spiers CJ, A Slender Strand of Memories: For Orchestra, 4 Vocal Soloists and SATB Choir, Australian Music Centre, Grosvenor Place, NSW (2009) [J2]
2007Spiers CJ, Memory: For Soprano and Orchestra, Australian Music Centre, Grosvenor Place, NSW (2007) [J2]
2006Spiers CJ, Arc of Infinity, Australian Music Centre, Sydney (2006) [J2]
2005Spiers CJ, 6 Serious Pieces (for solo piano), Australian Music Centre, Sydney (2005) [J2]
2003Kats-Chernin E, Sculthorpe P, Davidson R, Sabin N, Cronin S, Brophy G, et al., Still Life - Australian Music for Viola, Tall Poppies, Sydney (2003) [J2]
2003Spiers CJ, The Last Thoughts of Prokofiev, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (2003) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Dreamsong, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Those Freeway Blues, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Wedding Mobile, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Peck D, Concert March 14th 2002 Colin Spiers (piano)Donald Peck(Flute) Handel-Sonata in F, Beethoven-Romance in F Op.50, Dvorak - Romance Op.11, Poulenc - Sonata, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Concert May 19th 2002 Colin Spiers (piano) The Tango Book - Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Ensemble S, Concert June 1st 2002 Colin Spiers(conductor) Spitfire Ensemble, Spiers - Fanfare for Brass and Percussion, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Banney DA, Concert June 6th 2002 Colin Spiers (composer) David Banney (Conductor) University Symphony Orchestra Spiers - Anna for orchestra, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Woodcock R, Concert August 1st 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Ronald Woodcock (Violin), Brahms - Sonata in A Op.100, Lutoslawski - Subito, Strauss - Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, Monti - Czardas, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Smith MR, Concert August 15th Colin Spiers (Piano) Margery Smith (Clarinet), Woods - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002Spiers CJ, Matthias PV, Concert August 20th 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Philip Matthias (Conductor) Newcastle Conservatorium Chamber Choir Spiers - Dreamsong, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsPhilip Matthias
2002Spiers CJ, Kellaway JK, Smith MR, Concert August 21st 2002 Colin Spiers (piano), Posselt - Spectra, Cuming - Mood Walk (with J. Kellaway - trumpet), Woods - Clarinet Sonata(with M. Smith - Clarinet), Parker - 6 Miniatures, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsJohn Kellaway
2002Spiers CJ, Walsh LS, Concert September 12th 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Linda Walsh (Oboe), Dorati - Duo Concertante, Holland - Last Light, Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton - The Tango Book, Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsLinda Walsh
2002Spiers CJ, Smith GM, Allan C, Concert September 16th Colin Spiers (Piano) Greg Smith (Piano) Christopher Allan (Baritone), Ellicott - Variations on a Bach Chorale (Spiers/Smith), Woods - Satin Sounds (Spiers/Allan), Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsChristopher Allan
2002Spiers CJ, Walsh LS, Concert September 22nd 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Linda Walsh (Oboe), Dorati - Duo Concertante, Holland - Last Light, Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton - The Tango Book, Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe and Piano, ABC, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsLinda Walsh
2002Spiers CJ, Matthias PV, Concert October 2nd 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Philip Matthias (Conductor) Newcastle Conservatorium Chamber Choir Spiers - Dreamsong, Brisbane Choral Festival, Brisbane (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsPhilip Matthias
2002Spiers CJ, Matthias PV, Concert October 3rd Colin Spiers (Piano) Philip Matthias (conductor) Newcastle Chamber Choir, Spiers - Those Freeway Blues, Brisbane Choral festival, Brisbane (2002) [J2]
Co-authorsPhilip Matthias
2000Spiers CJ, Music by Ives, Mendelssohn and Ginastera, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000Spiers CJ, Sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000Spiers CJ, Sonata in a minor by Schubert Sonata in A by Faure, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000Spiers CJ, New Song, University, Wollongong (2000) [J2]
1999Spiers CJ, Sonata for Cello and Piano, University of Newcastle (1999) [J1]
1999Spiers CJ, Traverse for Orchestra, University of Newcastle (1999) [J1]
1998Spiers CJ, "Textures of Time and the Land", Australian Music Centre, Sydney (1998) [J2]
1998Spiers CJ, "Textures of Time and the Land", Brush Turkey Studio, Australia (1998) [J2]
1998Spiers CJ, Piano Sonata No. 5 (Distant Echoes), Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (1998) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$2,000

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19981 grants / $2,000

The Development of an Approach to Composition Pedagogy Using Techniques Developed in the Writing of Major Orchestral Work. (INCENTIVE GRANT)$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMr Colin Spiers
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0177214
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013Towards Maximal Convergence: The Relationship Between Composition, Performance and Production in Realtime Software Environments
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Off-White: A Latterday Travesty
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008Symmetry and Symmetry Reduction in Music
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008Pragmatics of Intertextuality in Recorded Music
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009Developing Twenty-First Century Art Music Repertoire
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2007Songs of Nature and Spirit: The Development of an Individual Approach to Choral Music Composition, With Reference to the Works of Four Important Australian Composers
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2007Developing a Composition Portfolio
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2004Discovering a Personal Compositional Process
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
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News

Enter the Jean Bogan Piano Composition Prize now!

The Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition 2014

August 7, 2014

The 2015 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition has been awarded to two talented composers.

Mr Colin Spiers

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Emailcolin.spiers@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 8925

Office

RoomCON304
BuildingThe Conservatorium of Music
LocationThe Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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