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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

Code Description Percentage
190406 Music Composition 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/06/1984 - 1/12/1987 Lecturer University of Queensland
Department of Music

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
1995 The Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Spiers 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]
2012 Spiers 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Spiers CJ, The Art of Indifference: 30 vignettes for Solo Piano, Sydney (2014) [J1]
2012 Spiers CJ, Journey of the Spirit, Australia (2012)
2011 Spiers CJ, Garden of Souls, Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle, Sydney/Alexandria, VA (2011)
2009 Spiers CJ, A Slender Strand of Memories: For Orchestra, 4 Vocal Soloists and SATB Choir, Australian Music Centre, Grosvenor Place, NSW (2009) [J2]
2007 Spiers CJ, Memory: For Soprano and Orchestra, Australian Music Centre, Grosvenor Place, NSW (2007) [J2]
2006 Spiers CJ, Arc of Infinity, Australian Music Centre, Sydney (2006) [J2]
2005 Spiers CJ, 6 Serious Pieces (for solo piano), Australian Music Centre, Sydney (2005) [J2]
2003 Kats-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]
2003 Spiers CJ, The Last Thoughts of Prokofiev, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney (2003) [J2]
2002 Spiers CJ, Dreamsong, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (2002) [J2]
2002 Spiers CJ, Those Freeway Blues, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (2002) [J2]
2002 Spiers CJ, Wedding Mobile, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (2002) [J2]
2002 Spiers 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]
2002 Spiers CJ, Concert May 19th 2002 Colin Spiers (piano) The Tango Book - Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002 Spiers CJ, Ensemble S, Concert June 1st 2002 Colin Spiers(conductor) Spitfire Ensemble, Spiers - Fanfare for Brass and Percussion, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002 Spiers 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]
2002 Spiers 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]
2002 Spiers CJ, Smith MR, Concert August 15th Colin Spiers (Piano) Margery Smith (Clarinet), Woods - Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
2002 Spiers 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-authors Philip Matthias
2002 Spiers 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-authors John Kellaway
2002 Spiers 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-authors Linda Walsh
2002 Spiers 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-authors Christopher Allan
2002 Spiers 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-authors Linda Walsh
2002 Spiers 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-authors Philip Matthias
2002 Spiers 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-authors Philip Matthias
2000 Spiers CJ, Music by Ives, Mendelssohn and Ginastera, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000 Spiers CJ, Sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000 Spiers CJ, Sonata in a minor by Schubert Sonata in A by Faure, University, Conservatorium (2000) [J2]
2000 Spiers CJ, New Song, University, Wollongong (2000) [J2]
1999 Spiers CJ, Sonata for Cello and Piano, University of Newcastle (1999) [J1]
1999 Spiers CJ, Traverse for Orchestra, University of Newcastle (1999) [J1]
1998 Spiers CJ, "Textures of Time and the Land", Australian Music Centre, Sydney (1998) [J2]
1998 Spiers CJ, "Textures of Time and the Land", Brush Turkey Studio, Australia (1998) [J2]
1998 Spiers CJ, Piano Sonata No. 5 (Distant Echoes), Australian Music Centre, Sydney, Australia (1998) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Colin Spiers
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177214
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.55

Current Supervision

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

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2009 Developing Twenty-First Century Art Music Repertoire
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2007 Songs 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
2007 Developing a Composition Portfolio
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2004 Discovering 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

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

Office

Room CON304
Building The Conservatorium of Music
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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