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School’s in for summer

Registrations open for the renowned McGregor Summer Workshops at the University of Southern Queensland in January

Three things are a near certainty in a Toowoomba summer: sunshine, storms, and McGregor Summer Workshops at the University of Southern Queensland.

For more than 54 years, creatives from across the country have made their way to the Garden City for the one-of-a-kind immersive learning experience with leading artists, musicians and thespians.

Registrations are open for the McGregor Summer’s Music & Theatre (January 10-14) and Visual + Creative Arts (January 9-15) workshops.

Co-ordinator Deborah Meyer said McGregor Summer Retreat had something for everyone.

“Regardless of your skill level or preferred medium you will be sure to find a class that suits you,” she said.

“We select Australia’s most prominent artists to teach in the one place. Not only are they amazing artists in their own right, but also ensure they can teach their craft to ensure each student gets the most out of their journey at McGregor.”

Adding to the arts repertoire is a music and theatre component at this year’s workshops.

Ms Meyer said the entertainment industry was ever evolving and so was the McGregor event.

“In 2022, we warmly welcome theatre back to the program as a special offering for the first time in many years, with a standalone program that sits alongside the music program.

“Along with practical skills as an actor, musician, singer or song writer; 21st Century entertainers need to be creative, collaborative, sustainable and flexible.”

“Participants will discover career pathways, including options for acting, solo or ensemble performance, studio recording, music technology, teaching, song writing and music as therapy.”

Ms Meyer said the workshops would facilitate artists, actors and musicians of varying experience and ages.

“No matter your age or experience, our tutors will guide you to embrace the fundamentals of their craft and inspire you to create your own art in a safe and encouraging environment,” she said.

2022 McGregor Summer Music & Theatre Workshops will include sessions: ‘Putting on a Play with Emily Burton’, ‘Songwriting with Jen Mize’, ‘Discover Your Voice with Kath Williams’, ‘Wind with Matt Luff’, ‘Piano and all things Keys with Nathan Seiler’, ‘Brass with Andrew McNaughton’, ‘Guitar Workshop with Simon Gardner’, ‘Bass with Andrew Johnson’ and ‘Drums with Reuben Bradley’.

Visual + Creative Arts workshops include: ‘Acrylics with Chris Postle’, ‘Acrylics with David Hinchliffe’, ‘Acrylics with Rob REK’, ‘Acrylics with Robyn Bauer’, ‘Ceramics with Shannon Garson’, ‘Furniture Upholstery with Deka Design’, ‘Gouache with Naomi White’, ‘Jewellery with Mauri Maunsell’, ‘Lampworked Glass Beads with Kathryn Wardill’, ‘Oil Painting with Marcel Desbiens’, ‘Printmaking with Anita Mangakahia’, ‘Soft Pastels with Lyn Diefenbach’, ‘Watercolour with Annette Raff’, ‘Watercolour & Pen with Cees Sliedrecht’ and ‘Watercolour with Sue Lederhose’.

The McGregor Summer Arts School heads into its 54th year and is the longest running visual and creative arts, music, and theatre workshops in the country.

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Glenn Kelly at last year's McGregor Summer Workshops.