Friday Music
July 2011

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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1 July

Patrick Keith (piano)

Ozzie Nelson (flute)


Sonata, KV 304 - WA Mozart  (1756 - 1791)

Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata, op. 120 no 1 - J Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Allegro appasionato
Andante un poco Adagio
Allegretto grazioso

Fantasy for flute and piano  - G Fauré (1845 - 1924)


Patrick Keith studied Piano with Ann Hoy of the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, achieved his A.Mus.A with Distiction in 2007, as well as working in the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music Regional Youth Orchestras for 5 years. A student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music student, he presently studies Piano Performance with Philip Shovk. Patrick has given a number of recitals throughout Australia and has accompanied a vast number of recitals, concerts, and exams.

Flautist Ozzie Nelson has given many performances and been a participant in musical competitions across several different countries including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. An avid orchestral musician, he has performed with the Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony, Chamber, and Chamber Opera Orchestras as well as with the Trinity Sinfonia. He has also given performances with the Sydney Youth Orchestras, Minnesota Youth Symphonies, the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, and with various other ensembles around Sydney.

Having always had a keen interest in chamber music, Alexander has presented concerts and recitals both in Australia and the UK and performed live on Sydney's 2MBS-FM. He was a founding member of two different London-based chamber groups, a performer in the summer music institutes of three different major American conservatories, and the winner of second prize in the 2008 New Zealand Woodwind Competition.

Ozzie Nelson began his tertiary studies under Wissam Boustany at the Trinity College of Music, London. He left Trinity in 2007 to continue on with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.



8 July

Mao Lee (piano)

Vicky Yang (piano)


Mao Lee

Sonata in B minor  - D. Scarlatti (1685 - 1757)

Chaconne in D minor  - JS Bach (1685 - 1750) arr.- Busoni

Étude in G major  - P Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

Vicky Yang

Siciliano  - JS Bach (1685 - 1750) arr. - Kempff

Faust Fantasy  - F Liszt (1811 - 1886)



Mao Lee
Born in Taiwan, Mao began his piano studies late at 14 yet surprisingly achieved the impossible.  He started to take piano seriously at 17 and within two years, he was the major prize winner for many piano competitions such as Wynnum, Redlands Eisteddfod, Gold Coast Piano Award, Quota Beenleigh International Competition, Tiyuao Piano Competitions and earned his piano diploma (ATCL) diploma with distinction as well as high marks for his theory and musicianship study.  Since then he was frequently invited to different venues to perform including many winners’ concerts, show case, music festival, Bach society, Western City concert, Recital Hall and has presented a few solo recitals over the years.

His constantly expanding horizons have led to his becoming a remarkable musician, reflected in his interest in choral music (recently just performed Mahler Symphony No2 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre) and other keyboard instruments such as harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano and organ. In addition to those events, he was invited to judge the first "Sally's Music Piano Competition" in 2010.   As a dedicated performer and teacher, Mao’s further plans include studying and visiting the Moscow Conservatory of Music. For further information, please visit

Vicky Yang
An outstanding concert pianist with virtuosic brilliance, Vicky Yang is currently the founder and director of Volteggiando Music. As well as a performer, she also has been lecturing in universities. The schools she has participated include: Indiana University, USA (Assistant professor); Lismore Conservatorium (guest artist), NSW; Tainan School of Music for Talents (guest professor), lecturer for the University of Chia-Yi, Young Conservatorium, Griffith University and Music department in the Queensland University of Technology. She is also a judge for various piano competitions include Quota Beenleigh International, Brisbane Eisteddfod, Melbourne Fest & Society and more. In 2011, Vicky is also invited to give masterclass/pianoclass at the University of Tasmania.

Her success in competitions includes several major prizes and scholarships, including the Indiana University Music Scholarship for excellent performance, Cincinnati school of music piano performance scholarship, US pointed accompanist award, Verbiel Switzerland summer camp, Indiana Chamber Award, Talented Artists (USA), Juilliard (New York) Camp, Outstanding music performance award, Yamaha Australian Piano Competition (the prize being a grand piano), City of Sydney Challenge, Queensland Piano Competition (several times), Ruby C. Cooling Prize (2 times), the Margaret Ann Kerrison Scholarship, the International Scholarship for Music (3 times), the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2 times), and is also an Australian National Academy of Music Scholarship holder and member of the International Golden Key Academic Honours Society. In 2009, Vicky was also the holder of the William Williams Award.  This year, she was invited on juries for several music competitions as well as acting as a Music & Sound Director for Otto's short film.

The Taiwan-born pianist graduated as one of the youngest student at Queensland Conservatorium of Music at the age of 19 with Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours, studying double major in piano and percussion with formal London Philharmonic Orchestra percussionist Alan Cumberland, renowned Russian teachers and performers Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko. She was then accepted to study Master of Music and Artistic Diploma/Doc in Indiana University in USA with full scholarship. In addition, she was invited to take part in music festivals and masterclasses with the renowned Russian concert pianist Bella Davidovich at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Since then she has completed three master degrees and has taken her study further to PhD/DMA.

Vicky has performed piano solo with orchestra and ensembles in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Vienna, Italy, Switzerland, London, Canada and the United States, including New York, Baltimore, New Jersey, Indiana, Cincinnati and others. As well as adjudicating competitions and audition, Vicky is also an active chamber musician where she has appeared to TV shows and completed recordings for 4MBS, ABC radio and other radio stations in both USA and Taiwan.  More information is available at




15 July

Ronald Woodcock (violin)

David Miller (piano)


Sonata No.1 in B flat - Chevalier St. Georges (1745-1799)
Allegro; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in G Op.13 - Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
Lento doloroso; Allegro vivace; Allegretto tranquillo; Allegro Animato

Selections from "Porgy and Bess" (trans. Jascha Heifetz) - George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)

Pampeana No.1 "Rapsodia para Violon y Piano" - Alberto Ginastera (1916 - 1983)

RONALD WOODCOCK has toured in 95 countries during a distinguished career as concerto and recital soloist, chamber player, teacher and orchestral conductor. He has performed in world musical centres such as London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Budapest, Lisbon, Brussels and Buenos Aires.

In remote countries such as Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Peru, the Solomon Islands, Bhutan and St. Helena Island, he has introduced audiences to Western classical music, often for the first time.

He has brought to a lifetime of performing the works of composers from Bach to Penderecki and beyond, a wealth of musical experience gained first from his teachers Arthur Grumiaux and Pablo Casals in Europe and then from orchestral playing in the Philharmonia, BBC and Royal Philharmonic orchestras under conductors such as Karajan, Klemperer, Ormandy, Beecham and Goossens.

His wide-ranging repertoire encompasses all the mainstream violin concertos and sonatas while also including the avant-garde and virtuoso showpieces – and he promotes works by Australian composers on many of his tours,

Since early retirement from the University of Adelaide, where he was for twenty years Associate Professor of Violin, he now tours internationally giving recitals, concerto performances, radio recordings, violin masterclasses and workshops and also adjudicating at national concerto competitions and eisteddfods.

For relaxation, he competes in 800 and 1500 metre races in summer and cross-country in winter.



22 July

Raisa Dobrinsky (piano)

Vera Troizky (soprano)


Peter Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
1. Twas April
2. In the midst of the ball
3. The sun is set
4. June (Barcarolle) from ‘The Seasons’ (piano solo)

Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
1. The Loreley
2. O in my dreams

In the Spring  - Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)

If my songs were only winged - Reynaldo Hahn (1875 - 1947)

Open thy blue eyes - Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)

Valse in F minor Op. 70, No. 2  - Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)
1. At night
2. Before my window
3. Spring waters



Raisa Dobrinsky was an outstanding graduate of the Mussorgsky College of Music as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, from which she graduated with honours in solo recital, chamber music, accompaniment and teaching.Immigrating to Australia in 1977, Raisa has been teaching part-time at the Conservatoriums of Sydney and Wollongong, allowing time to pursue her career as a concert performer. She has performed regularly with leading Australian music groups and given many solo recitals and radio broadcasts.

Vera Troitsky, a Queensland trained soprano, gained her L.Mus.A in singing and was a member of the “Queensland Light Opera Company” with whom she sang four leading roles in as many seasons.

She won numerous awards at the Brisbane and other Eisteddfodeau including: Queensland section of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition in 1970, the Toowoomba Aria 1970, fourth place in the Sydney Sun Aria 1970, first place in the Bathurst Caltex Aria in 1972 and Australian New Faces in 1971.

In 1972 Vera gained a two-year scholarship to the Opera School, Sydney Conservatorium, where she sang Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” and “Madama Butterfly”. She then furthered her training in Vienna with Professor Kolo at the Music Academy.

After settling down to family life on her return, Vera Troitsky came back to singing as a teacher at the Wollongong Conservatorium. Besides an L.Mus.A she holds a BA (Hons) from Queensland University and Dip.Ed (Kelvin Grove, Brisbane).

As well as opera, her repertoire includes songs on the renaissance period, oratorio, lieder and art songs.



29 July

Ruth Lockley (soprano)


How Can I keep from Singing - Old shaker hymn
Laudamus Te from Mass in C Minor   - W.A. Mozart

from A Cycle of Kid Songs for Soprano  - Leonard Bernstein.
I Hate Music
I’m a person too

Sing a Song of Sixpence - a new setting of an old rhyme by J. Michael Diack with apologies to Handel.

From Ballads of the Bush  - Music by Gavin Lockley
The Australian Sunrise (J.L. Cuthbertson)
The Ant Explorer (C.J. Dennis)
Nacht und Träume (Night and Dreams)  - F. Schubert
Geheimes (The Secret)  - F. Schubert
2 songs from the song cycle Sea Pictures  - Edward Elgar
In Haven         
Sabbath Morning at Sea     
Bushes and Briars - English Folk Song arr. R. Vaughan Williams
The Fields of Athenry - Folk song
Alleluia from Nulla in Mondo pax sincera   - A. Vivaldi
Mottette (In the world is no sincere peace without gall)

Ruth Lockley  - A.Mus.A. L.Mus.A.  L.T.C.L. F.T.C.L. (performance)

Trained at the Sydney Conservatorium under Elizabeth Todd with much involvement over the years in musicals, stage roles and particularly solo involvement in churches with solo ministry and Oratorio (a favourite area).  Last year taking the role of Mother Superior in the Blue Mountains Musical Society production of "The Sound of Music".  Other musical rolls have included Show Boat, Orpheus in the Underworld, Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and conducted orchestra for Paint your Wagon.  Solo sacred works and oratorio include Handel's Messiah (Sydney People's Choir) under Clive Pascoe, Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Dixit Dominus (Handel), Requiem (Mozart), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Creation (Haydn),  Messe Solemnelle - Rossini,  St. John Passion (Bach), Coffee Cantata (Bach),  Coronation Mass (Mozart) and the Nelson Mass (Haydn), the latter with The St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choir and Orchestra. I enjoy all kinds of music styles and hope to demonstrate some of that today for you!

Lily Cowen
D.S.C.M. A.MUS.A. A.T.C.L. L.T.C.L. D.S.M.E.  F.F.C.S.M.E.

Lily was one of the youngest students to graduate from the NSW Conservatorium of Music where she studied piano with Margaret Hughes from age 10 and post-graduate piano under Alexander Sverjensky, then later with concert pianist/teacher, Igor Hmelnitsky. Whilst on scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium Lily studied voice with Elizabeth Todd. During her 2 year overseas sabbatical in 1964 and 1965 Lily had many opportunities to study and teach in London.
Since becoming a resident in the Blue Mountains, Lily has concentrated on piano teaching and accompanying.   Prior to that she was a Music Specialist with the Dept. of Education and worked in 3 major high schools - Wiley Park Girls' High School, Homebush Boys' High School and St. Mary’s High School.  At these schools she produced and directed many school musicals, conducted choirs and instrumental groups and was involved in the Higher School Certificate Music Curriculum.   Using her own performance experiences, Lily has taught and coached many students for the "Performance Component" in the HSC Music examinations. Now having recently closed her Music studio, Lily has more time to devote to accompanying, adjudicating and working with other teachers in master classes and is able to travel more. 



Please note that our final Friday of the month organ recital
will be held next week instead - 5th August with

Ben Sheen
(Senior organ scholar, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford)

Please click here for details of the St Stephen's organ