Tim Draxl's new master class

THE Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund has announced its new brand and accompanying autumn master class series.

Events kick off Friday April 4 at Rydges Horizons in Jindabyne with a cocktail party celebrating the rebranding and relaunch of the Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund. The night will include canapes and mocktails, a few words from Tim and a distinguished guest, and music by some of the area's talented young performers. Tickets are $10 per person and must be reserved by March 27.

Master classes will be held throughout the weekend.

These are specialised sessions in which pupils receive one-on-one tuition in a small group setting. Participants will learn through direct interaction with a professional in their field, and through observation.

The two master classes on offer, in drama and voice, will provide young performers in the Snowy Mountains with an unprecedented opportunity to hone their skills.

Acclaimed Australian actor Simon Burke will host the first master class, High Country Drama, on Saturday 5 April. Burke, who began his career at the age of 13 with an award-winning role in The Devil's Playground, is among Australia's most accomplished, respected and versatile performers. He has enjoyed great success both in Australia and the UK in film (Pitch Black, Travelling Light), television (The Alice, All Saints, Playschool), stage (Les Miserables, Chicago), concert appearances and cabaret.

On Sunday April 6, Jindabyne's own Tim Draxl will host an intensive master class focused on vocal performance. Master classes with Simon Burke and Tim Draxl are specifically designed for young people committed to the performing arts.

They are limited to 12 students each at a cost of $40 per master class. Applicants must be between the ages of 10 and 18, and are expected to prepare works to perform on the day. Applications are available from performing arts instructors and teachers throughout the Snowy River Shire.

The Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund supports young people across the Snowy River Shire and the Monaro through the provision of workshops and master classes, by creating opportunities to perform, and by promoting the performing arts in our region.

High Country Drama: A Master Class with Simon Burke was made possible by a grant from the Country Arts Support Programs. Neither workshop would be possible without the generous support of our major sponsors: Bendigo Bank, and Perisher. Special thanks to Simon Blazey for his work on the logo; and to the drama, dance, and music teachers of the Monaro for their ongoing support.

To RSVP the relaunch event, or for more information about the Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund, please contact Meghan Quinn on 6451 1506.

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