Name: Phillippa Murphy-Haste
Pillar: Arts, Music and Entertainment
What is your dream?
My dream is to continue to develop as a professional artist while pursuing further education to combine my passions for music and social justice. In addition to my musical ambitions, I will complete my Masters in Social Work (Qualifying) degree at The University of Sydney, enabling me to work towards developing community music programs that will include people who would otherwise not have the chance to access music workshops.
Tell us a bit about you.
I currently work as a clarinet and saxophone specialist, performing around Australia and overseas. I have two bands that I co-run with my bandmates - Micro Micro and Microfiche. I have also been living in Sweden completing an exchange as part of my Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior to this I studied a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) with a double major including classical clarinet performance.
How have you demonstrated commitment?
I have demonstrated my commitment to my dream through honing my craft for the last 23 years. I have achieved my Bachelor’s degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, received my Associate of Music Australia Diploma in Clarinet Performance, am near completion of my Jazz Performance degree, and am currently living in Sweden on an exchange to the Malmö Academy of Music. In addition to this I have been studying with saxophonist Karl-Martin Almqvist of the Danish Radio Big Band, started a collaboration with Swedish composer Patrik Jarlestam and through this collaboration travelled to Italy on a composer-in-residence program to workshop a new suite of music that was premiered in Denmark at the Sonic Festival 5.0.
What challenges do you face?
The challenges I face include completing my university qualifications while maintaining my professional work as a musician and ensemble leader, accessing a baritone saxophone for rehearsals, performances and practice, and developing my concept of combining my passions for music and social justice and turning those into tangible outcomes. It is my goal to become a leader in the research and development of such programs in Australia and abroad.
How will you use the money?
I will use the grant money from the Aim for the Stars scholarship to purchase a baritone saxophone. I have many professional engagements for 2017 including a performance for Parramasala Festival which will be broadcast on ABC Radio National, as well as a studio recording. Any leftover funds I will use towards additional equipment and towards my studies.
How do you plan to give back?
I plan to continue my work providing music lessons to women and their children with a refugee background and through my studies, develop a framework for how this idea can be expanded to different communities. Learning and participating in music-making can empower people in a small way, and there are many additional health benefits. It is my hope that I can continue to develop my understanding of these concepts and find new ways to use the skills I have acquired to help others.