In June 2017, we launched a campaign to raise funds for the Director of Music. This post is key to the musical community at St Anne’s working as an artistic lead, conductor, and organiser of musical activities. The Director of Music (currently held by Dr John Traill) creates the vision and sense of purpose in music at College, and oversees all planning and production of a high-quality programme of concerts and other musical events. Since 2006 music at St Anne’s has developed year on year and every October we now welcome at least four students to the College. As a non-chapel College, St Anne’s has a unique focus on instrumental music, outreach and education and a strong commitment to performance. Through the campaign to endow the Director of Music post, St Anne’s hopes to secure the continued development of our essential and inclusive musical character. Find out more.
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Donate online at https://www.campaign.ox.ac.uk/st-annes-college to support the Director of Music Post.
Joshua Asokan (Music, 2016) and winner of the 2018 Oxfordshire Concerto Competition
‘I’m a conductor, pianist, and composer from Sri Lanka who joined St Anne’s in 2016. As I am interested in pursuing conducting further, an influencing factor in my decision to apply to St Anne’s was the presence of Dr John Traill who is a respected conductor and teacher. Since arriving in Oxford, I have conducted numerous orchestras including the unique St Anne’s Camerata. I have also received regular conducting tuition from him, leading to my success in being chosen to take part in highly selective conducting masterclasses with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pärnu City Orchestra in Estonia, and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Thanks to the efforts of Dr Traill, St Anne’s has a very active music scene, featuring a highly successful recital series throughout the year with visiting professional soloists and also an active student-run music society.’