About US

Everything we do at The School of Creative Arts draws equally on concrete understandings and structural elements, as on the formless and abstract aspects which are the home of the realm of our experiences of our subjective self.

 

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What Makes Us Unique

 

We practice getting better at creative improvisation and playing our instruments, and we practice meditation. We practice the aspects of technique and we practice the lyric flow of the music itself. We explore textures of sound or colour, density, and rhythm or touch, and we explore the realm of feeling, devising stories, following intuitive hunches, using imagination and guesswork, having a go and seeing what happens.

These two together provide a powerful vehicle for conveying whatever the ideals and inspirational tones and content of our healing art are.

Because all our work is aligned to the maxim of “how can I make this a healing experience?”, we are able to include not only obvious beauty but also more challenging and seemingly disruptive elements, and still produce an outcome of invigoration, upliftment, clarity and more of a sense of having put some broken pieces back together on the inside in the process - in our hearts - in much the same which which reading Shakespeare does. Not only great beauty has place, but also disparate and disharmonious elements as they come into contact with the noblest ideals, and through the re-shaping which occurs, a stronger alloy of character and humanity is produced in the listener.

 

 

 

 

Our Faculty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rupert Guenther

Director of School
Head of Music

 

 

Rupert Guenther is an international concert artist and composer who performs his own original works entirely through improvisation. He has toured and given recitals and live radio broadcasts worldwide for over 20 years, and has independently released over 28 CDs of his own original improvised music since 2003 including five CDs commissioned and recorded for Radio ABC Classic FM in Australia. His concerts and recitals of his original music include Melbourne International Festival (Australia), Bombora House New York City (USA), The Guildhall Festival (London), St Anna Church, Vienna (Austria), Perth Winter Arts Festival (Australia), Monsh University Churchill campus (Australia), London Docklands Museum (UK), Tate Britain London (UK) and further recitals in Italy and Austria. He also performs extensively on electric and acoustic violins in blues, rock and world music groups and has worked with many of the top session players in Australia including Chris Copping (Procul Harem), Stephen Housden (Little River Band), Garry Young (Daddy Cool), Geoff Wright (JJ Cale), Allan Zavod (Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty), and utilises contemporary playing styles and technology in solo recitals using live looping and electronics.

He has developed and taught his approaches to classical music improvisation, meditation, and healing stage-fright in hundreds of workshops and masterclasses for students of all ages in universities, schools and holiday music camps throughout Australia, the UK, Italy, and Austria for over 15 years. He wrote and founded the classical improvisation courses at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University and the universities of Monash, Queensland and Western Australia, and has taught masterclasses at Vienna University for The Performing Arts (Austria), the St Paul Summer Academy (Austria), and Vorarlberg State Conservatorium (Austria). He has presented at The European String Teachers Association (ESTA) international conference in Falun, Sweden, The International Society for Improvised Music (Denver USA, and Chateau d’Oex Switzerland), The Reflective Conservatoire (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), as well as private classes for some of the world’s top soloists, chamber ensembles, and key players from opera and symphony orchestras in Europe.

His background as a professional violin player includes a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical violin with Brian Finlayson at The Victorian College of The Arts (Melbourne University), a further 3 years of studies in Vienna (Austria) with the renowned Professor Helfried Fister, and Masterclasses with Professor Igor Ozim throughout Australia and Europe. He has held principal positions with The Vienna Chamber Opera, Helios 18 Baroque Ensemble (Vienna), The Johann Strauss Sinfonietta (Vienna), The Australian Pops Orchestra, and played solo electric violin in Greek superstar Demis Roussos’ band, recitals with Hollywood singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott, as well as tours with pop legends Olivia Newton-John, Anthony Warlow, John Farnham and The Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin.

 

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Management

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Tanya Servaas

Management, Administration
& Communications

 

 

Tanya Servaas has more than 25 years experience in management, administration and communications in both government and the private sectors. She has been responsible for the overall management of marketing TAFE, training and apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia, the project management of large-scale campaigns and events and delivering a high-level of customer service to clients, customers and students.

Tanya is passionate about the arts and meditation, wellbeing and professional and personal development.

Tanya has a Graduate Certificate in Management, BA in Social Sciences, Certificate IV in Analytical Psychotherapy; Mentoring and Coaching; and Training and Assessment and is currently completing a Master in Counseling and Psychotherapy (due to be completed in 2021).

 

Join Tanya in Meditation & Personal Development, Mentoring & Coaching.

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