WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, Tuesday 14 June, 2022 – Music and poetry are well represented amongst this year’s Fulbright New Zealand Graduate award winners.
The Fulbright Programme of educational exchange is one of the largest and most significant educational exchanges of scholars in the world. Since the New Zealand Fulbright Commission was established in 1948, it has awarded more than 1900 scholarships to New Zealand graduate students, artists, academics and professionals to undertake further research in the US, and welcomed more than 1,600 Americans on exchanges to New Zealand.
This year, of the 27-strong cohort, four are musicians and two are poets, a marked increase from previous years.
Professor Sally Jane Norman, Director of Te Kōkī—New Zealand School of Music at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, said, “It’s wonderful to see recent Te Kōkī graduates being celebrated at this high level of achievement; the institutions they go to in the US, their learnings, and the networks they consolidate across our respective regions will be profoundly impactful.”
Two poets, Bronte Heron and Jordan Hamel, will also enjoy the benefits of studying in the US. “Fulbright is such a terrific door opener,” said Professor Damien Wilkins, Director of Te Herenga Waka’s International Institute of Modern Letters. “I’m so pleased to see poets making the most of this opportunity.”
Amongst this year’s Fulbright awardees, the following will be studying music and poetry in the US:
Isabella Gregory from Christchurch will complete a Master of Music in Flute Performance at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Isabella graduated with a BMus (Hons First Class) in Classical Performance and a BA in Religious Studies in 2021 from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.
Jack Harré from Christchurch will complete a Master of Music in Jazz Performance at New York University, New York City. Jack graduated with a BMus (Hons First Class) in Jazz Performance from Te Kōkī—New Zealand School of Music at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington in 2021.
Dexter Stanley-Tauvao (Vailoa Faleata, Tāga i Savai’i) from Wellington will complete a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College in New York City. Dexter graduated with a BMus (Hons First Class) in Jazz Performance in 2018, and a BA in German from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University.
Liam Wooding (Ngāti Hinearo, Ngāti Tuera/ Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi) from Whanganui will research music performance at the University of California San Diego, California towards a DMA at the University of Waikato. Liam graduated with a BMus in Classical Performance from the University of Auckland in 2013, an MMus (Hons First Class) from the University of Waikato in 2017 and completed the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2019.
Jordan Hamel from Timaru will complete a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jordan graduated with a BA/LLB in 2015 from the University of Otago.
Bronte Heron from Taranaki will complete a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the New School, New York City. Bronte graduated with a BFA (Hons First Class) in 2016 from Elam School of Fine Arts, and an MA in Creative Writing in 2021 from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University.
Click here to see the full list of the 2022 Fulbright New Zealand award winners.
The 2022 Fulbright New Zealand cohort will be honoured at a special awards ceremony at the National Library in Wellington on Monday 27 June, to be hosted by Hon Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Minister for Courts.
Applications are open for 2023 Fulbright New Zealand scholarships. Applications close on 1 August 2022 for graduates, and 1 October 2022 for scholars.
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