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Michael Vidulich


Born: 1946


Michael Louis Vidulich was born in Wellington on the 3rd of November 1946. He left New Zealand in the 1950s, settled in Santa Monica, California in the 1960s before returning to NZ in 1980. Michael has served as an adjudicator at the ANZVS Viola Composition Competition as well as being president of the International Viola Society.

Vidulich's tertiary education, professional qualifications and awards include: 1969 Dip Mus (Hons) in viola, conducting, chamber music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 1971 AA [Associate in Arts] in education, Santa Monica College, California. 1972 BMus (Hons) in music performance, 1974 BA in history, California State University, Los Angeles. 1974 MMus(Hons) music education, joint degree from UCLA, Calif State University 1975 PhCert [Certificate in Philosophy] University of Minnesota. 1981 Dip Tchg, Dept of Education, NZ. 1983 PhD in music education, University of Washington. 1986 AIRMT (NZ). 1986 LRSM in viola performance. 1987 LTCL in viola performance. 1987 FIBA [Fellow of the International Biographical Association, UK] for services to education and music. 1990 LittD [Doctor of Literature], Somerset University, UK. 1991 NZRT [NZ Registered Teacher] Ministry of Education NZ. 1979-80, UNESCO Scholar, music 'field work', Geneva, Switzerland. Career: 1966-8 violist with the Glendale Symphony and Hollywood Bowl Symphony (California). 1971-4 Conductor and Musical Director of the Los Angeles Savoy Arts Orchestra. 1971-4 Music teaching specialist and adviser, Los Angeles City Schools. 1971-4 HOD Music, Ramona Secondary School, California. 1975 Music Archivist, University of Minnesota. 1976-80 Lecturer in music education, ethnomusicology and music performance, University of Washington. 1977-9 Music Adviser, Seattle Public Schools. 1981-6, 1988-9 HOD Music, Penrose High School Auckland. 1981 to date, violist Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Camerata String Quartet, Queen City String Quartet. 1981-4 Conductor and Musical Director Manukau Youth Orchestra. 1982, 1990, Lecturer, University of Auckland. 1987 Senior Lecturer, Auckland College of Education. 1990 Music Adviser, Ministry of Education, Auckland. 1991 Director, Auckland Itinerant Music Project and Itinerant Teacher of Music. Published books include: "The Traditional Musical Instruments and Musical Culture of the New Zealand Maori (SEM, University of Washington Press, 1977). "A Tertiary Lecture Syllabus for Instrumental Music Education" (University of Washington Press, 1983). "New Zealand Music Education in Secondary School Core Music Classes" (University of Auckland 1990). "The Secondary School Orchestra, A Guide for Music Teachers" (Auckland College of Education 1991).

Composed (6)

Aotea Suite

for string orchestra, 20m

Concertpiece in C minor

for solo viola

Concertpiece in G Minor

for solo violin

Penrose High School Song

for three-part choir and orchestra, 3m

String Quartet 'On Themes Of Benjamin Franklin'

for 2 violins, viola and cello, or 3 violins and cello., 5m


for piano, 20m

Arranged (1)

Viola Concerto 1910

for viola, harp and strings, 20m