Ms Susan Newsome

Lecturer in Clarinet

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1404

Biographical details

Clarinetist Sue Newsome embraces all elements of the music sphere with enthusiasm. Her performance career ranges from popular musicals such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon to classical chamber performances with Musica Viva and the vibrant Windbags Quintet and orchestral appearances with the Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sue is passionate about performing contemporary classical music and is associated with ensembles such as Clogs, the Seymour Group, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Aark New Music Ensemble and TouchBass electro-acoustic duo. Her solo and chamber recitals have been important elements of festivals and conferences, including the 2011 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, the 2005 World Bass Clarinet Convention, the 2002 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference and the 2008 Sydney Festival (where she appeared with the New York based indie-rock band, The National).

Sue has recorded premiere performances for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and Belgian Radio and can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Symphony No.10 by Mahler and Eclairs sur l’Eau-dela by Messian, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra's The Love for Three Oranges by Prokofiev, Sydney Alpha Ensemble's Silbury Air, the Seymour Ensemble's House Songs, Anthology of Australian Music on Disc and the Netherlands-based Duo Contemporain's Made in Leiden. She also features on The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, the most recent album of the renowned New York contemporary chamber ensemble, Clogs.

A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied clarinet with Gabor Reeves, Sue was the recipient of an Australia Council International study grant, which took her to Rotterdam Conservatorium for postgraduate bass clarinet study (Uitvoerend Musicus) with Professor Henri Bok.

Sue is in strong demand as a bass clarinet specialist and regularly collaborates with leading composers on new works for premiere performances. As a dedicated teacher, the vast scope of her performance career brings a rich palette to her students. She has lectured and delivered masterclasses in Australia and the Netherlands and has taught clarinet for the Newcastle Conservatorium and the University of New South Wales.

Selected grants

2014

  • Engaging and motivating students of music performance through a model of elite practice; Reid A, De Graaff D, Newsome S; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Newsome, S. (2014). Bass Clarinet Down Under. The Clarinet, 42(1), 42-44.

Music

  • Newsome, S. (2016). Principal Bass Clarinet. Passion. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Festival.
  • Boersma, K., Jenkin, P., Machamer, S., Newsome, S., Rickard-Ford, P., Robinson, M., Sorkin, E. (2016). The Crossing. The Crossing. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • De Graaff, D., Low, N., Newsome, S., Smith, P. (2015). 1. New Work for four clarinets (Inspired by motives from works by J. Haydn) 2. Creation of all Things for four clarinets 3. Eucalyptus: Genetic Dances for two clarinets and two bass clarinets. Haydnesque. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Collins, G., Newsome, S., Munro, I. (2014). Dolly Suite Op.56. Australia Ensemble & UNSW Subscription Concert 1. Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia: Music Performance Unit, University of New South Wales.
  • Newsome, S. (2013). Eastern Divertimento. Clarinet a la Mode. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S., Smith, P., Howie, D. (2013). Jacaranda. Clarinet a la Mode. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S. (2013). Tower Ascending. Conductors' Series: SCM Wind Symphony. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S. (2012). As Small Birds Play. As Small Birds Play. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium | University of Sydney.
  • Oguey, A., Newsome, S., Carrigan, J., Inomata, S. (2012). Kakimori Bunko. As Small Birds Play. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S. (2011). 1. Duo Sonata (clarinet). The Art of Puffing. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Still, A., Newsome, S. (2011). 1. Siren 2. Light Pressure 3. Making Angels. Otherworldly Winds. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S. (2011). 1. Water Spirit Song 2. Aulos 3. Solo voor Sue 4. At A Slight Angle 5. Kijk, een Basklarinet in mijn Tuin 6. Plain Language. RETROBASS!. Federation Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Clasax, The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Victoria, Inc.
  • Halliwell, M., Newsome, S., Miller, D. (2011). Three Songs from 'Two Moon Smile': 1. Song of the Bees 2. All Skinned Out 3. Lavender Air. Cocktail Hour Recital Series | The Opera Connection. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Miller, D., Ziegler, F., Dunlop, R., Newsome, S., Briger, N., Ryder, J., Coggins, V., Smith, M. (2010). 1. T(F)ree Radicals (10') 2. Three clarinets, cello and piano (6') 3. Suite Opus 29 (30'). Three Clarinets +. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Still, A., Walker, K., Celata, F., Newsome, S., Pryor, S., De Korte, N., Grimm, A., Vanossi, I., Johnson, R. (2010). Chanson et Dances, op.50 (9'). Heroic Woodwind. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Duke, M., Still, A., Walker, K., Newsome, S., De Korte, N. (2010). Quintette en forme de choros. Cocktail Hour Series. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Lim, E., Newsome, S., Miller, D. (2010). Tres Danzas Cubanas. Cocktail Hour Recital. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Craig, R., Allars, D., Bromberger, A., Cheng, I., Child, B., Dunlop, R., Hunt, E., Hoggard, A., Howie, S., Jewkes, R., Lim, E., Newsome, S., et al (2009). 1. Waltz 2. Nepi Tanc 3. Folk Song Suite. Gabor Reeves: A Tribute Concert. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Atrium, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Richter, G., Szabo, Z., Hoy, J., Newsome, S., Constantino, S., Llewellyn, R., O'Reilly, G., Ward, B. (2009). 2. Octet F major D 803, op. 166. Schubertiade 337. St. Peters Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia: Schubert Society.
  • Scott, M., Hanic, J., Rourke, R., Newsome, S., Skinner, G., Buddle, A. (2009). Mladi (I Allegro). Gabor Reeves: A Tribute Concert. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Lim, E., McCorkill, C., Newsome, S., Smith, M. (2007). Amazonia. Cocktail Hour Recital Series. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Newsome, S., Dunlop, R., Smith, M., Schots, E., Millner, D., Sykes, I., Turner, G. (2005). 1.le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton 2.From Fire Country 3.Water Spirit Song 4.You Can Take It Anywhere 5.Twist 6.Fault Line. A Bevy of Bass Clarinets. Music Cafe, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Hel Music Productions Inc.
  • Smith, P., Barnett, J., Broughton, S., Kroslakova, K., Newsome, S., Pyne, H., Wilson, A., Bastian, E., Broughton, M., Dewhurst, J., et al (2003). 1.Entomology 2.Little Eye 3.Scintillation II 4.Making Angels 5.Prosperous Nation 6. Lament of the Flutes for Dumuzi. AARK Rites. Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Sydney, Australia: AARK ensemble.
  • Broughton, S., Newsome, S., Kroslakova, K., Barnett, J. (2003). 1.Undertones 2.Enyato IV 3.Making Angels 4.Adityanam 5.Moments of Plastic Jubilation 6.Velocities 7.Kembang Suling. The New Music Network and SIMA present AARK. Side on Cafe, 83 Parramatta Rd Annandale, Sydney, Australia: The New Music Network and SIMA.
  • Smith, P., Broughton, S., Newsome, S., Nightingale, J., Pyne, H., Wilson, A., Kroslakova, K., Barnett, J. (2003). 1.Undertones 2.Enyato IV 3.Velocities 4.Spiegel Im Spiegel 5.Sunburnt Aftertones III 6.Lament 7.Miniature IV 8.Diabolical Birds. The Rosnay Recitals. Rosnay Organic Farm, Canowindra, NSW, Australia: Rosnay Organic Wines.
  • Kroslakova, K., Broughton, S., Forsyth, N., Newsome, S., Smith, P. (2003). Mandala III (1. Transcription of Chorus from St Matthew Passion, No.78 2.Sonata 3.Ruhe Sanfte, sanfte ruh' piano solo with reflections). AARK Bliss. Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Sydney, Australia: AARK Ensemble.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Newsome, S., Berninger, M., Dessner, B., Newsome, P. (2010). Track 7: Last Song. On , Australia.

2016

  • Newsome, S. (2016). Principal Bass Clarinet. Passion. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Festival.
  • Boersma, K., Jenkin, P., Machamer, S., Newsome, S., Rickard-Ford, P., Robinson, M., Sorkin, E. (2016). The Crossing. The Crossing. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2015

  • De Graaff, D., Low, N., Newsome, S., Smith, P. (2015). 1. New Work for four clarinets (Inspired by motives from works by J. Haydn) 2. Creation of all Things for four clarinets 3. Eucalyptus: Genetic Dances for two clarinets and two bass clarinets. Haydnesque. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2014

  • Newsome, S. (2014). Bass Clarinet Down Under. The Clarinet, 42(1), 42-44.
  • Collins, G., Newsome, S., Munro, I. (2014). Dolly Suite Op.56. Australia Ensemble & UNSW Subscription Concert 1. Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia: Music Performance Unit, University of New South Wales.

2013

  • Newsome, S. (2013). Eastern Divertimento. Clarinet a la Mode. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S., Smith, P., Howie, D. (2013). Jacaranda. Clarinet a la Mode. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S. (2013). Tower Ascending. Conductors' Series: SCM Wind Symphony. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2012

  • Newsome, S. (2012). As Small Birds Play. As Small Birds Play. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium | University of Sydney.
  • Oguey, A., Newsome, S., Carrigan, J., Inomata, S. (2012). Kakimori Bunko. As Small Birds Play. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2011

  • Newsome, S. (2011). 1. Duo Sonata (clarinet). The Art of Puffing. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Still, A., Newsome, S. (2011). 1. Siren 2. Light Pressure 3. Making Angels. Otherworldly Winds. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S. (2011). 1. Water Spirit Song 2. Aulos 3. Solo voor Sue 4. At A Slight Angle 5. Kijk, een Basklarinet in mijn Tuin 6. Plain Language. RETROBASS!. Federation Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Clasax, The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Victoria, Inc.
  • Halliwell, M., Newsome, S., Miller, D. (2011). Three Songs from 'Two Moon Smile': 1. Song of the Bees 2. All Skinned Out 3. Lavender Air. Cocktail Hour Recital Series | The Opera Connection. Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2010

  • Miller, D., Ziegler, F., Dunlop, R., Newsome, S., Briger, N., Ryder, J., Coggins, V., Smith, M. (2010). 1. T(F)ree Radicals (10') 2. Three clarinets, cello and piano (6') 3. Suite Opus 29 (30'). Three Clarinets +. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Still, A., Walker, K., Celata, F., Newsome, S., Pryor, S., De Korte, N., Grimm, A., Vanossi, I., Johnson, R. (2010). Chanson et Dances, op.50 (9'). Heroic Woodwind. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Duke, M., Still, A., Walker, K., Newsome, S., De Korte, N. (2010). Quintette en forme de choros. Cocktail Hour Series. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Newsome, S., Berninger, M., Dessner, B., Newsome, P. (2010). Track 7: Last Song. On , Australia.
  • Lim, E., Newsome, S., Miller, D. (2010). Tres Danzas Cubanas. Cocktail Hour Recital. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2009

  • Craig, R., Allars, D., Bromberger, A., Cheng, I., Child, B., Dunlop, R., Hunt, E., Hoggard, A., Howie, S., Jewkes, R., Lim, E., Newsome, S., et al (2009). 1. Waltz 2. Nepi Tanc 3. Folk Song Suite. Gabor Reeves: A Tribute Concert. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Atrium, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Richter, G., Szabo, Z., Hoy, J., Newsome, S., Constantino, S., Llewellyn, R., O'Reilly, G., Ward, B. (2009). 2. Octet F major D 803, op. 166. Schubertiade 337. St. Peters Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia: Schubert Society.
  • Scott, M., Hanic, J., Rourke, R., Newsome, S., Skinner, G., Buddle, A. (2009). Mladi (I Allegro). Gabor Reeves: A Tribute Concert. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2007

  • Lim, E., McCorkill, C., Newsome, S., Smith, M. (2007). Amazonia. Cocktail Hour Recital Series. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.

2005

  • Newsome, S., Dunlop, R., Smith, M., Schots, E., Millner, D., Sykes, I., Turner, G. (2005). 1.le creature nel giardino di Lady Walton 2.From Fire Country 3.Water Spirit Song 4.You Can Take It Anywhere 5.Twist 6.Fault Line. A Bevy of Bass Clarinets. Music Cafe, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Hel Music Productions Inc.

2003

  • Smith, P., Barnett, J., Broughton, S., Kroslakova, K., Newsome, S., Pyne, H., Wilson, A., Bastian, E., Broughton, M., Dewhurst, J., et al (2003). 1.Entomology 2.Little Eye 3.Scintillation II 4.Making Angels 5.Prosperous Nation 6. Lament of the Flutes for Dumuzi. AARK Rites. Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Sydney, Australia: AARK ensemble.
  • Broughton, S., Newsome, S., Kroslakova, K., Barnett, J. (2003). 1.Undertones 2.Enyato IV 3.Making Angels 4.Adityanam 5.Moments of Plastic Jubilation 6.Velocities 7.Kembang Suling. The New Music Network and SIMA present AARK. Side on Cafe, 83 Parramatta Rd Annandale, Sydney, Australia: The New Music Network and SIMA.
  • Smith, P., Broughton, S., Newsome, S., Nightingale, J., Pyne, H., Wilson, A., Kroslakova, K., Barnett, J. (2003). 1.Undertones 2.Enyato IV 3.Velocities 4.Spiegel Im Spiegel 5.Sunburnt Aftertones III 6.Lament 7.Miniature IV 8.Diabolical Birds. The Rosnay Recitals. Rosnay Organic Farm, Canowindra, NSW, Australia: Rosnay Organic Wines.
  • Kroslakova, K., Broughton, S., Forsyth, N., Newsome, S., Smith, P. (2003). Mandala III (1. Transcription of Chorus from St Matthew Passion, No.78 2.Sonata 3.Ruhe Sanfte, sanfte ruh' piano solo with reflections). AARK Bliss. Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Sydney, Australia: AARK Ensemble.

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