29 March 2011

There are not many achievements that North Shore resident and internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter hasn't posted in her stellar music career.

And now she can formally add the words "alumna of the University of Sydney" to her bursting CV.

This week Jane, and another 113 ex-students of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, was officially welcomed into the University of Sydney family in a special recognition ceremony at the main campus's Great Hall.

These "Missing Musos" were presented with recognition certificates by the Chancellor of the University, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir.

Why were they "missing"? Because The Con did not become a faculty of the University of Sydney until 1990, so students who attended prior to this time were until recently not formally recognised as alumni.

Jane Rutter was a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School before she was awarded a French Government scholarship to study in Paris.

On return from France, she was appointed as a lecturer at The Con, resuming her connection with the iconic Sydney institution that will celebrate its centenary in 2015.

Reflecting of the Alumni recognition ceremony, Jane said it was important for musicians to be recognised for their devotion to the abstract form.

"Music is one of the great languages of mankind. It gives people the chance to be connected intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically," Jane said.

"Higher education in music allows even more opportunity to continually explore and experience that special connection.

"Having our musical scholarship and contribution recognised by Sydney University is an important association for us musicians."

Baritone Geoffrey Chard, Russian-born composer Elena Kats-Chernin and Opera Australia's artistic director, Lyndon Terracini were among the participant list of the ceremony that read like a 'who's who' of Australian musical history.

Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Professor Kim Walker told the illustrious gathering that the term "missing' meant The Con and the University were "really missing you."

She said, "We were a tribe cut off from its elders - a tree cut from its roots. Now that we have found these family members, we are not going to let them go."

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