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Eva Spata from Sydney Catholic Schools

May 16, 2022

About this Episode

We are so excited to have our APATA members come together to talk about performing arts education and share their journey and creative arts pathways with you.

This episode is hosted by APATA Ambassador Angela Loh, Managing Producer for Camerata- Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra in conversation with Eva Spata from Sydney Catholic Schools.

Eva works with a dynamic team in strategic direction and implementation for creative and performing arts across the 150 schools in the Sydney Catholic Schools network.

Overcoming the challenge of 2020 and 2021 Sydney Catholic Schools was able to introduce a number of “firsts” last year.

  1. The first Sydney Catholic Schools Eisteddfod.
  2. The first full time performing arts cohort at the newly dedicated performing arts facility at Southern Cross Catholic College, Burwood.
  3. Rolling out of the ambitious Amadeus Music Program after a successful pilot, which will eventually see over 30,000 students learning a musical instrument by the beginning of 2024.
  4. The digital production of Fame Jr the Musical with 40 students cast from 25 schools.

2022 will welcome the massive School of Rock Arena Spectacular with 4,000 student participants from across their network of primary and secondary schools, the continuation of the Eisteddfod and Amadeus programming, growing the fulltime performing arts stream and of course creating performance opportunities for their students across Sydney.

But wait, there’s more!

Along with these incredible educational innovations, Eva is a versatile performer across many genres and has vast experience as a Director, a Producer, and a Musical Director.

We learn Eva’s own journey in the performing arts from her early years to high school, inspiring her to earn a Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Education at the University of New South Wales,  and a Master’s in Educational Leadership.

From Eva’s mentors and experiences to her hopes for the future in performing arts education in Australia, please enjoy this chat between Angela Loh and Eva Spata celebrating performing arts education.

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Access the APATA Podcast Transcript – with Eva Spata, Sydney Catholic Schools hosted by Angela Loh here: Eva Spata Podcast Transcript pdf

 




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