American Australian Association

Scholar Stories

2018 AAA Arts Fund Recipient Courtenay Cleary performs Romance by Amy Beach

Courtenay Cleary is an Australian violinist and AAA Arts Fund Recipient who has recently graduated from The Juilliard School with her Masters of Music. Courtenay has performed around the world, including a solo performance at Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

2017 AAA Arts Fund Recipient Rachel Siu performs Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet

Rachel Siu is a AAA Arts Fund Recipient currently studying at The Juilliard School in New York City. Rachel won first prize at the Getting to Carnegie competition where she made her solo Carnegie Hall debut. Rachel has returned to Australia temporarily while her Juilliard classes take place online.

Standing on the Shoulders of My Ancestors by 2018 AAA-Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholar Graham Akhurst

2018 AAA-Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholar Graham Akhurst is an Aboriginal writer and academic hailing from the Kokomini of Northern Queensland.  He is currently completing an MFA in fiction at Hunter College in New York City.

Please take a moment to read his heartfelt piece entitled ‘Standing on the Shoulders of My Ancestors.

2018 AAA Arts Fund Recipient Daniel Le performs The Harmonious Blacksmith by George Frideric Handel

Daniel Le is an Australian pianist based in New York City currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music. During this global health crisis, Daniel has been taking his classes online and using music to find some joy and light in the world during this pandemic.

2018 AAA Arts Fund Recipient Ben Heim presents Dreaming of You in Sunsets that Don't Exist

Ben Heim is an Australian Composer, Audio Visual Artist and AAA Arts Fund Recipient located in New York City. Whilst in isolation due to Covid-19, Ben has been drawn toward creating beautiful art to counteract the suffering that has surrounded the city during the current pandemic.

COVID-19 Update from 2012 AAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar Monkol Lek

2012 AAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar Monkol Lek, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Yale University.  Monkol’s research at Yale is focused on human genetic variation and its contribution to diseases.

Read more about Monkol’s research efforts during COVID-19.

2009 AAA Arts Fund Recipient Vivian Choi performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Despite being isolated in their homes during this global pandemic, the AAA Arts Fund Recipients are still busy creating and honing their craft.

Vivian Choi is a celebrated Australian pianist living in New York, who holds graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University.  Vivian is a proud 2009 AAA Arts Fund Recipient.

'Who Knew' performed by 2019 AAA-Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholar Mi-kaisha Masella

In response to the changes and challenges the novel coronavirus has wrought on the way we are going about living our daily lives, AAA-Nomad Two Worlds Indigenous Arts Scholar Mi-kaisha has written this beautiful original piece for the AAA community entitled ‘Who Knew’.  We hope her song gives you comfort during these unprecedented times.