HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES
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HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES...
AS rural student musicians, it is always a privilege to be off ered a unique opportunity that challenges us to reach our full potential, refi ne our musical skills and perform to a high standard with like-minded peers from across North Queensland.
Therefore, it was only natural for fellow Year 11 Ingham High School students Briellen Fenoglio and Hayley Jensen, along with myself, to eagerly accept positions to participate in this year’s State Honours Ensemble Program ( SHEP), North Queensland, run by Griffi th University’s Open Conservatorium.
The three-day intensive music program will be held in Cairns from this Friday.
Hosted by St Mary’s Catholic College, the music program allows talented musicians from North Queensland secondary schools to train and perform in fi ve specialised ensembles areas: wind, string, voice, brass and percussion.
The ensembles are conducted and taught by highly qualifi ed Queensland Conservatorium conductors, who share a like passion for inspiring students through music.
On the Sunday afternoon, the ensembles will showcase their talent and hard work to an audience of parents, family and teachers by performing an extensive repertoire in the grand fi nale concert.
An initiative of Griffi th University, the SHEP North Queensland provides a unique musical opportunity for regional students.
Therefore, it is wonderful that Ingham High will be represented by a student in three of the ensembles.
Briellen will perform violin in the Strings Ensemble, Hayley will sing Soprano in the Vocal Ensemble and I will play clarinet in the Wind Ensemble.
A particular commendation must be made to Hayley, as this year’s program will mark her third SHEP attendance.
As fi rst-time participants, Briellen and I are particularly excited to attend the program and meet other musicians from around the North.
On behalf of Hayley and Briellen, I would like to thank our private music teachers for their ongoing support.
A particular thank you must also be made to our school music teacher Linda Wright for nominating us for SHEP.
Although it will be challenging at times, I believe the experience will be thoroughly rewarding and allow us to further enrich our musicianship and become inspired by our peers. [ SARAH ZATTA, Year 11, Ingham High School.]
MUSICAL MINDS: Ingham High School students from left, Briellen Fenoglio, Hayley Jensen and Sarah Zatta
Ingham High School students, from left, Sarah Zatta, Hayley Jensen and Briellen Fenoglio