HIT­TING THE RIGHT NOTES

stu­dents share their sto­ries … page 7

Townsville Bulletin - - Youth In Print -

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

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