FES­TI­VAL HITS RIGHT NOTE FOR STU­DENT

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - FRANCINE PULL­MAN

LIKE a fine piece of mu­sic, ca­reer de­vel­op­ment takes the right at­ti­tude, pas­sion and per­sis­tence, as at least one in­ter­na­tional stu­dent has dis­cov­ered.

Nor­we­gian Mar­ius Moeller, 21, de­cided to leave all that was fa­mil­iar in search of new chal­lenges.

Lit­tle did he know when set­ting off on his grand ad­ven­ture that it would take him to the dizzy­ing heights of in­ter­na­tional- stan­dard cham­ber mu­sic in Townsville.

Af­ter com­plet­ing high school in his home town of Moss, Nor­way, Mr Moeller re­alised he yearned to ex­pe­ri­ence a com­pletely dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment, chal­lenge him­self in un­known ways and ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

So he set his sights on Aus­tralia, en­rolling to study a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness ma­jor­ing in mar­ket­ing at James Cook Univer­sity in Townsville. Dur­ing his first year at JCU, he ap­plied for an in­tern­ship with the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic ( AFCM) – and the rest played out like a piece of clas­si­cal mu­sic as he scored the job.

“Dur­ing my first year at JCU we were in­formed about the pos­si­bil­ity of do­ing an in­tern­ship and I re­mem­ber think­ing it would be a great op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

Through his in­tern­ship with AFCM, Mr Moeller has en­joyed the priv­i­lege of learn­ing to mar­ket Aus­tralia’s lead­ing cham­ber mu­sic fes­ti­val, gain­ing new skills, knowl­edge and con­nec­tions that will boost his ca­reer prospects.

“I am learn­ing to in­ter­act with var­i­ous key stake­hold­ers in a pro­fes­sional and con­fi­dent way,” he said. “I have gained a fur­ther un­der­stand­ing of a not- for- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and the im­por­tance of vol­un­teers. Fur­ther­more, I have gained ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing so­cial media as a pro­fes­sional plat­form.”

He is ex­cited about the up­com­ing fes­ti­val.

“We have now ex­tended the pe­riod of the in­tern­ship, which means I will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the fes­ti­val at its fullest, which I am su­per- ex­cited about,” he said.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

ON SONG: James Cook Univer­sity stu­dent Mar­ius Moeller, from Nor­way, is do­ing an in­tern­ship with the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

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