THE RIGHT NOTE: OPEN MIND AND OPEN EARS FOR A CA­REER IN THE ARTS

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Ev­ery day at work is dif­fer­ent for mu­si­cian She­fali Pryor but that’s what she loves the most.

As a sym­phony or­ches­tra as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal oboe, she says there is al­ways some com­bi­na­tion of re­hearsals or per­for­mances with the or­ches­tra, as well as pri­vate prac­tice, pro­gram­ming and a lit­tle bit of teach­ing. She also has to make her own reeds for her oboe.

Pryor says she was com­pletely ad­dicted to play­ing in or­ches­tras so when it came to choos­ing what to study, there was no ques­tion in her mind.

“I went to the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic for uni­ver­sity, kept play­ing in or­ches­tras, and was part of the Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s train­ing or­ches­tra, Syd­ney Sin­fo­nia,” she says. “Then the stars aligned and a job as sec­ond oboe be­came avail­able just as I fin­ished my de­gree. I was lucky enough to land that then go on to take the next step, tak­ing on my cur­rent job as as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal.”

Her ad­vice to oth­ers who as­pire to a ca­reer like hers is to prac­tice hard and lis­ten to as much and as broadly as pos­si­ble. “Take in­spi­ra­tion from your teach­ers, men­tors and peers. Have an open mind and open ears, and be pre­pared to take the op­por­tu­ni­ties when they come your way,” she says.

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