Young pi­anist wins schol­ar­ship

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROV­ING that hard work and ded­i­ca­tion pays off, 12-year-old Monique Murphy was the proud re­cip­i­ent of the 2014 En­cour­age­ment Award of the Nancy Weir Schol­ar­ship, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful stint at the re­cent Mackay Eisteddfod.

The schol­ar­ship strives to as­sist chil­dren liv­ing out­side the Bris­bane area whom ex­hibit out­stand­ing mu­si­cal tal­ent and wish to pur­sue mu­si­cal stud­ies.

At the re­cent Mackay Eisteddfod, Monique par­tic­i­pated in six pianoforte com­pe­ti­tions and placed in all sec­tions: bach, mod­ern, elec­tronic pi­ano, Aus­tralian com­poser, grand pi­ano and set solo. Monique was awarded first place four times and also re­ceived a sec­ond third place.

She was also awarded the Mackay Sugar Co-oper­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tion Ltd Trophy at the Eisteddfod’s spe­cial awards cer­e­mony for be­ing the most de­serv­ing com­peti­tor for en­cour­age­ment.

This was the fourth year in a row that Monique re­ceived a spe­cial award at the Mackay Eisteddfod.

The St Cather­ine’s Catholic School stu­dent said she loves the adrenalin she gets when per­form- ing live. “The hard work has paid off [and] it feels fan­tas­tic to be able to per­form on this fan­tas­tic con­cert grand pi­ano and be out there with the oth­ers. It is also nerve wreck­ing to play in the big the­atre in front of the au­di­ence. Wait­ing in the dark, be­hind the cur­tains un­til it is my turn makes my heart beat faster ev­ery time,” she said.

She said she is thank­ful for the pa­tience of pi­ano teach­ers Betty Atkin­son and Kerry Harold and will try her best to ob­tain a ca­reer in the mu­sic in­dus­try one day.

PE­TITE PI­ANIST: 12-year-old Monique Murphy per­form­ing her award­win­ning Taran­tella by Al­bert Piec­zonka on the pres­tige Stein­way Grand Con­cert Pianoforte at the Mackay En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

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