Dux award tops busy year

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

Be­ing named the dux for 2018 caps a year of hard work and suc­cess for Tauhara Col­lege stu­dent Fer­gus Byett. Prox­ime Ac­ces­sit was jointly awarded to Stephen Pari­nas and Jack McNeill.

A great all rounder, Fer­gus is also head boy at Tauhara Col­lege, a role that he says has its own ‘busy­ness’ to it.

An out­stand­ing mu­si­cian, Fer­gus achieved dis­tinc­tion when in Oc­to­ber he was awarded a piano per­for­mance diploma to be­come an As­so­ciate of the Trin­ity Col­lege Lon­don (ATCL). The ter­tiary diploma gives him the right to add the let­ters ATCL af­ter his name, and his piano teacher Lenice Frisken says it has been a plea­sure to teach Fer­gus and see him grow mu­si­cally.

“He is a very ca­pa­ble and tal­ented mu­si­cian and com­poser who has worked dili­gently to get where he is to­day.”

Ear­lier this year Fer­gus won the IRMTNZ Ro­torua-Taupo Se­nior Schol­ar­ship and the SOUNZ/NZCF Choral Com­po­si­tion Com­pe­ti­tion for his orig­i­nal four-part score ti­tled Karaka Akau. Next up is a writ­ten exam for an AMusTCL diploma in mu­sic the­ory and com­po­si­tion plus level 3 NCEA ex­ams. In 2019 he will be­gin a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic at Waikato.

Tauhara Col­lege 2018 Dux, Fer­gus Byett.

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