Young mu­si­cians take note of men­tors

The West Australian - - NEWS - In tune: Stephanie Sheri­dan, Mi­randa Mur­ray-Yong, Alan Lourens, Oak­ley Paul and Mairead McCloskey. Pic­ture: Iain Gille­spie Wil­liam Yeo­man

The Univer­sity of WA’s res­i­den­tial Sum­mer Mu­sic Acad­emy may be over for an­other year but tal­ented young mu­si­cians who at­tended have learnt enough mu­si­cal and net­work­ing skills to last a life­time.

“I really en­joyed the camp be­cause you get to know the peo­ple you might be work­ing with in the fu­ture,” Church­lands Se­nior High School cello stu­dent Mi­randa Mur­ray-Yong, 15, said.

“You also get some great di­rec­tion from the men­tors.”

Men­tors such as UWA stu­dent flautist Mairead McCloskey, 22.

“I think it’s just the best ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “It’s en­rich­ing for all of us.

“The kids feel com­fort­able in such an open en­vi­ron­ment while we as men­tors take our first steps in pass- ing on our knowl­edge to oth­ers.”

A part­ner­ship be­tween St Ge­orge’s Col­lege and the UWA School of Mu­sic, the Sum­mer Mu­sic Acad­emy, which runs each year, al­lows sec­ondary and ter­tiary stu­dents aged 15 to 25 to get tu­ition and per­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether with their peers in a fun and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s been a lot of fun and the stu­dents have been ter- rific to work with,” UWA Head of School and se­nior lec­turer Dr Alan Lourens said. “They’re mo­ti­vated and tal­ented and have so much en­ergy.”

Oak­ley Paul, 15, also from Church­lands SHS, said the camp gave him an insight into what it was like to be a univer­sity stu­dent.

El­len­brook bas­soon­ist Stephanie Sheri­dan, 18, said she found the re­hearsals fan­tas­tic.

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