Young musicians take note of mentors
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.