Prize more than solo acts

August 23, 2017

Wanganui Park Secondary College students Georgia Logue, 16, Ryley Symes, 14, Hannah Lepp, 15, Georgina Waser, 14, and Allira Wilson, 18, encourage music students in the region to enter the Young Instrumentalist Award.

Young district musicians are being urged to enter Shepparton’s Young Instrumentalist Award competition before the cut-off date on September 1.

The SYIA on Sunday, September 24, at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre, offers generous cash prizes, but also the experience of performing on stage in front of an audience and receiving feedback from adjudicators.

Aspiring musicians have the chance to enter a new category this year, designed for small ensembles of between two and five people performing as a group.

‘‘This means smaller ensembles of about two to five people can perform in categories of voice, piano, brass, woodwind, strings and percussion,’’ Wanganui Park Secondary College music teacher Charlotte Drinnan said.

‘‘It’s more than solo acts.’’

Wanganui Park Secondary College student and past participant in the piano section Amelia Lucatini said it was a good experience being on the Eastbank Centre stage in front of people and seeing what other performers were doing.

Her peer Seth Culpan, who plays the horn and sings, said it was interesting to watch others play and see the diversity of skill levels.

‘‘Normally you can go watch your friends play and support them,’’ he said.

Small saxophone playing group members Harry Waser and Chris Hawtin were looking forward to playing as an ensemble and said it was more fun to play music in a group.

‘‘We play together during lessons and about twice a week doing both classical and contemporary music,’’ Mr Waser said.

Mr Hawtin said there was less pressure when you played with someone else and he said it was good practice for a Victorian Certificate of Education performance examination.

Each instrumental category will be judged in four age groups: 10 years and under, 13 years and under, 16 years and under and 19 years and under.

There are also classes in each instrumental group for beginning students and prizes for the top three young instrumentalists.

Ms Drinnan said SYIA was in desperate need of more volunteer committee members with the current members juggling full-time jobs with their SYIA roles and in need of help to run the event.

‘‘If anyone is available to help us out we would love to have them on the committee,’’ Ms Drinnan said.

■If you are interested in joining the SYIA committee, contact Ms Drinnan by email at [email protected]

■Entries close on September 1 and musicians can complete their entry at

■Tickets to the performance day will be available at Riverlinks Box Office, phone 0358329511 or visit

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