Young Rose City muso awarded

WARWICK State High School (WSHS) Year 11 student Jamie Stevens has beaten more than 1000 young musos to be selected for the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Instrumental Music program in Brisbane.

The saxophonist was selected as one of only 77 students to participate in the program for 2009.

The opportunity was a 12-day residential extension program for musically outstanding students.

The biannual event brought together the most musically outstanding students from state schools throughout Queensland.

Queensland has a world-renowned instrumental music program which fosters young musicians in state schools through a focus on quality music education and performance.

Education and music industry professionals regard the Queensland Instrumental Music Program as the finest and most extensive in the country.

More than 1000 students initially nominated for the program, from which 274 were short listed to submit a performance audition.

Two other WSHS students, Mitchell Haidley (Year 11) and Lauren Stephens (Year 12) were also selected at this stage.

Audition tapes were then watched by a panel of adjudicators who shortlisted the applicants down to the final 77 places.

The program ran from June 21 to July 3 during which Jamie participated in a series of intensive ensemble rehearsals, musicianship lessons, chamber music sessions and tutorials with conductors who are experts in their fields.

He also attended performances by highly esteemed professional musicians.

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Instrumental Music program culminated with a gala concert in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall in which the students performed a challenging and entertaining repertoire.

This was the first time a WSHS student had made the final selection process.

To be selected as a recipient of the award requires talent as well as many years of dedication and hard work. Congratulations Jamie on this fantastic effort.

You have done yourself, your parents, your teachers and your school proud.

For more information about the instrumental music program at WSHS, contact head of department Ian Follett on 4666 9222.

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