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Tuesday, October 02, 2018 5:04pm

Meet 5 budding young musicians from the Riverland

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Thanks to the generous support of the RAA, we hosted five students from the Riverland as they were mentored by the ASO as part of our collaboration with Country Arts South Australia.  

We had a chat with each of the students about where they want to go with their music, what they thought of the experience, and what they learned from their ASO mentors.


Jasper, Double Bass

Where are you from? I live in Barmera and I take a 45 minute bus ride to Loxton.

What school do you go to and what year? I'm in year 9 at Loxton High School.

How long have you been playing Double Bass? About 7 years. Since year 3.

Have you been to see an orchestra perform?  Yes, I've played in the Adelaide Youth Symphonia and this year I'm playing in Adelaide Youth Orchestra, which is very nice to be a part of. 

What do you love about playing music? How different it can be. There are so many different genres, so many different ways and reasons to like it. I think a quote from Gustav said "If a composer could say what he wanted to say in words, he would say it in words and he wouldn't write it down and compose it." That's at the front of my technical workbook. That's very true. Music displays emotion in a different way. 

What is exciting to you about having this opportunity with the ASO? It's very exciting because I've had various really good opportunities like Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Adelaide Youth Symphonia, and this is just another one of those fantastic things I get to be a part of. It's great for my career. 

Would you like to be a professional musician? Yes, I want to play in this orchestra when I grow up. 

What do you hope to learn in your mentor session? We went through some AdYO music, and before that we went through some stuff that Martin Butler had arranged. We just went though that and the articulation, especially the articulation and the bowings for it, fixing those up. And then we went to the AdYO stuff which was the William Tell Overture, which is a very famous piece of music and everyone likes it. There were a few hard parts in that and we went through that, and I think I'm set to practice that now. 


Braden, Clarinet

What school do you go to and what year? Year 11 at Glossop High School. I'm at the Berri campus for year 11 & 12.

Have you been to see an orchestra perform? No, this is my first time.

What do you love about playing music? I love that it's so expressive and you don't have to talk to people because I struggle with talking to people. And there are so many different ways you can do it, different styles, and interests and emotion. 

What's your favourite style? Swing! 

What is exciting to you about having this opportunity with the ASO? It allows me to see what a professional orchestra is about, and whether it is the career I want to go through. It's a huge opportunity that's been given to me. 

What do you hope to learn in your mentor session? I really want to focus on my tonality - having a better tone, a good tune throughout no matter what scale I'm doing. Because that's something that I have difficulty with. And maybe different note patterns and arrangements as well. 

 


Levi, Trombone

Where are you from? Waikerie

What school do you go to and what year? Waikerie High School, year 10

Have you been to see an orchestra perform? No, this is my first time seeing a full orchestra. 

What do you love about playing music? It feels good. I like hearing music. 

What is exciting to you about having this opportunity with the ASO? I like knowing what goes on in the orchestra. It's interesting to see how it actually runs on the inside. How it functions behind the scenes.

What do you hope to learn in your mentor session? Some useful tips and hints. How to play the trombone better. And interesting information I can find out. 


Victoria, Alto Saxophone

Where are you from? I live in Paringa.

What school do you go to and what year? I'm in year 11 at Glossop High School. 

How long have you been playing the Alto Saxophone? I've played it for 3 years.

Have you been to see an orchestra perform?  No, this is my first time.

What is exciting to you about having this opportunity with the ASO? It's exciting to come here and see how they work.

Do you think being a professional musician is something you would like to pursue? Yes, I think so. 

Which pieces of music did you run through in your mentor session today? We went through both Maria and Palladio

Have you played them before? A few times. 


Matthew, Tenor Saxophone

Where are you from? Renmark.

What school do you go to and what year? I'm in year 11 at Renmark High. 

Have you been to see an orchestra perform? Not really. I've been to a get-together orchestra, where other musicians come around and try and practice one piece all together. Not a full one like the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 

What do you love about playing music? It's something to get away from life because you can just express your problems and feelings through music. 

What is exciting to you about having this opportunity with the ASO? The fact that I probably won't get the same chance next year or previous years. This year is probably the best year to do it because I'm still at school.

What did you hope to learn in your mentor session? When I'm playing my music, just trying to keep with the same person. So if someone else has the same notes as me, try and level it out so we're both in sync. Also trying to keep the flow and other dynamics that make a great piece.

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