Alstonville students to play with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

HONOURED: Brianna Bowles (left) and Gabi Stanek have been selected to play with and be mentored by a group of musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in September.
HONOURED: Brianna Bowles (left) and Gabi Stanek have been selected to play with and be mentored by a group of musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in September. Richard Forbes

Brianna Bowles and Gabi Stanek will spend a three-day weekend honing their skills in the SSO regional program, Playerlink, at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium which is hosting the event.

Brianna began playing flute at primary school "around nine years ago after choosing it over clarinet".

"Since then I've played at fundraising events as well as solemn ceremonies such as Anzac Day," the 18-year-old said.

"Playing second flute with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra was great, but this is an amazing opportunity to learn more and further myself.

"After achieving Hon- ours in my 8th grade flute assessment, I decided to do the Associate Diploma in Music next year and maybe the Licentiate in Music (diploma) after that."

Brianna hopes to do a double degree in Journalism and Music.

Gabi's brothers play a variety of instruments but she took up violin after being attracted to the sound.

"I've played with Lismore Symphony Orchestra and Deep Blue, a contemporary classical orchestra," the 14-year-old said.

"They're both great.

"But I'm really excited about performing with Sydney Symphony Orchestra members through Playerlink.

"I think it's a brilliant opportunity for me to learn more so I can continue playing and maybe be part of an orchestra."

They will join other selected Years 7-12 students to participate in instrumental section tutorials, and study orchestral parts, including articulation, ensemble playing, interpretation, intonation, and posture.

All students and SSO musicians will rehearse as a whole orchestra from September 13 to 15, AND finish with a family presentation.



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