A number of our students at the Jazz Workshop auditioned for various tertiary music courses. We congratulate the following on their audition success:
- Nick Henderson (bass, student of Saul Richardson, Advanced Combo, & SYJO) accepted into Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
- Oli Nelson (drums, student of Dave Goodman, Advanced Combo, & SYJO) accepted into Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
- Carlo Antonioli (sax, student of Richard Savery, Advanced Combo, & SYJO) accepted into B.Mus Ed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with a Merit Scholarship.
- Michael Clarke (sax, Advanced Combo, SYJO), accepted into Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
- Nick Karpin (sax, student of Gai Bryant, Adult Combo), accepted into B.Mus.Ed at Australian National University.
- Laura Hunt (voice, student of Eleanor Brasted), accepted into Australian Institute of Music.
- Also, Alexei Bernard, who studied piano at JWA and was a member of our combos, but whose main passion was dance, has been accepted into the Dresden school of Dance in Germany.
Well done everyone, great results and well-deserved. As you can see, everyone who got into a jazz course also played in a combo. It is probably hard to over-estimate the importance of long-term experience in a small jazz ensemble for anyone planning to audition for a university jazz course, or indeed a career as a jazz performer or teacher. Playing in a big band also develops sight reading, technique, stamina and understanding of style. But it remains the combo factor that is the real key.