2018 Summer School Rural Commuters – Simeon Kelly
My Hometown I live on a small property just outside of Trundle, a small country town of just under 700 People which is 60 km northwest of Parkes. It is a very agricultural centered town mostly surrounded by cropping and sheep farms. The main attraction in Trundle is the extremely wide main street which spans 60 Metres across and our annual ABBA festival.
My Commute I travel 160km to Orange with an older friend every fortnight to get music lessons there. I also play in a local community orchestra in Parkes every Wednesday which my family drives in for. While we're commuting do my schoolwork, but I love listen to music, audio books and reading books.
SYO Summer School 2018 I am looking forward to meeting young musicians from all over NSW and playing in a large orchestra at 2018 Summer School.
Supporting rural musicians I think people can better support young rural musicians by providing opportunities like SYO Summer School in regional locations so rural players can make the most of it. Also, continuing and expanding the amazing work with weekend workshops in Dubbo and other regional centres.
My Future I am planning on finishing school, going university to study electrical engineering and keep enjoying playing my bassoon.
My Advice Go and find your local conservatorium, an instrument that you love, and a teacher then start learning as music is something that will stay with you your entire life.Also, try and find a local music ensemble as it is very encouraging to play with other musicians.
I would like to give a Massive thank you to Sydney Youth Orchestras, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Individual SYO Donors for making this scholarship possible.
This program has been made possible through the generosity of SYO Opportunity Fund Donors and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.