2018 Summer School Rural Commuters – Olivia Ambrose
My Hometown I was born in Grafton and still live there. Grafton is famous for it’s Jacaranda Festival. I take advantage of the busking opportunities around this time.
SYO Summer School 2018 I am looking forward to meeting new friends, joining the ensembles and learning new music.
My Commute I have attended Clarence Valley Conservatorium for six years and I play 2nd violin in a String ensemble called ‘Strings and Things’. We perform at many events during the year throughout the Clarence Valley. We have a big concert in April to prepare for which will feature local Opera singer Michelle Ryan. My Mum drives me to Lessons every Monday at 3.15 after School. It only takes 10 minutes to drive from School to Clarence Conservatorium. Wednesday’s we practice our ensemble work.
We travel to Sydney by train for SYO Summer School and it takes 10 hours. I read to pass the time and look at the country side. I once played my violin on the train for two little boys-they loved it and asked their Mum for one.
Supporting rural musicians I think people and organisations can help supports young musicians living rurally by offering the opportunity to gain a scholarship to help with cost of learning an instrument.
My Future In the future I plan to keep learning violin to eighth grade level
My Advice My advice to other young people living in NSW is to give music a try because it can lead to many exciting opportunities and is really fun. Thank you to Sydney Youth Orchestras for the opportunity to join Summer School again this year and thank you for the award of the Scholarship.
This program has been made possible through the generosity of SYO Opportunity Fund Donors and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.