Three gifted musicians will compete for a prestigious scholarship in the USQ Arts Theatre on 24 November.
Established in 1998, the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship gives outstanding USQ music graduates the opportunity to travel overseas to further develop their careers.
The Scholarship was made possible by the generous donation of funds by the late Joyce Lloyd (from her Campbell family inheritance).
A keen patron of the Arts, Mrs Lloyd was passionate about providing opportunities for emerging young artists.
This year, two pianists and one vocalist will vie for the coveted $20 000 ‘passport’ to further their music performance studies overseas.
Pianists and recent USQ Alumni, Noralyn Jowett and Shannon Laundon, together with singer/songwriter and current USQ Bachelor of Creative Arts student Raquelle Pedler, were shortlisted from a strong pool of applicants.
USQ Music Lecturer, Kathy Pingel said, “the selection panel was especially impressed by the high calibre of applicants this year.
“Each of the shortlisted applicants has demonstrated exceptional results in their music performance studies and is active in performing within their local communities.
“The scholarship, which has already afforded 15 young musicians the opportunity to further their music studies overseas, has proven to be an invaluable stepping stone into the music industry and, in several cases, has assisted in launching their careers onto the international stage.”
Past recipients including Hayley Sugars (mezzo-soprano) and Andrew Finden (baritone) have established fine national and international reputations.
“Both Hayley and Andrew are currently contracted to German opera companies and, in 2010, Hayley went on to win Australia's richest opera prize, the German-Australian Opera Grant worth $64 000.
“Others such as Matthew Henry (cello), Martin Paroz (tenor), Nicola Hayden (flute) and Jon Maskell are popular locally-based performing artists and music educators.”
2011 Scholarship recipient, Maree Kilpatrick (piano) has recently returned from her overseas studies which included eleven weeks studying and performing in England, France and Austria.
The final part of the application process, the Scholarship Concert, will see each of the applicants perform a fifteen minute bracket of works which will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.
The program will also include guest performance by Maree Kilpatrick and The Duelling Divas - Melissa Forbes (vocals), Melinda van der Meulen (soprano) and Alison Riethmuller (piano/vocals).
“The program covers a diverse range of genres, from Bach through the eras to modern-day singer/songwriters such as Luther Vandross and even includes an original composition by one of the applicants.”
The Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship Concert will be presented on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm in the USQ Arts Theatre.
Tickets are $27 adult, $21.50 concession, $16.50 student, $10 USQ student, $8.50 child and are available through the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111.
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