Metropolitan Male Choir of S.A. Prize – James Skelton
James, who attends Trinity College, plays the Clarinet and participates not only with the School band but also in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s “Young Symphonists” program. His long-term goal is to be a professional musician and has played in the World Youth Middle School Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall in London in 2019. As well as playing the clarinet, James is learning to be a pianist and is preparing for his AMEB Certificate of Performance exam on the Piano this year having finished Grade 8 piano last year. His playing is technically excellent and musicianship an absolute highlight.
The Sieben- Scott Prize – Samantha Li
Samantha began playing piano at 6 years of age and has, over the years, won a number of Eisteddfods plus first prize in various scholarships. She currently attends St Peter’s Girls’ College in Year 6 and has become a member of the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium of Music – Open Music Academy. To further her musical attributes, particularly in chamber music, she is also learning to play the violin She has excellent musical skills and hopes to inspire others with her presentations.
The June Genders Encouragement Award – Giulio Mucci
From a young age, Giulio has shown a natural talent for Classical music, especially with the classical guitar. His first music teacher at Christian Brothers College was motivated to refer Giulio to another level and teacher who has great expectation for his future with this instrument, referring him to the Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble. In his Solo exams and competitions, he has achieved High Credits, Honours, Distinctions and First prizes since 2019. Giulio shows a very mature sense of perspective in his performance