Last night Hume Conservatorium held the annual Scholarship Holders Concert to honour and farewell the class of 2020 and announce the successful recipients of scholarships for the 2021 year.
The evening, hosted by CEO/Artistic Director Paul Scott-Williams, was broadcast via Facebook Live to accommodate the current COVID restrictions. However a small audience of parents made enough noise to make the room feel full!
Hume Conservatorium are very appreciative of the support from the Goulburn Business Community through the provision of the Scholarship and Bursary Program and we would especially like to thank the providers of our ‘Sponsored Scholarships’ donated by local families as well as those sponsored by Goulburn Central Motor Lodge, Goulburn Mazda and Isuzu Ute and Cappo’s Garage.
Audiences were treated to a range of performances from the outgoing scholarship holders including a powerful rendition of Coldplay’s "Viva La Vida" performed by the whole group of 2020 Music Scholars and conducted by tutor Donna Seipelt.
Donna has worked with the scholarship holders on musicianship and performance throughout 2020 and has seen excellent results from recent AMEB examinations in this area. As a token of their appreciation for Donna’s support during 2020, student Misha O’Brien presented Donna with flowers and thanked her on behalf of the group for guiding them through the challenges of 2020. “2020 has been a difficult year for all of us” Misha said, “but having your support each week has made it so much easier – so thank you”.
Interspersed throughout the musical items were the announcement of the 2021 Scholarships which were met with much excitement and happy emojis on the Facebook Live stream.
The adjudicators were impressed with both the variety and skill level of the applicants. With most instruments represented, the decisions were difficult.
First to be announced was the Hume Conservatorium Encouragement Award for 2021 which went to pianist Angus Ross. Angus performed an original composition which thrilled the adjudicators and they commend him on his presentation.
The Goulburn Central Motor Lodge Scholarship holder for 2021 is Malakye Ginn (voice).
The Goulburn Mazda and Isuzu Ute Scholarship holder for 2021 is Matilda Deng (voice).
The Cappo’s Garage Scholarship holder for 2021 is Kalyssa Gomes (voice).
For 2021 there are two Sponsored Scholarships which are generously provided by local families to support music education within the region. These were awarded to Ella Stewart-Richardson (piano) and Wade Pik (voice).
Annually Hume Conservatorium sponsors a scholarship and this was awarded to Eva Wright (classical guitar).
The Rare and Endangered Instrument Scholarship is designed to nurture the growth of instruments that are rarely played or a needed for a specific ensemble at Hume Con. This covers a wide variety of instruments but for 2021 the beneficiary is mandolin player, Callum White.
The Christine McPherson Scholarship is named after a former long-term flute and piano teacher at Hume Conservatorium. Christine is a passionate musician and many students were inspired to continue their musical studies as a result Christine’s dedication and enthusiasm to her music and we send her our best wishes today. For 2021 the awardee of the Christine McPherson Scholarship is Kayla Ludlow (flute).
The Blake Sheridan Scholarship is a memorial scholarship gifted in memory of the great soprano and music teacher, Moira Sheridan. We are delighted to announce that for 2021 this award is going to another soprano – Isabella Capponi.
HumeCon congratulates all applicants and recipients. We also wish to remind all parents that, in these COVID affected times, needs
-based bursaries are available.