Young symphonist nabs position in prestigious program

OGILIVIE High School student Mimi Jin has been handpicked to participate in the prestigious Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonist Program.

Following a standout audition, the grade nine percussionist will now travel to Mount Eliza, Victoria in April 2017 for the weeklong program.

She will have the opportunity to participate in a series of rehearsals, tutorials and performances under the tutelage of Australia’s leading musical directors and tutors.

As a result of her success in securing a position in the program, Mimi is now viewed as one of the top five percussionists in her age group in Australia.

Mimi, who plays the drums in addition to other percussive instruments, said she felt privileged to be given this opportunity.

“I’m very lucky to have the chance to work with amazing tutors and meet other musicians my age from around the country that share the same passion,” she said.

“Just being able to spend a week playing in an orchestra with these talented musicians is very exciting.

“I hope to really benefit from this experience and leave having acquired knowledge from these amazing tutors and conductors, improving my skills as a percussionist.”

Ogilvie High School music teacher David Edwards said it took a lot of determination and commitment to reach the required level to be accepted into the program.

Mr Edwards said Mimi’s achievement was an example of the individualised learning that the Ogilvie music department had always strived to achieve.

“The ability to cater to everyone’s needs is challenging but definitely worth the effort,” he said.

“We are lucky enough here at Ogilvie High School to have such a strong itinerant music staff that is capable of delivering this level of tuition.”

Mimi said the national program would act as a “huge step” to achieving a future career as a musician.

“To have the experience of being in an ensemble like this is not something that a lot of people get to do,” she said.

“I have no doubt that this opportunity will be extremely beneficial towards my future in orchestral percussion, which I’m keen on continuing.”

Fellow Ogilvie High School student Vittoria Von Caemmerer also gained a position as a reserve for the program.

Caption: Ogilvie High School student Mimi Jin, grade nine, has gained a position as a percussionist in the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonist Program, to be held in April 2017.

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