So much has been happening - it's been an incredible year capped off with a breathtaking last month, and an enjoyable holiday so far.
Big news: I found out earlier this month my application for the Jack Bendat travel scholarship was successful! This grant is funding a tour to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in June 2016, where I'm going to put on concerts of my compositions for big band with Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra and the Melbourne Composers Big Band, as well as having a bunch of lessons from my Melbourne-based mentors. Huge thanks to WAYJO once again - this is a bit of a dream come true. The hard work starts now! I'll be playing bari and bass clarinet with WAYJO once again in 2016, and it's set to be a big year - starting with a workshop conducted by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, who are headlining the Perth International Arts Festival. Woah!
I've graduated from WAAPA following a successful recital, so the plan is to return next year to do my Honours degree, focusing on the large ensemble music of Carine Bonnefoy and a 40-minute saxophone concerto for Masters graduate and WAAPA tutor Erin Royer and my recital orchestra, exploring the blurred lines between jazz improvisation and virtuosic melodic development. It's all so exciting!
In the meantime, I'm working on a choral piece with electronics, a solo alto flute work with the same electronic patch and basically planning for the year ahead while relaxing. Good times!