Carey Music students visit Mount Gambier
This May, 18 Carey students and four teachers flew from Perth to Mount Gambier in South Australia to take part in the annual Generations in Jazz Festival. The students had the opportunity to join thousands of other young performers from around Australia, as well as a number of Carey alumni, in workshops, performances and concerts. Thanks to Carey’s long history and strong relationship with the program, the students were fortunate enough to receive a tour of the prestigious James Morrison Academy, as well as a special 1-hour audience with the Jazz legend himself, James Morrison.
As well as the concerts and workshops, Carey students took part in a range of vocal group, stage band and small combination competitions achieving some brilliant results, with special mention to the following:
3rd Place – Small Jazz Combo (featuring Abbie Langford, Anita Williamson, Emmanuel Kurian, Realeboha Selepe, Clayton Sampson, Bruce Thonell and Robert Montgomery – Combo Director; Justin Florisson).
6th Place – Stage Band (Jazz Big Band) Division 4.1 (featuring Anita Williamson, Emmanuel Kurian, Javan Hughes, Harry Ratcliff, George Williamson, Baiden Beijering, Abbie Langford, Brooke Gifford, Emily McGuiness, AbimifOluwa Onamade, Madeleine Steele, Robert Montgomery, Guildford Grammar student Ben Roseby and Churchlands Senior High School student Ben MacDonald – son of Carey brass tutor Glyn MacDonald. Band Director; Justin Florisson).
47th Place – Small Vocal Ensemble (featuring Amy Wright, Mackensie Meredith, Paige Withnell, Emily McGuiness and Madeleine Steele – Ensemble Director; Nicole Tanner).
We are also proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 James Morrison Scholarship was 2016 Carey Graduate, Jayden Blockley. Five of the seven finalists in this prestigious international scholarship were former Carey students including Will Pethick, Sam Newman, Jackson Van Ballegooyen and Lachlan Glover who are now all students at the James Morrison Academy. Other Carey alumni studying at the Academy are Jordan Warwick, Pierson Snowsill and Caleb Sunassee; a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Carey Music Department.
Congratulations to all of the students who took part in the trip and represented Carey so well on a National stage and special thanks to the Carey staff who led the group.