Music their first love
LOCAL boys Owen Slater and Peter Kossen have more in common than just playing double bass.
Having performed in the Coffs Harbour Regional Youth Orchestra for several years, the 18-year-olds have gained a good understanding and love of orchestral music, which they hope will lead them to a career on a much bigger stage.
After successful auditions last June, both boys will join the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) at national music camp in Canberra over two weeks this month.
While this is Peter's first time, it is the second year for Owen, who spent last January in Melbourne with the AYO.
They have just completed their HSC, majoring in Music Extension, Owen at Bishop Druitt College and Peter at Coffs Harbour Senior College.
And, starting the new year on a high note, last week they both received early offers of places at the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music after successful auditions and entrance exams held during December.
All this has been achieved without a double bass teacher in this region, which prompted both boys to travel regularly to Sydney for lessons with Kees Boersma, principal double bass player with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.