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Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City member and selector Geoff Knight and Coffs Harbour Conservatorium singing teacher Margaret England congratulate student singer Jazmin Wills on her singing scholarship.
Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City member and selector Geoff Knight and Coffs Harbour Conservatorium singing teacher Margaret England congratulate student singer Jazmin Wills on her singing scholarship. BRUCE THOMAS

YOUNG Woolgoolga singer Jazmin Wills has won a singing scholarship to work with top musicians in Canberra next week.

Seventeen-year-old Jazmin, who is studying singing at the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium with voice teacher Margaret England, is one of only two NSW singers to win a 2010 Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise Regional Classical Voice Scholarship.

Jazmin submitted an audition tape of songs from both the classical and musical theatre repertoire and also undertook a Rotary selection interview on her motivation and dedication as a person and a performer. The scholarship will allow the Woolgoolga High School student to spend 10 days in Canberra attending workshops at the Canberra School of Music, having voice lessons and taking part in classes and rehearsals.

She will also be encouraged to prepare to sing in the chorus of an Italian Gala concert and if successful, will be invited to return to Canberra to sing in the concert.

The scholarship includes home-stay accommodation and assistance with travel and expenses.

Jazmin began studying singing only midway through 2008 and has less than two years voice training, so the win is a considerable coup for the young soprano and also for her teacher and the conservatorium, the only one in the State to have a singer chosen for the scholarship.

Mrs England can number promising young classical singers Luke Wright and Josh Rowe among her former pupils.

Margaret England said Jazmin was very motivated by her love of singing and had quite an unusual voice.

“It is an astoundingly large instrument for such a young singer,” Mrs England said.

Jazmin will leave for Canberra on Thursday.



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