IN TUNE: Coffs Harbour Senior Secondary College HSC music students Evie Bacigalupo, Jane Minogue and Sophie O’Brien gain invaluable advice from composer and mentor Paul Jarman.
IN TUNE: Coffs Harbour Senior Secondary College HSC music students Evie Bacigalupo, Jane Minogue and Sophie O’Brien gain invaluable advice from composer and mentor Paul Jarman. Contributed

Students hit all the right notes

COUNTRY music students are on the fast track to success, thanks to the mentorship of professional composer Paul Jarman.

Six Coffs Coast secondary students have been chosen as participants in this year's Music-By-Youth Project, an innovative part of the 2015 Bellingen Music Festival.

The project attempts to address some of the disadvantages faced by rural music students who cannot easily access composers, concerts, and musical experiences that their city-based counterparts have easy access to.

As part of their assessment, HSC music students are required to compose a two-minute piece of music that incorporates musical developments over the last 25 years.

The students must perform and record their songs, and have benefited from Paul's comments and suggestions about their compositions.

Jane Minogue, a cello instrumentalist from Coffs Harbour Senior Secondary College, said working with Paul has benefited her enormously and she is looking forward to further development of her composition.

Following their second session with Paul this week, the students head off to Sydney on August 12 where their compositions will be recorded by the acclaimed Acacia Quartet.

Those attending the Bellingen Music Festival will be fortunate enough to hear these compositions, performed by the Acacia Quartet, on September 18 at the Bellingen Memorial Hall, the opening night of the Bellingen Music Festival.

What will their compositions sound like? Come to the Bellingen Music Festival and listen.



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