Master class for musicians

TOP TALENT:Yoko Ueno Henderson, Philippa Hunt, James Hunt and Ellie Dalton.
TOP TALENT:Yoko Ueno Henderson, Philippa Hunt, James Hunt and Ellie Dalton. Contributed

FOUR talented musicians will head to Brisbane for a 10-day camp of musical workshops and rehearsals.

Kingaroy State High School's instrumental music teacher Matt Phillips said the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Instrumental Music was the equivalent of sports players being selected for the Queensland team.

"I am so proud that from little Kingaroy we have been able to have four students selected," he said.

"It is a real credit to the dedication these students and their families have given to their music."

The students, Ellie Dalton, Yoko Ueno Henderson, James Hunt and Philippa Hunt are all in the Senior Concert Band.

Year 12 student James Hunt said he wanted to study music and become a classical performer.

"Music is my life," he said.

"It takes up a lot of time, but in a good way; I like doing it."

The students said they were looking forward to the camp.

"It'll be a really good experience to see what being a professional musician is like in that sort of environment," Ellie Dalton said.

Throughout the 10 days, the students will work with a tutor who specialises in their instrument, culminating with a concert at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Although the students are thankful for the opportunity, they bring their success back to their school music teacher.

"I've been to a few music camps where there has been professional musicians and they tutor us but there's some areas where Mr Phillips is definitely better," said Mr Hunt.

"He's encouraging and encourages us to do the best that we can."

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