Vocalist Amy McMillan has been named Catholic College Bendigo’s musician of the year.
The year 12 student beat out 13 other students at the Coolock campus’ Marian Theatre last week with 200 people in the audience.
Now in its 16th year, Catholic College Bendigo’s annual Musician of the Year evening recognises the hard work and dedication young musicians put into developing their skills.
McMillan performed the song A Part of That from musical The Last Five Years. Her performance also won the “audience choice award”.
City of Greater Bendigo arts officer Rohan Phillips and Alannah Darmody judged the evening and also awarded four outstanding performance awards.
Saxophonist Thomas Houlden performed Black and Blue by Barry Crockfort, Sean Nudl sang and performed Bob Dylan’s of All Along the Watchtower, pianist Lilly Skipper played and sang Kate Miller-Heidke’s Laste Day on Earth and Patrick Ward performed an original song titled Hold On.
Senior music teacher Catherine Moore who organised the award said the evening was an opportunity to showcase the hard work of students.
“It is an opportunity to recognise and reward the hard work that goes into creating musical excellence,” she said.
“The fourteen students who performed on Friday each deserve our congratulations for the hours of practice, memorising and rehearsing they have put into developing their performances.
“They have created their own musical interpretations and developed their skills to meet the technical demands and challenges of the works.”
Mrs Moore started the musician of the year award in 2000.
“We always have kids that live for music and we need to provide opportunities for them,” she said.
“There are as many student playing instruments as there were in 2000.
“We are looking at building our instrumental program up again and hopefully see (even) more participating.”
Catholic College’s year 12 students will perform their final recital on October 12.