it’s rare that a young singer is named Musician of the Year, but this year, Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s winner is a classical vocalist.
Sian Fowler won the award from the 18 students in the Year 12 Music Performance class, for her performance at Tuesday evening’s event at The Capital.
Judged by the director of music at Ballarat Grammar Andrew Dale and musician Marco van Pagee, the Musician of the Year Award provides students with an opportunity to prepare performance pieces for their end of year exams.
BSSC musical director Matt Pankhurst said the voice is an instrument that usually takes longer to develop, but Ms Fowler’s mezzo-soprano is already very rich.
“It’s a practical thing that it’s not usually a singer who wins, but Sian is already showing excellent development,” Mr Pankhurst said.
Ms Fowler, who is the first singer in her family, said she is hoping to go on to study in the Music Program at the University of Melbourne, if she is accepted next year.
“My voice has grown a lot this year,” she said.
“You do have to remodel it every time you have a growth spurt.”Excellence in Performance Awards were also presented to James Beagley, Reece Campbell, Eve Godber, Jazmine Morris and Drew Schultz.