The NZ Symphony Orchestra opens its doors to a prestigious group of under 25 year-olds just once a year and the competition to take part in this week long educational programme is incredibly high. The Orchestra brings together the top young musicians from all over the country and gives them a taste of what it would be like if they were professional musicians.
Four University of Auckland students were selected to take part in the National Youth Orchestra in July this year. The week-long intensive programme opened the eyes of Anna Cooper, Pearl Huang, Sasha Rasmussen and Kenny Keppel to what it would be like to be part of the NZ Symphony Orchestra. “It is the best experience you can get as a young musician” explains Sasha, a Postgrad student completing her honours in History. “You have a week of intensive music; you take a week off from everything else and just focus on your music”. “It’s a privilege to be accepted into the programme” continues Kenny, a Classical Music Performance and Computer Science conjoint student.
The students were aided by the Vice Chancellor’s Arts Support fund. The financial contribution helped make attending the programme a reality. “The fund made it an absolute ‘yes you can’ do this, instead of wondering if you could find a way there” Sasha tells us.
Find out more about the Vice Chancellor’s Arts Support fund.