2015 did not disappoint!
I saw in the new year in Berlin just after having spent a few hours at a hospital only to be told I had pulled a muscle in my leg. I completed my Griffith Education Summer Schools and partook in my fifth Kodaly Summer School in Brisbane. I completed another six months in a full time job as the Assistant Coordinator at JHOSHC. I resigned on my terms and was offered a job as an educator at IASC where I have already served as the Lead Educator for a stint. I also began working for two literacy and numeracy tutoring companies to tie me over between jobs. I continued in my instrumental teaching positions at Brigidine College and St Aidan’s AGS including the expansion of my teaching load to include all lower brass. In February and March I covered the band teaching role at St Aidan’s, conducting all instrumental ensembles. I played an instrumental (haha) role in the preparation of the orchestra for the school’s first in-house commissioned musical. I taught at various state school workshops around Brisbane in the domains of brass and percussion. I also was fortunate enough to travel with Sound Thinking Australia to the Maryborough Music Conference in July.
I continued to sing in the Queensland Kodaly Choir and this year we visited Toowoomba. I joined the Brisbane Pride Choir and took on the position as Musical Director of the Young Pride Chorus in June. I also continued my conducting escapades with tutorials and conducting rehearsals at the Indooroopilly Chamber Orchestra and Sunnybank Brass Beginners, Band No. 3 and Band No. 2. I also performed alongside Queensland Symphony Orchestra members in their Day in the Orchestra program where I performed on Bass Trombone and Euphonium.
In August I travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Kodaly Symposium where I learned more about my craft and met some of the most amazing people from all around the world. I honestly felt like a child in a room full of legends.
I completed two out of three of my practicum placements (with the highest grade overall for both) for my undergraduate Education degree. I was also accepted into a Master of Education at Griffith University, beginning in Semester 2 of 2016.
Once again I was elected as the Vice President of the St Aidan’s Music Support Board (making 2016 my tenth year of being involved in music at St Aidan’s). I was also elected the President of the Queensland Kodaly Choir for 2016 and will serve as the Student Representative on the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia Queensland Branch (KMEIA QLD) Committee.
I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.
Friends, thank you for being so supportive of me and others this year.