Elsa Guile (Year 9) is a young musician with plenty of promise and drive. As a Vivien Gough Memorial Music Scholar, she is one of a number of students who benefit from access to a range of initiatives across the Music Academy program, including mentoring, masterclasses, personalised programs, guidance and performance opportunities.
In this edition of eNews, Dean of Music, Mr Joel Copeland, talks to Elsa about what it means to be a scholar and what drives her love of music.
What do you love about music at Canberra Girls Grammar School?
I love that it’s all contained within school, with great opportunities and really well-trained staff. I enjoy making friends from different year levels and they can mentor me and I can also help out the younger students in the Junior School.
What kind of development opportunities have you received as part of your Scholarship at CGGS?
Through the scholarship I’ve had the chance to take part in many different performances, to attend masterclasses and have wonderful teachers mentoring me. The Music Scholars performance recording was pretty special.
What has been your highlight performing with the Music Academy at Canberra Girls Grammar School?
The big performances, like Mozart’s Requiem, have been huge opportunities to explore my musical range, but also smaller performances like when the Brass Ensemble went down to the Junior School – being able to be part of something bigger.
There are many opportunities for students at CGGS, what is something you’ve done at School that you’re grateful for?
At the school I’ve had so many opportunities presented to me, both musically and academically and I’m honestly grateful for everything.
What do you see the future holding for you at this point in time?
I plan on going further in my (musical) exams and continuing to go through the Music Academy and growing my opportunities both within and outside the School.