Last week one of our newsletter stories told the good news of Theo Carbo from VCE Music Style and Composition Unit 3 who was selected as a finalist for the Instrumental Scholarship in James Morrison’s Generations in Jazz festival in Mt. Gambier, SA. Over 6000 people attended the events held over three days of last weekend.
Theo (guitar), and his older sister, Flora (alto sax) were both amongst the 7 finalists for this scholarship. Flora was the one to receive the scholarship this year, however, it was a great honour for Theo to be selected as a finalist. The experience in this type of festival, which had 4,700 student participants, is enormous.
Since the article was published last week, we found out another of our Music Style and Composition students also received a special award; the Pat Corrigan Future Finalist Award. That student was Callum Mintzis (trombone). Callum is part of the Northcote High School Senior Stage Band (Division 1 in the competition) and was selected by Wycliffe Gordon and Gordon Goodwin (both USA) as having excellent musician skills and an almost professional level of improvisation in jazz – quite an honour! Callum was one of 6 ‘future finalists’ who were congratulated on stage by James Morrison at the Saturday night concert. On Sunday, all 6 had to improvise over a jazz tune and the most promising musician, in the eyes of James Morrison, was chosen as the recipient. Callum was caught by surprise that he was the one to be selected and was called up on stage to receive the award.
The DECV community whole-heartedly congratulates Theo, Callum and ex-student (2014/15) Amelia Evans (who won the Jazz Vocalist scholarship) on their achievements!