Jamie Dodd

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Jamie Dodd – USA study

I have been offered a place at the Eastman School of Music, one of the most illustrious music schools in the world. In August I hope to travel to Rochester, New York to take forward this incredible opportunity.

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I aspire to be a professional bassoonist. I want to play in the best Symphony Orchestras in Australia and around the world. My goal is to not only develop my musicianship and my technique, but to learn how to really connect with people through music.

I believe that the best way to take my playing to this next level is to take up an offer to study with Professor George Sakakeeny at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY. The video above outlines my bassoon development so far, and tells you a little bit more about Eastman. My teachers and mentors here in Australia think that joining Professor Sakakeeny’s studio is an essential stage in my development.

My plan will always be to come back to Australia – to perform, to teach and to be a part of the vibrant music community which this country offers. However, for now, I need to go overseas to learn new things and to experience a broader musical education.

I have been fortunate to be offered 3 different scholarships totalling $45,000 USD to attend Eastman in the fall. However, there is still a gap of $30,000 USD each year. Despite the contributions from my family and what I have been able to earn and save, there is still a shortfall in the university tuition and residential living fees of $20,000 AUD each year. With your support, I will be able to accept this amazing opportunity to reach my potential as a bassoonist.

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Jamie Dodd

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I have been learning the bassoon for the last 9 years. I graduated from Brisbane State High School in 2018 with an Overall Position of 2 (ATAR equivalent 98), and my dream is, and always has been to become a member of a professional symphony orchestra. I have been studying with Evan Lewis, who is a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Matthew Wilkie, who is a member of both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Some of the highlights of my performance career include; performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as a casual musician on a number of occasions, being the soloist for the Hummel Bassoon Concerto with the Queensland Youth Symphony in March of this year, being a member of various Australian Youth Orchestra ensembles from 2016-2018, and performing as Principal Bassoon of the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

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