My teachers in Australia agree that I am at a crucial point in my development where I would greatly benefit from overseas study. I am excited to be learning with Professor Fischer, a world-renowned pedagogue whose success as a teacher can be seen in his students who frequently win international competitions and competitive orchestral jobs.
I have been offered a place at Professor Norman Fischer’s studio at Rice University where I will work towards a Master of Music in Cello Performance. It was a highly competitive process, with over 200 cello applicants for the school. Out of the six music schools I auditioned for in February, I was most drawn to Rice for the high calibre of its teaching faculty.
I believe overseas study is the next step in furthering my technique and musicianship. When I return to Australia, I hope to share the things I learn overseas with audiences here. I will also commission a piece for solo cello by an Australian composer as I am passionate about the creation of new music and believe it is crucial to the livelihood of all classical musicians.
I am incredibly fortunate to have been awarded a full scholarship worth $83,000 AUD to attend Rice University. However, I still need $20,000 AUD to cover the costs of accommodation, health insurance, and flights.
With your help I could achieve my goal of having a music education of the highest quality.
You can read more about the String Department at Rice here: https://music.rice.edu/departments/string