In 2017 I graduated from a Bachelor of Music (honours class 1) at the University of Queensland. The PreMasters course I will undertake this year is a year long course which aims to prepare a student for Masters study. My sole purpose for the next 12 months is bettering my technique and playing, developing my understanding of the flute as an instrument and my body as the manipulator of it, maturing my sound and working on things I can’t even fathom yet.
As a part of this I will also be participating in a summer course with Thies Roorda in Italy in July to help set the stage for the year to come. My goal is to get to that Masters/Professional career standard of flute playing where I can use what I’ve learnt to collaborate with amazing musicians, win auditions with professional orchestras, teach better lessons and masterclasses and perform in amazing concerts.
In order to achieve these goals and reach a professional standard my contact hours with music will skyrocket in comparison to what they are here in Australia. My commitment to study in the Hague is helped by funding; not losing hours every day or week to work in order to pay bills allows me complete devotion to my craft, something I have never experienced while studying in Australia.
After the chairman had told me I had been accepted in the few minutes following my audition I expressed my gratitude, thanking them multiple times. He reassured me that the next year would not be easy and that it’s not just a free ride now, to which I responded that I had flown to The Netherlands with three weeks notice in order to audition for a conservatorium that I had been warned very well may not award me a spot. This is my whole life and I will and am giving it absolute everything I have.