Picture this……eager young string players from our local state primary and secondary schools gathering together to create the sultry string sounds that can only be developed through extreme dedication, practice and plenty of parental support. This is what a Wednesday evening for 60 of our talented young student musicians in Gladstone looks like each week.
Verdi Strings is the realisation of a vision by one of our amazing local music teachers, Ms Carmen Smith. She has worked tirelessly over the last two years to give our local student musicians the opportunity to extend and develop their technical and musical capacities on their respective instruments. As the Creative Director, she has developed the student’s musical skills through exciting choices of repertoire and offering a variety of performance opportunities. Ms Smith has also sourced internationally renowned string teachers and conductors to workshop with our young musicians to strengthen further their musical abilities.
Ms Smith is also supported by two local state school music teachers who donate their time freely to enable this unique opportunity to occur. Ms Mandy Ruge, Artist in Residence and Ms Julie Ann Clarke, Manager, bring experience and personal knowledge both being talented string players in their own rights having performed/played at state and international events.
Verdi Strings has been in popular demand performing at a number of local events including being the opening act for the Mayor’s Carols 2016.
The group is aiming to travel to Brisbane later this year to workshop with other young musicians and compete in Music Fest. To help with this they are looking for some local sponsorship and ongoing financial support for this dream to be realised. If anyone is willing and able to help please contact Ms Julie-Ann Clarke at email@example.com.