Future looks bright for oboe, bassoon, viola and cello

The brightest of the Queensland Conservatorium’s new students can now receive a financial boost at the start of their studies from next year.

New bursaries worth up to $10,000 are available to new Queensland Conservatorium students who start studying oboe, bassoon, viola and cello from 2015.

The Nora Baird Memorial Fund provides one $10,000 bursary and the Queensland Conservatorium Audition Bursary provides several $5000 bursaries for new students.

Students applying to study oboe, bassoon, viola and cello at the Conservatorium are assessed during their audition, with the highest ranked students eligible to win bursaries.

Performance and Engagement Deputy Director Peter Luff said he expected students would put the bursaries towards instruments or supporting their studies.

“This year we received double the applicants in some areas, with quality extremely high across all areas,” Mr Luff said.

“Our teachers and programs are a drawcard for prospective students, who sometimes move quite a long way to study with us.”

“These new bursaries will help support students as well as support our wonderful ensemble program,” he said.

The Nora Baird Memorial Fund was sponsored by the Helene Jones Foundation Testamentary Trust in memory of Nora Baird.

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