Shepparton Young Instrumentalists Award celebrated

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Celebrating the musical talent of students from across the Goulburn Valley, the Shepparton Young Instrumentalist Award entertained a large crowd on Saturday.

Held at the Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, the annual event celebrated its ninth year with more than 100 students playing across the day. 

Competition sections included piano, brass, woodwind, percussion, vocal, strings and guitar.

Age categories in each section include 10-and-under, 13-and-under, 16-and-under, 19-and-under as well as a class in each section for students in their first 12 months of learning.

Shepparton Young Instrumentalist Award secretary Leona Gibbs said the day finished with a gala final involving the senior competitors.

‘‘The first prize is $500, which is donated by the Australian National Piano Award, the second prize is $250, this year donated by the Fairley Foundation, and the third prize this year is $150 donated by some of our committee members,’’ she said.

Ms Gibbs said the competition was first created by local music teachers Bill Scott and Wendy Oakes.

‘‘They wanted to give students a local competition to get a feel for performing in a big space,’’ she said.

The event is sponsored by Riverlinks and supported by the Greater Shepparton City Council’s arts initiative.