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Festival scholarships all that jazz

THREE young musicians from the Clarence community have been selected for the Clarence Jazz Festival Scholarship program, ahead of the popular event next February.

Each year, the Clarence Jazz Festival fosters and supports emerging Tasmanian musicians through its annual scholarship program, providing recipients with a number of performance and educational opportunities.

Over the next six months college students Finnian River (vocals), Louis Monaghan (piano) and Jode Brewster (saxophone) will be put through their paces, participating in a revamped program funded by the Clarence City Council and the Ian Pearce Memorial Fund (through the Hobart Jazz Club).

As well as appearances at the 2023 Jazz Festival, the scholarship program includes one-on-one tuition, intensive rhythm section sessions, and opportunities to develop stagecraft, repertoire and collaborative skills with scholarship mentor and local jazz star Katy Raucher.

18-year-old singer Finnian River said she was thrilled to be selected for the program.

“I was really proud of myself for putting my name forward as this isn’t something I would normally do but it is just the best opportunity,” she said.

“I can be really hard to become established without the right connections, so programs like this are fantastic for exposing young aspiring artists to the industry.”

Clarence City Council Cultural Development Coordinator Tracey Cockburn said the Scholarship program has supported up- and-coming artists for decades.

“On top of receiving one-on-one tuition in the leadup to the festival, the scholars also get the opportunity to be on stage with music professionals,” she said.

“We have seen past scholars go onto become fully fledged performers at the Jazz Festival and at other events all over Australia.

“I think the opportunity to receive that really focused tuition to develop their stage craft gives the scholars the confidence to perform live on stage and really progress with their music endeavours.”

The 2023 Clarence Jazz Festival will be held at the Rosny Farm Arts Centre and Rosny Barn from 1-5 February.

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