WA Young Artists off to New York

​West Australian Opera is about to send three of its four 2014 Young Artists to New York—and while there, the company has organised various vocal master classes for them.

WA Young Artists off to New York

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The Young Artists Program seeks the most promising young artists to equip them with the skills and artistry to understand and build on the great operatic traditions. The program encourages them to express these traditions in new and as yet unimagined ways.

Soprano, Sarah Guilmartin, completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Music Performance at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) under the tutelage of Patricia Price. Sarah’s musical achievements include West Australian Opera Young Artist 2012–2013, Joan Sutherland Award 2012 (Australian American Association), Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Scholarship 2012 and 2013, as well as numerous other awards and performances.

Caitlin Cassidy, a mezzo-soprano and also a graduate from WAAPA where she completed a Bachelor of Music, a Graduate Diploma and a Master of Creative Arts, has been awarded the Wesfarmers and Bendat scholarships, as well as the Barbara McLeod scholarship for the Most Outstanding Classical Graduating Female Student. Recently she received a partial scholarship to Graz, Austria where she took part in a summer school facilitated by the American Institute of Musical Studies.

Soprano Isabelle Freeman has joined the Young Artists Program with a WAAPA Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice and a Graduate Diploma of Music inClassical Performance. She has won an Evelyn and Ralph Thompson Scholarship, Art Song Perth competition, was a semi-finalist, in the Herald Sun Aria competition, and was soprano soloist in Orff ’sCarmina Burana, St George’s Cathedral.

The fourth Young Artist (who won’t be travelling to the US) is pianist Lochlan Brown. Lochlan graduated from the University of Western Australia with a double Bachelor of Music Composition and Electronic Engineering (Hons), and from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Piano), studying under Anna Sleptsova. He has won numerous awards as a pianist including the Evelyn and Ralph Thompson Memorial Scholarship from Art Song Perth, an award open to both singers and accompanists. Also, as a composer, he won the Fremantle Eisteddfod Open Composition First Prize, the Arts in Focus Award for Composition, and in 2012 was commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a new work,Torn Off Askew, which was recorded by the orchestra at ABC Studios. He has won also repetiteur scholarships for the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School for the last three years consecutively, where he trained under internationally renowned conductors and coaches.

West Australian Opera anticipates next year's Young Artists will probably also have a similar opportunity overseas. However, as yet no dates or details are confirmed.

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