SXS Next Gen Artists Program
Formed in 2015, the SXS Next Gen Artists program offers mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities to outstanding young musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. Providing a bridge between tertiary study and a professional music career, it offers young musicians the opportunity to work alongside leading international and Australian artists and to further develop their skills in the area of chamber music.
Southern Cross Soloists gives these young musicians the opportunity to perform in high profile venues such as QPAC and the Bangalow Music Festival alongside leading Australian and international performers, as well as valuable mentoring from these prominent musicians. The recipients of the program also receive management and career advice, with the program offering in-depth career training in chamber music. Many past recipients of the program have gone on to study at the prestigious Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne and have burgeoning careers as outstanding young chamber musicians in Australia.
Previous Next Gen Artists: the Armilla Quartet (violin - Helena Wang, Matilda Watkins; viola - Sariah Xu; cello - Georgia Shine), the Meraki Quartet (violin - Phoebe Masel, Claire Weatherhead; viola - May Bardsley; cello - Hannah Harley), Anna Coe (flute), Cassandra Slater (flute), Annie Larsen (clarinet), and John Rotar (composer/arranger).
Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship
As a founding member of Southern Cross Soloists, Margaret Schindler has been an integral part of the ensemble for 21 years, since its inception in 1995. A prominent vocal soloist, Margaret is renowned as being one of Australia’s foremost vocal pedagogues. In honour of Margaret’s outstanding contribution to Southern Cross Soloists and music education, Southern Cross Soloists has established the Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship.
The Vocal Scholarship provides mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities to emerging singers, under the expert tutelage of Margaret Schindler, Head of Voice, QCGU. The aim of the scholarship is to bridge the gap between tertiary study and a professional career, as well as the rare opportunity for a singer to develop their skills in the area of chamber music.
The annual scholarship will provide the recipient with ten lessons throughout the year with Margaret, plus performance opportunities through a variety of Southern Cross Soloists’ annual activities.
Previous Recipients: Samuel Piper, baritone (2017)
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Southern Cross Soloists is now calling for expressions of interest from musicians wishing to be involved in the 2018 SXS Next Gen Artists program, and from vocalists wishing to audition for the 2018 Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship.
The SXS Next Gen Artists program is open to both solo instrumentalists and established chamber music ensembles.
The Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship is open to all classical voice types.
Please email expressions of interest and CVs to:
Auditions will take place during November.