Next Gen Artists Program


Under the guidance of the Southern Cross Soloists, the Next Gen Artists are a collective of young musicians on the cusp of their professional careers in Australia. With few formal pathways to take music graduates to their professional careers, the SXS aim to share our collective expertise with these young artists across the year, providing performance opportunities, helping to raise their local profile and gain vital skills needed as a portfolio musician.


2022 Artists

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Top Row (L to R):

Erna Lai - Cello

Sara Donnelly* - Soprano

Kyle Brady - Viola

Drew Gilchrist - Clarinet

Bottom Row (L to R):

Robert Smith - Violin

Jessica Walther - Flute

Jordon He - Composer

Amelia Cherry - Double Bass

Crystal Smith - Piano

* denotes Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship Recipient

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Join the Southern Cross Soloists' NEXT GEN young artists as they perform their favourite chamber music!


Judith Wright Arts Centre

5:30pm Saturday June 25

Gold Coast

Church of the Good Shepherd

(4 Tarrant Dr, Mudgeeraba)

4:30pm Sunday June 26


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Drew Gilchrist, clarinet

Julia Hill, violin

Francis Atkins, piano

Jessica Walther, flute

Kyle Brady, viola

Erna Lai, cello

Jordon He, Composer

Jamie Dodd, Bassoon

Amelia Cherry, Bass


Dario Scalabrini, clarinet

Julia Hill, violin

Francis Atkins, piano

Jemima Drews, flute

Katya Willett, flute

Helena Wang, violin 

Ann Carew, violin

Liam Mallinson, viola

Rory Smith, cello


Jemima Drews, flute

Katya Willett, flute

Helena Wang, violin 

Ann Carew, violin

Rollin Zhao, violin

Liam Mallinson, viola

Rory Smith, cello

Daniel Chiou, cello

Caleb Salizzo, piano


Clare Cooney, violin

Eliza Scott, violin

Rebekah Hall, violin

Kate Worley, viola/violin

Michael Gibson, cello

Raechel Suh, cello

Cassie Slater, flute

Lilly Yang, flute

Jess Hort, clarinet

Annie Larsen, clarinet

Jarrad Linke, clarinet

Melanie Simpson, French horn

Oscar Wong, piano

Hana Hart, piano

Tijana Kozarcic, harp


Phoebe Masel, violin

Claire Weatherhead, violin

May Bardsley, viola

Hannah Harley, cello

Anna Coe, flute

Annie Larsen, clarinet

John Rotar, composition


Helena Wang, violin

Matilda Watkins, violin

Sariah Xu, viola

Georgia Shine, cello



The Next Gen Program is a vital stepping stone for music graduates, provide the next generation of talented young artists with invaluable training and performance opportunities.

Supporting the Next Gen Artists Program allows Southern Cross Soloists to help our young musicians reach their dreams of a professional career in music performance. 

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