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.



Next Gen provides a bridge between tertiary study and a professional music career, offering quality opportunities to work alongside leading professional musicians and arts workers. Our Next Gen artists are an affiliate musician of the Southern Cross Soloists, who proudly offer a variety of performing and learning opportunities; allowing our artists to gain invaluable professional experience, networking, exposure and skill development.


Next Gen artists get to spend a year observing the inner workings of the Southern Cross Soloists, watching our rehearsals, coming to concerts, playing alongside us and meeting their future audiences.


Teamed with our collective of soloists, Next Gen artists are offered chamber music coaching sessions, aiding their preparation for the years' performances, as well as arranging private lessons from visiting artists. Next Gen artists share the stage with the Southern Cross Soloists visiting international guest artists at the annual Bangalow Music Festival.


2021 Artists

Drew Gilchrist clarinet

Jamie Dodd

Amelia Cherry
double bass

Kyle Brady

Erna Lai

Julia Hill


Francis Atkins

Jordon He


Next Gen @ Kenmore

2 Concerts, 9 Artists

140 Minutes of Music

This three-concert series is at the heart of the Next Gen Artists Program – young musicians joining forces to play the music they love.

Kenmore Churches of Christ

41 Brookfield Road

Kenmore QLD 4069

As the central activity of the Next Gen Artists Program, Next Gen @ Kenmore is a three-concert series in partnership with the Churches of Christ in Brisbane's Western suburb of Kenmore. Three Sunday afternoon concerts across the year will see the Next Gen artists curate and perform in this exciting self-managed project where artists are handed real-world responsibilities.


As well as a unique performance opportunity, it is an ideal platform for the Next Gen artists to learn arts administration and event management skills as a step towards self-managing their own music careers.



4pm Sunday

December 13 2020


4pm Sunday

December 20 2020



Next Gen News





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.