Whilst many of us, took the opportunity to rest and recuperate during the school holidays, Year 10 student, Lauren Ryan-Green (WMSS3) took this time to perform in two online classical singing competitions.

Lauren entered Eisteddfod by the Bay (currently in its 66th year) which comprises Speech and Drama, Choral, Junior Vocal, Senior Vocal and Pianoforte annual competitions. Although, she is classified as a junior, that section was cancelled this year and Lauren went on to perform in the Senior Section. Lauren placed first in her section (Own Choice – Under 21), singing “Thou Shalt Bring Them In” from Handel’s Israel in Egypt. She was also awarded third place in four different categories – Gilbert & Sullivan, Operetta/Musical Theatre, Song by an Australian Composer & Oratorio

The Classical Competition is a voice singing competition in its inaugural year and is made up of a committee of teachers and singers who have created a competition for VCE and pre VCE classical voice students to get more practice performing (especially before their exams). Sections are based on year level (instead of age) and a gala is held, where the winners perform and are awarded various scholarships from sponsors. Lauren placed first in her category (Years 9 & 10 Own Choice) again singing Handel’s composition. She was chosen to attend and perform in an online Masterclass taken by Linda Barcan (University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) and was awarded the Harold MacDonald Early Music Society of Victoria Scholarship, which allows her the wonderful experience of coaching with a leading authority in the field of Early Music.

We would like to congratulate Lauren on her success and accomplishments at these competitions as well as her continued hard work and participation in all aspects of the Music program at the College. We’d like to extend our congratulations to Ms Felicity Baldock for her continuing support and mentoring of Lauren and all her students in the Music Program.