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by | Sep 11, 2021 | Community, Education

Scholarships for local Uni alumni

Alumni from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University have won international scholarships to pursue their studies abroad.

Benjamin Crocker and Julia Hill are embarking on postgraduate studies in the US and Switzerland thanks to prestigious scholarships from the Ramsay Centre and the ThinkSwiss program.

Benjamin Crocker

After completing a Bachelor of Music at Griffith University, Benjamin won the Australian Conductor’s Scholarship and later worked as a music educator at The King’s School and the University of Sydney. In recent years, he has developed an interest in arts and education policy.

The high achiever received a place to read history at the University of Oxford, but ultimately decided to head to America after winning the Ramsay Centre Postgraduate Scholarship.

He will join the famed ‘Great Books’ program at St John’s College, a liberal arts college in Maryland. The scholarship will also give him the opportunity to intern with a think tank in Washington DC.

“Music will always be my first love, but by getting experience in arts and education policymaking, I hope I can make a real difference.”

Julia Hill

Fellow Bachelor of Music alumnus Julia Hill won a ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship that will allow her to spend three months completing a research project at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva.

Julia plans to look at how culture influences art by collaborating with a group of Swiss student composers on a new musical work.

Due to COVID travel restrictions, Julia will complete the first part of her research project online before travelling overseas.

“We will collaborate on a new work for violin, piano and electronics and through the rehearsal process and the music itself, I will explore how our different identities come together,” she said.

“I’ve been involved in performing many new works by composition students at the Con, and that kind of collaboration has been really rewarding. I can’t wait to get started.”

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