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