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Parsons Takes Bow as Musician of Year

Parsons Takes Bow as Musician of Year

Who: Laura Parsons

NEWCASTLE clarinet player LAURA PARSONS was voted musician of the year by her peers at last month's GALAXY SOUNDS EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS at Newcastle City Hall.

Parsons, who manages the UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE WIND ORCHESTRA, is a musical director with Junction Primary School intermediate band and Newcastle East school band.

She also works part-time as a tutor at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium where she teaches 35 primary and early high school students.

In October the wind orchestra, which turns 20 years old in September, will make a recording of the JOHAN DE MEIJ symphony LORD OF THE RINGS for a Melbourne record label.

Parsons, 23, hopes 'to end up in an orchestra somewhere but there's a limited amount of positions'.

'You have to be really good and be at the right place at the right time,' she said.

Parsons won a scholarship in January to perform in the United States next year with the PAN PACIFIC MUSIC CAMPS. 'The scholarship will pay for an overseas study anywhere I like,' she said.

The camp, comprised mainly of musicians from Australia, will perform at Disneyland in Anaheim, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco as a wind orchestra and symphony orchestra.

Parsons hopes to find sponsorship to continue her trip to take in Cincinatti where she hopes to take part in a post-graduate course.

After her post-graduate year she would like to pursue a diploma of education in primary school teaching. TE

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