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July 4th 2008
Scholarship opportunity for young orchestral musicians

The offer of a two year scholarship is giving young orchestral musicians in Townsville and Magnetic Island the chance to reach for the stars.

After its successful launch last year, the Theodore Kuchar Scholarship for Excellence in Music is again being offered by the Townsville City Council in partnership with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

The scholarship will be awarded to a Year 11 student who will receive $4,000 over two years to cover instrumental tuition and professional development costs.

The initiative was named in honour of Theodore Kuchar who was the founding artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and was its driving force for 16 years.

Lifestyle and Community Development Committee Chair, Cr Jenny Lane, said the scholarship provides young orchestral musicians with an outstanding opportunity to pursue their craft.

"It not only raises the profile of instrumental music practice in Townsville, but also gives young people a helping hand in their musical development," Cr Lane said.

"It's all about giving them the chance to reach their full potential."

In 2007, aspiring young violinist Margot Doherty won the scholarship, and used the funds to attend the Stanwell Music School, enter an accompanist's competition, and increase her number of lessons.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet age requirements in addition to having orchestral instrumental studies to the achievement of a minimum grade four.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music representatives will assess applicants and also conduct auditions.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Australian Festival of Chamber Music website at www.afcm.com.au or obtained from Townsville City Council Customer Service on 4727 9000.

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