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AYO National Music Camp | Blog 8

Posted by Gabrielle Ruttico
Sunday 12th January, 2014
“You are amongst some of the luckiest people on earth,” said Richard Gill in a pre-camp video pep talk. My mum was extremely impressed by this and told me once again, as wonderful mothers do, how clever I was.

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AYO National Music Camp | Blog 7

Posted by Sam Gillies
Saturday 11th January, 2014
Shortly before leaving for the AYO, I was stuck on a central question in the application form for an Australia Council grant: ‘How will you know when you are no longer in the early stages of your career?’ Easy question to ask: easy question to answer if you like to measure your career with ‘things’ (which in my experience is what grant panellists like to see). It’s easy to say ‘I have a degree’ or ‘I have a certain position, therefore I am a professional.’ However, most musicians will attest that the practice of music is a process of ongoing learning and education. Thankfully, I am in the beneficial situation of being surrounded by individuals far more knowledgeable than I, and so I went to see what some of the more established participants of the AYO thought. At what stage does a performer go from being a student to being a professional?

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AYO National Music Camp | Blog 6

Posted by Stephanie Eslake
Friday 10th January, 2014
At National Music Camp, during the annual cricket match between staff and students, personalities changed. It was obligatory for the staff to win; to achieve or prevent this the most upright and gentle characters falsified scores, cheated, bullied, or tried any other measures likely to distract the opposing team. – from Concert Pitch, 1984

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AYO National Music Camp | Blog 5

Posted by Gabrielle Ruttico
Thursday 9th January, 2014
Bonjour from Château Periwinkle, home to the WAM bloggers. Our IT lab is blessed with an appropriately academic shade of blue paint on the walls which has been ‘less than inspiring’ for us. Luckily the good company has more than made up – it’s great to be able to bounce ideas off each other, have debates and of course swap communism jokes every now and then.

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