Monday 7th August, 2017

2017 Accenture Scholarship Recipient Jenna Smith

Each year AYO’s Principal Sponsor and Digital Partner, Accenture generously award a scholarship to an outstanding young musician to support their musical studies, instrument acquisition and attendance in AYO’s programs.

The 2017 recipient of the Accenture scholarship is trumpet player Jenna Smith. Looking back over the year so far, Jenna tells us how this award has enhanced her musical career.

Could you tell us a little about what the Accenture scholarship entails?

The Accenture scholarship is an annual $10,000 grant that recipients can use to help further their career in music, whether they put this towards music lessons, AYO programs or new musical instruments.

What opportunities has it opened up for you so far?

This year the scholarship has meant the difference between me taking up my place in several of the AYO’s programs and not and I am very grateful I have had the chance to be a member of AYO this year. Importantly it has also enabled me to buy a new instrument, and I’ve chosen to purchase a D/Eb trumpet, which is really great for playing certain repertoire. I’ve also been able to buy a new Zoom recording device which I use in all of my practice sessions, auditions and chamber music rehearsals. Listening back to my playing is a really important part of my musical development and I use this new recorder almost every day.

What made you choose the trumpet?

My older brother’s best friend played the trumpet; he used to be round at our house all the time. When I was eight years old he taught me how to play a C major scale and I took to it very easily. Contrary to popular belief there’s not a great deal of lung capacity needed; I’m still a very small person, and you don’t need big lungs!

How long have you been a part of AYO?

My first National Music Camp was in 2012, and that year I was lucky enough to be a reserve for July Season, and somebody pulled out. I played the off-stage trumpet part for Strauss’ Alpine Symphony which was lots of fun. I got to play really loud without the added pressure of the audience which was a great way to experience my first AYO season.

What do you have planned for the rest of the year?

Well the scholarship has also opened up great opportunities overseas and I’m planning to travel to the United States to undertake some further study. I’ve never had the chance to spend a substantial amount of time in the USA and now that I have the financial support of the Accenture scholarship I would like to seize the opportunity. I’m really interested to compare the music scenes in both countries and see what’s on offer over there. Saying that, I really do love Australia, and I’m aiming towards finding an orchestral job in this country; you can’t beat the beaches!

Find more details about the Accenture Scholarship here.