Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ July 2019 Contents Tess Waller (RGS 2016)has first-hand
experienced the exhilaration a professional
orchestral music career could one day offer.
In her second year of study at the
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Tess
(pictured right) last year toured Shanghai and
Singapore, playing clarinet.
“That was the moment that solidified for me
that music was what I wanted to do,’’ Tess said.
“It was sitting in the venue when the
symphony orchestra was playing and listening
to the sound we were creating and looking
around at where we were performing.”
Music has always filled Tess’ life. Her mum
Dr Michelle Waller, a past staff member at
RGS, was an outstanding musician in her own
right and an advocate for music education
and the benefits music has for brain
“I was always exposed to music and maybe
when I was four-years-old mum started me on
piano, but that wasn’t my thing,’’ Tess said.
Clarinet is definitely Tess’ thing.
The Rockhampton Grammar School’s
music programme provided a “starting point”
and helped Tess’ music development.
“Mum has always been my main influence
(in music) but everyone else at Grammar also
helped me,’’ Tess said.
After leaving RGS, Tess embarked on more
detailed music studies with a double degree in
Art/Music at Monash University.
After a year at Monash, Tess’ clarinet
teacher was offered a position at the
Conservatorium and Tess followed
“I think if you find a teacher that works and
is really good for you, you have to stick with
that teacher,’’ Tess said.
Tess is amazed at the ensemble
opportunities the Conservatorium has
provided, including playing second clarinet
in the University of Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra, in prominent Melbourne
orchestral venues including Hamer Hall and
Melbourne Recital Centre.
“I’ve also had an opportunity to play first
chair,’’ Tess said.
“ The standard is so incredibly different.”
Tess still remembers her Conservatorium
audition – a blind audition.
“ They (audition panel) didn’t know who I
was, and I didn’t know who was on the panel. I
was sitting behind a screen. I didn’t expect to
feel that isolation.”
Tess knows there is still a long road
ahead in her pursuit of music dreams, but
the talented clarinet player does know she
wants to travel and maybe one day perform in
Europe and the USA.
The first step is completing her three year
degree followed by one year of honours.
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RGS Ag studies keep Matt on track
Studying agriculture at
CQUniversity is the perfect
fit for Matthew Richardson
The course allows
Matthew to continue an
interest in agriculture
studies and fit in his
training commitments. He
competed at the Australian
World Swimming Trials.
awarded Dux of 1st year
studies in his Bachelor of
Agriculture last year and
next year is looking at a
possible major in livestock
“It ’s good that this course
is so broad,” Matt said.
Matt is also finding his
studies are helping at home
with the family business.
“We learn about all the
soil and its health. I can use
that at home.”
“It ’s probably the least
interesting thing you can
learn but you need to know
it for your cattle and grass,”
Matt is also grateful to
his Agriculture studies at
RGS which helped with
an easier transition into
The CQUniversity course
also allows Matt to catch up
with current RGS students
when the university is
conducting field work at
“It ’s cool to see where
you’re coming from and see
if they will head down the
same path,” Matt said.
Matt wants current RGS
students to just “go for
it” if they are considering
“It ’s probably one of
the only industries that
we’re going to need in the
future. Demand for food is
definitely going up,” Matt
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