SHIRE of Mundaring awarded Darlington resident, Annalise Stevens (15), a Youth Grant recently.
Annalise, a bassoon player with the Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band, travelled to the US to compete in the prestigious New York International Music Festival, a trip that took her away from family and friends for 14 days.
The Youth Grant recognised Annalise's achievement and assisted with the cost of attending the event.
The band performed in several iconic locations in LA and New York, including Carnegie Hall (NY), where they were adjudicated by a panel of international music academics and awarded a silver medal for their performance.
In addition to visiting Disneyland and Universal studios as tourists Annalise and the Band were invited to the Disney Performing Arts Centre where they had the opportunity to be 'Orchestra Session Musicians' playing and recording music from the soundtracks of well-known Disney productions.
Not surprisingly, Annalise, who in addition to being a bassoonist plays the guitar, ukulele and sings, plans to pursue a career in music. "I am so lucky to have had the chance to travel with my band at such a young age. Having the opportunity to see what is out there and meet and play with other young musicians was fantastic and I am so thankful for the opportunity," Annalise said.
The Youth Grant program is open all year and assists locals aged eight to 18 who have been chosen to attend state, national or international events, representing their institution, club or organisation.
For more information about the Shire's Youth Grant and other grants offering financial assistance to eligible community groups, visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au
For enquiries contact Tracey Peacock, Grants and Volunteer Advisor, on 9290 6678 or email GA@mundaring.wa.gov.au