Riverland Music Students – ASO Mentorship Program

Riverland’s Symphony of 5  Matthew Hartshorne, Braden Cameron-Daniel, Victoria Hull, Levi Whitehead and Jasper Harding. Image by Rebecca Farrant-Kennedy

Project Summary

Riverland student and double bass player Jasper Harding was one of five talented music students who travelled to Adelaide to rehearse and play with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, where he received intensive musical training over a two day period as part of the Orchestra’s Mentorship Program. This inspiring experience also included the opportunity for Jasper to play alongside the ASO at concerts in Loxton and Berri in the Riverland, before an audience of friends, family and peers.

Project Type – Professional Development for artists and arts workers
Artform – Music
Project Cost – $1,422
Amount Funded – $522
Primary Beneficiary – Youth (12-25 years)
Grant Type –  Quick Response Grant

From The Artist/Organisation

“I’m inspired to practice and maybe get good enough one day to join an orchestra like the ASO…the community concerts were a great success, with lots of positive feedback from students, teachers and members of the public. As I was in the strings section of the ASO, I had the opportunity of observing Harley (ASO double bass player), his music, and the conductor during the parts of the concert I was not involved in – I got a real ASO experience!”

Community Benefits

The impact will carry on well beyond October according to Glossop High School music and media teacher, Brenden Baldock. “The students involved will be able to share their learnings with their peers which will impact many more students from across the Riverland. This will be a wonderful opportunity that they would not be able to access without the generous support of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the RAA and Country Arts SA.”

Public Outcomes

Jasper and the group performed with the ASO in two Riverland community concerts.