TUMUT High School Year 9 student Daisy James might be only 15 but she’s already a veteran of the Riverina Choral Camp.
Next week she will participate in it for the fifth time, joining 40 other talent young singers in years 4 to 12 from all over the Riverina in Wagga Wagga.
Daisy’s excellent voice first gained attention when she sang at the Next Generation concert at the Festival of the Falling Leaf when she was in Year 4 at Tumut Public School.
She was also in Year 4 when she first went to Choral Camp, so she isn’t the slightest bit nervous about going this time.
“No, I’m very much looking forward to it,” she said.
She’s very familiar with how the camp runs.
“You learn different techniques, warm up and come up with 11 songs,” she said.
“You are given scores (sheet music) and you tour around Wagga and perform on the Friday.”
As one of the more seasoned campers, Daisy is looking forward forward to helping the rookies.
“It’s going to be pretty awesome,” she said.
Last year’s camp was the best for Daisy.
“I met a lot of good people and learned a lot,” she said.
“It gets better every year.”
Music-wise, Daisy likes modern pop, and “some older stuff.”
Her favourite band is Panic! At the Disco.
“They’ve got good rhythm,” she said.
And will she consider singing for a career?
“Possibly,” she said.
Camp Co-ordinator Kerry Barker said she was looking forward to the latest camp.
“The 2018 Choral Camp is a camp that is highly anticipated by students who will participate in intensive workshops that provide a wide variety of experiences that provide the students with opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in music in a variety of choral styles,” she said.
Camp Facilitator Holly Rose said no matter what level these talented students aspire to, the camp is a stepping stone to further opportunities.
“The experience of the camp can lead to further opportunities for talented choral students at state and international levels,” she said.
“The camp is a pre-requisite for selection to the annual Riverina Choirs for State Events and as part of the Riverina Public Schools Choir at Schools Spectacular.”
Ms Rose said the 2018 Riverina Choral Camp would also introduce a new tutor, Rodney Clancy from Young Regional Music.
“Mr Clancy was conductor of the Choir of the Southern Cross in Young and now conducts and musically directs the Hilltops Choir Inc. and the Young Town Band,” she said.