Domremy College Year 10 student Sophie Markakis is well on her way to a stellar musical career.
The aspiring young flautist has been awarded one of three Young Women in Jazz annual scholarships. The mentor program is run by the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The annual workshops, which have run since 2002, offer a pathway for young women interested in furthering their musical studies at the Conservatorium and aim to increase the number of female artists and musicians in jazz, both at tertiary and career levels.
They provide a supportive environment for young women wishing to develop their skills in improvisation and jazz and are facilitated by leading female musicians in the Australian jazz scene. Applicants’ auditions include an improvised performance. They must also provide a written application to be selected for the program.
The workshops run from July to September and end with a performance concert which showcases the students’ newly honed performance skills. The event is covered by ABC Jazz, the media supporter for the Young Women in Jazz workshops.
“From my involvement so far I would highly recommend the workshops to any young women interested in jazz,” Sophie said. “The few workshops I have participated in to date have enabled me to develop new skills and increase in confidence as I perform. The interaction with and support provided by the female musicians mentoring us are invaluable.”