Program 2019 HSC Presented by the NSW Education Standards Authority in association with the NSW Department of Education - NESA

Program 2019 HSC Presented by the NSW Education Standards Authority in association with the NSW Department of Education - NESA


 Presented by the
 NSW Education
 Standards Authority
 in association with the
 NSW Department
 of Education.

                                ENCORE is recorded at the
                                            City Recital Hall.
                           Recordings will be available from
Program 2019 HSC Presented by the NSW Education Standards Authority in association with the NSW Department of Education - NESA
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Message from the Minister
In 2020 ENCORE has a new home. Welcome to the City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

As a celebration of student achievement, ENCORE’s impressive program illustrates
the range, variety and challenges offered by the three HSC Music courses across
styles, genres and musical periods.

The 2020 program is diverse, featuring original works and technically challenging
pieces that demonstrate the outstanding effort, passion and commitment of these
young vocalists, instrumentalists and composers.

The honour roll in the program acknowledges the students who presented exemplary
musicology electives across the three HSC courses.

ENCORE represents the culmination of the strong collaboration between the talented
students, their dedicated teachers and their families and friends. Thank you for your
support and encouragement through these years of study.

To the students – congratulations, good luck for the future and enjoy this amazing
opportunity to perform.

The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning

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ENCORE and HSC Music
ENCORE is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by students
from the Higher School Certificate Music examinations. Music syllabuses for the
Higher School Certificate offer students opportunities to develop musical knowledge,
skills and understanding and to become adept at performing and composing in a
variety of styles and genres.

ENCORE also recognises the exemplary work in musicology electives. Students in
the Music 2 and Music Extension courses who undertook musicology electives were
required to submit a prepared essay as part of the HSC examination. Students of
Music 1 undertaking musicology as an elective were required to present a 10-minute
viva voce (discussion) with the examiners at the time of their practical examinations.
The students named in the Honour List in this program were identified as having
exemplary work in musicology electives.

Program 2019 HSC Presented by the NSW Education Standards Authority in association with the NSW Department of Education - NESA
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In 2019, students were examined according to Stage 6 syllabuses in Music 1, Music
2 and Music Extension. In addition to the core, which has aural training as its basis,
students had the option to undertake elective studies in performance, composition
and musicology.

The Music 1 course is primarily designed for students who have not studied the
elective course in Music Years 7–10, although it is available to all students who wish
to study it.

The Music 2 course consists of a mandatory topic, Music of the Last 25 Years
(Australian focus), and an additional topic. In this course, students perform works
representing these topics, write their own compositions, and undertake musicological
research and aural training.

In the Music Extension course students specialise in performance, composition or

In all Music Practical examinations in 2019, students could present performances in a
variety of styles. In Music 1, students presented up to four pieces representing topics
studied in the HSC course. In Music Extension performance, one piece had to be an
ensemble work. In addition, all students undertook a written examination that tested
aural and/or musicology skills.

Graduates of the NESA Music courses have developed skills in general understanding
and appreciation of music.

Program 2019 HSC Presented by the NSW Education Standards Authority in association with the NSW Department of Education - NESA
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                             16 – 17 March 2020

                        City Recital Hall
                            Compere: John Foreman, OAM

Perrin Ford St Mary’s Cathedral College
Composer Oculi Omnium (Ford)

Harry Wagstaff Knox Grammar School
Cello Piano Trio in G minor Op. 15, Mvt 3 (Smetana)

Yung Kim Sydney Boys High School
Flute Sonatina, Mvt 1 (Burton)

Nikolas Rejto St Luke’s Grammar School
Classical Guitar Blackwattle Caprices, No. 1 (Edwards)

Luka Biggin-Johnston Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
Electric Bass Boogie On Reggae Woman (Wonder)

Leah Amaral Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta
Composer The Inferno Polka (Amaral)

Eunice Li Pymble Ladies’ College
Piano Piano Sonata No.18 in D Major K.576, Mvt 1 (Mozart)

Gabrielle Montalbo Conservatorium High School
Composer Frenetic Dance (Montalbo)

Guy Nicol Barker College
Clarinet Trio Pathétique, Mvt 1 (Glinka)

Emily Scarlis Kambala
Composer Shadows on the Water (Scarlis)

Ryo Ge North Sydney Girls High School
Piano Hommages III. Gabriel Fauré (Carmichael)

Austin Browne Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
Guitar Minor Swing (Reinhardt /Grappelli))


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Allegra Hall Newtown High School of Performing Arts
Mezzo Soprano Billie’s Bounce (Parker / Jefferson arr. Hall)

Mackenzie Constable PLC Armidale
Composer Mistress Hibbins (Constable)

Trystan Go St Andrew’s Cathedral School
Baritone Whither Must I Wander? (Vaughan Williams)

Bradley Howard Baulkham Hills High School
Alto Saxophone Divertimento, Mvts 2 & 3 (Boutry)

Nicholas Craig Winmalee High School
Drums What About Me? (League)

Daniel Shao Conservatorium High School
Violin Violin Sonata No.1 Op. 105, Mvt I
   (Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck) (Schumann arr. Hermann)

Isaac Rose Moriah College
Clarinet After you, Mr Gershwin! (Kovacs)

Emelyn Krakue Mount Annan Christian College
Mezzo Soprano I Can’t Make You Love Me
  (Reid / Shamblin arr. Raitt)

                                              Background composition
                                                  Oculi Omnium (Ford)
                                               Perrin Ford, Composer
                                            St Mary’s Cathedral College

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Performers and composers
        John Foreman, OAM
        John Foreman is a pianist, musical director and composer, and
        has been appearing on Australian television screens for more
        than two decades. John wrote The Flame for Tina Arena at the
        Sydney Olympics, has produced numerous singles and albums,
        and has performed at music festivals in the USA, Canada and
        the UK. He has been musical director for many TV shows
        including Good Morning Australia, Australian Idol, The TV Week
        Logie Awards, and Oprah’s Australian Adventure at the Sydney
        Opera House. John hosts the annual Schools Spectacular, is
        Creative Director for Australia Day in Sydney and was musical
        director and host of the 2020 Australia Day Live concert,
        broadcast live on the ABC from the Sydney Opera House. John
        is delighted to return as compere of ENCORE in 2020.

        Leah Amaral
        Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta
        Leah has a family background in music, making it a major part of
        her life. She has learnt the piano and flute since primary school
        and has always harmonised and improvised when listening to
        songs. Transcribing music was the next step, and composing
        followed naturally. She participated in many school ensembles
        including the school orchestra, concert band and flute ensemble
        as well as co-founding a senior flute ensemble. Being classically
        trained on the flute through AMEB exams to Grade 5 developed
        her musical skills and she is now studying for ABRSM Jazz
        exams. Leah’s composition is performed by Anna Janczewski,
        flute, and Veronica Chacty, piano.

        Luka Biggin-Johnston
        Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
        Luka began performing at age eight, playing cello in his school
        orchestra. After much musical experimentation, he settled on the
        bass guitar. Luka has performed at regional music festivals and
        events with varying repertoire and styles. He plays in a four piece
        bluegrass band, The Bouyon Boys, and plans to keep working
        in the audio and visual arts, to keep pushing his creativity as
        well as his intellect. Luka attributes his passion for music to
        his grandfather, mother and sister, his school and Byron Bay’s
        creative culture. Luka is joined by Paddy Swain, keyboard and
        vocals, Tim Schou, electric guitar, Matt Gulliford, drums.

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Austin Browne
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts
Listening to the music his parents played when he was growing
up, Austin was captivated by the sound of the guitar. He started
guitar lessons at the age of seven, attending a range of different
academies including the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
where he now studies jazz guitar. He has had orchestral and
ensemble experience through the Conservatorium, school
ensembles and musicals, variety shows such as Southern Stars,
and has led his own band in writing and performing original
songs with over 10 000 streams on Spotify. Austin performs with
Campbell Price, bass guitar, Jayden Webb, rhythm guitar, Riley
Clark, drums.

Mackenzie Constable
PLC Armidale
Mackenzie started playing violin at age seven and viola at
fourteen. She has particularly enjoyed being a member of
numerous school ensembles as well as the community Armidale
Youth Orchestra. She attained AMEB Grade 6 in both violin
and viola and in 2016 was a member of the Australian Opera
and Ballet Regional Conservatorium Orchestra. Mackenzie also
plays, umpires and coaches hockey, participating in numerous
representative teams, and has achieved her gold, silver and
bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards. In 2019 she was selected
to attend the National Youth Science Forum. Mackenzie’s
composition is performed by Catherine Zhou, Lily Dai, Vanessa
Kwa, Stephanie Chew from PLC Sydney.

Nicholas Craig
Winmalee High School
Nicholas was born into a musical family, learning piano from age
six and commencing drumming lessons a few years later. He
developed high musical standards and had many memorable
experiences in his years as part of the PULSE Public Schools
Big Band and playing drums and percussion with the NSW
Public Schools Stage Band and Jazz Orchestra. Nicholas was
selected twice for Schools Spectacular: as a featured performer
in 2016 and for the orchestra in 2018. He and his band Cøsmix
are currently part of the Talent Development Project. Nicholas
performs with Aaron Stubbs, electric guitar, Craig McGown,
trumpet, Dave Clayton, bass, Cosmo Gelzinnis, piano.

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Perrin Ford
St Mary’s Cathedral College
Perrin’s introduction to classical music was through his school
choir. Since age twelve he has sung treble and countertenor
with the choir, as well as learning piano and composing. He
participated in school senior concert and stage bands and is
the organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Darlinghurst,
having learnt the organ since age fourteen. He has conducted
at school events and intends to pursue conducting in the future.
He attended the Eton Choral Course in 2018 in Cambridge,
broadcast on the BBC, including a masterclass with acclaimed
countertenor, Iestyn Davies. He is currently studying for an
AMusA in piano. Perrin’s work is performed by a choir of friends
who share his love of choral music.

Ryo Ge
North Sydney Girls High School
Ryo started learning piano at age five and attained her AMusA in
piano aged sixteen. She also achieved her CMusA with credit in
clarinet when she was 14 after learning the instrument for three
years. She has participated in school bands and orchestras
with the clarinet and thoroughly enjoyed competitions, concerts,
and tours that the ensembles were involved with. She has been
inspired by her piano teacher to learn how to use music to
tell a story, and is constantly challenging herself to extend her
repertoire. Ryo now teaches piano and plans to continue doing
so while at university studying medicine.

Trystan Go
St Andrew’s Cathedral School
Trystan began singing at age twelve and over the last five
years has focused on operatic singing. He appeared as Prince
Chulalongkorn in Opera Australia’s 2014 The King and I with
Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, and in 2019 played the
lead role in his school musical, Fiddler On The Roof. Trystan is
also a well-regarded actor, starring in television series such as
The Family Law playing Benjamin Law and Frayed, playing Bo,
as well as the sci-fi/action film, Occupation and its upcoming
sequel, Occupation Rainfall. Trystan’s other interests include
piano, tennis, swimming and debating. Trystan is accompanied
by Szu Yu Chen.

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Allegra Hall
Newtown High School of Performing Arts
Lucky to have been brought up surrounded by music, Allegra
enjoys singing both jazz and musical theatre. Her musical theatre
accomplishments include eleven productions with Gosford
Musical Society, culminating in the 2019 production of Aida
where she starred in the title role. Allegra has been very active
in her school’s senior drama company and senior extension
choir. In 2019 she attended a range of voice and speech and
acting technique workshops in New York and LA. Allegra is
accompanied by Rodric White, piano, Toby Hall, drums,
Mark Harris / Fiona Lugg, bass.

Bradley Howard
Baulkham Hills High School
Bradley started learning the saxophone when he was nine. He
has a classical performance background, but also enjoys jazz,
electronic and pop music. In 2017 he completed accelerated
Music 2 and AMEB Grade 8 with high distinction. Since then
he has participated in two band tours of Europe, attending jazz
workshops in Prague and Rome and performing in the 2019
Anzac ceremony in Rome. Bradley’s other passion is martial
arts, achieving his 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and 1st Dan
Black Belt in Gumdo. Bradley was inspired and challenged by
his saxophone tutor and now teaches his own pupils. Bradley is
accompanied by Paul Cheung.

Yung Kim
Sydney Boys High School
Yung’s first instrument was the violin, followed by the piano
and flute, so studying HSC Music was a natural progression.
His musical achievements include his LMusA in 2019; his
AMusA with Distinction in 2017; competing with Northern Youth
Symphonic Wind from 2015–2019; winning the intermediate
championship and baroque open of the flute society eisteddfod
in 2018, the under-19 state band solo championships for flute
in 2016 and the national band championships in 2015. Yung’s
interests extend to tennis, volleyball and swimming. While he will
always find time for music, his future studies will be in physics.
Yung is accompanied by Jeremy So.

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Emelyn Krakue
Mount Annan Christian College
Coming from a highly musical family, music has always played
a major role in Emelyn’s life. She has starred in many church
and school concerts, appearing as featured soloist in Christmas
spectaculars and school musicals. Her most recent role was as
Eveline in The Wiz. She is actively involved in her school chapel
band and community events as well as sporting activities: she
has played soccer since the age of 6, and at a representative
level for the past four years. Emelyn will study Criminology, but
music will continue to play a significant role in her life. Emelyn is
accompanied by Elizabeth Williams.

Eunice Li
Pymble Ladies’ College
Eunice’s study of piano began at the age of five. While still
in primary school she was selected by The Arts Unit, NSW
Department of Education, to perform a piano solo and piano
trio at the Sydney Opera House, then to accompany a string
soloist at Sydney Town Hall during the Primary Proms Choral
Festival. She was awarded a music scholarship in Year 7 to
Pymble Ladies’ College, where she was a member of the string
orchestra and choir. She has achieved honours for piano in her
AMusA and LMusA through AMEB, and her Licentiate of Trinity
College London (LTCL). She plans to study music and design at

Gabrielle Montalbo
Conservatorium High School
Gabrielle has always loved music, learning singing and piano.
She has performed in many competitions, eisteddfods and
cultural events and as a soloist in the Sydney Children’s Choir.
She was a triple first place winner in Sydney Eisteddfod 2015
and was a Featured Artist in the 2017 and 2019 NSW Schools
Spectacular. Her vocal trio was a Grand Finalist on All Together
Now in 2018. The trio, now rebranded as H3rizon, represented
Australia at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los
Angeles in 2019. Gabrielle’s composition is performed by Kelly
Hou, piano, Olivia Kowalik, violin, Annikka Lu, bass clarinet.

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Guy Nicol
Barker College
Guy’s study of the clarinet provides him with a means of
expressing emotion as well as giving him a community, through
ensemble playing and band music. He completed his 8th
grade AMEB exams and participated fully in his school music
program as well as the North Shore Wind Symphony. He is
a keen photographer and filmmaker and his passion for the
natural environment motivated him to complete his gold Duke of
Edinburgh Award. He will study a double degree of Design and
Environment and Sustainability at ANU in 2020. Guy plays the
Trio with Alice Hanna, piano, Anthony Grimm, bassoon.

Nikolas Rejto
St Luke’s Grammar School
Nikolas played the clarinet from an early age, then moved to
guitar five years ago. He first won at the Sydney Eisteddfod
for classical guitar in 2016, and has achieved first or second
place every year since. He was selected to play for the Pollard
Awards in 2016 and performed at the Sydney Conservatorium
in a special concert honouring refugees in 2017. In 2018 he
travelled to the US to receive lessons from several distinguished
classical guitarists, and in May 2019 placed 2nd in the Parkening
International Young Guitarist Competition in Malibu, California.
This experience consolidated his intention to pursue music

Isaac Rose
Moriah College
Isaac fell in love with the clarinet as a small child, listening to
his brother play. All of his interests and achievements during
his schooling revolved around music. He received two music
scholarships from Moriah College and went on two international
band tours. On one of these he was a soloist. He was a
performing arts captain and was involved in many ensembles,
such as the school’s top concert band, symphony orchestra and
vocal group. In 2018 he completed his AMusA with Distinction in
clarinet. Isaac is accompanied by Jo Allen.

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Emily Scarlis
Emily began studying piano at age four and took up singing
in choirs and private lessons at age eight. In Year 10 she
was awarded CMusA with Distinction in piano. She started
learning fundamental melody and harmony writing in Year 5,
and her passion for composition flourished in high school. She
participated in school workshops and masterclasses in piano
and composition and was involved in school choirs and a capella
groups as a singer, director, choral arranger and accompanist,
including conducting the choir at the Opera House in 2019.
Emily conducts Hana Tan, violin, Andrew Doyle, clarinet, Katrina
Choi, piano performing her composition.

Daniel Shao
Conservatorium High School
Daniel began learning violin at the age of four. He performs solo
and as a chamber musician, playing in a piano trio. He has
won prizes at Sydney Eisteddfod and St George Instrumental
Eisteddfod in solo, duet and chamber events. He has extensive
performance experience, including as a member of the
Australian Youth Orchestra, and has toured internationally.
He has participated in many ACO String Workshops and
annual Government House concerts, attended the Sydney
Conservatorium’s Rising Stars Program and performed
Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bernstein’s Mass at the Opera House.
Daniel sees music as a way to communicate with others, and
stimulating people’s minds. He is accompanied by Zsuzsanna

Harry Wagstaff
Knox Grammar School
Harry began playing the cello at the age of five and gained a full
music scholarship to Knox Grammar School in Year 7. He has
participated in many school musical productions, orchestras
and chamber ensembles. He has also been a member of the
NSW Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestras and Kuringai
Youth Orchestra, as well as several bands on his secondary
instrument, the oboe. Harry has received his AMusA with
Distinction on cello and his CMus on oboe with Distinction. Harry
will continue his musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium
in 2020. Harry performs with Lindsay Irik, violin, and David
Jenkin, piano.

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Honours List
Music 1 – Musicology

Eleonore Asquith          Shellharbour Anglican College
Bronte Ballantine-Jones   Danebank – An Anglican School For Girls
Ashley Baumann            Xavier High School
Luka Biggin-Johnston      Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
Zoe Biggs                 SCEGGS Darlinghurst
Shona Bolst               Central Coast Adventist School
Joshua Boulden            Toongabbie Christian College
Jemima Brooker            Willoughby Girls High School
Matthew Brown             James Sheahan Catholic High School
Douglas Chalmers          Southern Highlands Christian School
Taegan Charles            Menai High School
Miya Chesterman           Springwood High School
Ella Cooper               Brigidine College St Ives
Shayne Crawshaw           OneSchool Global NSW
Marc De Paoli             William Clarke College
Maxwell Dibben            Blaxland High School
Max Eppelstun             Karabar High School
Isabella Flax             Emanuel School
Yulan (Cathy) Gao         Meriden School
Caitlin Garrett           De La Salle Catholic College, Cronulla
Tyler Georgiadis          St Francis Xavier’s College
Harrison Graham           Bomaderry High School
Gemma Hancock             All Saints College (St Mary’s Campus)
Julia Herro               Meriden School

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Hayley Hunter         Frensham School
Sarah Jancewicz       Frensham School
Sophie Jones          Barker College
Samuel Kennedy        James Sheahan Catholic High School
Angus Lambert         Coonabarabran High School
Kaylen Lim            Hurlstone Agricultural High School
Emily Luton           Karabar High School
Julian MacDonald      Singleton High School
Fiona Martin	Kincoppal - Rose Bay School of the Sacred
James Merkouris       Georges River College Oatley Senior Campus
Eli Mitchell	Northern Beaches Secondary College
              Freshwater Senior Campus
Isabella Moore        Oxley College
Jasper Musgrave       Newtown High School of Performing Arts
Travis Neale          Moss Vale High School
Zachary Newman        The Scots College
Grant Offner          St Edward’s Christian Brothers’ College
Ariel Pacanowski      Reddam House
Bede Patterson        St Leo’s Catholic College
Vaishnavi Pradeep     Duval High School
Josephine Press       Burwood Girls High School
Eric Regalado         Loyola Senior High School
Jordan Saultry        Belmont High School
Tamsyn Smith          Arndell Anglican College
Saara Stenberg        Gilroy Catholic College
Jade Sullivan         William Clarke College
Paddy Swain           Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

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Harriet Taylor         Frensham School
Grace Trebley          Albury High School
Jemima Votier          Meriden School
Stewart Williams       Broken Hill High School
Brooklyn Wright        John Therry Catholic High School
Andrew Yu              Bradfield College
Domenic Zappia         St Gregory’s College Campbelltown

Music 2 – Musicology Elective Essay

Rebecca Du             Queenwood
Mia Lo Russo           St George Girls High School
Susanna Pang           Sydney Girls High School
Elodie Roumanoff	Northern Beaches Secondary College Manly

Music Extension – Musicology Essay

An Ru (Janice) Gao     Meriden School

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Peter Copeland
 Director / Production Manager
 Music Technology Projects Officer, The Arts Unit
 NSW Department of Education

Peter Hayward
 Backstage Manager / Production Coordinator
 Arts Coordination Officer (Rel.), The Arts Unit
 NSW Department of Education

Mark Graham
 Supervisor of Marking, Performance

Royna McNamara
 Supervisor of Marking, Written

Sue Dawson
 Stage Door Manager
 Arts Coordination Officer, The Arts Unit
 NSW Department of Education

Nick Cowell
 Stage Management Team
 Teacher and Student Arts Resources Support Officer, The Arts Unit
 NSW Department of Education

Lynne Halpin
  Stage Management Team

Carolyn Hammer
 Livestream Producer

DART Connections
 Livestream Provider

Karen Astill
 Stage Management Team

David Ferguson
 LDF, Lighting Design

Julie Montague
 Compere notes

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Maureen Stevens
 Manager, External Engagement and Events, NESA

Anjani Nath
 Project Officer, Events, NESA

Tracey Cohen
  Administrative Assistant, Events, NESA

Anna Zmijewska
 Program Design and Production, NESA

Anna Warr

ENCORE is produced by The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education. The
Arts Unit delivers programs in dance, drama, music, visual arts, debating, public
speaking, spelling, reading and special events to NSW government schools. Annually,
more than 44 000 students and 6000 teachers directly participate in The Arts Unit’s
programs and an additional 433 000 students access these programs.

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