Trip of a lifetime for Darlington musician

Shire of Mundaring awarded Darlington resident, Annalise Stevens (15), a Youth Grant recently.
Shire of Mundaring awarded Darlington resident, Annalise Stevens (15), a Youth Grant recently.

DARLINGTON musician Annalise Stevens (15), has used a Shire of Mundaring youth grant to travel overseas for an international music festival.

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.

The band performed in iconic locations in LA and New York, including Carnegie Hall, where they were judged by a panel of international music academics and awarded a silver medal for their performance.

In addition to visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios, 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,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to see what is out there and meet and play with other young musicians was fantastic.”

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.