Rising Stars - Testimonials




Rising Stars our story!

"Providing quality teaching, sensitive professional direction and fostering a serious learning attitude to encourage a high level of achievement, has always continued to be the aim of the Rising Stars at the Con program over the last 10 years.

Observing their artistic growth and escalating levels of instrumental excellence, these young musicians will play a significant role in the future of Australian cultural life.

I am committed and honoured to be the Artistic Mentor to the Rising Stars at the Con program."
Rising Stars Artistic Mentor, Joy Lee

2018 graduates

I joined Rising Stars when I was nine, and I am so incredibly grateful for how well the program has nurtured my growth as a musician in all aspects: performance, music theory and music history. Rising Stars has encouraged me to immerse myself in music and meet other extremely dedicated and inspiring musicians, and because of that, I’ve been able to challenge myself to grow as a musician and performer.
Sarah, violin

Studying at Rising Stars throughout high school, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have met so many like-minded musicians around my age who continuously inspire and encourage each other to pursue their musical aspirations. Having been presented with many opportunities to explore different aspects of music through weekly Music Skills and Advanced Seminar classes, the electives Chamber Music and Composition, and recitals, I have not only grown as a musician but gained essential skills applicable to both artistic and academic pursuits.
Yitting, flute

The Rising Stars Program has been a major and vitally important part of my life since I was 13. I am very grateful for the vast amount of opportunities I have gained from the program – the student concert practices being useful in raising my confidence as a performer, as well as the Musicianship classes and Seminars helping to give me a greater musical knowledge. I am thankful to my teacher, for everything he has taught me over the past years. Through the Rising Stars Open Academy program, I have gained a number of experiences and friends that I will never forget.
Anastasia, violin

2017 graduates

Thanks to the Rising Stars program for the great opportunity for me to learn music in an environment with like-minded peers. I have gained a holistic understanding of different types of music through the music seminars, advanced my piano playing greatly through instrumental lessons with my teacher and refined my performance technique through multiple concerts. It has been a pleasure to participate in the Rising Stars music program. Thanks!
Tony, piano

One thing that I didn’t realise before I came to rising stars, is that players can be musically restricted by a poor playing technique. Although I am musical, I often struggled to play technically difficult pieces, and so I was not able to properly express my musicality. What I deeply appreciate about this programme, is the amazing dedication and patience that teachers have for their students, ensuring musicality is maintained while preventing long term injury.
Kris, Viola

Thank you Rising Stars for everything you’ve done for me over the last few years. My time here has been one of the best experiences – which has only been made possible by the teacher’s hard work and dedication… thankyou.
Stephanie, cello

2016 graduates

Chamber music is one of the most valuable programs in my opinion for young musicians as it really develops your ability to work with others and understand the idea of working as a team. Young musicians can understand that there is a much larger world than just playing solo. The performance opportunities are another amazing experience which give us opportunities to build our confidence on stage.
Rain, violin

I’ve had a wonderful three and a half years in the Rising Stars program through Open Academy at the Con. The weekly music skills classes have provided me with exposure to a wide range of music and musical concepts as well as opportunities to meet other young musicians.I felt the numerous performance opportunities that I had helped me to gain confidence and to learn proper performance etiquette and would like to thank the organisers, mentors and my particularly my teacher for their support and encouragement.
Kate, harp

Rising Stars has allowed me to grow as a performer and musician; it has provided me with countless opportunities to learn, and every Saturday has been so exciting!
Isabella, viola