Up-beat: Glenugie teenager Jake Dominey has been short-listed to perform at next year’s Encore Concert at the Sydney Opera House.
Up-beat: Glenugie teenager Jake Dominey has been short-listed to perform at next year’s Encore Concert at the Sydney Opera House.

Drummer short-listed for concert

GLENUGIE drumming prodigy, Jake Dominey, 17, could find himself performing at the Sydney Opera House next February as one of the 20 best HSC music students in the state.

Last Thursday, Jake, a student from McAuley Catholic College, received a letter informing him one of his four drumming performances submitted for his HSC had been short-listed for the NSW Board of Studies Encore Concert which presented the best 20 HSC music performances from the previous year in a concert at the Sydney Opera House.

Jake said he was still coming to terms with the news but he was extremely excited about it.

“I was so ecstatic, it was the best news; I think I'm the second person at the school to ever get an audition for it,” he said.

“It was really surprising too; it was only about a week after the performances so it never really crossed my mind that it would be that soon.”

Jake went to the last Encore Concert earlier this year with his music class and said he was honoured to be considered for the next one.

“The people who performed there; they're pretty much virtuosos already,” Jake said.

He said the concert hadn't seen a drummer perform for a few years so he set his sights on getting a chance to break the drought.

“As soon as I got home, I said to mum and dad that that was really my goal for the end of this year,” he said.

“I've really been putting a lot of effort into my performances; I was hoping one of them would get the thumbs up and it looks like one of them did.”

Jake now had to send his four HSC performances in as an audition for the concert and faces a nervous wait until mid-December when the top 20 performers are notified.


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