Young Goondiwindi musician wants to jazz up the world

A young woman, Jessica Page,  with a musical dream. We hope they all come true.
A young woman, Jessica Page, with a musical dream. We hope they all come true.

A young musician whose journey began in Goondiwindi is finding there’s a whole new world to explore.

And she can’t thank her home-town enough.

Jessica Page, 17, successfully auditioned on the alto saxophone for one of 24 places to represent Queensland in Seattle as part of the Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP).

It is a reciprocal exchange program for talented young musicians between Seattle’s Western International Band Clinic and Brisbane’s Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 

It was a wonderful way to end 2018 and her school years.

She is now waiting to continue her music journey by attending the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane doing a degree in Jazz Performance.

And her ultimate goal?

A professional career in music, of courde.

“My musical journey began in Goondiwindi and music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.

“I have played piano, guitar, clarinet and saxophone.

“I love all that music brings to both the performer and the listener.

“I have been playing alto saxophone for a little over three years and I certainly feel at home with this instrument.

“I am confident the PHEP experience will enhance my playing ability and knowledge of music.

“I am also looking forward to the amazing networking opportunities that this trip will bring.” 

Her passion is obvious.

Jessica had to forego her end-of-year celebrations at the Glennie School in Toowoomba.

But while disappointed to miss the grand finale of events associated with senior years, she would do it again in a heartbeat to gain more experience on the saxophone and be with others who are inspired by music, she said.

“I enjoy playing some form of music every day and understand that results will come with hard work,” she said.

I enjoy playing some form of music every day and understand that results will come with hard work

Jessica Page

Highlights of a career – so far:

Darling Downs State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP)

Tertiary Prep Workshop

Talkin’ Jazz Performance Workshop

Goondiwindi Eisteddfod

Earlier this year she won a scholarship through the Empire Theatre to attend the Jazz Music Institute Summer Camp.