Alpha singer has got talent

Alpha’s Rhia Austin was in Brisbane the past week for the Creative Generation Young Artist’s workshops.
Alpha’s Rhia Austin was in Brisbane the past week for the Creative Generation Young Artist’s workshops.

RHIA Austin's school holidays started differently this year as she spent the past week at the Brisbane Powerhouse for the Creative Generation Young Artist's workshops.

The Alpha local was one of 100 talented youngsters to be chosen from around Queensland.

"It's been really exciting," Rhia said.

"I've learnt a heap more than before... it's been very helpful. It's definitely increased my passion for singing."

The week included workshops, panel presentations and professional coaching which Department of Education and Training director general Julie Grantham said were designed to help the participants hone their artistic skills.

"The program gives the students the chance to learn from highly respected industry professionals and to experience professional performances," Ms Grantham said.

"The vocalists will attend workshops involving performance critique, vocal technique and repertoire rehearsals."

Thursday marked the end to the week-long workshops and Rhia admitted she was a little sad it was over.

"It's been a fantastic week," she said.

"Everyone is really friendly and the workshops expand my knowledge. It's definitely been worthwhile."

And it seems Rhia is following in the footsteps of her musician dad Richard who, during the 1960s, toured with the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

"We are really pleased for Rhia, she is doing really well," Richard said.

"She is just taking it in her stride."

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