Musician on stage with top brass
SHARN McIver's career has hit a high note.
As one of Australia's upcoming brass horn players, the Emerald musician has been included in the Sydney Symphony Fellowship for this year.
The fellowship is Australia's leading vocational training program for orchestral technique, musicianship and chamber music and only eight musicians are selected out of the 400 applicants for the 12-month program.
Ms McIver has been a part of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship since February and said it had been a goal since studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
The fellowship involves performances across Sydney, an intense training regime and learning from some of the industry's most well-respected musicians.
"Getting all the experience with the orchestra is the main aim," Ms McIver said.
"I have become more comfortable on stage performing and find that a lot easier than last year."
Ms McIver said her goal for the final months of the fellowship was to do a good job and build a good reputation.
"It prepares you for life as a musician," she said. "It has confirmed this is what I want to do for a living and it is possible."
Career highlights for Sharn include playing horn in the Melbourne season of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Love Never Dies last year, playing principal horn in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Tasmania Discovery Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and festivals such as the Melbourne International Festival of Brass.