The Great Southern Tour in Cooma

THE annual visit to the Monaro by students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on their Great Southern Tour, is always highly anticipated and highly successful.

This year's Cooma concert, on Wednesday June 26 - the 12th annual visit - will offer audiences something different.

As well as some classical music there will be strong jazz component, with music ranging from traditional to modern jazz and even other genres such as Latin and rock.

Pianist David Miller, widely recognised as one of Australia's leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanists, will introduce the five young musicians.

They are Cassandra Horsman, Long Nguyen and "Mirth" Jazz Trio Harry Day, Nicholas Henderson and Wilbur Whitta.

Cassandra Horsman has played oboe since the age of seven and has had many years of performing experience, including touring nationally and internationally with various Chamber Music orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

Currently Cassandra performs as a soloist as well as with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra, the Balmain Sinfonia and Sancta Sophia College where she is Music Director.

Long Nguyen started studying bassoon at the age of 10 when he was living in Vietnam. As well as performing in Vietnam and Australia he has toured Germany and the USA.

Also, being a member of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber and Symphony Orchestra, he has played with the Australian National Academy of Music orchestra, the NSW Police Band and the Sydney University Graduate Choir Orchestra. Long is now teaching bassoon in Sydney.

"Mirth" drummer Harry Day has a background in orchestral and modern percussion and plays with several music groups around Sydney. He is currently in his second year of study at the Sydney Con', where he is majoring in jazz drumming.

Bass player Nick Henderson has played music from the age of seven, starting on piano the guitar, bass guitar and double bass. He is an experienced performer having competed in and won talent competitions and Eisteddfods, been awarded and recorded, and having toured internationally.

Pianist Wilbur Whitta originally studied classical music and gained an interest in jazz in his later years of high school.

His influences span from classical composers to mainstream jazz and contemporary musicians, and he aims to combine all these aspects into an engaging, entertaining and surprising experience for his audience.

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