Instrumental in the Cooma music scene

Allan and Leslie Spencer from the Cooma School of Music have spent 30 years teaching and encouraging generations of local musicians. This Sunday budding musicians will take part in the Cooma Music Competition at St Paul's Anglican Church Hall.

Allan and Leslie Spencer from the Cooma School of Music have spent 30 years teaching and encouraging generations of local musicians. This Sunday budding musicians will take part in the Cooma Music Competition at St Paul's Anglican Church Hall.

THE best musicians and performers from across the region will gather for the Cooma Music Competition this Sunday where local talents will be showcased in an afternoon of extravagant proportions.

More than 50 entries have been received for the ninth edition of the competition, which allows budding musicians to flourish in a competitive, yet relaxed environment.

St Paul's Anglican Church Hall will welcome musicians, ensembles and singers for the 2014 installment.

Allan Spencer from the Cooma School of Music has been instrumental in the local music scene for thirty years; teaching and encouraging generations of musicians to pursue their talents.

He said establishing the music competition was an important step in providing a pathway for developing musicians.

"It's a good learning situation for the kids, the competition is relaxed and enjoyable, but still provides experience," Mr Spencer said.

"For those doing the HSC it sets themselves up with experience and feedback."

The music competition will commence from noon this Sunday, August 17, with the finals concert starting at 7pm, allowing for the public to hear the very best musicians from across the region.

In what is a busy few months for Mr Spencer, with the National Busking Competition returning to Cooma in November, he said it was very pleasing to see students of all ages becoming part of the music scene.

"So far for the competition we have a good spread of talents and instruments. There are lots of piano players this time, hopefully some more brass and woodwind players come forward though,"Mr Spencer said.

He also put the call out to the 'older' musicians amongst us who may be hesitant to put their talents to the test,

"The older people need to step up and show the kids how it's done," Mr Spencer joked.

"I'm hoping for a strong turn out to support the kids."

Music has been more than a job for Mr Spencer who runs the school with his wife Leslie, with the pair meeting at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music whilst studying the guitar.

Thirty years ago the dynamic duo moved to Cooma to establish a music school, a move which has seen the pair teach generations of local musicians.

"He wanted to have a school in the Snowy Mountains, our teacher in Sydney Peter Calvo talked us into coming to the area," Mr Spencer said.

"We're starting to teach the grandchildren of students we first began teaching all those years ago,

"I meet so many people who remember me teaching them, it's really nice to see those faces again."

His dedication to the local music scene saw Mr Spencer awarded the Australian Day Community Event of 2013 for his work in establish the busking competition.

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