Talented Beaudesert State School musician Sophie Cahill has had her hard work rewarded with selection in the Percy Grainger Orchestra State Honour Ensemble Program.
The year 10 student’s exceptional ability with the clarinet earned her the berth after she was nominated by the school.
The latest accolade capped a stellar year for the talented instrumentalist, who also represented the school as part of the Creative Generations James Morrison Big Band and Symphony Orchestra earlier this year where she played saxophone.
Miss Cahill said she was elated to have been recognised and to have performed at such a high level.
“It’s just incredible,” she said.
“Playing where I’ve played and who I’ve played with, it’s really special.
“At the first rehearsal for the Creative Generation Big Band I was shocked because I’d never been in a band of that standard.”
The 15-year-old, who has been playing instruments for eight years, draws inspiration from her family members who are all brilliant musicians in their own right.
“They are very helpful but it also gives me a lot to live up to,” Miss Cahill said.
Though unable to put a finger on what it is she loves about making music, Miss Cahill said jazz was her favourite genre and saxophone her preferred instrument.
“It’s not just one thing,” she said.
“I’m better at clarinet but I prefer saxophone because it is jazz.”