By Hollie Harris
Noosa Mini Strings have had an exciting win at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.
After months of practice, Noosa Mini Strings took out first place in the Primary Aged String Ensemble and also came second in the Full String Orchestra Primary section.
With many other schools and orchestras competing, it was no easy feat and the mini string plays had spent months perfecting their sound to achieve their goal.
They said the Eisteddfod was a great experience that improved their playing and resulted in many new friendships.
The result was a testament to the expert teaching and conducting by Silvi Eckley, who formed the Noosa Orchestra in 2010 and has taught strings at Good Shepherd Lutheran College (GSLC) Noosa since 2005.
At that time there was only one Noosa String Ensemble, but in 2015 it split into two ensembles due to its rapid growth and popularity. So the Noosa Mini Strings and the Noosa Ensemble, for Grade 7 to 12 students, were formed and continue to grow.
Noosa Mini Strings is a community ensemble made up of students throughout Noosa and surrounding areas.
Any student in Grade 4 to 6 who can play a stringed instrument can join. Practice is at 3.30pm-5pm on Tuesdays at the Good Shepherd Lutheran College Theatrette.
Silvi makes the practice sessions fun and interactive, and gives all children the opportunity to expand their ability.
Silvi gives her time for free and there is only a yearly fee of $60 which covers insurance and use of the facility.
Children can just turn up, or for more information you can contact Silvi on 0405509116 orl firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in Grade 7 to 12 are welcome to join the Noosa Ensemble, conducted by Chrissy Davis. The ensemble did well in placing third at the Eisteddfod against 19 other string ensembles. Rehearsals are at GSLC on Wednesdays from 3.30pm-5pm.
The Mini Strings and Noosa Ensemble perform three concerts per year. They play alongside the Noosa Orchestra, conducted by internationally acclaimed Antoni Bonetti of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.
The Noosa Orchestra also welcomes players to join their rehearsals on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm at GSLC. You can find them on Facebook at Noosa Orchestra.