Sophie Spencer is currently training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Tristram Williams and David Elton. In 2017, Sophie was the recipient of a Sydney University Sydney Scholars Award and the J. J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she commenced her Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree. She studied with Andrew Evans in 2017 and has studied with David Elton since 2013.
Sophie has performed in programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) since 2014 and was the 2018 Principal Trumpet at National Music Camp, February Season and July Season. This year, she participated in the AYO Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Program and an ANAM Side-by-Side project with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in a Brass Concert. Sophie has held Principal Trumpet positions in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Wind Symphony and the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra and has performed with Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra, The Musician Project, and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Sophie has won several national and state trumpet and soprano cornet championships. Sophie was awarded first place in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod and was a finalist in the 2013 NSW Secondary Schools’ Concerto Competition. She was awarded the Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra’s Players Award; was awarded the Most Promising Brass/Woodwind Performer in the 2013 Australian Concerto Competition; and received an International Trumpet Guild Young Artist Award. She was a semi-finalist in the 102.5FM Young Virtuosi/Young Performers Awards which was broadcasted live.
Apart from the trumpet, Sophie started Suzuki piano lessons at the age of three, graduating all levels by 2015, and shortly after began learning the violin and viola. She was part of the Australian Girls’ Choir from 2004-2016, and loved to compete in netball, softball, basketball, touch football and cricket. She was awarded a full academic scholarship at Abbotsleigh School and was Music Prefect in her final year.
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary Adamson, Ted Bailey, John Davies, Peter Demaine, John and Sue Harrison, Bob Humphrey and the late Jenny Humphrey, Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse, Fay Nicholson, Kevin and Nancy Wood
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