2019 MusiciansSophie Spencer

Sophie Spencer is currently training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Yoram Levy and Tristram Williams.

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 toured with the Australian World Orchestra in 2018 to India and has performed in programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) since 2014. In 2018 she was Principal Trumpet at National Music Camp, as well as the AYO February and July Seasons, and participated in the 2018 AYO Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Program. She also performed alongside musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in an ANAM Side-by-Side project last year.

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 trumpet and soprano cornet championships, both at state and national level. She was awarded first place in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod and was a finalist in the 2013 NSW Secondary Schools’ Concerto Competition. Sophie 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.

READ Sophie's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary Adamson, Ted Bailey and Wendy Watson, 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, Ruth Wisniak OAM and John Miller AO

Photo by Pia Johnson

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