Beth began her studies on the violin at the ripe age of five with her mother Louise “Mother-goose” Ray. At age 13, Beth switched to viola and has since studied under Marco van Pagee, Bridget Crouch, Trevor Jones, Lilli Maijala, and most recently, Fiona Sargeant and Caroline Henbest.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in French and Sociology with a concurrent Diploma of Music, Beth completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2015 (and still can't remember why she did an Arts degree but enjoyed the time to soul search).
In the sunny February of 2014, Beth went on exchange to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, learning under Lilli Maijala, fortunate to be awarded with a grant from Global Mobility to enable her exchange. In 2015, she performed a viola concerto with the Australian Doctors Orchestra in Port Macquarie and toured with Victorian Opera and Hugh Jackman.
Beth participated in Australian Youth Orchestra projects from 2012-2016, her most recent program being the 2016 International Tour – a highlight! More recently Beth has been performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and at the end of 2017 Beth travelled to Europe and performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as part of their Orchestral Academy Program.
This year is Beth’s third year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and she is excited to be learning with the wonderful Caroline Henbest. In 2018 Beth is also an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Enthusiastic about music education, Beth is a dedicated instrumental teacher to many young bright and keen legends.
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