Teen scouted as one of the best musicians in Queensland
WHEN Rachel Redlich first picked up a trumpet when she was in primary school, she never imagined that seven years later, she would be selected as one of the best performers in Queensland, and learn from some of the country's greatest musicians.
Rachel, 15, participated in a camp for the Musically Outstanding Students (MOST), and was selected out of a pool of Queensland's best musicians.
She studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music for 10 days as one of six trumpet players chosen out of all of Queensland.
"I was actually surprised because I know for brass instruments there's a fair competition of good players,” she said.
"I was very excited that I'd been recognised and chosen.
"It was surprising but very, very nice to hear that I've got in.”
It was a tough 10 days for the teen, with each day involving a lot of playing and a lot of hard work.
"The camp was a bit intense,” Rachel said.
"Included in the 10 days was a preview performance and a gala performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.”
A fellow student let Rachel know about the camp, and urged her to give it a go.
"Two years ago when the camp was on, Tan McKie auditioned for it and got in,” she said.
"He got back and said 'you should really do this', because it's such a good experience and you meet so many cool people that are like-minded.”
The multi-talented music star was also selected for Creative Generation as a backing vocalist.
Over two days at the end of July, Rachel was a back-up singer in four performances that ran over two days.
"I was chosen as one of two alto singers in Queensland,” she said.
"There was nine backing vocalists all up this year, and I was one of two in my part.
"It was amazing to be honoured as one of the best state school musicians.”
From a youngster with a trumpet to a teenager with some outstanding contacts and performance opportunities, Rachel is making a name for herself in the music world.
"When I was younger I never dreamed that I would be where I am,” Rachel said.
"For that, I'm so proud of where I am.”