The 2008 Jann Rutherford Mentorship Awards have been offered in recognition of the efforts and achievements of several outstanding participants in the 2008 Improvisation Workshops For Young Women. These workshops are co-ordinated by The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) and have been operating since 2002. The winners were selected by a panel of the workshop’s tutors convened by Course Director Sandy Evans.
The four winners in 2008 are:
- Dulwich Hill bassist Olivia Tucker, 17
- Summer Hill drummer Holly Conner, 15
- Ambarville clarinet player Shawna O’Neill, 17
- Tenor saxophonist Danita Harris, 18, from Bowral
Holly Conner is currently in year nine at St. George Girls’ High School in Kogarah. She plays in all the school bands and also this year has been a member of the Performing Arts Unit Stage Band along with Olivia Tucker. Danita Harris is in her final year at Bowral High School.
The jazz musicians who will act as mentors are bassist Zoe Hauptmann; winner of the 2007 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award, drummer Ali Foster and acclaimed saxophonist/composer Sandy Evans.
JRMA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Jazz Studies Unit Chair, Craig Scott.
For further information on the 2008 Jann Rutherford Mentorship Awards or the 2009 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award please contact Jane March firstname.lastname@example.org