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Improving Trinity College’s Spring Concert

TRINITY College’s yearly Spring Concert is a time for students to not worry about school and support their friends and peers in this talent show. Trinity College Foundation Studies students Tissa Ramadhani, Marin Hosoya and Liu Bowen evaluate the show and suggest how it can be improved.

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Photo: Liu Bowen

On October 9, a delighted audience were transported to various worlds through the power of music. Trinity College’s Spring Concert, held at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre at the University of Melbourne, is the college’s annual talent showcase.

This year, it saw 15 Trinity College students compete and perform in front of their friends and peers.

We surveyed the students who attended the concert and most claimed to have enjoyed the show and loved having the oppurtunity to be able to hear and support their friends. From Chinese music, rock music and passionate Spanish music, students rallied behind their friends and helped make the concert all the more enjoyable.

That said, many felt that the concert could be improved.  One of the main suggestions students put forward concerned a potential audition process before the concert to improve the quality of performing talent.

Additionally, it was suggested that contestants have a rehearsal period and that organisers should prepare the sound system properly before the concert is held so as to not have any technical gaffes.

According to Cathy Symington, organiser of the event, the intention of the spring concert is for “students to share their music”.

“[It’s] for people who love to perform or who have always wanted to perform but never had a chance to get to share their music as performers.”

“We have so many talented students.  This is a way for them to express this side of themselves and to be known as musicians.”

She also says the concert also allows the audience to “share in the music that their friends make”.

In response to the students’ suggestion of an audition process, Ms Symington expressed that “participants are selected purely on how quickly they email [her] to reserve a place”.

“Unfortunately I know that we will never be able to have all the people who want to perform be able to perform purely because of time constraints, so I think the fairest thing to do is to just have it be open until all places have been filled. There are no auditions and I do not decide who performs. I also think it is fairer that way.”

Despite being unable to meet student suggestions for an addition process, we nevertheless look forward to next year’s show and hope that the Spring Concert continues to be a tradition at Trinity College.

This story was produced by media and communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collab. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch us via meld@meldmagazine.com.au.

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