A Yass High School student will soon be in the spotlight when she takes to the stage as part of the 2019 Southern Stars Come Alive performance.
This is the biggest arena-style spectacular in Southern NSW and more than 3000 public school students from 100-plus schools will take part.
Corinne Green has been selected to play the saxophone in the Southern Stars orchestra for the third year.
She owns three saxophones, the newest of which will go with her to the performance.
"I spent a day at Better Music (a Canberra music store) trying out new saxophones and got a really nice, new one," Corinne said.
She can't wait to join her friends again in the orchestra and said being involved in Southern Stars is "absolutely amazing."
"I love every single bit of it," she said. "The difference from a school production where you have a lot less equipment to a professional setting with new equipment and new skills that you get to learn is incredible."
Corinne has been playing the saxophone for nearly six years and is working up to grade seven.
"I was playing the clarinet before I learnt the saxophone, but when I turned ten, my parents said they didn't want to hear the clarinet anymore; they said 'there's too much of that noise in the house,'" Corinne said jokingly.
"So, they bought me a saxophone because they thought it sounded much better. Well, at least my Dad did, Mum doesn't mind the clarinet because she plays it too."
Outside of school music lessons, Corinne has also been involved with the NSW Public Schools Millenium Marching Band, Ensemble tour and Merimbula Jazz Festival.
"Has she told you what happened at the Jazz Festival?" Corinne's music teacher Brian Hooley asked.
"She saw the Navy band in the bar and ran over and asked how she could get their job!"
Corinne has her eye on a career in music and Mr Hooley said she is one of the students at Yass High School that will more than likely see that dream come true.
The Come Alive theme of this year's Southern Stars performance is based on the experience children get from being involved, said executive producer Paul Roger.
"They really do come alive through the process of rehearsals to the final thrilling performances," Mr Roger said.
"We see our students before our eyes, grow, learn, thrive, and flourish, and it's a truly beautiful process to witness.
"Performing gives them such deep joy and it's the reason each year that we work so hard to give them the best professional arena and platform to make it happen."
Corinne said she has heard one of the two songs she will be performing in August and can't wait.
As for whether or not Corinne will be nervous when she takes to the stage, she said, "Of course. Nerves are a part of performing, you just have to learn to control them and it just means you care."
Corinne is a star in the making.
- When: Friday 23 August (10am school matinee and 7.30pm) and Saturday 24 August (2pm and 7.30pm).
- Where: WIN Entertainment Centre.
- Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/southern-stars-tickets/artist/2017467.