Maclean High musicians with the program
By ADRIAN MILLER
HUGH Barrington and Kim Sheehy are living their dreams.
The two Maclean High School students have been selected to be part of an elite statewide music program, the Talent Development Project (TDP), which only accepts 30 pupils throughout NSW each year.
The TDP is a training and development program which prepares young students for a career in the entertainment and music industries.
Former graduates include the members of Human Nature and Grafton's Sam McClymont, who won the 2005 Starmaker award at the Tamworth Country Festival.
Hugh said he was ecstatic after being told he was accepted.
"I was stoked, I couldn't believe I got in," he said.
"It's like a dream come true because the program is so prestigious and it's turned out so many performers. It will be a big step forward."
The Year 10 student, who is about to sit his seventh grade piano exam, also plays the saxophone and guitar, and is a gifted singer.
Kim plays various types of guitar and also sings.
Maclean Music Academy teacher, Sister Anne Gallagher, who has taught both students, said they were extremely talented individuals.
"They're multi-talented, they play several instruments each, as well as sing," she said.
"Kim would have been chosen for her singing and composing ability, and Hugh would have been chosen for his singing and acting ability."
"They've got music through and through, they've been working very hard through their school lives and for them to be chosen is definitely a very big honour."
Both students were selected after a cut-throat audition schedule where they auditioned in Lismore and Sydney.
The course runs for a year, but every student has to audition again every three months in order to re- main in the program.