Talented student plans career of note

By EMMA CORNFORD

HUNDREDS of children throughout the Clarence Valley take up music as a hobby, but few ever consider it for a career.

But after winning the senior girls section of the Queensland Youth of the Year for her operatic performance recently, Danielle Layton is a step closer to her dream of one day being able to take to the stage and sing classical music and opera.

The 16-year-old McAuley Catholic College student said she loved performing.

"I'd like to get into the Conservatorium of Music when I finish school and maybe move on to Opera Queensland," she said.

Not content to simply stick with singing, Danielle has dabbled in a bevy of other instruments, completing all her grades and aquiring her teaching certificate for the flute and reaching grade eight on the piano.

She will also perform in the upcoming town musical HMAS Pinafore, where she will play the lead role.

"I just really enjoy it. I love getting on stage and performing."

But Danielle's success has taken a lot of hard work.

Before the competition, she travelled to Brisbane each week to receive tutorage at the conservatorium of music. She was also accepted to be part of the Brisbane Young Conservatorium last year.

Even if Danielle decides not to go the way of performance, she said she would not stray far from her passion of music, and would pursue a career in sound technology or music journalism.



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