Three Bathurst students have been selected to attend a course in Tamworth during the July school holidays aimed at furthering their careers in music.
MacKillop College Year 10 students Izzy Fulton, Jenna Orpwood and Belle Whitwell will attend the Country Music Association of Australia's Academy of Country Music [The Academy] from July 6 to 12.
The students will participate in a junior course under the tutelage of key country music identities including 2015 Toyota Star Maker winner Mickey Pye.
Mr Pye also manages Bathurst Academy of Music, of which Belle, Izzy and Jenna are all students.
For Belle, who plays guitar, the experience will serve as a chance to expand her musical horizons.
"I'm hoping the experience of playing with other guitarists will enhance my appreciation for the instrument," she said.
"The guitar is a great instrument for making loud noises, and there's so much room for experimentation."
Bass guitarist Izzy said the course at The Academy will provide an opportunity to forge brand new connections in the music industry.
"The bass doesn't play with your mind as much as the guitar, yet there's still numerous ways to interpret the instrument," she said.
"I'm eager to meet new people and learn about the virtues of collaborating with other artists."
Drummer Jenna said she is looking forward to learning more about the recording process.
"The drums need significant attention in the studio, with each component requiring an individual microphone," she said.
"I'd like to develop my skills as a session musician, supporting other artists with their written material."
Belle and Jenna are both members of Bathurst rock band Sweet Revenge, while Izzy has performed as a freelance bass player for country music artists such as Adam Harvey and Travis Collins.
The students are three of 27 emerging musicians throughout Australia and New Zealand set to attend The Academy next month.
"A major highlight for me is seeing the growth that the students undergo throughout the intensive course," The Academy director Lyn Bowtell said.