Eloise McIntyre, 2014 University Medallist

Eloise McIntyre was awarded a University Medal when she graduated as a trained high school teacher in 2014, recognising outstanding academic results throughout her studies at UQ.

"I can confidently say that the four years I spent at UQ for my Bachelor of Music were the best four years of my life. Aside from the beautiful campus that definitely boosts the university’s appeal for many students, the UQ School of Music promised to offer me a unique experience quite different to that of competing, often larger music faculties. And it certainly delivered! The world class lecturers, coupled with small class sizes, created an ideal environment for learning, and really allowed me to grow both academically and professionally, all the while creating life-long friendships and professional relationships with my classmates.

"I came to UQ in 2010 really having no idea what I wanted to do, just knowing that I loved music. The first two years of the bachelor program provided me with a solid foundation of music techniques, history and practical studies that opened me up to a range of musical styles and genres that I was previously unaware of. It was this balance of theoretical subjects alongside practical studies that really helped me explore new kinds of music practically while still understanding the techniques and historical background behind them. I completed my first two years in the performance department, majoring in alto saxophone before selecting the composition major for my final two years. Completing those two years of performance and musicianship building courses were absolutely imperative, as I felt completely supported and ready to take on the composition major by my third year."

"Small class sizes meant that I was able to collaborate with a number of students in a very tight-knit community, and I took advantage of this in my third and fourth years while drafting and recording compositions with student chamber ensembles. I was also able to workshop and premiere compositions with local and national ensembles such as the Brisbane Chamber Choir and the National Youth Choir of Australia with the support of the UQ music staff. While I was studying composition with Dr Robert Davidson, I also entered UQ competitions such as the Percy Brier MemorialPrize,  as well as nationwide competitions such as the Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp composition competition and the annual Australian Tropscore film scoring competition."

"Participating in both the performance and composition components of the bachelor degree meant I had the opportunity to partake in a range of activities available to students. Throughout my degree I performed with the UQ Wind Symphony at QPAC and Customs House and the UQ Chorale at QPAC, St Johns Cathedral, St Stephens Cathedral as well as a tour to Toowoomba. The UQ project week seminars also provided me with indispensible knowledge from professional musicians working in a number of fields such as performance, composition, education, music therapy and audiology."

"Something I will always be grateful for is the life-long love and appreciation of music which was instilled in me through the sheer passion and enthusiasm of all the staff at UQ."