Hana and Ilaria begin a new journey at Sydney Con

While their music journey at WollCon comes to a close, a new door opens for both Hana Lee and Ilaria Ramirez at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. They are also joined by a number of Jazz program students.

As a final concert with other WollCon students and with their Chamber Music teacher Jack Mao, Hana and Ilaria performed as chamber music group  KSUCI at Classics in the Chapel in Austinmer (10 March).

“It was a beautiful afternoon performing for so many friends and supporters. It was especially momentous for me to be able to share this performance with my students, I’m very proud of them. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with Hana and Ilaria and I wish them the very best for their next chapter.”

Jack Mao

Chamber Music Leader

Ilaria Ramirez

Ilaria will be studying a bachelor of music performance majoring in classical clarinet at Sydney Conservatorium of Music this year and hopes to eventually become a professional orchestral/chamber musician.

Ilaria Ramirez

“After I complete my studies I would love to travel abroad and further my studies in Europe. Wollcon has given me many opportunities to experience performing and learning music in numerous different environments and places. I have had many different teachers and mentors who have inspired and encouraged me to work towards my dreams. I have also been able to travel both regionally and internationally with the BlueScope Youth Orchestra (BSYO), touring in Cowra, Junee, Cootamundra, Greece  and New Zealand. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey at WollCon and I would particularly like to thank John Spence, Janet Andrews, Tanya Phillips and Jack Mao for their ongoing support and efforts.”

Ilaria Ramirez

Clarinet Student

Hana Lee

Violinist Hana Lee who has previously won WollCon’s Concerto competition (2020 and 2021) was awarded the Ted and Susan Meller Memorial Scholarship, a 4-year scholarship offered to support violin students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

“I’m studying a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Professor Goetz Richter. My dream has always been to perform as a soloist in front of huge audiences, and I have always been passionate about the expression the violin instrument holds. I aspire to continue studying overseas in Europe after my Bachelor degree to continue my passion of performing and sharing the delicacy and beauty of music as my profession.” Said Hana.

Hana performs at Festival
“Throughout my years studying at WollCon I have met some of the most influential teachers and mentors, who have supported me and helped me develop and grow to achieve what I have today and get into my dream university of many years. I feel so privileged for the amazing opportunity to work and learn from WollCon’s teachers, experience touring with the Bluescope Youth Orchestra, playing with Steel City Strings and performing for the supportive community of Wollongong. I would like to say a huge thank you, beyond words to Jack Mao, John Spence, Scott Taggart, Tanya Phillips and all the other teachers among the Wollongong Conservatorium who have made me the musician I am today.”
Hana Lee

Violin Student

They are joined by a number of Jazz students who have also been accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz Program
Sophia Hunt – Trumpet
Samantha Baxendale – Vocalist
Micah Edwards – Trombone

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Contemporary Music Program
Nathan Davey – Drums

The WollCon family wish all our students the very best.

Hana and Ilaria