“The course opened so many doors for me. I had the chance to intern at major events, connect with industry partners, who subsequently employed me.”

Kate Stroud

Bachelor of Contemporary Music graduate

We’re going to kick off with a song called “Drifting” and it’s written by a Swedish lady called Anna Begurlof.

I was born in a little town in the middle of Sweden.

My mum always listened to Pink Floyd, had Bjork like CDs and I was a big mess when it came to music.

I was enrolled in Environmental Science and during O week I realised there was a music program here and I was like ‘Oh my god’ I can’t not do it.

I think I’ve always known that I want to do music. It’s always been there but I think coming here and deciding to do music here has really been good for me. Getting more routines and actually starting to climb up to get up to a professional level.

My favourite classes is the one-on-one classes with our vocal teacher here.

Right now I am doing stage management which is making sure that everything runs smoothly and it’s on time and making sure things that are meant to be on stage are on stage.

I’m also doing more things later, working at festivals. We have really good contacts with differnt festivals around the area.

Every Wednesday I run open mike at the Unibar. If you want you can sing a song, play guitar. I am the open mike lady.

First up on stage we have my beautiful friend Dylan Pinkerton.

I go a lot to the library because they have a really good section for both music and mixing and production and they have a whole area with just CDs that you can borrow too.
It’s one of the best libraries I’ve ever been to.

What I like about Lismore is it’s a very diverse and accepting community. I’m vegan and a lot of people here really care about that and a lot of whole food shops and really nice cafes and the nature is just amazing. Just here at the campus its really nice to step outside for a bit and have a short walk, see some koalas.

I’ve really gotten the space to grow and choose my own way and always been supported all the way.

Degrees in music, visual arts, creative writing or digital media at Southern Cross provide the backbone to a fulfilling career in the creative industries. Our creative arts and music degrees are delivered at the Lismore campus in the heart of the Northern Rivers, and from 2020, students can also undertake a degree in contemporary music or digital media at our Coomera campus on the Gold Coast.

Our lecturers are practising artists and students have the best of modern production facilities at their disposal. The University has an active multidisciplinary and creative learning community. 

The University is also a sponsor of major music and arts festivals such as Mullum Music Festival and Byron Writers Festival, which offer great opportunities for work placements and networking.

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