Young Musician Recognised For Excellence

2015 Rick Farbach ScholarshipMulti-talented Year 12 student at Immanuel College, Jarvis Miller, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Rick Farbach Jazz Scholarship for outstanding work with cello, trombone and piano. Throw in an original composition or two for school musicals.

Pictured left to right: NFA Treasurer, Joanne Daley, Jarvis Miller, NFA Deputy Chairman, Juanita Overson

His Principal, Colin Minke, described him as “an accomplished cellist, trombonist and pianist of many years standing who performed with numerous ensembles during his time at Immanuel”. “Jarvis is a dedicated musician who has consistently excelled and this year, he composed an original song for the student devised musical, Teenstars.

“In Music Extension, he achieved at the highest level possible.”

Noosa Federation of the Arts established the Rick Farbach Scholarship for a Young Jazz Musician in 2001 to honour Rick’s deep love and lifelong service to music. It is presented each year to a Year 12 Immanuel student who has displayed excellence, leadership and commitment to music and intends to pursue musical studies following their time at Immanuel. This year’s winner, Jarvis Miller, hopes to study at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016.

Rick, who sadly passed away in 2005, was considered by his peers to be the greatest exponent of the jazz guitar in Australia. His book “Cleftomania – a disease that strikes all musicians” is a testament to his life as a musician.