Evronia Allen almost lost her voice on the day of her final HSC music performance – but the tenacious musician sang her heart out anyway.
Despite a rough start, the St Paul’s College Kempsey student was selected to perform in ‘Bravissimo’, a showcase of the best HSC performers from the region, to be held at the Glasshouse on Friday February 15.
“I’ve wanted to perform at Bravissimo since the first time I saw it,” Evronia said. “I really hoped my HSC performance would get me there.”
Evronia was devastated when she came down with laryngitis on the week of her HSC practical exam.
“I was so nervous and thought I’d make lots of mistakes because I wasn’t feeling my best,” she said. “I was surprised when it actually ended up ok.”
Evronia won the HSC selectors over with a heartfelt composition of her own, titled, ‘Proclamations’.
“I went to the Ignite Catholic Youth conference a couple of years ago and experienced so many amazing things,” she said. “Before I went to the conference, I had some doubts but I really experienced the presence of God there.”
“This song is me officially saying ‘I believe’.”
As one of two sisters in a devoutly Catholic family, Evronia was destined to be a performer.
“I started learning to sing, play piano and compose songs when I was in year two, and taught myself to play guitar not long after,” she said. “My sister is also a singer and my parents both sing and play instruments. We are quite a musical family.”
The dedicated student travelled from her home town of Nambucca to attend school in Kempsey, a decision she could not be happier with.
“I chose to attend St Paul’s because it’s a Catholic school and because it has a nice community feeling,” she said. “It’s also got a great music program and a strong tradition of students performing at Bravissimo.”
Evronia is currently working at St Paul’s as a youth ministry officer supporting young Catholic students.
Bravissimo is the first step towards her dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter.
“I want to be a recording Christian artist,” she said. “I also want to be a music producer, helping other Christian artists to record their music.”
“My school has been very supportive of this dream.”