An international tour, two UWA chamber music awards and a performance with Michael Bublé; it’s an impressive portfolio for someone who graduated from St Stephen’s School only six years ago. So, it comes as no surprise that professional musician Jasmine Middleton has just landed her dream job.
After graduating, Jasmine continued her studies with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Conservatorium of Music where she specialised in violin performance. She gained traction in the music industry through her many casual jobs tutoring and performing during university, brushing shoulders with some pretty impressive names along the way.
“In my second year of University I started performing at weddings and corporate functions in a string quartet and began working for Riverside Ensembles and Dolce Ensembles as a freelance violinist,” Jasmine said.
“I have also done various contract work for larger events and bands, most recently with Michael Bublé at the RAC Arena.”
She’s also been able to expand her experience on the international stage.
“In 2017 I was selected to travel to X’ian, China to perform in a string quartet of students and tutors and in 2018 I was Concertmaster of the UWA Symphony Orchestra and WA Charity Orchestra,” Jasmine said.
Combining her love of music and her other favourite subject at school, English, Jasmine found her forte in music journalism. Her skills landed her a writing gig with online classical music magazine, CutCommon, putting together concert reviews, feature articles, and interviewing prominent musicians from around the world.
“After doing some volunteer work [at CutCommon], I was offered the position of Lead Writer for WA and continue to do regular commissions throughout the year,” Jasmine said.
“Being a professional classical musician also means understanding and interacting with music beyond just performance.”
Then, after years of hard work in the industry, Jasmine was rewarded.
“Most recently, at the beginning of 2020, I was successful in my audition for the position of Casual Violinist at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which is my dream job!” Jasmine said.
It’s a high-stakes, high-pressure job that she doesn’t take for granted.
“This involves filling in for full-time members by performing in regular concerts. I have to extensively learn and understand my part for the week’s program (usually an overture, concerto, and symphony) and then we have a week’s worth of rehearsals before the two concerts on the weekend.”
In her spare time, if she’s not busy studying her Master of Music, Jasmine enjoys hanging out with her partner Dylan and their rescue cat Oscar.
Thankful for her time at St Stephen’s School, Jasmine said she was not only challenged to find the best in herself, she was encouraged to bring out the best in others.
“It was St Stephen’s emphasis on helping others and valuing everyone’s unique contributions that has most influenced my professional and personal relationships.”
You can read Jasmine’s work on CutCommon here.