While a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes in his first year of Senior College may have brought with it both shock and significant life changes, it did not dampen Connor Hutchinson’s determination to shoot for a place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Con).
His dream to attend the ‘Con’ was soon realised.
After Connor graduated as Dux from Cedars in 2015 with a scratch under 100% for his Music 2 and Music Extension HSC Courses, he was accepted into the ‘Con’ and further, he was awarded a highly competitive scholarship.
At the end of 2019 Connor graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music obtaining his Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours.
Not only has Connor excelled with his studies, he has also achieved a number of accolades for his compositions. He has been awarded the 2018 Horace Keats Memorial Prize for Composition and the 2016 Myron Kantor Bequest. Additionally, Connor’s original composition, ‘Be Still’ has been recorded and included on the Melbourne Staff Band (MSB)’s latest album. The MSB has played his piece throughout Australia and internationally. Most recently the renowned Modern Music Ensemble of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music premiered Connor’s latest work, ‘COMPLEXIONS – Four Preludes for Chamber Orchestra’. Connor is also the recipient of three awards from the University of Sydney / Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has been awarded the Donald Peart Memorial Prize in music; the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize for academic merit in composition, and the Iris Oakley Sutor Award for the most outstanding student of composition.
Connor has never stopped striving for excellence and credits his love of music and his faith in God for helping him to overcome the challenges of his early diagnosis.
“Having a chronic illness like Type 1 Diabetes is a struggle and some days are harder than others. It has taken a lot of determination and a deep reliance on God, to reach my goals.”
“I am very grateful for the teachers I had at Cedars who encouraged me to never give up and to keep focusing on and working towards the dreams I had.”
Connor not only has fond memories of his time as a student at Cedars, he is back working part time as an instrumental music tutor and director of bands/orchestra across the school and inspiring the next generation of Cedars students to reach higher and achieve the dreams they also have inside.