26 August 2014
Fourteen-year-old Gemma Nha of Strathfield is preparing to compete against five other talented young singers in the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year event. Born in South Korea, Gemma came to Australia before she was two and initially lived on the Gold Coast.
Gemma studied dance from an early age, but she had no particular interest in the arts until a teacher noticed her powerful voice and encouraged her to take singing lessons. In 2010, while holidaying with her mother in the United States, she attended a Summer School at the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute in New York, and when the course ended, she was offered a scholarship. She accepted the opportunity, but after six months, she returned to Australia for health reasons and completed Year 6 at Homebush Public School.
Gemma, who now attends The McDonald College on a scholarship, made it through to the sing-offs of the television talent quest The Voice Kids earlier this year.
The final of the Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year will take place at Petersham RSL Club on Tuesday, 9 September at 6.30pm and the final Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Singer of the Year is included in the evening’s program. Tickets costing $25 (adult) and $20 (concession) can be booked online at www.sydneyeisteddfod.com.au or by phoning (02) 9261-8366.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information