A GROUP of eight students from Jindabyne Central School (JCS) and one from Berridale Public are putting the final touches on preparations ahead of their violin performance at the Sydney Opera House later this month.
The nine girls, who range in age from eight to 10 years, will play violin before an audience of thousands in the main concert hall of the Opera House on June 26.
The students will play three ensemble pieces of music as part of the Festival of Instrumental Music.
The Mimosa Concert will feature a combined recorder ensemble, including 20 Year Four students from JCS, and combined string ensemble together with instrumental and vocal items from public school ensembles across NSW.
The JCS and Berridale students have worked tirelessly all year to perfect their three violin pieces, titled The Sailor's Romp, Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf and Secret Agent 440.
Snowy Strings director Mary-Anne Simpson said this year's repertoire had been particularly challenging.
"These children are to be commended not only for their passion and perseverance in acquiring the techniques needed to play them but also committing them to memory," she said.
"I'm extremely proud of them. I know they will enjoy the Opera House experience but I hope also that the journey to get there has been a happy and memorable one."
Two students will make their debut at the Sydney Opera House this year, eight-year-olds Jessica Dawson and Ruby Smith.
"I'm feeling a little bit nervous but I'm excited to be part of such a big performance," Jessica said.
Students will spend the day of the concert rehearing backstage at the Opera House before their night time performance.