Alumni

 

We are pleased to share some news about several of the graduates from Noosa Christian College. We loved learning a little more about their dreams and career achievements since completing their Secondary studies with us.

Ayla Scanlan  | 


 

AYLA

Ayla graduated from Noosa Christian College in the first Year 12 class of 2011. She says she and her colleagues benefited from the ‘small school feel’ of NCC as they were all good friends, and she still catches up with most of them from time to time “I made some really great friends that I think I’ll have for life”.

While Alya enjoyed school, she couldn’t wait to finish year 12 to have a gap year from studies, and continue to pursue her passion for music. During her first year out of school she continued to do about two performances a week and also worked in a Medical Reception role. Whilst living in Sydney for a few months she also had the opportunity to do live gigs and further expose her music to a wider audience. In 2013 she moved back to the Sunshine Coast and completed a dual diploma of Music and Music Business, whilst teaching beginner guitar. She had eleven students, including a few young people from NCC.

 

In 2014 she received a scholarship from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane and commenced her Bachelor of Music. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity and is enjoying her studies.

From a young age, Alya has been writing and performing. In fact when she was five, her parents bought a tape recorder to record the first song she ever wrote. But while music was something she had always had a passion for, she was never convinced that it would be the field that she pursued. She did consider a career in Accounting or Journalism but realised it was music that she really loved, so it made sense to further explore that rather than pursue something she wasn’t set on.

And – it seems her decision was the right one. Not only has she received a scholarship to study at QUT, her work in writing and recording has paid off with an impressive list of awards and recognition.

  • In 2012, her original song ‘Talk About Home’ made it to the finals of the Teen Category of the International Song Writing Competition. In 2013, another original track ‘Wish I Was’ made the semi-finals in two categories of the International Song Writing Competition.
  • In 2014, ‘Wish I Was’ was released as a single and played on commercial radio stations including 91.1 Sea FM as well as nationally on triple j, becoming the 15th most played track on triple j in 2014.
  • Internationally, she gained a distribution deal with EGO Records in Italy (Emma Louise, The Jezabels), with her music airing on European radio and a Top 20 Remix EP as well as a Top 10 single on the Italian iTunes charts.
  • In the last twelve months she has performed at the Caloundra Music Festival, the Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival, The Originals Festival and done a showcase at BIGSOUND Music Festival. She has also supported acts including The John Steel Singers, Bonjah, The Pierce Brothers and Husky as well as doing her own East Coast tour with a band.
  • In March 2015 she received the Billy Thorpe Scholarship grant at the Queensland Music Awards
  • And, in 2015 she released a second single ‘Waiting’, which has again been picked up by triple j radio.

With such an amazing set of achievements in four years, we asked her if she has a particular goal or dream she would still like to achieve, and she replied “ I have a lot of goals that I’m working toward. I have a whole year calendar on my wall and written on it are the things I’d like to achieve this year. I think it’s good to have your goals in front of you so that you can keep working toward them. I’ve always tended to put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, and have found that it is important to find the balance between pushing yourself to stay motivated and taking pride in what you’ve done so far to keep yourself inspired .”

Congratulations Ayla, we are proud of your passionate spirit, dedication and courage to pursue your dreams and wish you every blessing on your life.

Image Credit: Courtney Krawec Photography
(June 2015)


 





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