St Joseph’s College student Aylish Ryan is making an outstanding contribution to the performing arts.

An accomplished musician, Aylish devotes a large amount of her free time to playing the violin, singing and dancing both at school and in the wider Toowoomba community. She balances this with her academic commitments, recently completing Year 10 at the college. Aylish is currently working towards AMEB Grade 6 Voice and Grade 8 Violin. She is involved in many school and local ensembles, playing in the St Joseph’s College String Ensembles and Toowoomba Camerata. She regularly sings with the St Joseph’s College Choirs and the Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir, of which she is captain. Aylish has performed in an impressive list of musicals for both school and Choral Society and performs regularly with the Dance Central company.

In 2017, Aylish was awarded the Empire Theatre Youth Bursary, further developing her performing arts skills with the help of industry professionals. She also participated in the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music for voice and choir. She was selected from thousands of entrants from around the state to work with national and international tutors. Away from the arts, Aylish has recieved several academic awards at school. She hopes one day to attend the Queensland Conservatorium of Music to study a Bachelor of Musical Theatre or a Bachelor of Music.