ORANGE High School student Jourdan Tadros is counting down the days until he sets off on what he describes as a chance of a lifetime on April 11.
He’s been selected to join the West Great Dividing Range musical ensemble to perform throughout an eight-day tour of Hong Kong.
“I’m extremely excited, it’s great to get picked to go on tour with some great musicians,” he said.
Jourdan was selected as part of a small regional team to tour Hong Kong after a western region try-out day at Lake Burrendong last year.
“It was a bit of an anxious wait, but I was really, really happy when I found out I got picked,” he said.
“I’m really excited to gain experience on an international stage because it’s not normally an opportunity the country kids get.”
Young Jourdan’s chief instrument is French horn, something he’s been playing since grade 3.
However, he’s been interested in music a lot longer than that and hopes an opportunity like this can be a lead-in for a long career in the music industry.
“I have been playing music since I was in kindergarten, playing the recorder,” he said.
“I was given a choice of an instrument in grade 3 and I chose the French horn.
“I just want to go over to Hong Kong, perform as well as I can and see where music can take me as I finish school.”
Orange High School principal David Lloyd said Jourdan was a perfect example of what young people can achieve if they follow their dreams.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Jourdan and I’m very excited for him,” he said.
“He’s a role model for other students and proof that students who follow a pathway can be successful.”