RISING STAR: Wollumbin High School student Nina Baumer has been selected as a featured artist for this year's Schools Spectacular.
RISING STAR: Wollumbin High School student Nina Baumer has been selected as a featured artist for this year's Schools Spectacular. Patrick Boland

Flying start to music career for songstress

MOST 18-year-olds will concentrate on celebrating once their final HSC exams are finished.

But not Stokers Siding teenager Nina Baumer, whose life will become a blur of rehearsals as she prepares for the upcoming Schools Spectacular in late November.

The singer, who rose to fame in TV talent show The Voice earlier this year, will be a feature artist in the NSW schools showcase, marking her third and final year in the Schools Spectacular.

The Wollumbin High School student, who will face her last HSC exam for drama next week, said it would be bitter-sweet to say farewell to the Schools Spectacular.

“It’s the last year, so it’s quite different,” she said.

“The bar has been raised so they expect a lot more from us.”

After gaining experience as a professional performer, Nina said this year’s Schools Spectacular allowed her to really fine-tune her performance, allowing her to leave her schooling era with a bang.

“It’s good that in my third year I’ve been able to express myself as an artist,” she said

“I’ve got a massive show-stopper. They’ve put their trust in me.”

It’s not all about the music; Nina is just as excited about her outfit, describing her gown as “amazing”.

“It’s beautiful and it becomes ... more than a dress,” she said.

While that sounds like something out of The Hunger Games, she couldn’t divulge too many details about what’s in store.

In her final year with the show, Nina has become a role model for younger performers, both in the Schools Spectacular community and at home.

“When I was 16 I was looking up to older people... I guess I’ve become a bit of a role model for some of the younger kids,” she said.

“It makes me feel like I’m doing my job properly.

“I want to inspire young people and tell them that they can do anything.”

While the pressure may be off with the knowledge she’s already been accepted into Berkeley College of Music in Boston, USA, with a scholarship, Nina remains committed to her HSC.

“I take any opportunity I get (to study) and I do have to prioritise,” she said.

Nina is booked out for shows until the end of the year, when she will travel to Europe and visit family in Austria and Switzerland in December before embarking on the next chapter of her musical journey.

Nina was extremely grateful for those who’d helped her on her musical journey so far, crediting them with her success.



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