In July 2014, Will Cesta (Fr 2013), pictured, undertook a comprehensive one-month European study trip that started with a week’s mentorship with renowned concert pianist Angela Hewitt and ended at the International Masterclass Series in Portugal under Professor Boris Berman of Yale University and Professor Luiz de Moura Castra of Hartford University. As the 2014 recipient of the Bill Caldwell Scholarship, which is awarded for academic excellence and leadership, Will was able to use the Scholarship to fund a trip that has significantly enhanced his performance talents and skills. In the second year of a Bachelor of Music (Performance) majoring in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Will was grateful for the opportunity to broaden his experience in Europe, “had it not been for this scholarship, I would not have had access to such an intensive and fruitful setting in which to challenge my own ideas about music, perform internationally and refine my playing.”
The Bill Caldwell Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to honour the life of Bill Caldwell (Fr 1964) who was tragically killed in 1993. The Scholarship was created thanks the benefaction of a group of dedicated friends including David Anstice (Fr 1966) and Tom Yim (Fr 1966) who wanted to honour Bill’s life and contribution to St Andrew’s and the community. “Bill Caldwell, was a wonderful family man, and friend, and a gifted lawyer. He was tragically and undeservedly taken from his family, friends and profession in the middle of his life. His memory is cherished by all who knew him,” says David Anstice, “scholarships in his name, and supported by his friends, are a wonderful way of making his memory live on, and in a productive and enriching way for future generations. His mantle is passed on.”
In addition to recognising academic excellence and leadership, the Scholarship recognises significant participation in College life and Will has certainly contributed to College. In addition to tutoring, Will enjoys participating in the College’s cultural programs, saying he relishes “playing concerts and contributing to events such as the Palladian Cup or Intercol Orchestra concerts.” However, Will’s favourite part of College life is “witnessing the way in which people with completely different talents and interests collaborate to form a united and supportive community. I used to think that it was great to see a group of ‘Rowers’ at a Palladian event or ‘Dramatists’ at a Rosebowl Hockey game, but now I realise that we aren’t defined by what we do but how we do it. Regardless of what that the interests are, there is recognition of their value displayed by all members of our community.”
In 2015, Will once again received the Bill Caldwell Scholarship. This year he has invested the funds in two separate forms of study. Firstly, traveling frequently to receive piano lessons from one of Australia’s finest piano teachers in Melbourne. “Had it not been for the generous support of the College, I would have certainly had to move cities – albeit very reluctantly – to work with him, but I am excited to share this this is now unnecessary, and I will remain here until the conclusion of my degree at the end of 2016,” says Will. The remaining funds will be put into recordings to be made under the supervision of Angela Hewitt. Will also intends to once again study Bach with Hewitt in Europe and then record the chosen works throughout the year.
Bill Caldwell was a distinguished and much loved member of College. A 1964 Fresher, Bill completed Arts and Law degrees during his six years at College. He rowed no.2 in the College boat in his first year at College and was stroke for four years from 1966 to 1969. Bill served on the House Committee for four years, including as Senior Student in 1968.