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    INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

    7 – 9 July 2017

    Queensland Conservatorium
    Griffith University

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    John Curro

    Festival Patron

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    Yvonne Carr

    Festival Director

Our Vision

A world renowned youth music festival, fostering a culture of musical excellence and international connectedness, raising the aspirations of all students who take part.

WHAT IS ASPIRE?

  • A prestigious youth music festival open to secondary schools in Australia, New Zealand and worldwide
  • Held at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
  • The festival sections are concert bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands
  • It is a competition
  • It is not for profit
  • We aim to attract the best and raise aspirations of young musicians
  • Held over the 7, 8 and 9th July 2017
  • Every student will experience the competition, a masterclass, a workshop and a public performance.
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THE ASPIRE EXPERIENCE

COMPETITION

Our festival is first and foremost a competition.

WORKSHOP

With one of our internationally renowned adjudicators.

MASTER CLASS

With an expert clinician on their instrument.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City Hall Precinct & South Bank.

NOT FOR PROFIT

The Aspire International Youth Music Festival is proud to be a not for profit trading division of Student Horizons. Surplus from the ASPIRE Festival will be donated to the Foundation of Student Horizons; affording disadvantaged youth the opportunity to discover the world.

Our Directors

JOHN CURRO

FESTIVAL PATRON

John Curro AM MBE is both the founder and Director of Music for Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO), conducting the Queensland Youth Symphony since its beginning in 1966. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr Curro has received many prestigious awards including Member of the Order of Australia and Member of the British Empire, the Orchestras Australia Lifetime Achievement award and the Queensland Premier’s Millenium Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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A/PROF PETER LUFF

FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Associate Professor Peter Luff studied french horn at the University of Adelaide’s prestigious Elder Conservatorium. During his career as a professional horn player he has performed with most of Australia’s leading professional orchestras and arts organisations and is associate principal horn with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Peter is Deputy Director (Performance and Engagement) of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

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YVONNE CARR

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Yvonne Carr studied teaching at the Kelvin Grove Teachers’ College and University of Queensland and music at the Queensland Conservatorium. During her long teaching career, Yvonne taught for Education Queensland, where she was a Music Advisory Teacher involved with Fanfare and MOST. She also was Director of Music at Gregory Terrace and Churchie, two well known GPS schools in Brisbane.

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JAMIE WANSEY

FESTIVAL FOUNDER

Jamie Wansey, has extensive experience in the organisation of international, student group travel and events. Over the last thirteen years Jamie has proudly organised over 500 successful music trips, sports tours and educational trips. Jamie is owner – founder of Student Horizons and is proud the festival will help to promote and support the Student Horizons Foundation for disadvantaged youth.

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Our Adjudicators

Concert Band

ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival is proud to announce Dr John Lynch, an exceptional wind conductor of international repute, and world renowned Brisbane based conductor Dr Peter Morris as the official 2017 concert band adjudicators.

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Orchestra

ASPIRE is pleased to announce Mr Mark Taddei, Director of Music for the Vallejo Symphony, one of California’s oldest orchestras and Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of TMO (Sydney) Sarah-Grace Williams, who was recently listed amongst ’10 of the Best Women Conductors’ as the official adjudicators for the 2017 Festival’s Orchestra section.

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Jazz Band

ASPIRE is proud to announce our world renowned Adjudicators Dr Stephen Newcomb, based at Queensland Conservatorium with connections in New York City and Mace Francis, a young band leader on the rise, based in Western Australia.

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Choir

A man who has spent over 10 years at the helm of the famous The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Mr Brett Weymark will adjudicate the Choral Section of ASPIRE, with the new Head of Opera Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Mr Nicholas Cleobury who has conducted most major choirs in the UK and Europe.

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Aspire Clinicians to be announced soon.

WORLD CLASS VENUE

QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Queensland Conservatorium is considered the most comprehensive tertiary music school in Australia. With offerings in classical instrumental studies, vocal performance and opera, composition, jazz, new music, popular music, musical theatre, music technology and electronic music, Queensland Conservatorium helps aspiring musicians to find their places on the world stage.

 

The Location

BRISBANE – AUSTRALIA’S NEW WORLD CITY

Brisbane is Australia’s New World City, a multi-cultural hub of creativity in a sub-tropical climate.

While here for the festival, check out some of the great sites that Brisbane has to offer.

South Bank Parklands

Public lawns, gardens and swimming areas

WHEEL OF BRISBANE

Observation wheel offering city views

MOUNT COOT-THA

Walking, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, waterfalls, running and hiking

QUEENSLAND GALLERY OF MODERN ART

Historical, modern, contemporary and interactive art

THEME PARKS

Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World, Wet'n'Wild and Australia Zoo

QUEENSLAND MUSEUM

Natural history and science for the region

QUEENSLAND CULTURAL CENTRE

History, art gallery, culture and art

GOLD COAST

Iconic beaches, national parks, waterfalls, hiking and shopping

OUR Partners

Principal partners

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors




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CONTACT US DIRECTLY

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YVONNE CARR
Festival Director

+ 61 (0) 415 248 842
yvonne@aspiremusicfestival.com.au

FESTIVAL LOGISTICS AND SPONSORSHIPS

MADDY SPRY
Festival Event Manager

+61 (0) 7 3067 3649
maddy@aspiremusicfestival.com.au