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 in Brisbane, Australia
  • 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 18, 19 and 20th July 2019 (with the welcome Ice Breaker Event on the 17th July)
  • Every student will experience the competition, a masterclass, a workshop and a public performance.

THE ASPIRE EXPERIENCE

COMPETITION

Our festival is first and foremost a competition.

WORKSHOP

With one of our internationally renowned adjudicators.

MASTERCLASS

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 Team

JOHN CURRO

ASPIRE 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.

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SEAN O'BOYLE

ASPIRE FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

An internationally renowned composer, conductor and performer, Mr O’Boyle was awarded the Order of Australia in 2015. Sean has collaborated with artists such as The Whitlams, Kate Ceberano, Tommy Emmanuel and James Morrison, and has written and produced music for more than 150 albums.

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SARAH-GRACE WILLIAMS

ASPIRE FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

Sarah-Grace Williams has received acclaim from audiences and critics alike for her vibrant energy, outstanding musicianship and dynamic presence on the podium with Limelight Magazine recently listing her amongst ‘10 of the Best Women Conductors – trailblazing talents that are leading the way for women conductors all over the world’.

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A/PROF PETER LUFF

ASPIRE FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

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.

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JASON BARRY-SMITH

ASPIRE FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

Jason Barry-Smith’s study in Brisbane, Munich, London and Rome led him to a singing career where he’s a familiar and commanding presence on the Australian operatic stage, and is equally in demand as a singing teacher, conductor, and arranger.

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GRACE MORTON

ASPIRE FESTIVAL HEAD OF MUSIC TOURS

Travelling the world with Voices New Zealand and other choral groups has given Grace the opportunity to perform in some of the most sought after venues in the world such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London and The Musikverein, Vienna.

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ISAAC HOLMYARD

ASPIRE Festival Events and Sponsorship Manager

Isaac and his team helped deliver an outstanding inaugural ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival in July 2017. Isaac's experience in Events Management is extensive and varied, running events across a number of industries.

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STEPHANIE SCHWARZE

ASPIRE FESTIVAL MARKETING EVENTS ASSISTANT

Stephanie is very excited to be part of the prestigious ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival and is looking forward to creating an extraordinary and wonderful experience for the students and everyone else at the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival 2019.

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JAMIE WANSEY

ASPIRE FESTIVAL FOUNDER

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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BROOKE WANSEY

ASPIRE FESTIVAL CO-FOUNDER & ART DIRECTOR

If anyone on the ASPIRE team knows about music, competition and travel it has to be Brooke; an experienced alto Saxophone player. Brooke played Saxophone throughout her college years from training in Year 7 through to performing in the Concert and Jazz bands.

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Our Adjudicators

Concert Band

ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival was 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 was 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 was proud to announce our world renowned 2017 Jazz Band 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 2017 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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WORLD CLASS 2017 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

2017 Principal partners

2017 Gold Sponsors

2017 Silver Sponsors

2017 Bronze Sponsors

2017 Accommodation Partner

2017 Catering Partner

2017 Apparel Partner

2017 Supporting Partners




For more information

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JAMIE WANSEY
ASPIRE Festival Founder

jamie@aspiremusicfestival.com.au
Isaac Holmyard
ASPIRE Festival Events and Sponsorship Manager
isaac@aspiremusicfestival.com.au