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 Queensland, Australia
  • The festival sections are concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands and choirs
  • It is a competition
  • It is not-for-profit
  • We aim to attract the best and raise aspirations of young musicians
  • Held over four consecutive days
  • Every student will experience the competition, a workshop, a masterclass 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.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

Public performances at iconic locations.

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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SARAH-GRACE WILLIAMS

ASPIRE FESTIVAL ARTISTIC CO-DIRECTOR

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 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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SEAN O'BOYLE

ASPIRE FESTIVAL ARTISTIC CO-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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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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GRACE MORTON

ASPIRE FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

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.

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CHRISTIAN PEGLEY

ASPIRE FESTIVAL COORDINATOR

Christians work has been showcased on local radio stations and as composer for a BBC documentary series. He has also established bands for corporate events, weddings and award ceremonies.

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STEPHANIE SCHWARZE

ASPIRE FESTIVAL MARKETING EVENTS COORDINATOR

Stephanie is very excited to be part of the prestigious ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival and is looking forward to creating extraordinary experiences for the students and everyone else involved.

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Cristina Patane

ASPIRE FESTIVAL EVENTS COORDINATOR

Cristina was born in Brisbane but has spent most of her life on the Gold Coast. She has a keen interest in event management, and holds a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management from the University of Queensland.

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ISAAC HOLMYARD

ASPIRE Festival Events Coordinator

Isaac 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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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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Diana Alfonso

ASPIRE Intern

Diana is very proud to be part of ASPIRE 2019 and aims that every student that participates in the festival gets an unforgettable experience.

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Xiaojing Lin

ASPIRE Intern

As a big fan of music, Lynx has learned piano for 5 years as well as the basics of guitar and flute. She formed an A Capella group with her friends in 2016 and participated in many music performances in college. She is also very passionate about writing her own songs in her spare time.

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Our Adjudicators

Concert Band

ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival is proud to announce Dr Jack Stamp, an exceptional guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer of international repute, and Jodie Blackshaw, an Australian composer with a portfolio of works exclusively written for the wind band genus as the official 2019 ASPIRE concert band adjudicators.

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Orchestra

ASPIRE is pleased to announce Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, Founder and Director of the Inner West Institute of Music, which is based in numerous locations in Sydney’s inner west, and Marc Taddei, Director of Music for the Vallejo Symphony, one of California’s oldest orchestras as the official adjudicators for the 2019 Festival’s Orchestra section.

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Jazz Band

Mace Francis, a young band leader on the rise, based in Western Australia, and Andrea Keller, a pianist and composer dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary jazz and improvised music, are our Jazz Band adjudicators for the 2019 ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival.

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Choir

We are proud to announce Dan Walker, one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists and David Lawrence, one of the UK’s most versatile conductors who holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK’s largest choir as the official adjudicators for the 2019 Festival's Choir Section.

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ASPIRE 2019 VENUE

The Star Gold Coast

Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia

The theatre at The Star Gold Coast is one of the largest multi-functional theatres in Queensland, and it was important to ASPIRE when choosing a venue that all the students be able to participate under the same roof. The team believes that this will encourage and strengthen the connectedness that is already such a valued part of this international music festival. 

 

ASPIRE 2019 - The Location

Gold Coast - Australia's premiere holiday destination

ASPIRE’s move to the Gold Coast represents an opportunity for an experience the whole family can enjoy. The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s premiere family holiday destinations, with the sun-soaked climate, breathtaking scenery and multiple theme parks drawing millions of tourists to its shores every year. The City of Gold Coast is a hive of creativity, with street art, dedicated cultural spaces, live music initiatives, and many arts and music festivals throughout the year showing its strong and proactive support for local talent.

OUR Partners

2019 Principal partners

2019 Bronze Sponsors

2019 Official Apparel Supplier

2019 Official Trophy Supplier

2019 Media
Partner

2019 Supporting Partners




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JAMIE WANSEY
ASPIRE Festival Founder

jamie@aspiremusicfestival.com.au 
CHRISTIAN PEGLEY
ASPIRE Festival Coordinator

christian@aspiremusicfestival.com.au