The inaugural ASPIRE was held from 7-9 July 2017 at the world-renowned Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, and was a great success, attracting 450 students and their teachers from Australia and New Zealand.


ASPIRE 2017 Adjudicators

2017 - Adjudicators


ASPIRE 2017 Clinicians

2017 - Clinicians


ASPIRE 2017 – The 4-day Festival

The Icebreaker event, hosted at St Peter’s Lutheran College set the festival off with a bang! ASPIRE participants had the opportunity to meet fellow musicians and enjoy a meal from a food truck of their choice. The Toowoomba Grammar Funk Band kept everyone entertained and ASPIRE Festival Patron John Curro AM MBE officially opened the festival by cutting the HUGE ASPIRE cake!

The three days that followed featured stand-out adjudicated performances from top schools across New Zealand and Australia in the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University Theatre.

Each ensemble also worked directly with their adjudicators in technique-refining workshops, and with other renowned musicians in masterclasses.


ASPIRE 2017 Public Performances

The competition was complemented by public performances across Brisbane at Le Festival (Brisbane’s French Festival), a "Jazz Under the Stars" evening at Bulimba Golf Club, Queen Street Mall Stage, Old Government House, and the steps of the Queensland Conservatorium itself, overlooking the busy South Bank crowds.

Queen Street Mall Stage

Le Festival - Brisbane’s French Festival

Old Government House, QUT, Brisbane

Bulimba Golf Club


ASPIRE 2017 Category Winners:

  • Concert Band – St Andrew’s Anglican College (Sunshine Coast)
  • Symphony Orchestra – Avondale College (Auckland)
  • String Orchestra – Brisbane Boys’ College (Brisbane)
  • Jazz Band – St Andrew’s Anglican College (Sunshine Coast)
  • SATB Choir – John Paul College (Brisbane)
  • SSA Choir – Westlake Girls’ High School (Auckland)


The John Curro Perpetual Award

Each of these ensembles performed to the entire festival congregation at the ASPIRE Gala Finale Concert on 9 July and the overall award for excellency – the John Curro Perpetual Award for Overall Best Performance – was awarded to Westlake Girls’ High School’s Cantare choir.


ASPIRE 2017 Sponsors

2017 Principal partners

2017 Gold Sponsors

2017 Silver Sponsors

2017 Bronze Sponsors

2017 Accommodation Partner

2017 Catering Partner

2017 Apparel Partner

2017 Supporting Partners

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ASPIRE Festival Founder 
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