Thank You John - You Are a True Hero of Music in Australia

  • Thursday, November 7, 2019

We are very sad to share the passing of John Curro AM MBE. As the Founder of the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the Festival Patron of ASPIRE and many more services to music in Australia, John Curro inspired many thousands of musicians.

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The Second ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival Was a Re-sounding Success

  • Friday, August 2, 2019

The sounds of music resounded throughout the Gold Coast as 600 students and their teachers from across Australia and New Zealand descended on the city for the 2019 ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival.

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Introducing our 2019 Concert Band Adjudicators

  • Monday, May 20, 2019

It has been our pleasure over the last few weeks to present to you a distinguished and talented panel of judges, all bringing a wide variety of experience to Aspire. To complete our round table, it is our privilege to introduce Jodie Blacks…

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Volunteer at ASPIRE

  • Friday, May 17, 2019

Be part of Queensland’s premier youth music festival, 17–20 July 2019! The ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival is a competition on a new level; attracting world renowned adjudicators from across the globe and appealing to the best yo…

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Introducing our 2019 Choral Adjudicators

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019

We are continuing to finalise key aspects of the ASPIRE line up now as we head into May, and we are delighted to present you with the final round up of adjudicators. Responsible for the choral sections, Dan Walker and David Lawrence are the…

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Introducing our 2019 Jazz Adjudicators

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019

Adding to our panel of distinguished judges, we are pleased to announce the jazz adjudicators for 2019. Andrea Keller and Dr Mace Francis are both well-known and influential Australian jazz musicians, leaving this year’s Jazz Band entrants …

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