Frequently Asked Questions - Parents (ASPIRE 2017)

Where is the The Queensland Conservatorium?

The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University is located at 140 Grey Street, South Brisbane. From 140 Grey Street, walk up the laneway between the ABC and Queensland Conservatorium buildings to our back entrance. From Russell Street, walk through the Arbour to the main entrance of Queensland Conservatorium (red building) – Approximately 100m from the Wheel of Brisbane.

Will there be a canteen operating at The Queensland Conservatorium,
Griffith University for my child to buy lunch?

The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University will be on holidays over the course of ASPIRE so we cannot guarantee an in-house canteen will be open. There are however, plenty of options surrounding the venue and around South Bank for students to have lunch. The ASPIRE goodie bags also provide great discounts to food and drink in the South Bank precinct. Is my child free to leave the venue after their day’s schedule is complete? Once your child’s schedule is complete for the day, they are free to leave the venue. Please check with your school for their plans post ASPIRE activities.

What are the ASPIRE Goodie Bags?

Each student will receive a small take-home memento with interesting freebies donated by local companies and events. Items include food, drink and activity discount vouchers as well as stationery and snacks. Please note some snacks will contain nuts.

My child has special dietary requirements, will there be a suitable option
at the Ice Breaker welcome dinner?

The food trucks at the Ice Breaker will cater for students who are gluten free, diary free, vegetarian and vegan.

How early should we arrive before the adjudicated competition?

Please contact your school Music Director for the required time. Generally, 1-1.5 hours prior to performing will allow ample time for warm up.

Where should I take my child on the day of adjudication?

Registration is via Grey Street entrance of The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. There is a courtyard where ensembles will meet before being directed to their allocated warm up room.

Where should I take my child for workshops and master classes?

Workshops and master classes will be held in rooms throughout our venue.It is up to the individual school to schedule a meeting point for these activities. Signage and staff will help direct those unfamiliar with the venue to their allocated classes.

When will the final schedule be released?

It is our aim to confirm the final schedule of events by mid-June.

What is involved in the workshops and master classes?

Workshops will be conducted by one of the adjudicators who assessed your child’s performance. The purpose of this session is for the adjudicator to provide feedback to the conductor and students and work with them to assist and improve their preferred area of focus –set piece or chosen piece. This activity will take place in ensemble groups. The master classes will be conducted by a master clinician in a particular field. Students will be separated into instrument families for these sessions which cover aural and breathing techniques, instrument skills and top tips.

Will there be storage for my child’s instrument?

All touring groups will have access to secure rooms for their instruments. There will be rooms for local students to store their instruments while they explore South Bank however, while this will be monitored ASPIRE takes no responsibility for the theft or damage of any students’ belongings. To assist in identification efforts, please clearly label all student belongings.

What happens if we are running late on the day?

First point of contact will always be the school’s Director of Music. That person will provide you with contact details. Please do not phone the Conservatorium or ASPIRE as our phones will not be manned.

What does my child need to wear to the Icebreaker, Workshop, Masterclasses and Public Performances?

The Director of Music at your child’s school will inform you of the most appropriate uniform.

Gala Finale Concert

Do we have to attend the Gala Finale Concert if my child does not place 1st, 2nd or 3rd?

It is not mandatory to attend the Gala Finale Concert however, we strongly encourage all students, parents and family to join us in celebrating those schools who have placed or won ASPIRE. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see The Royal Australian Navy Band play live on stage.

How do I buy tickets to the Gala Finale Concert?

Please see page two of this document for details on how to purchase event tickets.

When will I know if my child is performing in the Gala Finale Concert?

After each competition section, Adjudicators will announce 1st , 2nd and 3rd placed ensembles. If your child is in an ensemble that has won the competitor section, they will be performing at the Gala Finale Performance.

If I pre-buy tickets to the Gala Finale Concert can I get a refund if my child is not playing?

No. Refunds will not be provided in this circumstance. We encourage all parents to come along to the Gala Finale Concert even if their child is not performing. It is a great opportunity to support your child’s school and witness the ASPIRE Festival.

Will food and drinks be available at the Gala Finale Concert?
There will be a bar open for beverages (alcohol included) on the evening however no official food service is provided at the venue. You are welcome to arrive early and enjoy dinner at South Bank’s many restaurants and eateries.

Is there an intermission at the Gala Finale Concert?

There will be no intermission at the Gala Finale Concert.

Are the seat tickets numbered?

No. Tickets are unreserved General Admission. You may sit in any available seat. There are limited VIP tickets available which are reserved in the balcony seating.

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ASPIRE Festival Founder
Isaac Holmyard
ASPIRE Festival Events and Sponsorship Manager