17 September 2015
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s South Bank campus will be overflowing with teenagers when 870 of Queensland’s finest young secondary school musicians attend the fifteenth annual prestigious State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Qld 2015 during the September school holidays. Glennie girls, Tash Garthe, Laura Baartz and Jess Hall will be among the students participating.
Selected from 1900 students; nominated by 150 state, private and distance education schools; participants will represent their schools and work alongside renowned international and national conductors.
Running from 1 to 4 October, the four days of intensive rehearsals will culminate in five Grand Finale Concerts, open to the public, on Sunday October 4 in the Conservatorium Theatre at 10:00am, 12 noon, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm; email firstname.lastname@example.org for concert information.
SHEP Qld features four Wind Orchestras, two String Orchestras, a Celtic String Ensemble, four Vocal Ensembles and for the first time a Symphony Orchestra and Big Band; showcasing the best that Queensland has to offer. Wind Orchestras will be led by: Mr Brian Balmages (USA), Dr John Lynch (NSW/USA), Dr Rob McWilliams (Qld), Dr Robert Taylor (Canada); String Ensembles by: Mr Stephen Chin (Qld), Ms Loreta Fin (Qld) and Ms Lisa Stevenson (Qld); Vocal Ensembles by Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM (SA), Dr Christopher Kiver (USA), Dr Philip Matthias (NSW) and Dr Chris Shepard (USA). The inaugural Big Band and Symphony Orchestra will be led by Queensland Conservatorium’s Dr Stephen Newcomb and Dr Peter Morris respectively.
In a reciprocal program between Seattle and Brisbane, twelve American college students (four from Washington, one from Idaho and seven from Oregon) have been selected to represent the prestigious Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP) during SHEP at South Bank. Fifteen Queensland students from across the State (from Brisbane, Ipswich, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and the Tweed River) will travel to Seattle during November to attend the Western International Band Clinic as part of the PHEP reciprocal exchange program.