AMEB Online Orchestra

21 June 2018

On Wednesday, over 100 musicians from the Middle and Senior Years participated in a recording and filming session for the AMEB Online Orchestra.

AMEB is celebrating 100 years of leadership and commitment to music education this year and has a few programs on offer. The Online Orchestra is a collaborative orchestra made up of Australians playing from wherever they are around the world. Individuals, schools and community groups record their part to Waltzing Matilda and each video will contribute towards a final video presentation of the work. The final video will be released later in the year with a presentation on the big screen at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Glennie boasts an impressive Performing Arts Department, and to be given the chance to come together as a massed orchestra and choir, with the girls’ skills and talent on full display, was a unique experience. We look forward to seeing the video. Thank you to all the girls who participated and to the staff for their support and co-operation.

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Sing Out

15 June 2018

On Wednesday, our G Major Choir joined with nearly 450 students from schools around Toowoomba to participate in the biennial Sing Out workshop and concert at the Empire theatre.

The program consisted of choral workshops with guest conductor Mr Paul Holley. However, the highlight of the festival was the spectacular Sing Out Concert with the G Major Choir performing under Mrs Bravery and then conducted by Mr Paul Holley for the massed choir performance.

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Jazz Orchestra is heading to Sydney

15 June 2018

Last week we shared the story of the girls travelling to Sydney but we now have some of their rehearsal videos ready for your viewing pleasure.  They sound wonderful.

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Year 3 Clarinets Victorious!

15 June 2018

The Year 3 Instrumental Program held the Semester 1 Play-off on Tuesday with the clarinet players winning the privilege to play on the Final Assembly next Tuesday.

Each of the groups; Strings with Mrs Vicki Bravery, Strings with Miss Teresa Brix, Brass with Mr Jacob Finlay and Woodwind with Mrs Christine Kleidon performed a variety of pieces showcasing their progress in Semester 1. The girls will swap to a different instrument in Semester 2.  

The concert was well received by the audience of parents and Year 2 students.  Guest adjudicator, Mr Jason Wisley, had lots of praise for the girls’ effort and the high standard of performances.

The Year 5 and Year 4 Instrumental Program students will perform in their Semester 1 Play-off next Wednesday and Thursday afternoons respectively.

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Musical Working Bee and Rehearsal

15 June 2018

On Sunday, Junior Years resembled a major workshop. Under the direction of Ms Andreas Elms, parents of the cast worked together to create costumes and props for the musical, Beauty and the Beast Jr, which is being staged in September at the Armitage Centre. You can see the images of the costumes displayed on the Music Room windows.  

Our sincere thanks go to all of the parents who worked so hard to produce many items. Thank you too, to the staff for their time and effort in supporting the girls.

While parents were busy at the working bee, the girls worked with Mr Finlay, Mr Griffiths and Ms Mills on refining their singing and acting skills.

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Glennie Features in the Toowoomba Municipal Band 9th Annual Toowoomba Hospice Concert

15 June 2018

Once again the annual fundraising concert for the Toowoomba Hospice and the Toowoomba Municipal Band will be held. This year the theme is Our Australia and features a guest performance by the Glennie School Choral Group, conducted by Miss Emma Kann and accompanied by Mrs Lorraine Fuller. They will be performing a wonderful arrangement of Botany Bay, and two contemporary choral pieces by Dan Walker, titled Out There and Road Poem.

The concert will feature many other well-known Australian classics, from Click Go The Shears and True Blue to You’re The Voice and I Still Call Australia Home. A highlight will be a combined choir piece, written by the late Harley Mead, a former Glennie Choral Conductor, titled This Golden Land.

Another featured choir will be The Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir, conducted by Glennie Music teacher, Mrs Vicki Bravery. This choir boasts several Glennie girls amongst its membership. Other featured groups are the Toowoomba Municipal Band (conductor Mrs Lorraine Fuller and member Mr Jacob Finlay), The Accidentals Vocal Ensemble, The Toowoomba Philharmonic Choir, Dance Central’s Velocity Dance Group (featuring Glennie Dance teacher Miss Lucy Panitz and students Mackenzie Dunn and Isabella Shelton) and the Galamaay Dance Troupe (a First Nations group).

Well-known Toowoomba performer Brendon Walmsley will be featured as soloist with the band, singing his own compositions and well-known Australian songs. The concert will be compered by radio personality David Iliffe, from ABC Radio Southern Queensland.

There will be a special Wine and Cheese soirée, from 6.30pm, before the Saturday evening performance this year. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday 23 June 7.30pm (wine and cheese soiree 6.30pm) and Sunday 24 June 2:00pm at USQ Arts Theatre.

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Pre-Exam Performance

8 June 2018

On Monday some very excited Junior Years girls attended a special lunchtime concert held at the PAC. The guest performer was Year 12 student Hannah Smith who performed a selection of technically and musically advanced repertoire from her upcoming AMUS Exam on Cello. We would like to wish Hannah the best of luck as sitting the AMUS exam is a huge undertaking.

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Jazz Orchestra heads to Sydney

8 June 2018

Twenty-nine Glennie girls in Years 7 to 12 will travel to Sydney to perform at the Australian International Music Festival from 1 to 8 July. The festival, attended by up to 1,300 participants from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and the USA provides a fantastic musical and cultural experience for wind bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands.

Glennie Jazz Orchestra’s repertoire consists mainly of music from the swing era including Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich as well as Latin jazz and rock styles. They’ve chosen forty minutes of repertoire including songs made famous by artists including Michael Jackson, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Cole Porter and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Committing six months to rehearsals, the girls are proud of their collective sound and are polishing their stage presence in preparation for this prestigious event.

During their time in Sydney, the Orchestra will perform twice in Darling Harbour, once on the Manly Corso and at an adjudicated performance at Sydney Town Hall. The girls will participate in workshops led by world-class clinicians and benefit from the overall cultural experience.

Their impressive rendition of the iconic song Don’t Stop ‘Til We Get Enough is sounding amazing with the girls adding a little extra flair for an ending the judges and audience are sure to enjoy and remember.  July can’t come soon enough for this excited group of musicians.

 "This is the fifth time we have been fortunate enough to attend The Australian International Music Festival. It offers many opportunities for our students, and they always enjoy interacting with musicians from around the world and performing at some of Sydney's most iconic venues," said Mr Jason Wisley, Tour Musical Director, and Head of Arts at The Glennie School.

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Musical Working Bee

8 June 2018

This Sunday, 10 June, we will be holding a Junior Years Musical Working Bee for costumes, props and sets along with the rehearsal for the girls from 9:00am to 3:00pm. (Pizza lunch provided)

If you can assist with sewing, glueing, cutting or painting we would love to see you this Sunday.

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Sing Out

8 June 2018

The Junior Years G Major Choir will be involved in a choral festival called 'Sing Out 2018' at the Empire Theatre next Wednesday, 13 June, at 5.45pm.

Sing Out is a non-competitive Choral Festival for Upper Primary School Choirs, held once every two years, at Empire Theatre, in Toowoomba. Sing Out involves approximately 1,200 students from about 50 schools in the Darling Downs region. The day program consists of choral workshops with the guest conductor and individual choir performances. The highlight of the festival is the spectacular Sing Out Concert, which showcases individual choirs and culminates with a massed choir of every student involved.

If you wish to attend the concert, please note, that it is a ticketed event and you will need to purchase tickets through the Empire box office.

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Anglican Schools Music Festival Concert

1 June 2018

On Friday 18 June, Jessica Page, Alice Armytage, Celine Dixon, Kartia Chin and Isabella Apalais represented the school at the Anglican Schools Music Festival Concert held at QPAC in Brisbane. It was an early start for the girls as they had a full day of rehearsals followed by a concert that night. The concert was a resounding success and proved to be an extremely rewarding experience. The girls were able to work with students from all Anglican schools in South East Queensland under the direction of highly experienced conductors. This opportunity is offered every two years and we look forward to attending in the future.

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The Chronicle Junior Art Expo

1 June 2018

Junior Years girls Evie Archer, Chloe Archinal, Amelia DeClark, Palakh Garg, Demi Hardgrave, Georgie Hedge, Aalia Magzub-Colvin, Annesley Morgan, Hannah Paton, Amelie Powell, Meg Roper, Giselle Statham, Lara Thompson and Middle and Senior Years girls Natalie Bergen, Josie Fawckner, Charlotte Hall, McKoy Loomis have had artworks selected to go on display in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery as a part of the Chronicle Regional Junior Art Expo.

In two separate awards evenings, the  Junior Years girls and the Middle and Senior Years girls were presented with awards. Congratulations to McKoy Loomis who won the Culliford Prize for Open Drawing.  

Only 117 entries were chosen from the 600 submissions of work from students across the Toowoomba region. Congratulations to all of the girls who had works selected to be a part of this exceptional exhibition of student art. The girls’ artworks will be on display in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for a month.

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Dance Troupe

1 June 2018

The Glennie Middle and Senior Years girls have started their very own dance troupe. Rehearsals are held on Thursday mornings from 7:30am in Manning Theatre and any girls wanting to join, with or without dance experience, are welcome. The girls are divided into smaller groups focusing on specific styles of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap and ballet. The dances are being choreographed and taught by senior students under the direction of Dance Teacher, Mrs Budden.

The Troupe is working towards a performance at the Middle and Senior Years Arts Showcase in Term 4. In future years it is hoped that students will be able to showcase their talents in the Eisteddfod and other events. Both staff and students are excited by the opportunity this new group brings to further the artistic endeavours of the School.


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Lunchtime Concert at Junior Years

25 May 2018

Girls in the Junior Years were treated to a second morning tea concert on the courtyard stage on Thursday as part of a series of concerts being organised by the Year 12 Arts Committee. Performing publicly can be daunting at first and we would like to especially congratulate the Year 6 girls for performing in the concert.

Thank you to the Year 12 Arts Committee for holding this concert.

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Churches Together Dinner

25 May 2018

On Wednesday night the Senior Choral Group was invited to perform at the Churches Together Dinner in Dalby. This experience proved to be a highlight for the townspeople. The girls performed well and it was wonderful to see them performing in a different setting. Thank you to the girls for their efforts and a big thank you to Miss Kann and Mrs Fuller for conducting and accompanying the girls.

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25 May 2018

Well done to all of the Glennie students who performed in the first part of the Eisteddfod sections over the past two weeks. Glennie girls brought home a number of awards and prizes in the Singing, and Speech and Drama sections. Many of the Speech and Drama students competed for the first time and received high praise for their performances. Choirs from the Junior, Middle and Senior Years competed, sometimes against each other in the same section. The standard of performance from all competitors was very high and our girls achieved some fantastic results.

Congratulations to all the girls, staff and parents for their involvement in this year's Eisteddfod performances, and especially well done to Miss Kann, Mrs Bravery and Mrs Evans for their outstanding conducting and to Mrs Gordon, Mrs Kleidon, and the award-winning Mrs Fuller for their wonderful accompanying. Thanks to Mrs Hawthorne and Mr Finlay for their co-ordination and organisation of the event and to all of the staff who supervised during the weekend.


  • Primary Vocal Trio / Quartet
  • Glennie Junior Years Quartet - 1st 
  • Primary School A GRADE CHOIR (minimum 17 voices)
  • G Major Choir - 1st
  • Primary School VOCAL ENSEMBLE (5 to 16 voices)
  • G Major Arpeggios - 1st
  • Primary School HYMN SINGING CHOIR 
  • G Major Choir - 1st 
  • G Major Choir - 2nd
  • Primary School MODERN CHOIR
  • G Major Choir - 1st 
  • Primary School Years P - 4 A GRADE JUNIOR CHOIR
  • G Minor Choir - 2nd
  • Years 1 and 2 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Bumblebees - 1st 
  • Year 3 Poem in Pairs
  • Disha Gowda & Sophia Kavanagh - 3rd 
  • Years 3 and 4 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Butterflies - 3rd
  • Years 3 and 4 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Dragonflies - HC
  • Years 5 and 6 Mime Group
  • Fireflies - 2nd
  • Years 5 and 6 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Ladybirds - 3rd


  • All Age Graded Piano Solo Grade 1 Standard
  • Mya Gilbert - 2nd 
  • Primary Piano Trio 
  • Dominique Wilkes, Mya Gilbert & Hayley Catlow - HC


  • Secondary SCHOOL CHOIR
  • Middle Years Choir - 3rd 
  • Secondary School VOCAL ENSEMBLE
  • Glennie Singers - 3rd 
  • Secondary School VOCAL ENSEMBLE
  • Choral Group - 1st 
  • Secondary School MODERN CHOIR
  • Senior Years Choir - 2nd
  • Secondary School FOLK SINGING ENSEMBLE
  • Choral Group - 3rd 
  • Middle Years Choir - 1st
  • Middle School VOCAL ENSEMBLE
  • Glennie Singers - 2nd
  • Year 7 to 9 Mime Group
  • Group 1 - 2nd
  • Year 7 to 9 Mime Group
  • Group 2 - 3rd 


  • Year 8-9 Contemporary Commercial Ballad
  • Isabella Shelton - 2nd
  • Year 8 Music Theatre Solo
  • Isabella Shelton - 1st
  • Years 8 and 9 Contemporary Commercial Ballard Solo
  • Gracie O’Shea - 1st
  • Open Contemporary Commercial Vocal Solo
  • Gracie O’Shea - 2nd
  • Laura Hunt - 1st
  • Years 10 to 12 ROCK SONG SOLO
  • Laura Hunt - 1st
  • Laura Hunt - 2nd
  • Years 10 to 12 ROCK SONG SOLO
  • Celine Dixon - 3rd
  • Years 10 to 12 VOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP 
  • Isabel Lanigan - HC
  • Year 11 VOCAL (female) SOLO
  • Isabel Lanigan - 2nd 
  • Years 11 and 12 Duologue Pair
  • Robyn Lareman & Gabby Lawson - HC

Trophies and Awards

  • The Anne Thomas Trophy -The Glennie School 
  • Toowoomba State High School Trophy - The Glennie School 
  • The Eckert Family Trophy - Glennie  Junior Years
  • The Heritage Bank Shield - Glennie Junior Years
  • The James Cronin Memorial Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Barbara Broom Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Joy Hunter Memorial Trophy - Glennie Junior Years 
  • The Peg Russell Memorial Trophy for Best Accompanist - Mrs Lorraine Fuller
  • The Toowoomba Choral Society Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Friendly Society Dispensary Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Toowoomba Grammar School Trophy - The Glennie School Middle Years Choir

Check out some of the trophies that we brought back with us!

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11 May 2018

The Toowoomba Eisteddfod began this week with over 80 girls competing in the  Speech and Drama, Piano, Vocal and Choral sections.

Good luck to everyone competing over the next two weeks.  


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Anglican Schools Music Festival (ASMF) Rehearsal Day

4 May 2018

Last Sunday, five Glennie girls travelled to Brisbane for the Anglican Schools Music Festival rehearsal day. The girls participated in either the Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble or Choir rehearsals and sectionals to prepare for the upcoming concert to be held at QPAC on 18 May.

Alice Armytage in Year 11 reported, “The Wind Ensemble was split between two locations (Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast) and even though not all participants were present, the sound was incredible. This experience was amazing, and I can’t wait until the performance day where we will again have an intensive day of rehearsals before performing onstage at the QPAC. I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing music in the future that they get involved with the Anglican Schools Music Festival.”

Kartia Chin in Year 9 said, “The Strings Rehearsal took place at St Margaret's School with more than 40 other strings players from various Anglican Schools. The experience was overwhelming but rewarding. The conductor was very colourful in the way he taught us resulting in an incredible sound from the ensemble and it sounded like we had been playing together for a long time.  I would recommend being part of this program if you have a passion for music and want to improve your playing.”

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AHEP & SHEP Queensland 2018

4 May 2018

Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 October. Closing date for nominations: 23 May 2018

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Queensland and the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October 2018 at the South Bank campus in Brisbane.

SHEP Queensland and AHEP provide an opportunity for secondary school (Years 7-12 inclusive) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers, under the leadership of a team of internationally eminent Australian conductors.

AHEP is an extension of the extremely successful State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) which has been delivered in Queensland since 2001 and now includes 9 Regional, 2 South-East Queensland-based and 1 statewide program. In 2018 AHEP and SHEP Queensland will be presented in association with The Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference.

Nominations are sought from secondary school (Years 7 - 12) instrumentalists and vocalists for this activity.

  • Instruments: Placements are available for students studying violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion and voice (soprano-alto-tenor-bass). Please note that we do not accept nominations for drum kit, guitar, electric bass or piano.
  • AMEB or equivalent: Minimum level AMEB 4 for Instrumental students. Vocal students - AMEB or choral experience is expected. 
  • Successful students will be required to contribute a fee of $280 towards the cost of the program.

Please view the alignment guide for QLD Instrumental Music Curriculum to AMEB Levels
If you wish to nominate or require any further information please see the PAC office.

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SHEP Darling Downs

27 April 2018

Last weekend the Glennie School hosted over one hundred music students, from all over the Darling Downs area, to attend the annual State Honours Ensemble Program. SHEP is designed to offer students the opportunity to make music with other like-minded teenagers whilst gaining the experience of learning from expert conductors and industry professionals. It was a very successful weekend of music making and a wonderful opportunity to make new friends from across the region. The weekend culminated in a concert featuring the Choir, String Ensemble and Concert Band. The concert was of very high standard and was received enthusiastically by the audience members, congratulations to all the students involved!    

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Music Camp Buddy Lunch

27 April 2018

To follow on from the connections made with the students from across all grades at music camp this year, the Arts Committee hosted a combined lunch on Thursday.

All girls who attended music camp gathered to catch up with their younger buddies and to share lunch together. It was great to see the Committee connecting the younger generations as per the Archbishop's message this year. The lunch ended with everyone having a great time getting involved in a dance that was learnt at camp.

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27 April 2018

Our Junior Years girls are a creative group and this is always evident when the results of the Toowoomba Show Student Art Competition are published. Our Junior Years Art Teacher, Mrs Armstrong, with the assistance of Mrs Ryan select and prepare the artworks for submission. We thank them for this effort

Congratulations to the girls who won a prize.


  • 1st – Elsie McNee
  • 2nd – Andrea Manalo
  • 3rd – Ruby Warby


  • 2nd – Tayla Donovan
  • 4th – Isabella Tooley


  • 1st - Meredith Pienaar
  • 2nd – Molly Sedl


  • 3rd - Giselle Statham


  • 2nd – Palakh Garg
  • 3rd – Emily Statham


  • 1st – Hannah Knott
  • 2nd – Meg Statham
  • 3rd – Mia Smoothy
  • 4th – Taylor Donovan


  • 3rd - Emily Davidson
  • 4th – Olivia Beard
  • Highly Commended – Olivia Zahra


  • 4th - Belle Clay


  • 3rd – Grace de la Croix


  • 1st – Giselle Statham
  • 2nd – Demi Hardgrave
  • 3rd – Jessica Archinal
  • 4th – Chloey Chai


  • 1st – Charlotte Collie
  • 2nd – Evie Archer
  • 3rd – Isabel Brown


  • 1st – Holly


  • Holly

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Australian Honours Ensemble Program

27 April 2018

Nominations are now being sought for the Australian Honours Ensemble Program which will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane from Thursday 3 to Sunday 7 October 2018.

Australian Honours Ensemble Program gives students the opportunity to:  

  • work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers from Australia offering a unique opportunity to extend and develop their musical skills 
  • work with a team of eminent internationally recognised Conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University  
  • work in either a Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra or Vocal Ensemble  
  • participate in masterclasses with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University academic staff 
  • represent their schools in a Grand Finale Concert on Sunday 7 October 2018 in the Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, at South Bank in Brisbane  
  • receive a complimentary ticket to attend both the Conservatorium Wind Orchestra/Symphony Orchestra Concert (4 October), and the Queensland Wind Orchestra Concert (6 October)  
  • receive a Certificate of Participation
  • receive an Honours Program T-Shirt

Further information regarding the Australian Honours Ensemble Program can be obtained from the PAC office. Nominations will close on Wednesday 23 May 2018.


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Queensland Eisteddfod

20 April 2018

Over the Easter Holidays Year 11 student, Isabel Lanigan competed in the 125th Queensland Eisteddfod in Ipswich. The Youth Sections are for 16 to 20-year-olds, which meant that Isabel (15 turning 16) was the youngest competitor in all her sections and was competing against some second-year university music students. Competing in five solo sections over the three days, Isabel's results were very impressive.

  • 1st  - Music Theatre (Youth 16-20 years)
  • 2nd - Sacred Solo (Youth 16-20 years)
  • 3rd - Ballad (Youth 16-20 years)
  • Highly Commended - Young Ladies Solo (16-20 years)
  • Highly Commended - Australian Composer (16-20 years)

Isabel recently appeared in the Empire Theatres' production of The Pirates of Penzance and is hoping to study Musical Theatre at university.

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State Honours Ensemble Program - Darling Downs

20 April 2018

This weekend, Friday 20 to Sunday 22 April 2018, Queensland Conservatorium, in partnership with The Glennie School, is pleased to present SHEP - Darling Downs. SHEP provides an opportunity for secondary school wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Mr Bryan Hurdley will lead the Wind Ensemble, Mr Mark Sullivan the String Ensemble and Dr Anthony Young the Vocal Ensemble.

Over 180 students including 29 Glennie students will be involved in Intensive rehearsals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday concluding with a Grand Finale Concert at 1:00pm on Sunday 22 April at The Glennie School Assembly Hall.  Entry to the Grand Finale Concert is via gold coin donation and all are welcome to attend.

Students from fifteen Schools will attend this prestigious program:

  • Centenary Heights State High School
  • Chinchilla Christian College
  • Dalby State High School
  • Downlands College, Toowoomba
  • Fairholme College Toowoomba
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosaville
  • Harristown State High School, Toowoomba
  • Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields
  • Saint Mary’s Catholic College, Kingaroy
  • St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba
  • The Glennie School, Toowoomba
  • Toowoomba Anglican College (TACAPS)
  • Toowoomba Grammar School
  • Toowoomba State High School
  • Warwick State High School

SHEP Darling Downs is one of thirteen music programs run through Queensland Conservatorium’s Open Conservatorium - in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville. These occur alongside the Pacific Honours Ensemble Program in Seattle and the Australian Honours Ensemble Program - the national program; showcasing the breadth and depth of artistic talent being nurtured by teachers, parents and schools throughout Australia.


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