State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP)
Congratulations to the following students Dara Williams (Percussion), Erin Scholte (Clarinet), Tamatea Kratzmann (Voice Baritone), Frazer Coverdale (Percussion) and James Carruthers (Voice Tenor) attending the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Qld in Brisbane during the October school holidays; from 3-6 October 2019, we wish them all the best.
1035 students to attend Queensland Conservatorium’s SHEP Qld : 3 – 6 October
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s South Bank campus will be overflowing with teenagers when more than 1160 of Queensland and Australia’s finest young secondary school musicians attend the eighteenth annual State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Qld 2019 during the October school holidays; from 3 – 6 October. 2019 also sees the second Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) occur concurrently with SHEP Queensland.
With 1035 music students attending SHEP Queensland and 125 attending AHEP, Queensland Conservatorium received more than 3,800 nominations for the programs from 248 secondary school music teachers throughout Australia. To select the 125 participants for AHEP (open to secondary music students nationally) Queensland Conservatorium staff watched 830 uploaded auditions.
Participants for SHEP Queensland will travel from throughout the State (with some travelling from over the border in New South Wales); whilst those attending AHEP will travel from Victoria, the ACT, Tasmania and New South Wales.
Running Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October the four days of intensive rehearsals culminate in six Grand Finale Concerts, open to the public, on Sunday 6 October in the Conservatorium Theatre at 9am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7.30 pm. Tickets can be purchased from QTIX: www.qtix.com.au/qcgu/event/qcgu_shep_oct_19.aspx.
SHEP Qld features four Wind Orchestras, two String Orchestras, a Celtic String Ensemble, four Vocal Ensembles, Guitar Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Big Band; showcasing the best that Queensland has to offer. AHEP features a Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble.
The 2019 SHEP Queensland Guest Conductors are Dr Matthew Arau (USA), Brian Balmages (USA), Michael Bawtree (UK), Richard Charlton (AUS), Loreta Fin (AUS), John Hoffman (AUS), Trevor Jones (AUS), Richard Lewis (UK), David Maddick (AUS), Patrick Pickett (AUS), Claire Preston (AUS), Stefanie Smith (AUS), Lisa Stevenson (AUS) and Sarah-Grace Williams (AUS).
In a reciprocal program between Seattle and Brisbane twenty American college students have been selected to represent the prestigious Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP) during SHEP at South Bank. Twenty Queensland students will travel to Seattle during November to attend the Western International Band Clinic as part of the PHEP reciprocal exchange program.