We passionately believe in the power of music to transform lives and our goal is for longevity for the State’s young musicians in the hope that they can use their considerable talent in the community after they leave school. We also seek to professionally record all concerts and build a resource of talent to encourage all students to choose music and keep playing long after they have left school.
The idea started when I was teaching HSC music and had to set up performance opportunities for my students whenever I could. Many instrumental teachers spoke to me of the lack of a performance venue. I heard that it was often impossible to set a date during the hectic school year and it often never got done. This meant that a large proportion of students were forced to perform their exams without ever having played their pieces to anyone.
The Yr12 Music Festival provides eight public concerts giving the opportunity for students from all over the State to perform to the public.
Over six thousand Yr12 musicians reach an incredibly high standard for their final exams and neither teachers nor their family and support team nor members of the public are allowed to share their moment of excellence. This festival offers them that chance. They will also get the opportunity to celebrate their skill through prizes awarded throughout the festival in various categories.
The adjudication panel will be chaired by Mrs Karen Carey and includes teachers of both IB and HSC Music in the following categories: Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Voice, Keyboard and Composition (including new media).
Christobel Llewellyn, Festival Director