Term 3 is renowned for a superb line up of QACI Showcase Events and this term we added an additional featured event by celebrating 10 years of QACI through our Alumni music. On Friday 25 August QACI hosted Recall.Ten Music Alumni Celebration, a performance showcasing the musical talents from today’s students, right back to the graduates of 2012. The event hosted by the newly elected President of the QACI Alumni Association formed earlier this year, Lachlan Snow – 2008 foundation Alumnus.
The celebration of alumni talent incorporated everything from classical and contemporary string pieces to Jazz, and rock; all composed or performed by past and present students. To commemorate the tenth anniversary Nicole Murphy, Composer in Residence at QACI was commissioned to compose a piece for this event, Lyrae. This was her second piece inspired by the night sky she was surrounded by, whilst working in western Queensland.
Oscar Jemmot, Jaslyn Robertson, Fionn Richards, Marco Madamba, Alex Korenevski, Samara Behrendt, Jasmin Leung, Eleanor Hill, and Hayden Johns, all of whom represented the QACI alumni, composed a wide range of pieces and performed these throughout the night along with support by current QACI students and the Rue Arts String Ensemble.
The whole concept and purpose of the evening was to reflect and celebrate the achievements of our alumni and where we have come, and this was achieved admirably. It provided an opportunity for students to collaborate and perform with established musicians. The ability to give young music students this experience is one of the attributes that sets QACI apart. By continuing to work in collaboration with practicing artists and by continuing to provide opportunities to broaden musical talents and connections in the industry means a strong future for QACI’s music department.
As audience members we certainly look forward to another ten years of music being practiced and celebrated.
…article written by Acacia Calder, Year 10
[image credit: Sarah Liew, Year 11]