Shep 2017, Impressive and Inspirational!

…article written by Jessica Klaverstyn, Year 10

During the Term 3 / Term 4 break 15 QACI music students were selected to join other secondary school students in the State Honours Ensemble Program at Griffith University Conservatorium of Music.  Jessica Klaverstyn, Year 10 provides her reflection of the experience.

“The State Honours Ensemble Program is the culmination of the most outstanding secondary school musicians across all instruments, across all of Queensland! After being nominated by their school music teachers, students are asked to submit a video audition as part of round two. Once successful, students then take part in four days of intensive rehearsals and there are five Grand Finale Concerts to celebrate the efforts of the students, held during the September holidays at the Griffith University Conservatorium Theatre. Placement offers are subject to selection and program requirements.

This year, SHEP saw over 2,500 students across the ensembles with 15 of them being QACI’s music students. SHEP is a wonderful event to be a part of and it was an amazing experience to work under some of the best national and international tutelage the music industry has to offer. It was so much fun to be surrounded by talented musicians for the duration of the program, including well known conductors such as Owen Clarke, Fabian Russell, John Hoffman and Lisa Stevenson. The calibre of music was impressive and the level of playing that all students demonstrated was inspirational”.

Queensland Academies Creative Industries is proud of these students for their exemplary representation and dedication to their music. Thank you to Emily Story for her supplying us with the photograph of the Wind Ensemble group.