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Honours ensemble musicians gather

19 September 2013

Honours ensemble musicians gather

More than 750 of the finest teenage musicians from across Queensland will descend on South Bank during the school holidays.

Queensland Conservatorium's SHEP 2013 (State Honours Ensemble Program) received 1400 nominations from high school music departments across the state, with 760 of the best and brightest chosen to represent their schools.

From 3-6 October, participants from state, independent and distance schooling will work alongside international and national conductors and 10 American exchange students for the 2013 program. 

In a reciprocal program between Seattle and Brisbane, 10 American college students have been selected to represent the prestigious Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP) during SHEP at South Bank.

Eleven Queensland students, from Blackwater, Brisbane, Charters Towers, Ipswich, the Gold Coast, Kingaroy and Rockhampton, now have the opportunity to travel to Seattle during November to attend the Western International Band Clinic as part of the reciprocal exchange program.

This year's wind orchestras will be led by Emily Threinen (USA), Bruce Herriman (Western Australia), Joanne Heaton (Victoria) and David Jones (Queensland); strings by Louis Bergonzi (USA), Catriona Macdonald (UK) and Lisa Stevenson (Queensland); with choral ensembles led by Daniel Crump (Queensland), Claire Preston (Victoria), Kathryn Sadler (Victoria) and Tim Sherlock (Queensland).

Four grand finale SHEP 2013 concerts showcasing the talents of the young musicians are open to the public on Sunday 6 October at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm in the Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank.

Phone Lisa Dart (07) 3735 6337 or email L.Dart@griffith.edu.au for more information or to book concert seats.

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