Music | Friday 31 May 2019
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Brisbane Girls Grammar School’s unique Education Partnership with Queensland Symphony Orchestra provides students with the opportunity to be mentored by, and perform with, some of Australia’s finest musicians.
The Education Partnership, which brings together two of Queensland’s most iconic institutions, affords students who demonstrate strong musical talent the chance to work with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians throughout 2018 as part of the Prossima Program—a project dedicated to developing the next generation of musicians at Girls Grammar.
Orchestra musicians also rehearse with Girls Grammar ensembles—supporting and guiding students in developing their musical skills—as part of the Musical Mentors initiative.
The Education Partnership culminated in (Not) the Last Night of the Proms, performed at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on 9 August 2018.
Students work alongside, and learn from, Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians—under the leadership of Ms Alondra de la Parra—reflecting the School’s commitment to providing meaningful and relevant learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
The partnership allows students to work with musicians in a professional setting, including the opportunity to perform on stage with Queensland’s only professional symphonic orchestra.
Girls Grammar and Queensland Symphony Orchestra are united in history not only by a commitment to music, but by R.T. Jeffries, one of Queensland’s most influential musical pioneers. When Girls Grammar’s first Music Master arrived in Brisbane in 1871, his passion for sharing the exhilaration of live symphonic music was the beginning of Queensland’s orchestral history, and platform from which the Orchestra was established.
R.T. Jefferies’ legacy lives on at Girls Grammar today; the School’s extensive music program features 32 musical ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choirs and chamber groups. Students are supported by some of Australia’s best music teachers, who deliver a program that balances traditional musical training with innovative musical experiences, instilling in students a lifelong connection to music.