ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival


ASPIRE 2019

www.aspiremusicfestival.com.au

The next ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 17-20 July 2019.

The festival is proud to be a not for profit trading division of Student Horizons. Any surplus made from the event will be donated to the Student Horizons Foundation for disadvantaged youth.
 
  • A prestigious youth music festival open to secondary schools in Australia, New Zealand and worldwide
  • Held at key venues located over Brisbane
  • The festival sections are concert bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands
  • It is a competition
  • It is not for profit
  • We aim to attract the best and raise aspirations of young musicians
  • Will be held 17-20 July 2019
  • Every student will experience the competition, a masterclass, a workshop and a public performance


Recent Tour Feedback...
 
 
AvondaleCrest Avondale College Music Tour to Brisbane in July 2017. This was an outstanding tour. Student Horizons were great to deal with from the outset, providing a high standard of care from our initial meeting through to the actual tour. The planning included a great balance between planned activities and relaxation time, and our whole tour experience was extremely positive. We will be booking with Student Horizons again for our next international tour! Thanks very much."

"This was an outstanding tour. Student Horizons were great to deal with from the outset, providing a high standard of care from our initial meeting through to the actual tour. The planning included a great balance between planned activities and relaxation time, and our whole tour experience was extremely positive. We will be booking with Student Horizons again for our next international tour! Thanks very much."

Tour Leader, Avondale College
ASPIRE & Queensland Tour, July 2017
 
 
StMarysCollege “Student Horizons is a company that I have been advocating for since my introduction to them last October. Within one week of making my initial enquiry, the company director, Mr Jamie Wansey travelled from New Zealand to Brisbane to meet with me directly and discuss the option of touring with Student Horizons. His initial passion, commitment and interest in my suggested aims and objectives of such tours from St Mary’s College made it an easy decision. The continued support from Jamie and his staff was incredible, as was the organisation and liaison with Suzanne Whitlock. Further to their commitment, Richard (Programme Development Manager) managed the operation on the ground in New Zealand and had an uncanny ability to ‘pop up’ anywhere and everywhere and support our tour 24/7 – no small feat for a 7 foot Welsh man! Our final thank you must go to Kaitlin, this ‘gritty’ ever determined Florida native was the champion of our tour. Her blog post was outrageously kind! Her intimate involvement and interaction with our group was highlighted in her ability to reflect on each touring member. She sprinted the streets of Auckland, bowled her first strike in ten pin bowling, discovered the great game of Netball and climbed every mountain that we did – whilst at the same time, organising the transportation, coordinating the rooming arrangements, picking up lunches, double checking dietary requirements and getting in ‘some’ sleep. The Student Horizons team was remarkable in every way, and I have no hesitation in recommending them to any school or organisation.”

Tour Leader, St Mary's College, Ipswich
New Zealand Choral & Netball Tour, October 2015
 
 
Student Horizons Grace Neale
Grace Neale – Head of Music Tours

Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music conjoint degree in 2014, majoring in Performance Voice, Psychology and Art History and in 2016, completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First Class Honours in Performance Voice. Making regular appearances as a mezzo-soprano soloist, Grace has experience in performing both as a soloist and as a chorister. Grace is a current member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir as one of the top choral singers in the country, under the direction of Dr. Karen Grylls.
 
Travelling the world with Voices New Zealand and other choral groups has given Grace the opportunity to perform in some of the most sought after venues in the world such as St Paul’s Cathedral, London and The Musikverein, Vienna. Grace is also a cellist and had the opportunity to travel the world with both the school choir and the orchestra at high school, and is incredibly passionate about providing those same opportunities for school students throughout New Zealand.

After directing two high school choirs and through her experience as a private singing tutor, she has gained a passion for teaching and inspiring young and artistic minds. Grace strongly believes in the importance of choral music within schools and communities to bring people together in a safe and artistic space.
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