Griffith named top creative arts school in Australia

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Griffith University is the best creative arts school in the country, according to the latest Uni Reviews rankings.
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West Side Story opens in Brisbane

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Love and death. Romance and rivalry. Welcome to West Side Story, the Queensland Conservatorium’s main stage musical for 2017. The show, which turns 60 this year, headlines the Queensland Conservatorium’s 60th anniversary line-up. Hailed as ‘the greatest musical of all time’, the show features a Grammy-winning score by legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, including […]
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Something’s coming, something good… Queensland Conservatorium celebrates its 60th with a blockbuster production of West Side Story

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Love and death. Romance and rivalry. Welcome to West Side Story, the Queensland Conservatorium’s main stage musical for 2017. The show, which turns 60 this year, headlines the Queensland Conservatorium’s 60th anniversary line-up
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Opera grads hitting a high note

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Queensland Conservatorium graduate Kang Wang will show the world his tenor talents when he represents Australia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition next month.
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Singing the best medicine for Parkinson’s sufferers

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They say laughter is the best medicine, but researchers at Griffith are looking at whether singing may be able to help improve the lives of Parkinson’s sufferers. Researchers at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre are launching a new 6-month project to evaluate whether singing can help improve the communication skills and mental outlook of people with Parkinson’s Disease.
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Griffith musicians powering Opera on the Beach

Students from the Queensland Conservatorium are the musical powerhouse behind this year’s Griffith Opera on the Beach, to be presented by Opera Australia. The talented students make up 80% of the orchestra - providing a lush musical backdrop for the spectacular open-air production of Verdi’s Aida.
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Griffith’s opera production hits a high note

This is opera as you've never seen it before - a blockbuster double bill  that features fantastical sets and costumes, UV projections, puppets and kites. The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is confounding expectations with a fresh take on two operas by superstar French composers Debussy and Ravel.
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All aboard the culture train

Queensland Conservatorium jazz student Mario Conde is travelling to the most remote corners of the state as part of the annual Culture Train line-up. The musical roadshow is part of Queensland Multicultural Month celebrations and features a series of free concerts in regional centres, from Bundaberg to Barcaldine, Longreach, Rockhampton and Winton. Mario originally hails from Bolivia and plays panpipes, fusing traditional South American and Western music.
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All that jazz

Ben Shannon will play alongside some of the world’s best jazz musicians at the Banff International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music next month. The Queensland Conservatorium graduate is one of just 48 musicians from around the world selected to attend the intensive 3-week workshop in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
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Anastasia on song for Swiss opera contract

International success beckons for Queensland Conservatorium graduate Anastasia Bickel. Mezzo-soprano Anastasia graduated from the Con in 2016 and recently signed a two-year contract with OperAvenir at Theatre Basel in Switzerland. She will make her professional European debut in La Traviata, and will also perform in iconic operas including Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Strauss’ Elektra. “This […]
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From little things big things grow

Starring the best emerging acts from the Queensland Conservatorium Bachelor of Popular Music program, the launch will feature a performance from Tesla Cøils, who were named Breakout Artist of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards.
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Griffith research on show at the Smithsonian

An interactive sound installation developed by a Griffith researcher to help tackle climate change is on show at the Smithsonian Museum this month, as part of the Earth Optimism summit. Queensland Conservatorium research fellow Dr Leah Barclay was the only Australian invited to present at the summit in Washington DC, which attracted 3,000 leading scientists, environmentalists and artists from around the world.
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Symphony in a Day inspires young musicians

Young musicians rehearse the 2016 Symphony in a Day concert Fifty young musicians from Queensland Conservatorium and around Brisbane will rehearse and perform an entire symphony in a day on Sunday, April 9. Following on from last year’s successful events, Symphony in a Day (SIAD) is the brainchild of 22-year-old clarinet student Jessica Hort, who […]
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Violin virtuosos hit streets to kick start crowdfunding campaign

Queensland Conservatorium graduates Eddy Chen and Brett Yang have hit the streets to kick start the world's first crowd-funded classical music tour. Known as TwoSet Violin, the pair have committed to busking around the clock and sleeping on the streets in an effort to reach their target of $50,000 within 30 days. They have spent the past few days performing across Sydney, from the Pitt Street Mall to Circular Quay and Hyde Park. The social-media savvy duo have raised more than $20,000 in the past 48 hours.
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A star is born

Queensland Conservatorium graduate Georgie Hopson was handpicked for her latest role by the grand dame of musical theatre, Julie Andrews. The Bachelor of Musical Theatre alumnus was chosen from hundreds of young hopefuls to join the cast of Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady. “I did my first audition for the show with Julie Andrews – definitely one of the highlights of my career to date,” she said. “It was nerve-wracking, but she was so warm and supportive that she just instantly put me at ease.
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Where music meets science

The Queensland Conservatorium will play host to a series of weird and wonderful sonic experiments as part of the World Science Festival this month. The series of free events are part of an exciting program called 100 Ways to Listen, which explores the crossroads where music meets science and celebrates the innovative music-making of the Conservatorium’s all-star faculty and students.
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Queensland Conservatorium ranked in top 50 worldwide

The Queensland Conservatorium is among the top 50 performing arts institutions in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. Griffith University’s Performing Arts programs were ranked at number 46.
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Queensland Conservatorium turns 60

Standing apart as one of Australia's finest music schools with a glittering roll call of alumni, the Queensland Conservatorium is turning sixty. Internationally recognised musicians including Dami Im, Jayson Gillham, Katie Noonan, Piers Lane, Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Lisa Gasteen and Brett Dean have passed through its doors. With players in leading positions in every Australian state orchestra, and a host of Grammy and ARIA award winners among its alumni, the Queensland Conservatorium is celebrating a remarkable six decades of peerless music education.
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