Fraser Coast teacher brings top ensemble to Hervey Bay
MUSIC students from across the Fraser Coast will have the rare opportunity to play with 40 musicians from the Queensland Youth Orchestras Junior String Ensemble this month.
As part of a three-day tour of Hervey and Maryborough, students from Xavier College, Urangan State High School, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Sandy Straits, Pialba and Torquay State Primary Schools will showcase their musical talents alongside the orchestra in the String Sensations concert at Xavier College on Thursday, June 22.
The Junior String Ensemble is the youngest of the seven orchestras and ensembles with a total of 460 musicians that make up Queensland Youth Orchestras, and it is renowned for the high quality of its performances.
In 2017, the ensemble has 60 players aged eight to 15 years and 40 of these musicians are touring to the Fraser Coast region for educational and community concerts.
The ensemble regularly performs joint concerts with other Queensland Youth Orchestra, youth and school ensembles.
Conductor Chen Yang arranges most of the works the ensemble performs and for this tour, Mr Yang has chosen a variety of popular classical music including works by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Vivaldi and Puccini.
In 2012, Hervey Bay music teacher Alanna Falk, a former member of The Queensland Youth Orchestra Junior String Ensemble, invited the ensemble to tour to Hervey Bay and work with local string students.
Following this successful tour, the ensemble returned in 2013.
During those two tours, members also performed with the outstanding violinist and local teacher, Claudia Zorbas-Prince.
Ms Zorbas-Prince in turn brought a string ensemble from Urangan State High School to Brisbane in 2016 for a workshop and concert with the Queensland Youth Orchestra Junior String Ensemble.
Claudia invited JSE to tour to Hervey Bay and Maryborough in 2017 and JSE looking forward to