Last year's The Voice runner-up Darren Percival will be a special guest at the Maryborough Music Conference.
Last year's The Voice runner-up Darren Percival will be a special guest at the Maryborough Music Conference. Seanna Cronin

M'boro Music Conference will hit all the right notes

FROM the man who wrote the music for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to the artistic director of the New York City Gay Men's Choir, some of the biggest names in national and international music will be in Maryborough next month.

The impressive list of world leaders in music education will share their expertise with more than 700 primary and secondary classroom music teachers, instrumental music teachers and university students from across Australia at the Maryborough Music Conference, from July 4 to 8.

The conference, at the Brolga Theatre, is an initiative of Education Queensland's Regional Music Coordinators led by Ken Hodgkinson and Mike Tyler, and is recognised as Australia's premier music educator's conference.

Ken Hodgkinson said the aim of the event was to raise the standard and enhance the outcomes of music education in Australia though clinics from word leaders in music education which addressed new innovative teaching techniques and practices.

"This conference is also unique where teachers have the opportunity to become performing musicians again through participation in various ensembles," he said.

The conference includes more than 100 sessions and two concerts in five days, with a list of presenters that reads like a who's who of the music industry.

"Tim McDonald from the USA founded his own company iTheatrics. Tim has written the book for a number of musicals including Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, the Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach."

Artistic director of the New York City Gay Men's Choir Charlie Beale, from the UK, will direct one of the choirs at a gala lunchtime concert on July 7, which is open to the public.

"He will fly from a concert in New York with his choir to our conference then onto Hobart before returning home to the UK," Mr Hodgkinson said.

Among the national presenters is David Jones, who is recognised as the best drummer in Australia and Greg Spence, the lead trumpet player on TV's Dancing with the Stars.

Special guests will include James Morrison, John Foreman and Darren Percival who was the runner-up in last year's The Voice.

While the sessions are for registered delegates only, a free lunchtime concert will be held on Sunday to the general public from 11.00am to 1.30pm.

The public will also have access to the trade pavilion, featuring the latest displays in music technology, musical instruments, sheet music, PA systems and lighting.



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