Young musicians set to tune up with renowned professionals

29 Mar 2011

A community partnership between Queensland’s water and energy providers is allowing budding musicians from across regional Queensland to tune up and play alongside some of the State’s most renowned performers.

Energy and Water Utilities Minister Stephen Robertson said the SunWater and Stanwell Music School to be held in Rockhampton in April will provide around 100 students with valuable one-on-one mentoring from leading music professionals.

Mr Robertson said the week-long intensive music school, which will be hosted by highly regarded players from the Southern Cross Soloists, is the fifth music workshop to be sponsored by the State Government.

“The SunWater and Stanwell Music School initiative is a unique opportunity for our young regional musicians to play alongside the best in the business and to hone their own developing musical skills,” Mr Robertson said.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said the intensive music workshop had attracted hundreds of students since being introduced five years ago and was developed by the Southern Cross Soloists to encourage youth to follow their musical dreams and to strive to be the best they can.

“Hopefully, with participants being set on the right course, we will see the dividends of this community investment through the increase of our State’s membership within the professional Arts world,” he said.

“The SunWater and Stanwell Music School has become increasingly popular and is now a keenly anticipated workshop each year thanks to the value it provided young musicians.

“This music workshop is so highly regarded within the Australian music scene that in 2009 it received the APRA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in Education - a truly outstanding achievement.

“I commend SunWater and Stanwell for their continuous support for this important community event and am encouraged to see these two government-owned corporations actively supporting the Arts throughout regional Queensland.

“The Queensland Government supports a variety of different community events through its numerous sponsorship programs, but I am especially pleased to see events like this, which are not always seen as mainstream, receiving the financial support they duly deserve,” he said.

The live-in music school, which is held at Rockhampton Girls Grammar between April 16-21, concludes with a finale performance by students in Rockhampton’s St Paul’s Cathedral. Young musicians interested in finding out more can visit

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