Gympie to host Conservatorium orchestra at Civic Centre
GYMPIE musical product Stephanie Smith will conduct the Young Conservatorium Wind Orchestra when it performs in the Civic Centre on Saturday night as part of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University concert.
Securing the concert for Gympie - and the partnership with the university that will nurture and provide opportunities for this region's wealth of young musical talent - was a coup for Gympie Regional Council.
But it is a coup that is reliant on public support.
Ms Smith graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Music in 2005, studying clarinet under Paul Dean.
She began her career in music as an educator, first with Education Queensland and later as a woodwind teacher in the Queensland Catholic Education system.
Stefanie is an alumni of the 2004 Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program and, as part of this program, worked with The Queensland Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as well as internationally renowned conductors Christopher Seaman and Johannes Fritsch. In 2015, Stefanie was a participant in the International Condcuting Masterclass in Olomouc, Czech Republic working with Maestro Charles Olivieri-Munroe and conducting the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2006, she has been the Conductor and Musical Director of the Brisbane Symphonic Band, directing the ensemble in competitions, local and international performances.
In 2014, she was appointed to the continuing position as the conductor of the Young Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, and is completing a Master of Music Studies in conducting at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, studying under Dr Peter Morris.
Presented as part of the Fraser Coast Outreach program, the partnership between Open Conservatorium, Gympie council and Fraser Coast Regional Council, tonight's concert is the culmination of locally nominated secondary school music students travelling to Brisbane to join Young Conservatorium ensembles in rehearsals and workshops.
The Conservatorium Brass Band, conducted by renowned trombonist and joint head of the Brass Department, Greg Aitken, promises to delight the audience senses with a broad repertoire.
The Conservatorium Brass Band will be joined in concert by Young Conservatorium's senior ensembles; the wind orchestra, conducted by Stephanie Smith, and the symphony orchestra, conducted by Gwyn Roberts, in a celebration of the classics and contemporary.
The James Nash State High School Concert Band will also perform tonight.
The performance starts at 7pm Saturday night.
Adults admission $10, children under 5 are free. Information and to purchase tickets gympieboxoffice.com.au.