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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 19, 2021

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UQ Commits to QSO Partnership

UQ Commits to QSO Partnership
Charles Lawson

Though uncertainty lurks in every place you look this year, for select UQ School of Music students we are happy to report some good news.

The University of Queensland have confirmed that their ongoing partnership with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will continue despite the challenges the year, and COVID-19 have presented the two organizations. The partnership looks forward and onward to its fifth year, committed to educating young and talented musicians.


Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive Craig Whitehead in a statement he made confirming the partnership said, “2020 has presented significant challenges for both the arts and education. The QSO-UQ partnership has been reviewed to feature creative digital online orchestral training, group tutorials, student forums covering specialist topics and career development mentoring sessions and, when the time comes, these programs will also occur in real life. It’s a privilege to work with such a committed and innovative partner in UQ to make sure
we continue educating our musicians of tomorrow.”

The Chief Executive credits a quick pivot to online learning spaces, and UQ’s aforementioned “extraordinary” commitment to the partnership as being paramount to its continuation. The result of this transition Whitehead says, “means students continue to receive valuable instruction on how to prepare for auditions from the State’s leading professional musicians. They are provided an exclusive opportunity to engage with QSO musicians on issues relevant to their future as musicians on topics such as performance anxiety and hearing protection, and they are being mentored across a range of performance skills while taking part in essential one-on-one sessions with QSO musicians.”

The University of Queensland Head of School of Music Professor Liam Viney reflected the Chief Executive’s sentiment stating “Through cultivating the next generation of performing musicians, this partnership underlines a commitment to growing the light of musical knowledge and art shared by both UQ and the QSO.”

With this transition centering the students on both sides of this partnership, the 130 students enrolled in the program are in good hands with QSO-UQ ahead of the curve on meeting their unique needs in these challenging times.