Amiel Matthews, a music student in the School of Arts in Brisbane, has won the prestigious Choral Composition Commission for the Raise your Voice Choral Festival, which was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and alumni in the whole of Queensland.
The Raise Your Voice Choral Festival is a two-day event to connect students from around the world who are studying in Queensland with each other and with their local communities.International and local students, community choirs, and singers are invited to participate in a series of vocal workshops and choral rehearsals that will culminate in a public performance at Southbank Piazza in August 2018.
Esteemed conductor, Bernadette Debattista, is the lead choral conductor for this event. The massed choir of hundreds of singers will sing Amiel’s original composition as the finale piece of the choir festival.
Amiel was thrilled to learn that he had been awarded the composition commission: “Winning this competition will give me a chance to flex my musical muscles in ways I’d only dreamed of. To have a 300+ piece choir sing one of my songs is an exceptionally rare opportunity."
"Before studying music at ACU my forte was rock music, and such a task would have been exciting, but extremely daunting. The knowledge and experience gained from my studies means I feel well equipped and ‘match fit’ for the challenge."
"I hope to use my choir festival piece and the performance at Suncorp Piazza as a showcase, not just for myself, but for the music discipline at ACU.”
The Raise your Voice Choral festival is sponsored and promoted by the VOICE (Voices of International Choirs in Education) consortium, whose members include English Australia, Study Brisbane and the UQ School of Music, in partnership with Trace and Investment Queensland.