Our QYO Alumni Family aims to provide:
- Networking opportunities, annual events for staying in touch, and opportunities to reconnect with alumni colleagues.
- Submit a picture, testimonial or news
- Join our QYO Alumni Family committee and help us plan great events at the Old Museum Building
- Facebook networking for re‐establishing contact with alumni
In December 2002 and December 2006, a 145-member QYO Alumni Orchestra under the direction of John Curro AM MBE performed at QPAC to a large audience. The 2002 concert featured Mahler’s 1st Symphony and the 2006 concert featured Holst’s The Planets. In December 2007, a smaller alumni orchestra was formed for a concert at the Old Museum Concert Hall. The major work on that occasion was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Then most recently in December 2010, a 140-member orchestra composed of QYO Alumni, current QYO players and additional musicians formed to give an historic and highly acclaimed performance of Havergal Brian’s massive Gothic Symphony at QPAC.
Watch the video of the first ever QYO international tour in 1972.
Principal Opoe with the Sydney Symphony
‘I started playing with the QYO in the junior string ensemble as a violinist when I was 7. I reached the ﬁrst orchestra as an oboist when I was 14. QYO gave me an enduring love for orchestral music, and the works that I learnt there have been indelibly imprinted on my memory. I can‘t wait to come back to play solo with the orchestra in 2011!’.
Flautist in the Grammy-Winning Group, Eighth Blackbird in the United States
‘Undoubtedly the biggest thrill was playing so much miraculous music, such as La Mer and the Rite of Spring, for the ﬁrst time among such a great and enthusiastic orchestra. This experience gave me something so important: the courage to perform under pressure, to stand in front of a large orchestra and hall full of expectant listeners, and to play like your life depended on it’.
Watch the video of the 1980 QYO Tour:
‘I remain indebted to Queensland Youth Orchestras for instilling in me an unshakeable commitment to whatever team I am a part of, for the lasting friendships that I made during those years and for fostering the deep knowledge that extraordinary things can happen when a bunch of young musicians truly know a piece of music.’
Richard HawleyFormer Director of the Lichfield Festival in the United Kingdom
Over the years, many QYO Alumni have become involved with QYO as
- Concert patrons
- Board members
- Members of the QYO Alumni Orchestra
If you would like to contribute your skills/time/resources to QYO, even in a small way, we’d love to hear from you!