CQ Schools' Jazz Festival has wrapped up again for another year and we couldn't be more impressed with the great work being done with the jazz ensembles in our region. It has always been our mission to present something that is so much more than a competition, but an event that strives for the best possible educational outcomes for the students and teachers. This will always be our focus.
In 2019, we continued our 6th and 8th annual festivals in Mackay and Rockhampton respectively, as well as launching our first event in Townsville. Over 3 weekends, in 3 different cities, CQSJF hosted 3 professional development sessions, 3 Showcase Concert, 5 different clinician/adjudicators and 30 ensembles, participating in almost 60 hours of ensemble workshops!
Our thanks to Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, The Cathedral School of St Anne and St James, Rockhampton Grammar School, Andrew Robertson, Greg Spence, Ray Cassar, Katrina Wellins and Nicole Thomson for your support of this event!
CQ SCHOOLS' JAZZ FESTIVAL A HIT IN TOWNSVILLE
CQ Schools' Jazz Festival were proud to host our first festival at The Cathedral School of St. Anne and St. James over the weekend of 01 & 02 June 2019.
The participation from the Townsville regions schools was fantastic and the level of playing from the ensembles was outstanding. CQSJF are looking forward to planning the 2020 event, with such an enthusiastic response from the teachers, students and audience in attendance at Sunday's concert!
Our thanks to the teachers who have shown enthusiasm toward this initiative and to The Cathedral School for agreeing to host our first festival in Townsville!
Welcome to the CQ Schools’ Jazz Festival. Unique to the Central Queensland region, this event offers a variety of performance and developmental activities delivered in an encouraging, educational setting. Participants will have exposure to world-class professional musicians and educators through masterclasses, clinics and concert performances.
Since 2012, participants in the CQSJF have benefitted from adjudicated performance recordings and voice-over adjudications, masterclass presentations, ensemble clinics and professional development sessions, delivered by world-class professional musicians and educators. Past performers and clinicians include: Jeff Jarvis (Dir. Jazz Studies, California State University Long Beach), Bob Coassin (ex. Buddy Rich Band), Jeremy Borthwick (Lecturer in Brass, University of Newcastle), John Morrison (Swing City Big Band), Andrew Robertson (saxophone/arranger & educator), Dan Barnett (trombonist/singer/educator), Dr Rob McWilliams (Education Outreach Clinician, Yamaha Music Australia), James Morrison (jazz icon) and Greg Spence (Yamaha Artist & online education expert). Finally, we would like to thank the teachers and young musicians who seize the opportunity to be involved in something truly unique to jazz education in regional Queensland. Each year, we look forward to hearing the talented students of this region with great enthusiasm.
Join us at CQSJF19 to enjoy the festival and all it has to offer!