State  Organisations

For information about national organisations representing community music, click here.

Australian Band & Orchestra Directors Association, Queensland

State branch of a national network of band and orchestra directors. Ostensibly a resource for directors rather than for individuals seeking ensembles, but it does have a list of ensembles with contact details. Only a small number of ensembles provide email or web contacts. Very few give any kind of description of the instrumentation, what technical standard, what kind of material they do. Contact each ensemble directly. More information: http://www.abodaq.org/community/ensembles/commbandsdirect.htm  (nb. last time we checked, this was site was undergoing maintenance)

Australian Pipe Band Association, Queensland

Represents pipe bands from around the state. The Association runs the Australian Pipe Band College, which comprise music syllabi and adjucator's rules. Tuition on the instruments is usually conducted within the band. More information: www.pipebandsqld.org

Brisbane Performing Arts, Music and Drama

A directory of web-listed music groups in Brisbane.  More information: www.brisbanecitylife.com.au/bcl/intgroup/performing.htm


"Queensland leads the way again with the launch of keep playing music? a initiative devised in Brisbane by Queensland members of The Orchestras of Australia Network. This information appears not to be 100% up to date but it's still a useful resource for orchestral musicians looking for a group in QLD.

Age range for participants: Please check

Style of music: Orchestras, wind orchestras & concert bands, mandolin & guitar ensembles

More information: www.kepplayingmusic.org.au

Midland Brick Brass Band

A band based in Perth, their website features a number of Queensland bands. More information: www.wabrass.com

Queensland Band Association

Lists concert and brass bands throughout Queensland. No web sites are listed for any of the bands, but most have email contacts. More information:  www.qba.org.au/

Individual Ensembles

Young Conservatorium Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Ensemble performance is a vital component in the education of a young musician. Young Conservatorium ensemble program includes Orchestras (symphony/string and wind), Ensembles (string, symphonic wind, wind, brass, flute and percussion) as well as Big Band and Jazz Ensembles. Melodic Minors, Children's Chorus, the Young Conservatorium Chamber Choir and Young Conservatorium Singers comprise the Choral Program. Young Conservatorium also facilitates the prestigious State Honours Ensemble Program in Brisbane and North Queensland, both of which culminate in a Grand Finale Concert.

More information: www.griffith.edu.au/music/young-conservatorium

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