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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Students’ voices take centre stage in grand final

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Students’ voices take centre stage in grand final

    An Australian Idol winner and world-famous beatboxer will join the next generation of vocal talent tonight for the Creative Generation (CGEN) Voices grand final.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said tonight’s concert at Brisbane’s Old Museum would see 26 Queensland state school students take centre stage in solo and ensemble performances.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing our students with world-class opportunities,” Ms Grace said.

    “CGen Voices is a fantastic way for students to hone and showcase their creative talents, while being inspired by industry professionals and internationally-recognised performers.

    “Tonight’s finalists all excel musically and were selected from a field of 150 state school students.

    “For the grand final concert, our talented young performers make some classic tunes their own – performing songs by Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, John Farnham and even Johnny Cash.

    “It’s wonderful the vocal talent within Queensland’s state schools will be on display tonight.”

    Ms Grace said the CGen Voices finalists benefitted from a three-day workshop in March where they worked with local artists and industry professionals to fine-tune their performances.

    “In the intervening weeks the singers have been able to rehearse with a live band, which will join the grand final concert this year to give students a taste of life as a professional performer,” she said.

    “Tonight’s concert also features a special performance by world-renowned beat boxer, Tom Thum.”

    Ms Grace said the grand final event would be hosted by Brisbane-based jazz musician, Claire Walters and adjudicated by Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, musical theatre legend Simon Gallaher and international soprano Suzanne Kompass.

    “With students hearing firsthand from stars in the music industry, CGEN Voices can give them the inspiration they need to pursue their dreams,” she said.

    Last year more than 11,000 state school students participated in the soloist and choral events and this year the program has focussed on soloists and ensemble vocalists.

    The Department of Education has partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast, which is sponsoring the first, second and third place prizes.

    For more information about the CGEN Voices grand final performance visit: http://education.qld.gov.au/community/events/cgenvoices/cgen-voices.html

     

    Media contact: Emma Clarey 0439 578 472

    Performers at tonight’s final include:

    • Zoe Carlos, Year 9, Brisbane State High School
    • Carli Addison, Year 10, Western Cape College
    • Luke Mears, Year 12, Mansfield State High School
    • Louie Pandolfi, Year 11, Queensland Academy of Creative Industries
    • Joselle Ysa Odtuhan, Year 12, Centenary Heights State High School
    • Zumaryun Tafa, Year 11, Woodridge State High School
    • Ella Macrokanis, Year 12, Brisbane State High School
    • Centenary Vocal Ensemble, Years 9–12, Centenary State High School
    • Vox, Years 10–12, Queensland Academy of Creative Industries
    • Kayleigh Marven, Year 12, Bribie Island State High School
    • Connor Carlos, Year 12, Brisbane State High School
    • Mary-Helen Buchan, Year 11, Queensland Academy of Creative Industries
    • Lauren Towns, Year 10, Queensland Academy of Creative Industries
    • Nicole Pilato-Tilo, Year 12, Mabel Park State High School