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Register your Primary school choir for Singfest 2018

Welcome to Singfest 2018!


Your students are invited to participate in Singfest 2018. Singfest is an annual massed choral event for State School Primary students from years 4-6 in the Metropolitan Region. Over 1500 students participate in this event each year from state primary schools across the region.

Individual schools register for Singfest and have their choir/s learn the Singfest repertoire.  Schools choose their date and venue preference when registering and this is confirmed prior to the event. 

The repertoire will be introduced and workshopped at the Music Teachers seminar on Friday 19 January. Repertoire can be ordered after that date.

On the day of the event, each school comes together to workshop the repertoire in a massed choir of all the schools present on the day, culminating in a concert at 5.15 pm. This performance is an exciting opportunity for young vocalists. Singfest will be especially useful for students in schools with smaller choirs or singing groups.

Cost and GST Information

The cost is $15 per student.

[$14.01 Non GST Applicable plus $0.99 GST Applicable ($0.90 plus $0.09 GST) for food]


Schools will be invoiced for the number of students participating after the event.  Schools attending will need to ensure they provide adequate supervision of students at all times during the event.                          


Guest Conductor                                                  

We are excited to announce P A U L J A R M A N as our guest conductor for 2018.
Paul Jarman is a widely acclaimed Australian composer, performer, musical director, conductor and educator. His music has inspired singers and audiences around the world. As a cultural ambassador he has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific in over 40 countries with theatre productions, dance ensembles, Aboriginal-Anglo Celtic performance groups, choirs and orchestras; in festivals, special events, schools and towns as a conductor and musical director, and a member of Australia’s first ‘world music’ ensemble Sirocco since 1996 representing Australia in Pakistan, India, Taiwan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Musica Viva. He has also performed on many Australian feature films and television series and composed the music to adventure documentaries by renowned cinematographer Mike Dillon.
Paul specialises in writing about inspiring people and events including Jessica Watson, Terry Fox, Helen Keller, Ernest Shackleton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Malala Yousafzai, Frank Hurley, Pemulwuy and Mary MacKillop among many others.

In 2010 his piece for the 40th Anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jnr was performed for President Barack Obama in the White House. Paul has also written and performed music for events in the Western Front, including the D-Day 60th Anniversary in Normandy and a new piece for the Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles 2016. Paul was the only composer in the Southern Hemisphere to be asked by Oxford University Press to be part of a selected group of 7 composers commissioned to write a piece for the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 2016.

In 2016, Paul completed 20 commissioned works. He has toured with choirs to France, England, Germany, Austria, Italy, China, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Switzerland and he conducts choral events all over Australia. Paul has composed the music for some of Australia’s special events including the Centenary of Federations, the Bicentenary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill, Year of the Outback, The Olympic Arts Festival, The Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, United Nations Year of the Mountain, The
Queensland 150th and the Australia Day Spectacular. To date Paul has written over 150 commissioned choral works and has contributed another 100 school and town anthems.


Guest Accompanist

Joining Paul for the workshops and performance will be accompanist Ms Kylie Los

Kylie Los graduated from the Queensland University of TechnologyKylie Los.jpg with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction), studying piano under Mark Gibson. She was later a member of Opera Queensland’s Developing and Young Artist Programs (Repetiteur) and assisted with the musical preparation for many productions. Kylie has also had a strong involvement with Opera Queensland’s Education Programs.
In 2010 Kylie undertook overseas training, studying in Germany with Michael Clark before commencing a Master of Music (Repetiteur) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where she studied with Laura Roberts. She was subsequently a Guildhall Artists Fellow, studying and working in London from 2011 – 2013. In 2013 Kylie was assistant conductor and chorus master for the Guildhall School's production of Le nozze di Figaro . She was then repetiteur for Grange Park Opera’s production Les Carmélites and played orchestral keyboard in performances with the English Chamber Orchestra.
Kylie has extensive experience as an accompanist including touring internationally with Voices of Birralee. She has also conducted numerous choral ensembles. For her overseas study, Kylie is grateful to have received support from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Arts Queensland, PPCA Performers' Trust and The Tait Memorial Trust.  
Please Note:  Students will be expected to know the performance pieces from memory before their Sing Fest day.

A Singfest repertoire reading session will take place in January to introduce teachers and choir directors to the repertoire.  This session is part of the January Staff Professional Development Day organised by the Music Resource Centre and will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University), Southbank.  Further information, including how to register for the Professional Development Day will be posted on our Professional Development and Support page.

August 23 at Springfield Lakes State School NOTE: This date is FULL*

August 24 at Brassall State School NOTE: This date is FULL*

August 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 at The Old Museum Building , Bowen Hills. NOTE: These dates are NOW FULL*

*Please contact the Project Officer at the Music Resource Centre if you wish to nominate.


Timetabling is subject to minor changes by the guest clinician on the day of the event.

Time ​Activity
​9.30 am - 10.00 am Arrival at venue​
​10.00 am - 11.30 am Session 1 ​
​11.30 am - 12.00 pm First break (Students bring own food and drink)​
​12.00 pm - 1.30 pm Session 2​
​1.30 pm - 2.15 pm Second break (Students bring own food and drink)​
​2.15 pm - 3.15 pm Session 3​
​3.15 pm - 3.45 pm Third break (light snack provided)​
​3.45 pm - 5.00 pm ​Concert rehearsal
​5.00 pm - 5.15 pm Drink, bathroom break and concert preparation​
5.15 pm - 6.00 pm​ ​Concert

We are proud to again partner with Ellaways Music for Singfest 2018. 
Each school participating must purchase the repertoire and teach it to their choir students attending the event prior to their Workshop/Concert day.
Ellaways is the official supplier to Singfest 2018 and will ensure timely delivery of the Singfest Repertoire to schools ordering through the store. To make ordering the repertoire easier, Ellaways will provide an order form (available in the links on the right of this page) for you to order the Singfest 2018 Repertoire. 



 Singfest 2013 Slideshow