Queensland Youth Music Awards

The Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) is one of the state's longest running school music competitions which celebrates the participation of over 4,000 young people in the music making process.

The Awards provide an environment to motivate young students to develop their skills and raise artistic levels, to be applauded by audiences, other contestants and adjudicators alike.

QYMA 2020 Season Cancelled - COVID-19 update 21 April

We are sad to announce that Voices of Birralee will be cancelling the 2020 season for QYMA in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  We have been investigating possible options to postpone or reschedule, however the unpredictability of the situation prevents us from doing so in 2020.


As you know we had hoped to provide a virtual format for QYMA but as the return to school has been delayed for most students believe that it is socially and fiscally responsible for us to cancel our 2020 season now and provide you with the various options.   Please refer to the recent email for further information. 


We would like to thank all entrants for your patience whilst we navigate this process as quickly and smoothly as possible. 


Whilst our normal 2020 QYMA will not proceed, we will be looking at ways to connect with you and provide a platform for you to share your work with your ensembles when you are able to do so.  We will provide more details about this over the next few months.


Social distancing will have an impact on all our lovely QYMA’ers mental health and well being so we encourage you to keep connected as much as possible.   Remember to like our FaceBook page and know that you can always reach out to our leadership team here at Voices of Birralee – we too will be miss seeing your ensembles at QYMA. 


Julie Christiansen – jc@birralee.org

Paul Holley – paul@birralee.org

Rochelle Manderson – qyma@birralee.org


Please know we do understand how important QYMA is to provide performance opportunities for our young musicians so they can be encouraged in their musical development and to share their work with other like-minded people.  So we look forward to welcoming you back in 2021!


So until we meet again, remember to take care and stay safe!

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A message from QYMA patron Piers Lane

"It has been a pleasure to see this event evolve during the past half-century, providing students across south east Queensland opportunities to hone their skills, achieve goals, and compete in a friendly environment, while receiving constructive feedback from some of the most experienced adjudicators in the country. 

I remember as though it were yesterday performing in this competition when it was The Ashgrove Talent Quest. It meant a lot to me. Surprisingly, I recall performances by other people as well: singers and string players, and even game contestants willing to give impromptu speeches on unlikely topics provided on the spot! I take pride in knowing how that imaginative suburban event has evolved to benefit music makers in the choral and instrumental ensemble sectors across a far wider area. 

To those competing in this year¹s season, I wish you all the best - enjoy the experience! And on behalf of all who have been a part of Queensland Youth Music Awards over the years, thank you for the opportunities this competition has provided, and congratulations on your success!" 

Piers Lane, a competitor and prize winner in QYMA's precursor, The Ashgrove Talent Quest, is proud to support the Queensland Youth Music Awards as its Patron. 

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Growing up in Brisbane, Piers was a student at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and attended Kelvin Grove State High School. He is now a world renown classical pianist, and is profiled on Queensland Symphony Orchestra's page: 

"London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at Wigmore Hall." 

Read more via Queensland Symphony Orchestra or visit his website - www.pierslane.com

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