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 COVID-19 Update

Due to the current and evolving COVID-19 situation, we have been considering the impact to our beloved QYMA. Given that the recommendation is to observe social distancing and to limit indoor meetings to 100, we have taken the decision to redesign QYMA 2020.


At this stage, we are working through various scenarios and we will let you know what this redesign is as soon as possible. We do know that we won’t be able to offer QYMA in its current venue/audience-based format in term 2.


Please know that this is not a decision taken lightly as an organisation because we believe in the power of music making to build community and to be a positive experience in our lives. However, in the best interest of community health we feel that it is best to redesign QYMA 2020 so that we all remain as safe as possible.


Until we can meet again in person, keep smiling, keep singing, watch out for one another and support each other as we undertake this tumultuous ride together.


Thank you for your understanding and stay tuned for updates.


Read Voices of Birralee’s full statement here

2020 Preliminary Schedule

We are delighted to release the preliminary schedule for QYMA 2020 Season - the 2020 Season will commence on Wednesday 6 May and conclude on Thursday 4 June 2020.


Click HERE to view the 2020 preliminary schedule. 


Key dates:
Monday 11 November 2019  Registrations open 
Friday 13 March 2020 Registrations close
Monday 30 March 2020 Final schedule released 

Please note that QYMA sections are run in the evening and not during school hours - the start times will be published after entries close as it all depends on how many entries are received for the section.  

If you have any questions, please contact the QYMA team at Voices of Birralee:  

Phone: (07) 3367 1001
Email: qyma@birralee.org


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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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