OFF TO BRISBANE: Kingaroy State High School students Brooke Lavaring, Lize Pothieter, Lucas Ladyman, Ellie Dalton and Yoko Ueno-Henderson are heading to the State Honours Ensemble Program.Photo Rhiannon Tuffield / South Burnett Times
OFF TO BRISBANE: Kingaroy State High School students Brooke Lavaring, Lize Pothieter, Lucas Ladyman, Ellie Dalton and Yoko Ueno-Henderson are heading to the State Honours Ensemble Program.Photo Rhiannon Tuffield / South Burnett Times Rhiannon Tuffield

Musical students to head to Brisbane and train with the best

SIX students from Kingaroy State High School are set to head to the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University, South Bank, for the annual State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) these school holidays.

The prestigious music program includes four days of intensive rehearsals, culminating in five grand finale concerts.

The event features four wind orchestras, two string orchestras, a Celtic string ensemble, four vocal ensembles and a symphony orchestra and big band, showcasing 870 of the finest young secondary school musicians from private and distance education schools around the state.

Kingaroy State High School music teacher Matt Phillips said the school had broken a record with students attending.

"It's very exciting to have six students attending this year," he said.

"The students always get so much out of the program, and of course they bring back what they've learned and it rubs off onto our students here at Kingaroy State High School."

Each year the school nominates students to attend the program, and the competition is cut-throat.

"There's a minimum standard at which the students have to be," Mr Phillips said.

"They get to go and play music that is much harder than what we do here, and because every student is playing at their level, it challenges them, which is really good."

Mr Phillips said the students spent much of their time outside of school playing their instruments.

"To get to the standard, there is a lot of practice that goes with it," he said.

"These students do their stuff at school but they're all practising their instruments at home - the hours that go into it is definitely needed."

The concert will be open to the public on Sunday, October 4, in the Conservatorium Theatre from 10am.

Email conservatorium@ griffith.edu.au for more.

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