2017 Maryborough Music Conference

5th Jul 2017 - 9th Jul 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Brolga Theatre, 5 Walker Street Maryborough Queensland Australia 4650
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The Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training is delighted to invite you to attend Maryborough Music Conference 2017 held from Wednesday 5 to Sunday, 9 July 2017 at the magnificent Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre. This conference is now recognised as Australia's premier music educator's event.

Our program offers over 100 multiple choice topics over four days led by world renowned national and international music educators, band and choral directors and clinicians. All delegates will have the opportunity to perform in one of the delegate performance ensembles.

We recommend registering earlier to ensure your spot. We also advise booking accommodation in the Maryborough or Hervey Bay area early as they will fill up quickly.

Breaking News

We are thrilled to welcome Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker to the 2017 Maryborough Music Conference. Rodney will direct the Big Band and present sessions throughout the conference. Whitaker is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States. Whitaker is a highly sought-after clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center and currently holds the titles of Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University where he has built one of the leading jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the United States of America. Building on his Detroit roots and enormous talent, Whitaker completed a seven-year tenure as bassist with Wynton Marsalis’ Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Rodney Whitaker is supported by Jazz Music Institute (JMI)


This year we are delighted to announce that with support of Yamaha Music Australia and the Tasmanian Conservatorium, Associate Professor Andrew Legg, Director of the internationally acclaimed Southern Gospel Choir and Director of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music will direct the 2017 Maryborough Music Conference Gospel Choir. Singers will be immersed in the irrepressible and uncontainable joy that is gospel music while learning repertoire that can form part of any school choral program. Andrew, also an internationally renowned pianist, will lead from the piano and be accompanied by a driving rhythm section. Repertoire will be sourced from smart devices and through traditional rote learning. This is the first time the choir has embraced this genre in Maryborough and participation will allow you to expand the possibilities in your school programs.



ANNOUNCING: RAN Band Sydney as Ensemble in Residence at Maryborough 2017

We are very excited and proud to announce that the entire 50 piece Royal Australian Navy Band (Sydney) will join as Ensemble in Residence at Maryborough 2017 under the baton of Lieutenant Brian O’Kane.

The band is the pre-eminent Symphonic Wind Band in the country and will perform their own concert on Wednesday 5th July in the Brolga Theatre and conduct multiple clinics and workshops with our delegates throughout the conference.

Members will also perform as a combo at the conference dinner.

Potential conference delegates wanting further information about conference content to attach to their Professional Development application can download a printer friendly Program Overview Flyer. For more detailed information on the program, please see the program tab on this website. Please note that our program is still under construction and more sessions will be added as details become available.


We are delighted to announce that with support of the FJH Music Company and Hal Leonard Australia, eminent conductor and composer, Brian Balmages will join us to conduct the delegate Symphony Orchestra this year.

Mr Balmages is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. His compositions have been performed worldwide and his schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles. Numerous guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, National Association for Music Educators, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Mr Balmages is currently Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. 




Award winning violinist and educator Dr Quinton Morris will present a number of sessions at the conference this year.

Dr. Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur, and filmmaker. In 2015, Quinton founded Key to Change, a non-profit with the mission of igniting positive change in the world through music and education. Key to Change has a violin studio in South King County, which serves middle and high school students of colour and lower economic backgrounds. Quinton recently returned from his BREAKTHROUGH World Tour, which paired recitals with educational outreach and community service in hospitals and orphanages.

The tour also featured screenings of Quinton’s short film The BREAKTHROUGH, which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris. Dr Morris has also performed as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony, and made two recordings with the renowned Naxos International Records.

Dr Morris is the first tenured music professor at Seattle University in 30 years and the second living African-American violinist in United States history to receive such a distinction.

In an Australian first, we are delighted to announce that prolific composer and arranger and the Assistant Director of the United States Marine Band “The President’s Own”, Ryan J. Nowlin will conduct the Symphonic Wind Band at Maryborough Music Conference 2017. Ryan’s attendance is supported by KJOS and Encore Music Distributors.

All delegates will have the opportunity to perform in one of the delegate performance ensembles, which in 2017 will include Symphonic Wind Band, conducted by Captain Nowlin, Symphony Orchestra, Big Band or, for the first time, the Gospel Choir.



For further information on presenters and sessions as it becomes available, check out the Maryborough Music Conference Facebook page.



Brolga Theatre
5 Walker Street
Queensland Australia 4650

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