Thank you for a wonderful 2016 competition!
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Queensland Youth Music Awards 2016 
Thank you for your enthusiastic participation! 

Wow! What an incredible QYMA season for 2016! We were delighted to have 4,000 young people involved over 12 huge nights!

This was an exciting and massive effort, and we were very appreciative for the support from our donors, adjudicators, volunteer crew and for the venues who hosted us from 4 May - 1 June.

This year's competition was one of the biggest QYMA has ever seen, and our adjudicators were incredibly impressed by the high quality of music presented by all choirs and instrumental ensembles.

We feel it has set a fantastic standard for next year, which marks the 50th annual contest! 

Over the past 50 years, the competition has evolved, operating for 16 years as The Pine Rivers Music Contest for Primary and Secondary Schools and prior to that as a Talent Quest run by Ashgrove/The Gap Methodist Churches, to now be managed by Voices of Birralee. 

We look forward to celebrating QYMA's 50 year journey next year, and how, while it has changed format over the years, and its name, it has remained true to its participants, providing a friendly and high quality contest, enjoyable for all involved

We invite you to start thinking about next year's competition. It will be held in May 2017 with entries opening from 16 January. 

Also looking to next year, we invite local businesses or groups to get involved, with lots of sponsorship opportunities to be a part of this community event. If you would like to be involved, please email us or phone 07 3367 1001. 

Bring on QYMA's 50th year! 

Until next time...

Julie Christiansen OAM
Voices of Birralee (Managers of QYMA)
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DATE CLAIMER - 2017 will celebrate 50 years of QYMA! 
16 January: Registrations will open & Preliminary Schedule Released
13 March: 2017 Registrations Close
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What a great season! All 2016 results can be viewed here
"Last week two of our choirs performed in Section 21 of the Queensland Youth Music Awards and we were honoured by the experience... our Show Choir received a Silver Award and our Vocal Harmony received a Gold and third place. 

"Our students were overwhelmed by the standard of choirs in the section. It is exciting to see the wonderful choral work happening in Brisbane schools and the passion with which these young people sing. It was a wonderful learning experience for our choirs." 

- Tamara Luski, Choral Co-ordinator, MacGregor State High School 
"QYMA was an amazing experience for both the Girls’ Choir and the Junior Choir. The other school choirs were outstanding, and we enjoyed watching their performances. Our results were amazing, and we were really proud to have accomplished Gold.

"We would like to say thank you to the judges, audience, conductors and the parents for their efforts. It made the night exciting and very enjoyable." 

- The Gap State School students. 

We love your feedback! If you have any great ideas or helpful feedback to assist us in improving the QYMA experience, please email us


The Queensland Youth Music Awards is an independent non-profit organisation launched in 1994.

Previously operating for 16 years as The Pine Rivers Music Contest for Primary and Secondary Schools and prior to that as a Talent Quest run by Ashgrove/The Gap Methodist Churches, it now caters for around 200 ensembles and choirs from different schools throughout South East Queensland. This makes the competition one of the largest school music eisteddfods in our state. 

The QYMA is now managed by Voices of Birralee, a leading Australian, Brisbane-based non-profit child and youth choral organisation.

For more information on Voices of Birralee visit


Help drive QYMA's success in its 50th year.

There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available and we'd love to hear from local businesses or organisations willing to support this exceptional community event. 

QYMA continues to nurture young musicians in a supported, friendly competition and your business would achieve excellent exposure in an environment with resounding family and educational values.

Contact us today to discover how you can be involved and check out some sponsorship options here. 


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