The Queensland Art Song Festival in 2024 heralds a week-long celebration dedicated to the Art Song domain. This pioneering festival aims to open doors to specialised training within the internationally recognised Art Song sphere by inviting leading global authorities to Australia. These experts are set to offer invaluable and stimulating educational and professional growth opportunities to emerging Australian musicians through a curated series of masterclasses and lectures.

The festival's agenda includes performances by students and faculty; showcases local and international artists; insightful talks by foremost specialists in Art Song; initiatives to enhance public engagement with the genre; and continuous career advice and support for participants.

This event is a collaboration between The University of Queensland School of Music, Conservatorium of Music and Queensland Art Song Festival.  

Artists

Beth Allen is a Meanjin-based mezzo-soprano delighted to be part of the Queensland Art Song Festival. Currently in her fourth year of a dual degree in Music (Honours) and Science (Archaeological Science), Beth studies voice under the guidance of Sarah Crane. During her time at university, Beth has enjoyed performing in excerpts from Così Fan Tutte, Idomeneo, Offenbach, and La Cenerentola in the UQ Singers Opera Scenes showcases. She also previously performed as Papagena in the UQ School of Music's 2022 production of The Magic Flute and Agricola in their 2023 production of A Night in Venice. Last year, Beth was awarded the 2023 Ethel Osbourne Prize alongside her colleague Connor Wilmore, as well as the 2023 Margaret Nickson Prize with her collaborative partner Mac Johnson. Most recently, Beth appeared as Carmen in the Cuskelly College of Music summer school program for 2024 and as the alto soloist in Brisbane Chorale's performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

Kaija Scott is a fourth-year voice student completing a Bachelor of Music (Honours) under the guidance of Sarah Crane. Throughout her time at the University of Queensland, Kaija has performed various roles in UQ Singers productions, including Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She was a finalist for the Ethel Osbourne Prize in both 2022 and 2024, as well as a Nickson Prize finalist in 2022. Kaija has performed alongside colleagues and members of Opera Queensland in their production of Songs of Love and War and during this year’s Festival of Outback Opera. Additionally, she has sung as a backing soloist with several artists, including Mirusia, Luke Kennedy, and The Angels. Kaija has extensive experience as a chorister, having performed in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s (QSO) productions of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem. She looks forward to performing as La Contessa in The University of Queensland’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro later this year.

Jenson White is a third-year Bachelor of Music (Honours) student majoring in voice, currently studying under the guidance of Dr Shaun Brown. Jenson began his singing journey at age eight during his early schooling years, performing in various eisteddfods, choir performances, and citizenship ceremonies. His musical journey flourished throughout his schooling, with Jenson often landing leading roles in school musical productions such as Jerome in South Pacific, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, and Fiyero in Wicked. He also held roles as Big Band Captain and Senior Soloist in his senior year. While studying his undergraduate degree, Jenson has performed selected scenes in roles such as Alfredo in La Traviata, Bogdanovitch in The Merry Widow, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Krusina in Prodaná nevěsta, and Taddeo in L'italiana in Algeri. In the 2024 UQ Opera Scenes concert, Jenson will debut as Fritz in Die tote Stadt, the title role in Eugene Onegin, and Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music. In his first year, Jenson made his opera debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and in his second year, he performed as Pappacoda in Eine Nacht in Venedig. Later this year, Jenson will debut as Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. In 2023 and 2024, Jenson was an Ethel Osbourne Prize finalist, winning the prize in 2024. He was also selected to perform with Opera Queensland in the Festival of Outback Opera in 2023 and 2024, participating in pop-up performances and gala concerts in Winton and Longreach. Jenson has thoroughly enjoyed the performance opportunities provided by UQ since commencing his degree and looks forward to many exciting endeavours in the future.

About 2024 Live at UQ concert series

The University of Queensland School of Music is proud to present our Concert Series for 2024. In reflecting the School's role in the broader South-East Queensland community, we have designed a diverse and exciting program. With established international and national artists performing, as well as our own emerging student artists, this year is set to be a vibrant, creative, and energetic time at the UQ School of Music. We look forward to connecting with you, as you explore this concert series, listen to our streamed and recorded concerts, and visit us at the St Lucia campus or browse through our website

Venue

Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building, St Lucia

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