Join our fun-filled Discovery Day, improving your technique and expanding your musical exploration with like-minded musicians. This event, tailored for high school students (AMEB Grade 6 or higher), aims to enhance your skills and spark your passion for music. Brian Catchlove, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Clarinet, offers invaluable orchestral insights. Dr Emma Di Marco, a renowned educator and saxophonist, merges academic rigor with practical musicianship. Dr Rianne Wilschut, offers expertise in woodwind performance from a chamber music perspective and expert clarinet pedagogy. Guided by Patrick Nolan, our Director of Woodwind and Brass, the day Is designed to add strength to your skills and to offer guidance to those potentially considering tertiary studies in Music. Together, these musicians will offer you an inspiring learning experience.

Brian Catchlove
Associate Principal Clarinet, QSO

Dr Emma Di Marco 
Renowned educator and saxophonist

Dr Rianne Wilschut 
President, QCASS

Patrick Nolan 
Director of woodwind and brass

Please bring the following items:

  • your instrument
  • one or two of your favourite pieces that you are currently working on
  • a water bottle
  • lunch and snacks (please note that over the weekends no on-campus cafes are open).



Session 1

Building a Solid Foundation
Breathing, basics and practice techniques.

Session 2
11am– 12:30pm

Chamber Ensembles 1
Clarinet or Saxophone Ensemble.



Session 3

Clarinet and Saxophone Masterclasses
Present a small portion of a prepared piece.

Session 4

Chamber Ensembles 2
Clarinet or Saxophone Ensemble.

Session 5

Short Concert and Q&A 
Options beyond High School Q&A
Ask about performance opportunities, tertiary study at The University of Queensland and pathways to a career
Parents encouraged to attend this session

About 2024 Discovery Days

The School of Music takes pride in hosting Discovery Days that serve a twofold purpose. Firstly, these events extend targeted support to woodwind, brass and percussion students, and by extension, their teachers. They are tailored to address specific needs of their instrument groups, fostering an environment that nurtures students and supports their aspirations, particularly those who may contemplate music studies at the tertiary level.

Secondly, these events are an opportunity to provide invaluable insights and information regarding the study of tertiary music at The University of Queensland, encompassing both the Bachelor of Music program and a diverse range of dual degree options. Through these engaging events, aspiring musicians can explore the wide array of academic offerings and resources available at the university, enabling them to make informed decisions about their educational journey.

The School of Music proudly offers a variety of dual degree options that combine music with other disciplines, attracting a growing number of music students each year. Gone are the days when students were compelled to relinquish their passion for music in favour of pursuing other areas of study. Now, they can wholeheartedly pursue their musical passion while simultaneously expanding their knowledge in other chosen disciplines such as Arts, Science, or Education. This integration allows students to enjoy a well-rounded education and embrace their diverse interests.


Room 434, School of Music, The University of Queensland
Nickson Room