The Hugh Brandon Prize is awarded every three years to a person who displays most exceptional promise in the field of choral and/or instrumental conducting.

Hugh Earle Brandon, inaugural Head of the Department of Music, 1955 to 1966
About the Prize

Hugh Earle Brandon (1906-1984) was a staff member of the University of Queensland from 1945 to 1973. During that time, he was the inaugural Head of the Department of Music from 1955 to 1966, and Dean of the Faculty of Music in 1970.

Hugh was responsible for reviving the Queensland University Musical Society following the Second World War, and conducted that choir from 1950 until 1965, when he became patron. Hugh was the first recipient of the Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Queensland when he was awarded an honorary degree in 1970.

More information about Hugh is available in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and in Hugh Brandon: His Contribution to Musical Life in Brisbane by Lucille Schloss.

Following his retirement, friends and colleagues established the Hugh Brandon Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 1980. The prize is awarded every three years, when recent Bachelor of Music and Master of Music graduates and current students with an interest in undertaking further study in choral and instrumental conducting are invited to apply.

Recent recipients of the Prize include Nathan Aspinall (2012), who has recently been named assistant conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony.