Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) visited the Western Downs communities of Chinchilla, Miles and Tara this week, and the string quartet was in the Maranoa communities of Roma and Wallumbilla.

The visits are part of the QSO Connect program, an innovative partnership between Australia Pacific LNG operated by Origin and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, delivering quality music education and concert experiences to students in regional Queensland.

The QSO woodwind musicians will visit Chinchilla, Miles and Tara, with school concerts for students from Chinchilla Christian College, Chinchilla State School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Chinchilla, Miles Primary School, Drillham Primary School, Dulacca Primary School, and Tara Shire State College. Students will hear the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and French Horn in concert while beginners and more advanced students will attend workshop sessions.   QSO musicians will also attend a rehearsal of the Chinchilla Concert Band, playing side-by-side with community musicians, in another wonderful experience for all involved.

The QSO string quartet musicians will visit Roma and Wallumbilla, presenting schools concerts and working with Maranoa Music in rehearsal.  Schools from St John’s Catholic School, Roma State College and Wallumbilla State School will have the opportunity to attend concerts.  In great news for the musicians of tomorrow, string students from these schools will be taking part in workshop sessions with QSO musicians.

As part of QSO’s We’re Sharing the Joy program to give back to the community, musicians also played for residents at Illoura Village Aged Care.

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