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QCMF 2018

In only two weeks, the 2018 Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges’ Music Festival (QCMF) will commence at Villanova College in Coorparoo and ATC will once again be a huge part of this fantastic event!

In 2017 the festival ran for four days across eight separate venues, involved 99 schools and colleges from various locations throughout Queensland, interstate and overseas, bringing with them 530 ensembles and 13,479 student performances. Ambrose Treacy College boasted one of the largest contributors in terms of student numbers and performed at a consistently high level in all sections.

The festival offers an outstanding opportunity for students to perform off campus in front of an audience and to receive constructive comments from internationally acclaimed adjudicators.

On Thursday 16 August the Junior Guitar Ensemble, Senior Guitar Ensemble and Junior Choir will participate in QCMF. On Friday 17 August the Junior Band, Saxophone Ensemble, Junior Clarinet Ensemble (Ens B), Flute Ensemble, Hot Brass Squad and Concert Band compete. Saturday 18 August is the biggest day with our Brass Ensemble, Handbells, ATC Senior Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Taiko, Senior Clarinet Ensemble (Ens A) , Big Band, Percussion Ensemble, ATC Chamber Choir and ATC Jazz Orchestra all performing! On Sunday 19 August
ATC Symphonic Winds have their turn.

Students are reminded that this event is one of the most significant in our music calendar, and that in order to ensure we perform at the highest possible standard it is crucial to be the best “team-member” that you can be by:
Being committed
• Be on time (early) for all rehearsals and performances
• Communicate with your musical directors if you have an issue and are not able to attend a rehearsal, or if you have a clash with another activity and need to work on a reasonable compromise
Being prepared
• Bring the correct equipment – music, books, instrument
• Know your parts – practise all QCMF material at home
Being organised
• Look ahead at what you have coming up on your calendar, and be aware of assessment due dates, training sessions, games that you have and how you will include effective practice in this schedule

We are all looking forward to another fantastic festival, and performance opportunity for our music students – best of luck to all involved!

Jonathon Bolt
boltj@atc.qld.edu.au