Queensland Youth Music Awards

Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA) is one of the state's longest running school music competitions which celebrates the participation of over 4,000 young people in the music making process. The contest provides an environment to motivate young students to develop their skills and raise artistic levels, to be applauded by audiences, other contestants and adjudicators alike.

2020 QYMA Awards

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We are delighted to announce the 2020 Season for QYMA will commence on Wednesday 6 May and entries are now open!

All performing ensembles will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificates and prize monies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will total close to $5,500 for 2020.

Please ensure you have read the conditions of entry and reviewed the preliminary schedule before proceeding. Please note that we are still in the process of confirming venues and will advise these asap.

You are able to enter multiple ensembles under the one school registration - just click 'New Entry' at the bottom of the summary page.

If you have any queries, please contact the QYMA administration team by emailing qyma@birralee.org.

Thank you and hope you enjoy QYMA 2020!

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2020 Preliminary Schedule

We are delighted to release the preliminary schedule for QYMA 2020 Season - the 2020 Season will commence on Wednesday 6 May and conclude on Thursday 4 June 2020.

CLICK HERE to view dates and sections.  Please note we are not able to release venue information just yet but will update this as soon as possible.

Key dates:
Monday 11 November 2019  Registrations open 
Friday 13 March 2020 Registrations close
Monday 30 March 2020 Final schedule released 

Please note that QYMA sections are run in the evening and not during school hours - the start times will be published after entries close as it all depends on how many entries are received for the section.  

If you have any questions, please contact the QYMA team at Voices of Birralee:  

Phone: (07) 3367 1001
Email: qyma@birralee.org





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A message from QYMA patron Piers Lane


"It has been a pleasure to see this event evolve during the past half-century, providing students across south east Queensland opportunities to hone their skills, achieve goals, and compete in a friendly environment, while receiving constructive feedback from some of the most experienced adjudicators in the country. 

I remember as though it were yesterday performing in this competition when it was The Ashgrove Talent Quest. It meant a lot to me. Surprisingly, I recall performances by other people as well: singers and string players, and even game contestants willing to give impromptu speeches on unlikely topics provided on the spot! I take pride in knowing how that imaginative suburban event has evolved to benefit music makers in the choral and instrumental ensemble sectors across a far wider area. 

To those competing in this year¹s season, I wish you all the best - enjoy the experience! And on behalf of all who have been a part of Queensland Youth Music Awards over the years, thank you for the opportunities this competition has provided, and congratulations on your success!" 


Piers Lane, a competitor and prize winner in QYMA's precursor, The Ashgrove Talent Quest, is proud to support the Queensland Youth Music Awards as its Patron. 

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Growing up in Brisbane, Piers was a student at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and attended Kelvin Grove State High School. He is now a world renown classical pianist, and is profiled on Queensland Symphony Orchestra's page: 

"London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at Wigmore Hall." 

Read more via Queensland Symphony Orchestra or visit his website - www.pierslane.com

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