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Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Instrumental Music (MOST)

Posted by Creative Generation | Oct 27, 2022

Since 1983, the Department of Education (DoE) has successfully delivered the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Instrumental Music (MOST), a biennial residential camp for up to 80 students from Queensland state secondary schools.

More than 1,155 instrumental music students have participated in the program, and many have gone on to a professional career in music as a performer, conductor, composer or educator.

The program is designed to extend musically outstanding students enrolled in a Queensland state school instrumental music program by providing a series of intensive rehearsals, workshops, tutorials and performances with professional conductors, instructors and tutors.

About MOST (Musically Outstanding Students) 2023 

Up to 80 students will be chosen to participate in MOST 2023, which will be held in Brisbane from Monday 19 June – Thursday 29 June 2023.
On acceptance into MOST, students will be allocated across four ensembles, including:
• symphony orchestra
• symphonic winds
• string orchestra
• big band.

The 10-day program is designed for students to participate in rigorous rehearsals for each ensemble, individual instrumental tutorials, musicianship workshops and a variety of extracurricular activities that aim to give students an insight into the music industry.

The program culminates in the MOST Gala Concert on Wednesday 28 June 2023.

Evening performances by professional ensembles and the MOST Gala Concert provide students with the opportunity to celebrate outstanding practice, and to share in the thrill and satisfaction of reaching personal music goals with like-minded and equally talented musicians.

Most 2023 Program Outcomes

MOST provides students with a unique opportunity to:

  • Work in a professional environment
  • Learn from professional musicians and conductors
  • Perform in a public setting
  • Create networks with professional musicians and conductors
  • Work with like-minded student musicians
  • Participate in a learning culture that supports the sharing of excellent practice, nurtures individuals and encourages students to realise their full potential.
  • MOST Big Band members will also be invited to play in the James Morrison Creative Generation Big band which will perform at CGEN

MOST 2023 program nominations are now open.

Read and download the MOST Nomination Guidelines pdf HERE

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