Festival Events

Browse our programs, and come get involved with chamber music performances and workshops led by some of Australia’s finest musicians.

Sunday 21 July, 9:00am
Mackay Masonic Temple
57 Wood Street, Mackay

Local piano and strings students are invited to apply for masterclasses with some of Australia’s finest classical musicians.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming demand, both Strings and Piano Masterclass registrations have now closed. If you'd like to observe either masterclass, please book an observation ticket, available on the booking page.

If you’d like to develop your skills as a musician and instrumentalist, these masterclasses are the perfect opportunity! Our festival artists are some of the best musicians and educators in the country, and will facilitate masterclasses which will focus on efficiency of playing, technique, musicality, practise techniques and address any issues or questions you might have.

We look forward to working with you!


Information for applicants

Please note that in 2019, we are trialing a new system of masterclass application. Preference is given to those that apply early, and if your application is unable to be scheduled, it is by no means an indication or reflection of your abilities, but rather due to the complications of scheduling as many participants as possible, and ensuring a combination of repertoire types. For example, higher graded students generally require more time with the facilitator, and therefore the remaining time will be lessened. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, to increase chances of being accepted.

We will use TryBooking as our application platform, and payment is due at the time of application. When purchasing your ticket, you will be asked to advise your name, instrument, approximate AMEB grade and proposed repertoire. If your repertoire is yet to be decided, please write TBC. 

Places are strictly limited, and you will be advised if your application is successful in due course. If we cannot accomodate your participation, we will contact you to give you the option to refund your application fee in full, or place you on a wait list. You will also have the option of changing your ticket to an observation ticket, with a refund balance of $10.

Information for observers and parents

Observation tickets are available, but please note – piano and string sessions are being held concurrently. If you wish to observe some of both, please feel free – strings will be upstairs at the Masonic Temple, while piano will be downstairs. Parents can observe their children free of charge, and holders of the Whole Weekend Package have observation included in their ticket.