Bribie Island State School Choir

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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The Swedish pop group ABBA had a hit with a song that included the lines “Thank You For the Music, for giving it to me” and those words are a true reflection of the joy that music can bring into someone’s life, both as a listener and also as the performer.

Featured Image(above): Bribie Island State School Choir warming up

As a matter of fact, I think that in many instances, the performer is the one who benefits the most. With this in mind, I can only imagine the pleasure that students from Bribie Island State School Choir experienced when they displayed their talents while competing in the Queensland Youth Music Awards at Kurwongbah State School recently. The Bribie Island State School Choir consists of twenty-seven keen singers and on the night, they performed two songs which were, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (let spell check work that one out) from Mary Poppins and Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

When the competition winners were announced, both supporters and choir members were thrilled to hear the Bribie Island Choir rewarded for their performances with the Bronze Award. Currently celebrating its fiftieth year, the Queensland Youth Music Awards is one of the state’s longest-running school music competitions and consistently provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills and raise artistic levels by performing in front of an audience, other contestants, and adjudicators.

The BISS choir is seen as an integral part of the school’s Arts program and school music teacher Liz Palmer said that as a non-auditioned choir, all students are welcome to join. ‘I believe that all students who love to sing should have the opportunity to sing and perform,’ Liz told me. ‘By becoming part of a team students are able to make friends and be challenged as well as learning a range of songs, both popular and classic, while having fun. The choir practices twice each week during the lunch break and the students really love being involved,’ she added.

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