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Queensland Music Festival announces finalists for song-writing competitions On Song and Score IT!

Queensland’s next crop of young composers and a totally new wave of talented young song writers were selected today, with Queensland Music Festival announcing the finalists for its 2019 Score IT! and On Song competitions.

Judged by a panel of Australian leaders in music – including acclaimed songwriter Jack Carty award-winning screen composer and orchestrator Cameron Patrick , Queensland Conservatorium Senior Lecturer Gerardo Dirie, Griffith Film School Senior Lecturer and Sound Designer Steve Reinthal and Queensland Music Festival Artistic Director Katie Noonan, - both competitions have provided young musicians from around the state the unique opportunity to participate in real-world music writing challenges and to create their own piece of music to be critiqued.

In 2019, Score IT! invited students to compose a unique piece of music, written to accompany a short film that was provided to them, while On Song called on singer songwriters from around Queensland, to put their best original track forward.

“I’ve had the pleasure of judging the On Song competition in the past” Said On Song judge Jack Carty. “Each year the talent pool gets larger and larger, and the level of skill gets higher and higher. 2019 has been no exception…in fact; this year might be our best applicants yet!”

Among the finalists for Score IT! Junior is Noosa-based tenth-grader Jack Curry and Elliena Escott – a Gold Coast local, regarded as a one woman orchestra that plays 11 instruments – who is celebrating being a finalist for the second time, this time in the Score IT! Senior category.

Tenth grader Harrison Wilkes from Balmoral State School and Kaito Nelson from Ipswich Grammar School have both secured spots for Score IT! Junior, while Noosa Pengari Steiner School’s Imogen Ferdinando and grade 12 student Miguel Cescotto from Anglican Church Grammar School are Score IT! Senior finalists.

Score IT! Plus welcomes back Rockhampton twelfth grader Lachlan Moulds, who previously placed 4th in 2018’s Score IT! competition, as well as Brisbane students William Elvin (who previously placed 2nd in 2018’s Score IT! Plus category) and Tara Lynam and Bundaberg based student Andrew Udal.

2019’s On Song finalists also includes a wealth of musical talent, with six young musicians from as far north as Townsville and as far south as Toowoomba, being announced today.

17 year old musician Izack Hunt who has already had music appear on TV shows like ABC’s The Heights and 14 year old Brisbane local Felicity Kircher, a multi-instrumentalist that plays the violin, guitar, piano, banjo and mandolin are among the crop.

They’re joined by Toowoomba’s Emma Burton, Townsville local Matilda Duncan who has shared the stage with acts like The Rubens, 16 year old Eumundi local Maddison Clarke and 14 year old Bella Fenlon from Eimeo, just north of Mackay.

The selected musicians from across the state will all come together in Brisbane to participate in a series of songwriting and performance workshops led by Jack Carty. All finalists from On Song and Score IT! will also receive a RØDE AI-1 Complete Studio Kit to help them continue producing music beyond the festival.

The week will culminate in a performance alongside Jack at QPAC’s On Song Green Jam event on Friday 12 July.

Music students, musicians and members of the public can also get involved in Score IT! with a public lecture by renowned composer and orchestrator, Cameron Patrick, who will be returning to Brisbane to share his Hollywood industry knowledge of composing and orchestrating for blockbuster films at the Score IT! Public Lecture on July 26.

Queensland Music Festival On Song + Score IT! Finalists 2019

(In Alphabetical Order)


Jack Curry - Sunshine Beach State High School, Noosa

Kaito Nelson - Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich

Harrison Wilkes – Balmoral State High School, Balmoral


Miguel Cescotto – Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane

Elliena Escott - Trinity Lutheran College, Gold Coast

Imogen Ferdinando – Noosa Pengari Steiner School, Doonan


William Elvin – Hubbards School – Brisbane

Tara Lynam – Loreto College - Brisbane

Lachlan Moulds – Rockhampton Grammar School – Rockhampton

Andrew Udal – Bundaberg Christian College – Bundaberg


Emma Burton – Toowoomba

Maddison Clarke – Eumundi

Matilda Duncan – Townsville

Bella Fenlon - Eimeo

Izack Hunt – Sunshine Beach

Felicity Kircher – Brisbane

Score IT! is presented by Queensland Music Festival and supported by Brisbane City Council, Griffith University, APRA AMCOS, Queensland School of Film and Television, PixelFrame and RODE Microphones.

On Song is presented by Queensland Music Festival and supported by Brisbane City Council, APRA AMCOS and RØDE Microphones.

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