• The Brisbane skyline at night
  • Perform at the Queensland Conservatorium
  • Visit the Zoo!
  • "Having worked with World Projects for over 20 years, and knowing the new staff as well as I do, I can, without reservation, encourage any director to travel with World Projects.  They will be well taken care of.”

     

    Dr. Lawrence Sutherland
    California State University
    Fresno Symphony Orchestra
  • "Just a note to tell you what a fabulous time I had at the festival two weeks ago!  The World Projects team did a fantastic job organizing and producing the event.  I have become a WP fan!”

     

    Dr. Elena Sharkova
    Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
    San Jose, CA
  • "It is both this attention to detail and the consideration for individual needs that sets World Projects apart. No problem was too big or small for their attention."

     

     

    Kathy Davis
    Executive Director
    Four Seasons Youth Orchestra
  • "World Projects makes the goal attainable and, with care and infinite attention to detail, manages all the logistics, making the journey one of leaning and joyous music making without the headaches usually associated with complex international tours.  Siam Sinfonietta intends to work with this highly experienced organization for many years to come."

    Somtow Sucharitkul
    Artistic Director of Opera Siam International

Thank you for considering the Southern Cross International Music Festival as your music performance tour. This festival promises to be an outstanding music education and performance event. The Southern Cross International Music Festival, under the umbrella of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, (QCGU) and endorsed by the WASBE (World Association for
Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) Association aims to unite ensembles of the highest calibre in an event that allows for musical excellence, the finest educational outcomes and cross cultural exchanges.

Southern Cross International Music Festival

June 7 - 10, 2013

ENSEMBLES: Youth and Adult Orchestras, Wind Bands, and Choirs will be selected by audition.

VENUES: Griffith University Conservatorium of Music, Queen Street Mall

ADJUDICATION: The festival has an optional adjudication in the concert hall at the Conservatorium of Music.

Head of the Faculty and Festival is Mr Ralph Hultgren (the Australian Representative for WASBE and mastermind of this festival).

FACULTY:  Our staff of adjudicators and clinicians is comprised of top music educators from countries all around the world. Past faculty members have included:

Ralph Hultgren [Australia]
Dr Tony Mazzaferro [USA]
Dr Geoffrey Boers [USA]
William Johnson [USA]
Dr. Lori Wiest [USA]
Dr. Margaret Pride [Australia]

Cao Peng [China]
Geoffrey Brand [UK]
Dr. Robert Halseth [USA]
Professor Mitsukazu Suwaki [Japan]
Dr Dennis Johnson [USA]
Granville Oldham [USA]

2013 Nine Day Sample Performance Tour Including the Southern Cross International Festival

DAY ONE: Wednesday, June 5, 2013  - Brisbane (D)
 
Morning: Groups arrive into Brisbane by air transportation. You will be met by your coaches (if arriving by air) and Tour Managers. Depart on a Brisbane Orientation Tour which will take you past many historical and significant architectural buildings, including City Hall, Parliament House, St John’s Cathedral, Treasury Casino and much more.
Afternoon: Lunch on your own in Brisbane.
Evening: Mid-afternoon, transfer and check in to a local 3-star hotel (TBC). Evening Welcome dinner as a group and some time to catch up on rest after a long flight.

Brisbane

DAY TWO: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - Brisbane (B,D) - Performance #1
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel.
This morning, transfer to a local Brisbane School where you will have an opportunity for a Exchange Performance as well as some exchange activities or a Workshop.
Afternoon: Lunch on your own. Afterwards some free time to explore Brisbane on your own.
Evening: Dinner as a group in Brisbane and the rest of this evening is free.

 

Brisbane

DAY THREE: Friday, June 7, 2013 Brisbane (B,D) - Performance #2
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Street Mall (or similar) where you will have an outdoor performance. Following your performance, watch other festival groups before packing up and returning your instruments to the hotel.
Afternoon: Lunch on your own. Afterwards some free time to explore Brisbane on your own.
Evening: Dinner on your own in Brisbane and the rest of this evening is free.

Queen Street Mall

DAY FOUR: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Brisbane (B,D) - Performance #3
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel. Afterwards, arrive at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and move to your Dressing Rooms to store instruments until Concert warm-up. Enjoy a tour of the internationally renowned Conservatorium. Afterwards, you’ll have some time to explore the Southbank area of Brisbane and get lunch on your own.
Afternoon: Move to the Basil Jones Orchestral Hall.
4.00-6.30pm Warm-up for your performance in the Basil Jones Orchestral Hall. Timing of warm-up required to be advised by Music Director. Venue will also be utilized for storage of instruments/cases and bags when not in rehearsal or performing - from 4.00pm to end of concert at 8.30pm.
Evening: Dinner on your own on Southbank. Performance in the Conservatorium Theatre as part of this evenings concert. Afterwards, return to the Basil Jones Orchestral Hall, pack up your instruments and return to the concert hall to watch the rest of this evening’s concert. At the conclusion of the concert, collect your instruments and return by coach to the hotel.

Basil Jones Orchestra Hall


Conservatorium Theatre

DAY FIVE: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - Brisbane (B,D) - Master classes & Workshop
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel. After breakfast transfer to Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University for a Master classes offered for the instrumentation.
Afternoon: Lunch on your own. After lunch enjoy Workshops (one per ensemble) in the Basil Jones Orchestra Hall with a respected clinicians at the Conservatorium of Music. Afterwards, pack-up your instruments and return to the hotel (end of Southern Cross Music Festival). The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Brisbane on your own.
Evening: Dinner on your own in Brisbane.

 

The Chinatown Mall in Brisbane

DAY SIX: Monday, June 10, 2013 - Brisbane (B,D) 
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Australia Zoo. Wildlife in this popular zoo was captured by Australia's famous "Crocodile Hunter," a legendary herpetologist excelling in snake and crocodile capture techniques. You’ll have an opportunity to cross paths with such native animals as koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles!
Afternoon: Lunch on your own and this afternoon is free to
enjoy the zoo. Late afternoon, return to the hotel in Brisbane.
Evening: Dinner as a group in Brisbane and this evening is
free.

 

Australia Zoo

DAY SEVEN: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Brisbane → Sydney (B,D)
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel.
Check out of the hotel, load the coaches and transfer to Brisbane Airport.
Arrive and check in for your flight to Sydney. Move through security and on to the departure gate. Depart Brisbane for Sydney. Arrive in to Sydney! Collect your luggage, load the coaches and depart on a Sydney Orientation Tour including stops in the Central Business District, Eastern Suburbs and Bondi Beach.
Afternoon: Lunch on your own in Sydney. This afternoon enjoy a Sydney Harbour Cruise and take in the sights of the world's most beautiful harbor. Late afternoon, transfer and check in to a central 3-star hotel (TBC).
Evening: Dinner as a group in Sydney and this evening is free.

 

Sydney Harbour Cruise

DAY EIGHT: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Sydney (B,D) - Performance #4
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to a local Sydney School where you will enjoy an Exchange Performance and other exchange activities.

Afternoon: Say goodbye to your hosts and depart for the Sydney Opera House where you will enjoy a tour of this magnificent performance venue (Essential Tour).

After the Opera House Tour, walk to the Rocks area where you will enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Rock’s District in Sydney – one of the oldest settled areas in the country!

Evening: Enjoy a Farewell Dinner as a group to celebrate your Australian Performance Tour!

 

Sydney Opera House

DAY Nine: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Sydney (B,D) - Return Home
 
Morning: Breakfast as a group at the hotel.Check out of the accommodation and transfer to Sydney Airport.
  Depart for home!
 

Typical Package Inclusions

  • Round-trip, economy class airfare included taxes and fuel surcharges (subject to change)
  • Accommodation:
    • Six (6) nights at a central 3-star hotel in Brisbane
    • Two (2) nights at a central 3-star hotel in Sydney
  • Breakfasts: Daily as a group at the hotels
  • Dinners: Five (5) as a group
  • Full-sized deluxe touring coaches as required by the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary including:
    • BRISBANE – Brisbane Orientation Tour, Australia Zoo
    • SYDNEY – Sydney Orientation Tour, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Rock’s Walking Tour, Sydney Opera House Guided Tour (Essentials Tour)
  • One (1) local tour manager PER COACH with the group in Australia
  • One (1) World Projects Tour Manager traveling with the group throughout the tour
  • Southern Cross International Music Festival inclusions as follows:
    • One (1) optionally adjudicated performance per ensemble at the Conservatorium Theatre
    • One (1) outdoor performance at Queen Street Mall (or similar).
    • One (1) school exchange with another Brisbane local school (TBC)
    • Workshops: One (1) per ensemble with members of the Festival Faculty
    • Master classes: For all instruments with clinicians at Griffith University
  • Exchange Performance in Sydney with a local school (TBC)
  • Large Percussion provided at Festival concert and rehearsal locations (Timpani, Concert Bass Drum, Xylophone, Orchestra Bells, Marimba, Vibraphone, Chimes, Drum Kit, Music Stands)
  • Large Percussion as provided by host schools in Brisbane and Sydney (TBC)
  • Electronic Travel Authority processing (for eligible passport holders) – note that almost all US passport holders are eligible for the ETA program
  • Group Post-Departure Travel Medical Insurance
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance (upon request)
  • Taxes and tolls (where applicable)
Package Exclusions
  • Airfare (available through World Projects — see Air Travel Arrangements)
  • Additional Music Instrument Rental (such as Harp, Cellos, Double Basses etc)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary including lunches and some dinners
  • Excess or overweight baggage charges (if any)
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, room service, telephone fee, internet connection, mail, etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Tips to Guides and Drivers
EXTENSIONS

Extend your tour to the South Pacific to include the Great Barrier Reef and Australian Rain Forest, New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture, or a relaxing holiday in Fiji.

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