Education Program

rising stars

Young string players from the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra are part of an exciting new chamber music mentoring program, Rising Stars, an initiative of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival.

Community members can support the Rising Stars participants by attending the finale concert, Heartland, at the Buderim Park Sound Shell.

The SCCMF festival will help regenerate the arts and culture in our region with Louise King particularly thrilled to be leading the Rising Stars program providing vital support to young musicians from our region.

Eight young musicians will work with Louise and musicians from the Brisbane-based chamber orchestra, Camerata. Brendan Joyce, Camerata’s Artistic Director, is delighted to be guiding the aspiring musicians with Louise. “In a way, Camerata was born out of the ideals of learning and having fun through music-making, so working with this exciting new chamber music festival and local teachers to nurture young musicians is both an opportunity and a privilege for us.” Brendan said.

Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra Director Maria Salmon is full of praise for the program. “We are pleased to establish the partnership with the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival and Camerata. The real strength of this program is that musicians who may be considering a musical career have the opportunity to learn from professional musicians and gain valuable performance opportunities within the festival itself”. Maria said.

The students recently commenced the 12 weeks program in which they will be engaged in a series of lively sessions building their musicianship skills and developing valuable techniques and insights about playing in a string quartet. After four intensive workshops the two string quartets will perform on the program alongside other professional musicians in the festival’s closing event, Heartland in Buderim on Sunday 20 June 2021.

Professional Development Workshops

Date & Time

PD Workshop 1: Friday 30 April 2021, 4.30pm – 7.30pm

PD Workshop 2: Friday 11 June 2021, 4.30 – 6.30pm.


PAC Chancellor State College High School Campus
164 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast 

Local string teachers will also benefit from the program. Teachers are invited to participate in two free professional development workshops, on Friday 30 April and Friday 11 June 2021. During the workshops teachers will be able to observe the students working with the professional musicians and hone their own skills and knowledge of chamber music performance techniques. Teachers can register for the free workshops.


The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland