Raise Your Voice is an exciting opportunity for international students, community choirs, and singers from all over Queensland to be involved in a two-day choral festival that delivers a unique musical experience.


Singers of all levels, talents and abilities are invited to connect and participate in vocal workshops, choral rehearsals and performances with some of the most vibrant community conductors and musicians in the state. 


The festival starts on Saturday 14 September and will culminate in a free concert for the general public at South Bank Piazza on Sunday 15 September at 1pm.


Raise Your Voice is an initiative of English Australia, Study Brisbane, the UQ School of Music and the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education-UQ, in partnership with Study Queensland and Trade and Investment Queensland. The project is part of the Queensland government’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund, an initiative designed to advance Queensland in the industry.






South Bank


410 Stanley Street
South Brisbane


TIME: 1pm

COST: Free

The Raise Your Voice concert will be a fun, multicultural, uplifting, and joyous showcase of choral singing. Come and see the power of choral singing to help people learn languages, develop emotionally, and build communities.

2019 Run sheet

Run sheet




Here are some images of us in action at some of our past performances, including English Australia Professional Development Fest 2018, Welcome Festival 2017 and Queensland Music Festival 2017.



Raise Your Voice Choir Festival

Vicki Bos – Event Co-ordinator

Vicki has been a TESOL language teacher and teacher trainer at the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education at The University of Queensland (ICTE-UQ) since 2001. Her special professional interest is the use of communal singing to enhance language learning and foster student engagement. She founded and conducts the ICTE-UQ Chorus, a student choir which regularly performs a wide repertoire of songs in English. 

Raise Your Voice Choir Festival

Donna Cook – Event Co-ordinator

Donna is an educator and leader in ELICOS, with over 20 years’ experience in Schools, ELICOS and Higher Education sectors, both in Australia and overseas. She is currently the Academic manager at Australian Catholic University English Language centre in Brisbane, and is on the Board of English Australia as a general delegate. Her skills and interests include leadership, effective communication, teacher training and curriculum development. She has always been passionate about music and has a love of choral singing.

Raise Your Voice Choir Festival

Bernadette Debattista – Conductor

Bernadette is a Queensland Conservatorium trained opera singer, music teacher, conductor and vocal coach. She has taught voice and conducted choirs and vocal ensembles for over 30 years. Bernadette is currently employed as the Singing Teacher and Choir Conductor at both St Joseph’s College (Gregory Terrace) and Hillbrook Anglican School. She is a member of the Opera Qld Chorus and has performed with the company since 1983. She has worked in a partnership with All Hallows’ School and the Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs to co-conduct a choir to support ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli (Dawn Service and Lone Pine Commemoration) 2012-2016. In 2011 she toured Italy with the St Joseph’s College Choir and in 2017 toured with them to the USA.

Raise Your Voice Choir Festival

Amiel Matthews – Composer

Australian musician and songwriter Amiel Matthews won the 2018 Raise Your Voice competition to deliver an original choral work to represent the international student experience in Queensland. His work will be sung as the mass choir finale of the Raise Your Voice Choir Festival. Amiel has been performing as a musician for over 16 years. His original music has seen him performing as a solo artist, supporting top bands such as The Butterfly Effect, Shihad and Taxiride, and receiving commercial airplay.

Raise Your Voice Choir Festival

Helen Hutchings – Public Relations

Helen is a Group Executive Director at Phillips Group, Brisbane's leading PR firm. She has 20 years experience in the PR industry working on campaigns involving media relations, sponsorship, branding, engagement and digital and social media. Helen is the Queensland President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

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