First formed in 1991 by our current director Dr James Cuskelly, the Queensland Kodály Choir (QKC) is a Brisbane-based community choir with more than a hundred male and female members, aged from 18 to 80. Initially the choir was an outlet for school leavers to continue music education at a post-senior level. From these beginnings, the choir has developed a broad community appeal and membership.
The Queensland Kodály Choir is open to all, who are interested in music and singing, regardless of previous training or experience or age. Potential members are not required to audition. The choir rehearses and has performed in a variety of configurations: mixed choir, men’s chorus and women’s chorus. The choir regularly sings with other choirs.
Based upon the Kodály philosophy of music education, QKC has a strong educational focus and uses an aural-based experience of music to develop literacy, musicianship and performance skills. In accordance with the Kodály philosophy, the choir offers an ongoing education program. All members of the choir are encouraged to develop their musicianship skills and abilities by participating in weekly classes.
A diverse range of accompanied and unaccompanied pieces – program to be finalised.
Dr James Cuskelly
James Cuskelly completed his undergraduate studies in music, geography and psychology at The University of Queensland in 1984, and a Diploma of Education in 1985, and was awarded the Kodály Certificate from Holy Names College (California) in 1991. He obtained the Masters of Music Studies (UQ) in 1997 and his PhD in music education (UQ) in 2007. James has a very broad base in education, having taught in pre-school, primary and secondary classrooms, as well as 12 years experience as co-ordinator of Music Education at The University of Queensland. James is committed to teacher training in music education, and consequently, is frequently asked to lead teacher in-service programs and workshops, and to present as guest lecturer, keynote speaker and clinician at both the national and international levels. He is Musical Director of the Queensland Kodály Choir, Director of the International Summer School Music Program (Brisbane), the President of the International Kodály Society and Head of Faculty – Creative Arts and Design Studies – at St Aidan’s AGS.