Musical Director Vivace
Astrid Jorgensen is a Brisbane-based composer, conductor, educator and performer. She holds a Masters degree in Music Studies (Vocal Jazz) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and both a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Music) and a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from the University of Queensland. Astrid is an Arts Faculty Scholar of UQ, and won the Hugh Brandon Prize for the top conducting student in 2010.
Astrid's achievements as a performer have seen her share stages with some of the finest performers in the world including The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers, James Morrison, Katie Noonan, and Li Cunxin. Astrid's received the 2012 Billy Thorpe Scholarship at the QLD Music Awards for the best emerging artist. In 2013 her band, Astrid & The Asteroids released an eponymous EP of 5 songs, which received 8 nominations at the Australian Independent Music Awards.
Astrid has worked as a choral specialist and composer-in-residence in primary and secondary schools, universities, and community settings. She was the guest clinician at the 2016 Sing Out festival in Toowoomba, where she conducted a choir of over 1500 primary students at the Empire Theatre, and adjudicated over three days. She currently works as the Head of Voice at St Patrick's College, Townsville, where she has established the Whole School Choir - a compulsory fortnightly ensemble for every pupil in the school. Astrid will return to Brisbane in 2017 and is excited to work with the Queensland Show Choir, as well as directing Choral Connection (Toowoong), and Choirbolical (Toowoomba).