AMEB invites entries for national online orchestra music project

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)
Entries open until 31 July 2021
Online orchestra performance of Morning Star and Evening Star in October 2021

Individuals, schools, choirs and community groups are invited to download, rehearse and perform the music arrangement of Morning Star and Evening Star, written by Candace Kruger, a Kombumerri – Ngugi yarrabilgingun (songwoman) and Indigenous ethnomusicologist from south-east Queensland, with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger. 

Barbie spoke to composer of Morning Star and Evening Star, Candace Kruger

It is based on an Aboriginal lullaby sung to Candace’s Aunty Lottie Levinge, who, decades later, shared it with her family. 

The arrangement includes parts for a wide range of instruments and various skill levels. Participants record their performance and upload it to the AMEB website. AMEB will then combine all the clips to create one impressive virtual performance. 

The process is:

  • Step 1 – Watch the AMEB Online Orchestra website for instructions and inspiration. 
  • Step 2 – Download the part you’d like to play and the accompanying click track. 
  • Step 3 – Practise your part. 
  • Step 4 – Record yourself playing your part in your chosen location (a place that’s special to you). 
  • Step 5 – Upload the recording (audio or video) to the website. 
  • Step 6 – Be a part of the biggest orchestra Australia has seen! 

Teaching resources and learning plans that align with the national arts and language curriculum are available so teachers of all levels can integrate the song and the project into their classrooms. 

Further information:

Image above: Original artwork drawn by Isobella Kruger and graphic designed by Paula Nihot