The purpose of the Award/s is to foster the pursuit of excellence and dedication in young musicians by giving particular recognition to commitment, musical and contribution to the overall musical aims of the Barrier Reef Orchestra.  The annual Award/s shall consist of a monetary grant.  Awardees will have displayed consistent attendance at rehearsals and performances during the whole of the assessment cycle, unless other reasonable factors have limited participation.  Awardees must be no more than 25 years of age at time the Award winners are announced.  Awardees must be financial members of North Queensland Ensembles Inc. for the year in which the Award is made.  Within these limitations, all players with the Orchestra are eligible for consideration.



The Barrier Reef Orchestra is blessed with a strong cohort of young musicians, who play a vital part in the growth and longevity of the ensemble. They never cease to amaze us with their talent, enthusiasm, and rigorous work ethic. A massive congratulations to our two Young Encouragement Award recipients for 2016 Elena James (Violin) and Daniel Harley (Horn). These two players have shown enormous dedication to their craft and to the Barrier Reef Orchestra. We wish them both the very best in their studies and look forward to seeing them next year for our 2017 season!

Daniel Harley

French Horn
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Elena James

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Alexandra Gorton

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Craig Land

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