Director of Music at Brisbane Girls Grammar, Mark Sullivan is adjudicating this week at the eisteddfod.
Director of Music at Brisbane Girls Grammar, Mark Sullivan is adjudicating this week at the eisteddfod. Renee Pilcher

Gympie eisteddfod a success

GYMPIE region primary schools showcased their musical talents yesterday at the 2010 Gympie and District Eisteddfod and visiting adjudicator Mark Sullivan, currently Director of Music at Brisbane Girls Grammar, was impressed with the calibre of performances.

“I’m just so pleased to see so much activity in the band and string orchestra areas,” he said.

“I’m seeing some fine teaching; the students are very well prepared.”

Mr Sullivan said he visited Gympie in the early 80s with a group called Music for Young People.

“I would come to Gympie intermittently to support string players who had no teacher at the time and to give them some hands-on learning.”

The development of school music programs and the direction of string and symphony orchestras has been Mr Sullivan’s focus since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

His view is that music is as important to children as academic work, in fact, he goes as far as to say music is more important because it develops and enhances their emotional well being.

“Eisteddfodau serves a very vital purpose,” he said.

“It’s a public event that gives (students) something to strive for.”

The eisteddfod continues until Friday evening. Tickets are available at the door. 

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