The Australian School of Performing Arts was established in 2009, founded on a desire to ensure that all children, teachers and communities have the opportunity to experience the enduring, significant and powerful benefits of engaging in the performing arts.

Humble beginnings

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) was established in 1984 by Judith Curphey OAM, with 150 girls rehearsing in four classes in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood and Judith as the sole tutor. Today the AGC is proud to have more than 6000 girls learning to sing, dance and perform in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

AGC sets the stage

The founding philosophy behind the AGC is that every child can learn to sing given encouragement and training, and the dynamic and inclusive curriculum is designed to cater to varying abilities and confidence levels. The senior performance groups have shared the stage with outstanding artists including Pharrell Williams, Olivia Newton-John and on tour with Hugh Jackman, released several CDs, and performed for audiences including Pope Benedict XVI, the King of Tonga, Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.

ASPA is born..

After experiencing the profound and positive impacts of the performing arts through the AGC, Judith was compelled to extend these opportunities to students and teachers and communities who may not otherwise have access to them. Since it’s establishment in 2009, ASPA Education (formerly Australian Arts Alive) has engaged thousands of participants in many and varied programs – providing performing arts workshops and holiday programs, creating choreography for school concerts, directing school musicals and facilitating professional development sessions for teachers.

What an incredible PD session with our Catholic Education Sandhurst schools yesterday! Thank you to the teachers who attended live in person. We are sure you enjoyed Jane and Liv’s fabulous session on filming and editing your school performance items. To the many teachers who were interested but couldn’t make it live, you’ll be happy to know that a full recording of the session is on its way to your inboxes.

Don’t forget that ALL participants will can book in for a follow up one-on-one session for a deeper dive into your unique project. Get in touch with Sophie to book in!
🎭✨🎵 Holiday program families in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney can check their inboxes, because your child's filmed performance items are ready to watch! Perth families can look forward to your video next week! 🎭✨🎵
Are you one of our Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst & Catholic Education Sandhurst teachers? 

Join ASPA Education for a Filming and Editing Workshop NEXT MONDAY October 19 at 3:45-4:30pm! ALL participants will receive follow up resources and the opportunity to book in for a follow up one-on-one PD session!

We'll give you all the tools you need to plan, film and edit your own film clip for your school community, including: 
Planning your shoot
Simple lighting tips and techniques
Filming on your camera, phone or device
How to edit your own footage
Adding audio

We can't wait to see you there!