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.

🎭 Warm up your voice with Rachel!🎡 Our ASPA Education Instructors are experts at creating fun and nurturing environments for young people to enjoy exploring their vocal, physical and theatrical potential. Boys and girls with any level of experience love ASPA Ed workshops because they feel free to challenge themselves and express their creative side, all while having fun and developing important life skills.

Your next chance to play with ASPA Education is at our upcoming Performing Arts Holiday Programs! If you're in Adelaide (Oct 7-8), Brisbane (Sept 30-Oct 1), Canberra (Oct 7-8) Perth (Oct 7-8) or Sydney (Oct 7-8) then we'd love to see you there!

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Movement and dance activities are a wonderful way to develop coordination, body awareness and physical self-confidence in a non-competitive environment. Get active this school holidays at our Performing Arts Holiday Programs! Our high energy and upbeat movement routines are suitable to all levels of dance experience.

Performing Arts Holiday Programs:
Adelaide: Wed Oct 7 and Thur Oct 8 
Brisbane: Wed Sept 30 and Thur Oct 1 - only 10 places left!
Canberra: Wed Oct 7 and Thur Oct 8
Perth: Wed Oct 7 and Thur Oct 8 - only 10 places left!
Sydney: Wed Oct 7 and Thur Oct 8
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Age: Boys and girls in Foundation to Year 6
Cost: $160 – AGC Choristers, AGC Alumni, Holiday Program Past Attendees and ASPA Ed Online Participants, $175 – Non-Members

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Recently we've been working with primary schools in regional VIC and NSW, supporting them through one-on-one professional development mentoring and creating online resources for their digital and in-person classrooms. As passionate educators, we believe in equipping teachers with the skills and knowledge to deliver vibrant sustainable performing arts programs in their school.
Our ASPA Instructors have had another incredible week running one-on-one teacher PDs with St Patrick's (Wangaratta), St Joseph's (Numurkah), Sacred Heart (Tatura), St Mary's (Myrtleford) and St Monica's (Wodonga). This week, our one-on-one sessions included repertoire selection, vocal health and warm ups, musical theatre staging, iMovie film clips and putting on a whole school musical from start to finish!

Thanks for having us Catholic Education Sandhurst!