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.

Our ASPA Education team is back in Head Office and ready to kick off with some excellent Teacher PD workshops in the coming weeks! 

First up is Start or Revive Your School Choir! Our experienced staff will share simple and effective tricks of the trade to enable you to reinvigorate or launch a school choir that students will want to join. 

Start or Revive Your School Choir:
Melbourne - Friday 26 February
Sydney - Friday 19 February
Sydney - Friday 5 March
Register now via link in bio.

Tag a teacher you know to help us spread the word!
Our Melbourne girls are ready to light up your screens this evening on Channel 9's broadcast of @carolsbycandlelight_aus at 8.00pm. We wish all of our ASPA community the most wonderful Christmas shared with family and friends!
Keep an eye out for our beautiful Sydney choristers on tonight's broadcast of @carolsdomain on Channel 7 at 7.30pm,  followed by our Melbourne girls' appearance on @sunriseon7 at 6.15am on Christmas Eve! #christmaswithagc
What a year it’s been at ASPA! We asked our ASPA Company Directors to share their highlight of 2020 to celebrate some of the incredible accomplishments at the Australian School of Performing Arts this year.

✨"In a year where the arts and event industries have really been hit hard, I’ve been so pleased that we’ve found opportunities for our girls to uplift others with their beautiful voices and inspiring performances." Jasmine Cruickshank, General Manager of PR & Marketing ✨

Read our Director Highlights: