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.

"My niece Rosie lives in country Victoria, so she "My niece Rosie lives in country Victoria, so she can’t join the Australian Girls Choir. ASPA Ed Online engages her with her interest in performing and allows her to participate in a comfortable environment at her own pace." Do you know a little one in a regional town who might like to try ASPA Education Online? As a friend and follower of ASPA you can give them the special promo code 'AGC20' for 20% off! Check out the program here:
If you're in Victoria and looking for some fun and If you're in Victoria and looking for some fun and active 'at home' activities, then you might like to check out our ASPA Education Online program. With eight separate lessons taught by some of our most experienced Australian Girls Choir tutors and Australian School of Performing Arts instructors around the country, ASPA Ed Online is perfect for Junior and Middle Primary aged boys and girls. Check it out here: Tag a parent who might be interested!
Not only does singing with others make us feel goo Not only does singing with others make us feel good, it’s incredibly beneficial for our health, too. Research shows that singing collectively can decrease symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression and the social bonding experienced while singing with other people triggers ‘feel-good’ hormones which boost our sense of wellbeing – as well as our immune systems! A workshop with ASPA Education gives your school or community group the opportunity to experience these wellbeing benefits in an inclusive and fun environment. We'd love to talk wth you about ways to bring singing into your school - either virtually or in-person - this term. Get in touch here:
We are so thrilled to be welcoming hundreds of (so We are so thrilled to be welcoming hundreds of (socially distanced) prospective choristers to our Open Days in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth today! Check out this newspaper ad from 1990 inviting girls to try a class! What's your earliest memory of the AGC?