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.

And that's a wrap on our beautiful Sandhurst Term 4 workshops! It is always so heart-warming to hear such wonderful praise from our clients, like this one from St Joseph’s, Beechworth.

"We cannot speak highly enough of ASPA Education! Thank you for the outstanding support and energy and for inspiring our students." Jane Sartori, St Joseph’s, Beechworth
From little things, big things grow... This year we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of ASPA's Workplace Giving Program, supporting our sister organisation @girlsfromoz. ASPA staff understand just how important performing arts education is for young girls, and 25 staff members have donated a combined total of $30,500 over the past 10 years!
✨"I just wanted to say WOW! The workshop was so much fun! The students loved being involved in all the singing, dancing and drama activities. It was just fabulous." Deb Ward, Maharishi School ✨

Thank you to the gorgeous Prep-Year 6 students at at Maharishi School for an excellent performing arts session!

The focus and main aim for this workshop was FUN. ASPA Education Instructors were asked to create a workshop that would lift students' spirits and give them time to enjoy connecting with their classmates for an end of term party. And it sounds like Maharishi School loved the program!
The Australian Girls Choir currently have Open Days taking place across the country! Girls who will be at school in 2022 are invited to try a free class, watch a junior choir perform, meet AGC's lovely tutors and experience what it’s like to be a part of the Australian Girls Choir.

Brisbane Open Day – November 14 (this weekend!)
Canberra Open Day – December 5
Melbourne Open Day – December 4 & 5
Sydney Open Day – November 20 & December 4 (next weekend!)
Virtual Open Day – November 21 (all cities welcome)

Adelaide Trial Classes – try a free class in November
Perth Trial Classes – try a free class in February 2022

Book now via the @ausgirlschoir Instagram page!