The Arts, Education and Law Alumni Awards recognise the significant work being undertaken by our alumni. They acknowledge and celebrate our former students' outstanding success, and contributions to their profession, chosen field and to the community.
2016 Alumnus of the Year
Karen volunteers her time and skills to benefit the community and has worked with several organisations including Children International supporting disadvantaged children in Africa through child sponsorship, she was invited to become an ambassador for Dress for Success, and partnered with Careflight Helicopters and Mackay Rescue, speaking and singing at a series of events to increase awareness of their work.
2015 Alumnus of the Year
Graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 2011, Glenn was the the first Queensland Conservatorium student to be awarded the School’s three highest prizes – the Conservatorium Medal, the Music Medal and the University Medal. The same week he completed his studies, Glenn was appointed Principal 1st Violin of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), the youngest Australian to ever to do so. He held this position until moving to the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2014, as the Core Member, Violin.
2014 Alumnus of the Year
Queensland flutist Tim Munro graduated from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Master of Music in 2004, and has achieved outstanding international success in receiving two Grammy Awards with his Chicago-based contemporary classical ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, for the Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance, and for the Best Contemporary Composition.
Tim has performed with Eighth Blackbird as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Toronto Symphony, as well as at most major classical venues across the United States including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Holland, Germany, England and Canada. He has also worked with prestigious composers including Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Brett Dean, David Lang and Peter Sculthorpe.
Tim is also giving back to emerging Australian artists through his participation as an international music mentor with the Australia Council's JUMP program.
2013 Alumnus of the Year
Dr Peter Knight
Dr Peter Knight was awarded the 2013 Queensland Conservatorium Alumnus of the Year. Composer, sound artist and trumpet player, Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician renowned for his eclecticism.
In late 2012 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, one of the leading and most innovative ensembles in Australia. He has received a number of prestigious national awards, most recently the Australia Council Music Fellowship and the 2012 Bell Jazz Award for 'Most Original Jazz Album'. Internationally, he also received the Rolston Music Fellowship from Banff Centre for the Arts.
He works "in the spaces between categories, and between cultures" which sees him making music and multi-art forms across the world as soloist and in combination with various ensembles.
He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2011.
2012 Alumnus of the Year
ARIA award winning singer Katie Noonan was awarded overall Arts, Education and Law Alumnus of the Year as well as Queensland Conservatorium Alumnus of the Year in 2012.
Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Queensland Conservatorium and quickly achieved international acclaim. The 4-time ARIA Award winning and 6-time platinum selling vocalist, composer and pianist has been part of multiple successful musical collaborations, since her angelic vocals first garnered national attention in acclaimed indie-pop band George. Katie's career as one of Australia's most talented and versatile vocalists continues to leap from strength to strength, and has no signs of slowing down.
Her various releases include her folk trio's self titled album Elixir, the no. 1 selling classical album Two of a Kind with her mother Maggie, her gold-selling top ten solo album Skin and the acclaimed Songs of the Southern Skies. She has also worked with the country's top orchestra's including her fruitful collaboration with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
2011 Alumnus of the Year
Brett Dean was awarded the Queensland Conservatorium Alumnus of the Year at the inaugural awards in 2011.
Brett Dean graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1984 and became a Doctor of the University in 2007.
Premieres include his first full-length opera, based on Peter Carey's novel Bliss, and commissioned by Opera Australia. This received critical acclaim in Sydney, Melbourne, and at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, followed by a new production as part of Hamburg Opera's 2011 season.
A highly acclaimed musician and composer on the world stage Brett was Artistic Director of the National Academy of Music in Melbourne from 2006 to 2010 and Artist-in-Residence with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.