ALEX VAN DEN BROEK

Brisbane based Singer, choir director, arranger & teacher

Hailing from Brisbane, Alex has spent time over the years collecting different musical experiences as a soloist, chorister and director across a range of different genres. At the ripe old age of six, she began her training with the Australian Girls Choir, which fostered her love of all things vocal, choral, and harmony, performing in projects like The Boy From Oz Australian Tour, Bledisloe Cup & various Socceroos Games, and hundreds of performances around the state. After eight years of devoted choral singing, she moved on to take her vocal studies further by studying under Susanna O’Leary, before entering the Bachelor of Music program at the Queensland University of Technology.

While at QUT, Alex studied performance, songwriting, and sound production (with a few film subjects thrown in), while throwing herself into various projects that allowed her to exercise her creativity. This led to her creating, writing, arranging and performing in the vocal group Jazel, which saw her support one of the world’s pioneering vocal groups Naturally 7, and gaining attention from some of her musical heroes, The Idea of North.

Alex graduated from the QUT BMus program with Distinction in 2015, and has since won awards both state-wide and nationally for her vocal arrangements & compositions in the AUSACA Australian A Cappella Championships. One of her biggest passions in the music world is working with various vocal ensembles to help bring out the more modern and creative side to choral music. Alex conducted her first choir at age 16, and now at 22 has grown her experiences in many different aspects of vocal music. Currently Alex is director of both QUT Music Society’s Vox Pop Choir (QUT's only choir program on campus), and Centenary State High School’s Choral Program (since 2013), performer and music director for 6-piece female vocal group MVP, and works as both an arranger and creative consultant for various groups across the country, including QUT Aca-Demics, current AUSACA Open Ensemble Champions.

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Bachelor of Music with Distinction, Queensland University of Technology

AUSACA 2018 National Award for Best Arrangement (Open Ensemble Division & Open Band Division)
AUSACA 2018 National Award for Runner Up Best Arrangement (Advance Australia Fair Challenge)

AUSACA 2017 National Award for Best Arrangement (Waltzing Matilda Challenge)

Creative Generation Voices 2017 Gold Award for Centenary SHS Choir (ED QLD)
Creative Generation Voices 2017 Gold Award for Centenary SHS Vocal Ensemble

AUSACA 2016 National Award for Best Arrangement (School Championship Final)
AUSACA 2016 National Award for Best Arrangement (School Semi Final)
AUSACA 2016 National Award for Best Contemporary Song (School Semi Final): Centenary State High School Vocal Ensemble
*Centenary High's Vocal Ensemble were the only State School nationally to compete in the AUSACA Championship Final

AUSACA 2015: National Award for Best Composition w/ Jazel (University Championship Final)
AUSACA 2015: 2nd Runner Up place w/ Jazel (University Championship Final)
AUSACA 2015: State Award for Best Arrangement (QLD State Finals)
AUSACA 2015: State Award for Best Composition (QLD State Finals)
AUSACA 2015 QLD State Champions w/ Jazel

Choral Fanfare 2015 Education Queensland Gold Award for Centenary SHS Vocal Ensemble
Choral Fanfare 2013 Education Queensland Gold Award for Centenary SHS Vocal Ensemble

2012 Creative Generation Excellence in Music Award (Voice)
2012 King Jeweller's Cultural Award for Excellence in the Arts
2011 King Jeweller's Cultural Award for Excellence in the Arts

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Conducting at Brisbane City Hall,  Voices of ANZAC  Show 2015