Australian Music Examinations Board
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Yugambeh Youth Choir

Join AMEB and the Yugambeh Youth Choir in an exciting initiative to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth access to music lessons.

The Yugambeh Youth Choir (YYC) welcomes about 50 Indigenous students from all walks of life and provides opportunities to Yarrabil - to sing in Yugambeh Language.

Music’s ability to complement and enhance academic achievement is well documented. Both AMEB and the YYC believe that engagement with music is an important part of a well-rounded education, and access to quality musical tuition is a vital part of this.

The overall goal of this initiative is to encourage and empower YCC members to pursue higher education in any area of their choosing - including but not limited to, the study of music.

AMEB is proud to be assisting the YYC to cultivate the diverse creative talent and potential of the Yugambeh youth.


Donate to Yugambeh Youth Choir

By donating, you will be contributing to the cost of weekly one-on-one music lessons in Piano and Voice for 50 Indigenous students.

As a proud supporter of this initiative, AMEB will be donating publications and providing examinations to YCC students free of charge.

Thank you for making a difference.

Bernard Depasquale
General Manager, AMEB Federal Office


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Yugambeh Youth Choir

The Yugambeh Youth Choir is a unique group that connects Indigenous youth from the Gold Coast region with their heritage through language and music.

Founded by Candace Kruger, acclaimed conductor, teacher and proud member of the Kombumerri (Gold Coast) and Ngughi (Moreton Island) families, with the support of the Yugambeh Language and Heritage Museum, the Yugambeh Youth Choir is the first of its kind to provide a musical forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from the ages of 5 - 25.

The concept for the choir emerged in 2007, when Candace devised and led the inaugural Yugambeh Language in Song workshop at the Yugambeh Mobo Festival. Her desire to revive traditional language within the community, as well as to preserve local Indigenous heritage through the education of children and youth, led to the choir’s inception in 2014.

What makes the Yugambeh Youth Choir special is its focus on using traditional language and instruments to communicate stories of the Yugambeh region to the broader community. Students actively promote their culture by learning and performing in the traditional Yugambeh language at a wide range of events, from local gatherings like the Gold Coast Show, to Australia-wide events such as the National Reconciliation Week launch.

Among the positive benefits from choir’s unique Yugambeh first languages learning and performance opportunities are a sense of social inclusion and cohesion, the development of cultural identity and fostering music as a skill for life in Indigenous students.

The Yugambeh Youth Choir was named as the 2016 Winner of the Queensland Reconciliation Award - Community Division.

For more information on the Yugambeh Museum, click here.

AMEB Ltd. (ABN: 27102374587) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations of $2 or more to AMEB Ltd. are tax deductible in Australia.