AMEB Online Orchestra 2021

AMEB acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Video: ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ official video clip by Lann Levinge.

The AMEB Online Orchestra is back! 

Performers from all over Australia and beyond are invited to play their part and become a member of AMEB’s community orchestra project.

The 2021 AMEB Online Orchestra is open to any individual, duo, chamber ensemble, band, choir or orchestra of any ability.  We ask our performers to film themselves performing the song in their special part of the world whether it be their home, a local park, a famous landmark, out in the bush or in a school classroom.  We will then weave all the performances into one big online performance.

We hope you can join us!

Key Dates

  • 1 April 2021 – Entries open
  • 31st August 2021 – Entries close
  • October 2021 – AMEB Online Orchestra performance of ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ revealed

Morning Star and Evening Star

The 2021 orchestra will perform a new song commissioned by AMEB called ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ written by Candace Kruger, a Yugambeh yarrabilgingun (songwoman) and indigenous ethnomusicologist from South-Eastern Queensland, along with co-writers Lann Levinge and Isobella Kruger. The song is based on an Aboriginal lullaby sung to Lottie Eaton (nee Levinge), who then shared it with her family members including Candace and Lann.

We are very excited to launch this brilliant song into the world and can’t wait to hear our Online Orchestra performers playing it.

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Aboriginal Artwork: Isobella Kruger, Yugambeh and Gowar language regions. Aboriginal Design: Paula Nihôt, Gamilaraay language region.

Latest Project Updates

NEW: Yugambeh Pronunciation Guide

Learn how to pronounce the Yugambeh words in Morning Star and Evening Star by listening to the pronunciation guide spoken and recorded by Candace Kruger. Download the audio guide below.

Download Pronunciation Guide
  • Lottie’s wish was to have ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ passed on and shared, so I am delighted that through the Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation’s partnership with the Australian Music Examinations Board, we can fulfil this request. Alongside my cousin Lann Levinge, my daughter Isobella Kruger and blessed by our Elders, we hope that through the ‘Morning Star and Evening Star’ songline people enjoy learning the narrative of our people.

    Candace Kruger
    Candace Kruger Yugambeh Youth Aboriginal Corporation
  • We are honoured to have the opportunity to bring this Australian narrative to life. We have enjoyed working with Candace and her community immensely and we thank the Elders of the Yugambeh region for their permission to use the song. We now look forward to sharing the rediscovered story of Morning Star and Evening Star with people around the country.

    Bernard Depasquale CEO, AMEB Ltd
  • I just stumbled on this and I find it a deeply moving piece. Thankyou to the Yugambeh community and youth choir for sharing this.

    Alice R
  • Looking forward to your final video. It is a really good activity.

    Suki Registering Adult of orchestra member, NSW

The 2021 AMEB Online Orchestra is presented by: