Talented USQ musician takes on Europe

14 August 2012
Maree Kilpatrick performs at USQ.

Gifted pianist Maree Kilpatrick has taken off on the musical journey of a lifetime after winning the University of Southern Queensland’s prestigious Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship.

Miss Kilpatrick last month (July, 2012) embarked on an 11-week trip spending time in England, France and Austria, where she will rub shoulders with world-renowned musicians in master classes, at concerts and in summer schools.

The 22-year-old from the tiny South Burnett town of Kumbia graduated from a Bachelor of Music last year and is due to graduate this year from a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours Music).

She took out the $20,000 Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship in 2011 for performance studies overseas and has since spent countless hours planning and researching her trip to Europe.

‘It’s very exciting,’ Miss Kilpatrick said.

‘Winning the scholarship means I can go for an amazing trip overseas and study with international concert pianists at the same time — it’s such a blessing, and definitely something I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to do.’

Miss Kilpatrick, who has ambitions to become a professional chamber musician and accompanist, said winning the scholarship was all the more special because it helped to keep alive the memory of its namesake.

Joyce Lloyd (1916–2004) was born in Brisbane, working as a journalist and radio broadcaster in Australia, before moving to England where she worked for the BBC and spent 20 years as a county magistrate presiding in criminal and family courts.

During her years abroad she travelled widely, visiting Europe’s major cultural centres and developing a love of the arts and classical music in particular.

Together with her husband, distinguished aeronautical engineer and mountaineer Peter Lloyd, she set up the Tilford Bach Society in Surrey.

While residing in Toowoomba, Mrs Lloyd established the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship in 1998 (with funds from her Campbell family inheritance) to give outstanding music graduates from the University of Southern Queensland the opportunity to travel overseas to further develop their careers.

‘It’s humbling to think that by winning this scholarship I’m helping to keep the legacy of this generous lady alive,’ Miss Kilpatrick said.

Faculty of Arts Dean Professor Peter Goodall said Miss Kilpatrick was a most worthy recipient of this prestigious scholarship, having been the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Music in 2010 as a graduating student who achieved the highest grade in the Music major, as well as a Faculty of Arts Medal, awarded to students who display exceptional achievement at all levels of their Bachelor degree program.

‘Maree graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in 2011 and recently completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) at USQ,’ Professor Goodall said.

‘She has been an outstanding student at USQ and I’m confident she will continue to be a first-class representative of the University during her travels abroad.’

The Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship alternates between vocalists and instrumentalists each year and is currently valued at $20,000, with the funds intended to assist a student to further advance their performance studies overseas.

As part of the competition, applicants are required to submit an overseas study proposal and undergo an interview with a panel, with shortlisted applicants chosen to compete in a public concert.

Applicants shortlisted in 2012 will compete for the coveted scholarship in a public recital to be held on Saturday, 24 November at 7.30pm in the USQ Arts Theatre.

Fresh from her scholarship tour Maree Kilpatrick will appear as a guest artist delighting audiences with her performance, while the Duelling Divas, contemporary vocalist Melissa Forbes, classically trained soprano Melinda van der Meulen and accompanist and singer Alison Riethmuller, will also return to the stage to present some of the highlights from their sell-out Twilight Recital program presented in May of this year.

For further information about the concert or to make bookings, please call the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111.

For more information about the scholarship visit

Media contact:
Jim Campbell, USQ Media, +617 4631 2977,

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