Seize the stage – “Brisbane’s best ONLINE talent quest”
Seize the stage is a talent quest intended to showcase the best young musicians and singers in Brisbane. As music school owners, we are constantly searching for performance opportunities for our students and we’ve found competitions are a great way to motivate and encourage growth in young artists.
Seize the stage is back online in 2023. Artists will be able to submit their video entries via Youtube to be showcased right here.
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!
Entries Close 31st July @ 5pm
Meet our 2023 Judges
Since graduating from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2016 with a Graduate Diploma in Music Studies and in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music, Irena Lysiuk has worked extensively for Opera Queensland.
Irena played the role of Gretel in Opera Queensland and shake & stir theatre co’s school touring production of Hansel and Gretel (2017-18) and Adina in FiZZ! (2016), as well as chorus roles in Opera Queensland productions including Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore (2017), Don Giovanni (2018) and A Flowering Tree (2019).
Most recently, Irena was part of the cast of the acclaimed regional tour, Are You Lonesome Tonight, the most extensive regional tour in Opera Queensland’s 40 year history.
Turning to musical theatre, Irena played Carmen in Sweet Charity at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2019) and Anne Egerman in the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2018). In 2018, Irena debuted the role of the Pussycat in Little Match Productions’ new opera The Owl & the Pussycat, and performed at CommGames Festival and Brisbane Festival 2018 at QPAC.
While studying at Queensland Conservatorium, Irena’s roles included Damigella in L’incoronazione di Poppea (2015), Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (2013), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte – scenes (2012), and Una Novizia in Suor Angelica (2011).
Australian singer-songwriter Sophia Scott is one to watch. Having only embarked on her first musical release last May, Scott is already drawing a crowd to her live shows in Brisbane and tugging at the heart strings of her supporters worldwide.
Taking a liking to reading and writing at an early age, Sophia began playing guitar and putting her words to music at the age of eight. Fine-tuning her craft and performance ability throughout high school, she went on to release her indie-pop debut, ‘We Were Almost’, in 2021, at the age of 19.
Since then, she has begun gigging her original sets at the best venues Brisbane and Byron Bay have to offer, accompanied by Gabriella Sabbadin on guitar and keys, Juliano Sabbadin on drums and Elliot Cox on bass.
In March 2022, Sophia released her double singles, ‘Pity Party’ and ‘Birthday’, showing a more tender, stripped back sound in contrast to her energetic debut.
Read more about Sophia’s double single release in her write up by LIVEWIRE AU here.
Recently, Sophia has been leaning into her rock influenced soundscape. In response to a high demand from her listeners for more music, Sophia has just released her fourth single, ‘Fled The Altar’. Listen to Fled The Altar here.
With over 20 years of experience and many 1000’s of performances, Nathan performs in the premier 5 star venues in South-East QLD and throughout Australia.
He has shared the stage with Luke Kennedy (The Voice 2013), James Morrison, Peter Cupples (Stylus), Greg Doolan (Wickety Wak), Jenny Morris, Kerry Jacobson (Dragon) and supported the likes of Wendy Matthews, Daryl Braithwaite, Renae Geyer & Richard Clapton.
Nathan has worked as a producer at 4KQ & 97.3FM and is a freelance record producer and Film/TV composer. He recently wrote and produced his own world-wide success music series called, Pianoscapes, for cultivating the art of stillness