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Bria - Grade 8 - Guest Conductor - Rosemount Middle School during the première of 'Letter from Sado' by Jodie Blackshaw (ACF BandQuest 2014). Photo by Ingrid Martin

FULL Music?

Did you know that as late as the 1970's, most of the world's orchestras were populated by men?

To change the gender ratio, blind auditions were created. Soon after, blind auditions also included the removal of shoes. As a result, women began to successfully secure orchestral positions and the male:female ratio changed. 

It took a concerted effort to encourage this change and today, a blend of male and female orchestral performers is considered normal. 

ColourFULL Music, along with other groups, is making a concerted effort towards another kind of "new norm" - wind band concert programs that represent a diverse selection of composers. 

To program ColourFULL Music is to populate concert programs with works by ColourFULL composers, i.e. composers of varying gender, colour and age.


To help generate this "new normal" we have invited conductors we know and trust to create ColourFULL concert programs. These programs will inspire your imagination and they are there to be used in whatever way works best for you. 

In programming ColourFULL Music we will forge a new future for wind band music, one FULL of colour, FULL or equality, FULL of tolerance, FULL of respect. 

Jodie Blackshaw | Composer | Australia

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre


"Directors for Diversity: Grade 1-4 works by women"

Midwest Clinic 2018

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University of Texas

Two concert programs featuring works for middle & high school as well as professional ensembles

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music

"Of time and place"

An internationally inspired program of works from Grades 1-4

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Freelance composer, Australia

A collection of Grade 1-4 works from a diverse range of composers compiled under six different themes

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Eastern Michigan University

A colourFULL program in every sense featuring works from Grades 1-4



Sheldon High School, Oregon

A selection of programs conducted by Julie, designed to work with high school groups

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Michigan State University

A dynamic program from a dynamic conductor that integrates male and female composers from Grades 1-4

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Sharing concert programs for wind bands of all capability that are FULL of a diverse range of composers from around the globe. 

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