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Gondwana meets Vienna


​September in Cairns. Winter is nearly over. It’s a coolish 27 degrees at 3pm and Stephanie Paul is hanging out with her friends, waiting for her choir rehearsal to begin. The young chorister is in year 10 at Cairns High School, where she is part of the Music Excellence Programme. She has a busy schedule: flute ensemble, rehearsals for the school musical, competing with the school choir in the state-wide Fanfare competition (they won) not to mention schoolwork... Nevertheless, every Monday she studies music theory and rehearses for several hours with Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, an initiative of the Sydney-based Gondwana Choirs.