Nancy Weir Awards

The Nancy Weir Awards are held in March of each year to celebrate achievements in the past calendar year.

Dr Weir was known as ‘Australia’s Shirley Temple’ and travelled to Berlin at age 13 to study under the Beethoven descendant teacher Artur Schnabel in 1932.  Dr Weir became one of Australia’s most famous and celebrated pianists winning the main piano prizes at the Royal College in London in the 1940s.  She was even a spy in London for the allies during the second world war, using her highly developed aural skills to listen into and analyse German radio broadcasts!  Dr Weir transferred some of her doubtless skills to Miss Berna when she was her primary lecturer in piano at the Queensland Conservatorium in the 1980s.

During the Nancy Weir Awards presentation families hear of the personal qualities of the main award winners and stories of how they have achieved success in the previous year.

View our photos of the evening at our Major Player Music School Facebook page

Nancy Weir Award Winners

Current and past Nancy Weir Award Winners and what are they doing now:

  • 2016 Gracie Squires (Studying for AMus and Grade 12) & Jessica Robertson (Grade 12)
  • 2015 Gracie Squires (Grade 11)
  • 2014 Mikaela Merrypor (Mathematics UQ)
  • 2013 Melissa Green (Nursing USQ)
  • 2012 Kayla Tranent (Engineering CQU)
  • 2011 Alessandra Ciol (Senior Junior Music Teacher Singapore)
  • 2010 Elizabeth Johnson (Medicine UQ)
  • 2009 Joshua Preece (Medicine Sydney)

Bernadette Gorman

Bernadette Gorman


‘Miss Berna’ co-owned the award winning Northside Music School at the Grange in Brisbane for 13 years before tertiary music teaching in Australia and overseas.

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