2017 in review
Congratulations to all students who took part in what was a very busy year. Competitions, Gallery performances, Jazz Night, VCE Music Solo Performances, Band Camp, Victorian School Bands Festival, South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat and the Almost Summer Concert were just some of the highlights from an action packed year of performing. We had more than 200 students in the program last year which made for some very large ensembles and a diverse experience for all involved. The Concert Band and Wind Symphony performed at the Victorian Schools Music Festival at the Hawthorn Arts Centre where students were privileged to play in the newly renovated Arts Centre, have an on-stage tutorial and listen to bands perform from other schools. Congratulations to members of the Concert Band who gained a Silver Shield for their performance in the Junior Band section and the Wind Symphony members who showed great commitment to win a Gold Shield in the Intermediate section. The Wind Symphony later went on to play at the Regent Theatre as a part of the South Street Eisteddfod in the Intermediate section and placed 2nd from 15 ensembles. A terrific effort considering the array of talented bands.
The String Ensemble continued to develop throughout the year with both ensembles boasting 30 members. They are improving every week and we appreciate the efforts of Tanya Bradley and Ingrid Miceli for their guidance as the ensemble directors . The Senior Strings and Intermediate strings participated in the Victorian School music festival gaining a Gold and Silver Award respectively, Both ensembles were a regular feature at the school concerts and Quadrangle performances
The Stage Band and Junior Stage Bands featured at the Annual Jazz night at Fountains Restaurant Box Hill TAFE and were accompanied by may other performances on the night, including several of out VCE vocalists. It is wonderful to see our students have the wonderful opportunity of playing in a different ensemble and having the ability to play many different styles of music.
Congratulations to the Choir and Guitar Ensemble for their many performances at school and outside of the school in 2017. The Choir and Voice students put on a wonderful Vocal Night last August featuring VCE Vocalist, small groups and of course our magnificent Choir. Congratulations to Ms. DeBlasio and Music Co-Captain Althea Huf for a fantastic night.
The year was finished off with the “Almost Summer Concert” at the Whitehorse Centre. The night was a memorable one which featured all school ensembles and a very special violin solo by Nicholas Miceli, accompanied by Asha Lee. The standard of music on the night was amazing and was a real credit to the students and staff involved.
The instrumental music staff are very proud of the commitment displayed by all students. We continue to be inspired by the passion for music they display and look forward to the year ahead.
There will be a few changes going into 2018. The first is that guitar lessons will not be offered at the school. We are aware that some students and parents will not be happy with the outcome and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused.
We say goodbye to Mr. Peter Simondson who has spent the last 12 years teaching here. We also say goodbye to Anne Mather who started the Oboe program at the school. We wish both of them well in their future endeavours.
"Friends of Music" 2018
In 2018 the Friends of Music parents group will commence and help our growing music program by assisting at various concerts held by the music department throughout the year. They will also assist in fundraising activities to help buy musical instruments and provide funds for upcoming tours. It is the aim of the group to meet several times throughout the year.
All ensembles will meet at the following times.
Senior Strings and Intermediate strings—Thursdays
Concert Band—Mondays 3.10pm-4pm
Stage Band—Mondays 3.10pm—4.30pm
Wind Symphony—Tuesdays 3.10pm—4.30pm