Music News | Junior School

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At the recent Junior School assemblies, we were entertained by Ryan (2Fo) and Mozart Strings. Ryan played a traditional piece called The Ceildh on the cello accommpanied by piano. He has been learning with Miss Morgan for 1 year and was a finalist in the TGS Soloist Competition. Ryan plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra. His sports of choice are swimming, but he also likes to drawing.  This year, Ryan’s goal is to learn new pieces. He says, “I love that the cello is a challenge”.

Mozart Strings played Fast Lane by K & D Black. Mozart Strings is for K – 2 boys who are at the beginning of their musical journey. This is the first opportunity to play in an authentic String Orchestra where they sing, play and work together.

Mozart Strings rehearse every Monday and were very excited and proud to present their first performance at the 3 – 6 assembly.

Here is just a sample of what boys in Mozart Strings say about their experience in Mozart Strings:

I love playing music with my friends | Asher Buultjens (1Ta)

I really like playing the violin with all of the music teachers | Cooper Mitevski (1Fo)

I like playing music with my friends on Mondays and learning things in my private lessons on Tuesdays | Byron Ma (2Ta)

I love violin because one day it will make me famous | Krishna Kotwal (1Yo)

It’s fun and it sounds pretty good | Merlin Hoang (Merlin) Nguyen (2La)

It’s another chance to play my instrument | Kyriakos Kottakis (2La)

It is cool because you get to practice for the big bands | James Sutherland (2Ta)

Congratulation to Clancy (4Yo) who won 1st prize in the King’s Peak International Music Competition for the 8–10 year old category.

Furthermore, he has progressed to the Finals in Youth Strings (7–12 year category). The Finalists are selected from the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Due to COVID-19, he cannot can’t fly to USA to perform on stage in the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. For your live performance on zoom, good luck on 30 April Clancy!

Term 2 Key Music Dates 

Assembly performances: 

26 April       Maxwell Munday (5Fo) – French horn

3 May          Ezekiel Turner (5La) – saxophone 

10 May        Geoffrey Olsen (5Yo) – piano 

2 June         Gala Music Concert at the City Recital Hall – Junior School Choir

Term 2 Week 1 REHEARSALS 


Treble I Junior School Choir (3:15 – 4pm) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Choir Advanced Ensemble (3:15 – 4pm) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 


Year 1 Instrumental (11:30am – 12:30pm) – School of Music 

Year 2 Instrumental (1:15 – 2:15pm) – School of Music 

Year 3 Instrumental (2:15 – 3:15pm) – School of Music 


Vivaldi Strings (from 7:15am) – School of Music Band Room (M1.2) 

Junior School Concert Band (from 7:30am) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3) 


Treble II Junior School Choir (7:30 – 8:20am) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Choir Advanced Ensemble (7:30 – 8:20am) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Congratulations to all musicians in the Junior School for a very successful first term. The music leaders of the Junior School have superbly served the interests of musicians in many ways. Thank you to Charlie Yao (6Fo), Maxwell Munday (6Fo), Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo), Emerson Urbano (6Ta), Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo), Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), Thomas Henry (6La).

If you have any further inquiries for music, please contact the Music Department on 9581 6042. 

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music

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