Music News | Junior School

Music is the subject that really does activate more neural pathways than any other human undertaking – Kim Williams, former CEO of News Corp and Foxtel 

Co-curricular Music

This week, Donald Holder Scholar Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), and Choir Advanced Ensemble Member Charles Russel (5Fo) showcase and introduce the Junior School Choir. 

The Junior School Choir was formed in 2002 and has gained a considerable reputation for its work as a skilled group of performers. Essentially, the choir is for boys who like to sing together. Since 2014, we have also worked in collaboration with composer musicians from the University of Sydney which provides us with exposure to the latest modern Australian choir practices.

The choir performs a variety of music styles at various formal occasions throughout the year and are very much ambassadors for the school. The Junior School Choir Advance Ensemble attend both rehearsals to assist the boys in their part singing.

Composers from the Sydney Conservatorium have created many songs for the Junior School Choir for boys to perform. The boys have particularly enjoyed working with living composers who they can meet and ask questions to get a deeper understanding of their music and the message they convey through the beauty of music. Currently the boys are working on For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter, who is famous for many choral adaptations such as All Things Bright Beautiful. We are sure our school community will enjoy listening to the boys perform in the upcoming Junior School Family Chapel Services in March.

The choir gives boys opportunities to learn sight reading, singing and music theory. It can help them advance their skills in music as well as developing focus and teamwork.

A quote for Beethoven is particularly relevant when we think of what it is like to be a part of the Junior School Choir, “I wish you music to help with the burdens of life, and to help you release your happiness to others.”

Music Instrumental – Private Lessons

Students are strongly encouraged to enrol in individual instrumental lessons to enjoy the many benefits of our String, Woodwind and Brass Co-curricular Programme.

Enrolment forms are available at or from the Junior School front office for students who would like to be involved in the Instrumental Music Program. Lessons times are negotiated between the Instrument Music and Classroom teachers. Parents are billed at the end of each term.



Mozart Strings (2:15 – 2:45pm) – Junior School (J1.9 and RoR)

Intermezzo Strings (3:15 – 4:00pm) – School of Music Band Room (M1.2)          

Allegro Concert Band (3:15 – 4:10pm) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3)


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 2 Instrumental (11:30am – 12:30pm) – 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)


At the recent Junior School assembly, we were entertained by Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), who played Sonata by Marcelo on the Double Bass. He is a 2021 Donald Holder Scholar and has been learning with Mr Zhang for 4 Years. Harry plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra and sings in the Junior School Choir. He is also in the Junior School Music Advancement Program, so plays in the Middle School Intermediate Strings and Serenata in addition to the TGS Symphony Orchestra. Harry also has been learning bass guitar with Mr Troy for a year. His sports of choice are basketball, but he also likes Visual Arts.  This year Harry’s musical goal is to really practice and become good at whatever piece he’s performing. He says, “The double bass is a very unique instrument and it’s very interesting to learn.” 


The 2021 Junior School Music Leaders were introduced at this week’s assembly.

Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo) has been a pianist for 3 years and is a member of the Junior School Choir. He is looking forward to helping out with the weekly musical performance and assisting with music in general. Thomas Henry (6La) is a cellist and has been learning for 6 years and is a member of the Vivaldi String Orchestra and plays in the TGS Symphony Orchestra. He is the 2021 TGS Primary Music Award recipient. His leadership goal is to get lots of people playing different types of instruments. He would also like to attain his Grade 7 AMEB examination this year. Maxwell Munday (6Fo) has been a pianist for over 5 years and has recently started learning French horn and has already gained membership to the Allegro Concert Band. Maxwell is in the Choir Advanced Ensemble which assists students in the Junior School choir to sing in parts. He would also like to help students with growth in music and their performances. Charlie Yao (6Fo) is a pianist of over 3 years’ experience. Charlie is in the Junior Choir and says, “the piano is the king of all the instruments” and would like to attain Grade 4 in the AMEB examinations this year. Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo) is a 2021 Donald Holder Scholar and plays in the TGS Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Junior Schoo Music Advancement Program. He has played violin for 3 years and piano. He sings in the Choir Advanced Ensemble and plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra. Benjamin’s leadership goal is to assist many more boys to join the music program to build up their confidence and enjoy the peace that it brings. Emerson Urbano (6Ta) is a 6-year experienced pianist and 5-year experienced cellist. Emerson plays in the Vivaldi String Orchestra. Emerson’s leadership goal is to encourage lots of other kids to play instruments. Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta) is a 2021 Donald Holder Scholar and performed at this week’s assembly and helped showcase the junior School Choir in this week’s Junior School Music News above. He leadership goal is to assist in this way by raising the profile of what Junior School musicians contribute to the Junior School.

2021 Music Leaders: Charlie Yao (6Fo), Maxwell Munday (6Fo), Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo), Emerson Urbano (6Ta), Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo), Harry Hartzenberg (6Ta), Thomas Henry (6La)

Term 1 Key Music Dates

Family Service Choir performances:

21 March             Family Service (meet in the Choir Room at 8:30am)

28 March             Family Service (meet in the Choir Room at 8:30am)

Assembly performances:

17 February       Tom Henry (6La) – cello

24 February       Emerson Urbano (5Ta) – piano

2 March               David Miller (6La) – trumpet 

9 March               Maxwell Munday (5Fo) – French horn

16 March             Ezekiel Turner (5La) – saxophone 

23 March             Geoffrey Olsen (5Yo) – piano 

Soloist Competition

The Annual Soloists’ Competition Finalist Concert will be held on Wednesday 10th March 2021. Heats will begin in the week commencing Monday 1 March. Entry forms are available from Music Reception and this link. The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd February.

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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