Music News | Junior School

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without


This week, 2021 Music Leader Charlie Yao (6Fo) showcases and introduces the Junior School Mozart Strings Ensemble. 

Mozart strings is for K – 2 boys who play violin or cello and 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. They learn orchestra ensemble discipline, manners and stage presentation. Boys in Mozart Strings regularly perform at assembly and important school events like the Junior School Evening of Music. Boys experiment with sound, learning how to play with dynamics, phrasing and the importance of listening to everyone in the ensemble. Rehearsals are also about playing with your friends and practising with proper posture, bow technique and pizzicato, instead of only doing this alone at home.

Mozart Strings rehearse every Monday and are very excited and proud to be part of the ensemble. We believe this is a very good starting platform before boys are promoted into the core ensemble of Intermezzo or the promotion ensemble of Vivaldi Strings. 

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

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)

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:

1 March                 Allegro Concert Band

8 March                David Miller (6La) – trumpet 

15 March               Maxwell Munday (6Fo) – piano

22 March               Ezekiel Turner (6La) – saxophone 

29 March               Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo) – 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. Congratulations to the entrants.

Piano on Monday 1 March

Geoffrey Olsen (6Yo) playing Ballad pour Adeline by Clayderman on piano

Mimo Kim (1Fo) playing Allegro con fuoco by Hermann Berens on piano

Christopher Xu (3N) playing The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens on piano

Max Munday (6Fo) playing The troll at the edge of the Woods by Donald Waxman on piano

Charlie Yao (6Fo) playing an arrangement of Largo from the 2nd Movement from Symphony No 9 by Antonin Dvorak on piano

Felix Yao (4Fo) playing Over the rainbow by Harold Arlen on piano

Aidan Tay (4Yo) Piano Midday on the Champs-Elysees  by Rocherolle on piano

Ryan La (5Ta) playing an arrangement of Allegro from the 1st Movement from Sonata K545 by Mozart on piano

Strings on Wednesday 3 March

Jay Zhang (4Ta) playing Carolan’s farewell by Carolan on violin

Jayden Yang (4La) playing Russian fantasy by Portnoff on violin

Roman Urbano (5Ta) playing Habanera by Bizet arr. By Blackwels on violin

Ethan Soo (5La) playing Open sesame by Hans-Jones on violin

Mimo Kim (1Fo) playing Russian fantasy No.2 by Portnoff on violin

Ryan Fan (2Yo) playing the traditional piece called Ceilidh on cello

Maxwell Leung (5Yo) playing Swing and Swang by Bailey on violin

Darren Cai (4Fo) playing Etude by Dancla on violin

Benjamin Loughnan (6Yo) playing Concertino by Janshinov on violin

Clancy Liu-Tian (4Yo) playing Paganini Caprice No.16 by Paganini on violin

Music Instrumental – Private Lessons

Enrolment forms to join individual instrumental lessons are available at or from the Junior School front office.

AMEB Examinations

If you wish your son to participate in an AMEB examination in the first session of 2021, please ensure you speak with his Instrumental Teacher next week, so he is best prepared and there is an opportunity to enrol as closing dates are fast approaching.



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)

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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