Music News | Preparatory School
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This week we welcomed past pupil Calvin Li (2018) to assist us in delivering our string program in the absence of Mrs Palmer this term. Calvin is presently studying at UNSW and was actively involved in a number of music ensembles as well as achieving his Diploma of Music whilst at the School. Calvin will work within the private tuition program and also in the Year 1 and Year 2 String program. We thank Calvin for his assistance.
We are excited to present the Strings Soiree to be held in the Gymnasium at the Preparatory School next Monday evening at 6pm. Beethoven Strings, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, Corelli Strings, Mozart Strings, Cello Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will perform as well as selected soloists. To book your place as only two parents are permitted per performer please refer to the invitation sent by Mrs Sonia Harper and RSVP by 2pm next Monday 10th May. Parents will be asked to check in using the QR code at the Gym entry (Llandilo Ave side entrance only) and tick the attendance sheet. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the first onsite concert since 2019.
AMEB String Exams
Next Monday seven students will sit their AMEB string exams at the Summer Hill Campus. We wish the students the best of luck and know that the Instrumental Staff have prepared them well. We look forward to celebrating their achievements once the results are released.
At this stage we are still waiting for confirmation from AMEB for the Piano examination date.
Trinity Singers are well underway with their preparations for the Gala Concert to be held on 2nd June at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Mr Adams the Junior School Director of Music will be joining our rehearsal in Week 5 to assist our preparation for the combined Junior Choirs item. Boys are reminded to please refer to the recordings on Canvas to assist them in learning the parts, so that the rehearsals are used to shape the music rather than learn notes. Members of Trinity Singers are excused from music rehearsals or Co-curricular activities on Wednesday afternoon 2nd June to enable students and parents time to be back in the venue by 6pm. All rehearsals will be cancelled Wednesday 2nd June-Friday 4th June inclusive.
The Music Department is in the process of scheduling Studio Concerts in Week 6 & 7 this Term. Studio Concerts afford the students the opportunity to work towards a goal and gain invaluable performing experience. Every student who learns in our Private Tuition Program is expected to perform as part of their Teacher’s Studio Concert. Boys are reminded that they must wear full winter uniform – no sandshoes please (except those concerts scheduled on a Thursday and PK students). Notifications will be sent once organised as all concerts will have limited capacity to adhere to COVID restrictions.
This term we welcomed Mr Alistair Wallis to our Department as our Percussion Teacher and Director of Percussion Ensemble which has kicked off with a bang and a crash! Percussion Ensemble has swung back into action with it’s new fearless leader and Mr Wallis couldn’t be happier to see this group of keen and talented and happy faces every Tuesday morning at 7:30am. They are continuing with their piece from Term 1 with the foundations that has been so expertly laid down by Mr Leigh Giles. The students learn many skills from right across the percussion spectrum and will be demonstrating what skills they have learnt at the Studio Concert on June 3rd. (further details and RSVP invites to come) There are still vacancies in the Progam if your son from PK-6 is interested in learning percussion please contact Mrs Campbell.
Ms Welsh and Ms Smeulders have initiated a new Year 5 Percussion Ensemble group which is inspired by the idea of Harmony Day. The group rehearses at lunch time on a Friday and the boys enjoyed their first rehearsal last week.
All players, regardless of their role, are equally important. The ensemble plays different percussion instruments and the emphasis is on creativity and teamwork. Good communication between the players, excellent listening skills and respect for each other, are common themes.
The performance will become a short theatrical story which will be performed at the end of Term 2. If you are interested in joining this ensemble, then please talk to Ms Welsh or Ms Smeulders
Monday 10th May Strings Soiree 6pm
Weeks 6 & 7 Studio Concerts
Wednesday 2nd June Gala Concert (Trinity Singers)
Geraldine Campbell | Director of Music Preparatory School
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