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Soloist Competition

Entries will close on Monday 22nd February for this competition. Forms are available from the Music Centre and must be returned to Mrs Campbell by the due date.  Remember your parents and your teacher must sign the form.  I have been advised that Preparatory School students will have their heats at the Preparatory School.  The heats schedule to be announced once all entries are received. No late entries will be accepted.  Good luck!

Sections are as Follows:

JUNIOR: Grades 1-3

INTERMEDIATE: Grades 4-5

SENIOR SECTION: Grades 6-7

ADVANCED SECTION: Grade 8 and above

Ensemble Feature – Chamber Ensemble

The six-member Chamber Ensemble rehearses each Tuesday from 7:30am-8:30am with Mrs Campbell. This year, Chamber Ensemble welcomed new members, so they are re-establishing rehearsal routines and expectations. To continue to maintain a high standard of performance the students will be continually developing their ensemble skills by listening to each other’s parts, sight-reading new repertoire, quickly following the conductors directions and working on their repertoire at home to ensure the rehearsals are for shaping and interpreting the music not learning the notes and bowing.  The current repertoire includes Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission by Ennio Marricone and Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert. This ensemble looks forward to an opportunity to share their performance later in the term.

Theory of Music Classes

Thanks to Mrs Trynes who coordinates the Theory of Music lessons which will progressively commence in the next two weeks.  Grade 3 commenced this week and Grades 1 and 2 will start lessons in Week 5.  The Theory of Music component is a valuable and supportive accreditation to receive to support the practical component of the Music Program. Students will sit for their exams in the middle of August.

Parents Dropping Off Instruments

If students forget to bring their instruments to school on the day that they have an Instrumental Music lesson or the Year 1 and 2 Strings Program or Year 4 Band Program, we please ask that parents do not ring and arrange a time to drop the instruments off at school.  If the student forgets their instrument they will have to go without that day as parents are only permitted on site for meetings or to collect unwell children. The boys have been informed of this procedure as have all Instrumental Music Staff. Hopefully this will teach them to be more reliable and responsible in regard to packing and organising their equipment for the day.  As from next week – NO Instruments will be accepted. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Geraldine Campbell Director of Preparatory School Music


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