Music Matters

Singing Soirée

The Singing Soirée was held in the Kelson Room on Thursday 11 August. Students from Year 7 to 12 demonstrated their solo vocal abilities at this annual event. We heard a variety of songs ranging from pieces of the Baroque Period to Broadway, some pop songs and others from Musical Theatre. It was extremely pleasing to see students from all year levels participating in this concert and it was also a fantastic opportunity for them to perform solo in front of a supportive crowd. We would like to thank Ms Bortolussi and Mrs Plumridge for helping to organise this concert and Mrs Clementson for taking the time to rehearse with each performer and accompany them during their performance. It was a wonderful experience for both performers and listeners.

by Alison Yang, Year 12

A Cappella Workshops with the Senior Girls Chamber Choir

The Senior Girls Chamber Choir enjoyed two very special performances and workshops with a local Barbershop Quartet from the East City Sound Chorus. Lyn Barker, Sarah Glass (past parent), Kim Paleg and Joan Schofield performed several of their four part a cappella songs before teaching the chamber choir two works when they visited Tintern Grammar on Friday 29 July and 5 August. Singing in the Barbershop style is a very different experience but our visitors were most impressed with the Chamber choir’s skills in quickly learning music by ear and singing such close harmonies in tune. The quartet also shared some very effective breathing and pitch exercises. It was challenging for our altos, in particular, to sing their part as they took the bass part and had to extend their range downward. We are very excited to announce that the East City Sound Quartet will return to perform at our Choral Concert on Wednesday 14 September. They will sing a bracket of their own music as well as joining our girls in their rendition of the songs learnt at the workshops.

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VCE Piano Student, Justin Rocio, takes out 2nd place at the Melbourne International Music Competition!

Year 12 VCE piano student, Justin Rocio, recently competed in the Youth Category at the Melbourne International Music Competition (Piano) held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. He performed No. 151 from Mikrokosmos, Vol. 6 by Béla Bartók to gain confidence in performing in public and to practise for his upcoming Solo Performance Recital in Term 4. Imagine just how delighted Justin, his teacher and family were to hear the results and to learn that he was awarded second prize in the category. Congratulations Justin!

Link to Justin Rocio’s Performance at the Melbourne International Music Competition:

 by Anne Bortolussi, Acting Director of Music













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