Music Matters

Year 9 student selected to perform in Grand Choral Concert

Gerard Barclay

Gerard Barclay (Year 9) studies orchestral percussion at Tintern and we are delighted that he has been selected to perform as one of five percussionists in the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ on Sunday 15 November at 2.30pm. Alongside the members of the orchestra will be no fewer than five choral groups in what promises to be a stirring program. The performance will take place at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre.

Many Middle School and Junior School girls will remember their experience last year singing this magnificent 20th century choral work at the Melbourne Recital Centre and can attest to the fact that hearing this work performed live is, indeed, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed. Tickets for this concert may be purchased by visiting the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra’s website.

We congratulate Gerard on his selection and wish him all the best for his rehearsals and the performance next month.

Celebration Evening Music Makers


It would be remiss of me not to take a little space in the Newsletter this week to thank the Music Staff and all student musicians for their wonderful musical contributions to the success of Monday’s Celebration Evening. From the delightful prelude performers, the players of interlude music, to the Celebration Evening Orchestra, the Concert Choir and the cast of ‘Cabaret’ – your work was, without exception, polished and memorable for so many reasons. One of my favourite moments of the night was seeing and hearing our whole school community on stage in full flight, lifting the roof of the venue with their enthusiastic singing. I hope you enjoyed the final performances of the medley and the school songs as much as we enjoyed performing them for you.

Upcoming Music Events


Wednesday 21 October
Twilight Concert, 5.00pm
Kelson Room (Strings) and Area C, CM Wood Centre

A relaxed event where soloists air their pieces and small ensembles also share their wares.

Sunday 8 November
Maroondah Festival, Town Park, Croydon
Concert Band performs on Youth Stage, 10.30am
Saxophone Ensemble performs on Aurrum Stage, 2.00pm
Kelson String Quartet performs on Aurrum Stage, 2.20pm

Come along and support our student musicians performing in the local community!

Wednesday 18 November
Concert Band performs at Year 7 (2016) Information Evening, 7.30pm
CM Wood Centre

A great opportunity for new families to our school to hear the wonderful talents of our Middle School musicians.

Sunday 22 November
CM Wood Centre, 10.00am
Munch with the Musos

Another great musical and social event presented by our wonderful Friends of Music parent committee. Junior and Middle School students, members of staff and families get together to enjoy an array of delightful music and entertainment, with a touch of Christmas to add to the cheer and goodwill.

Melbourne Youth Music Summer School applications


Do something you love this summer!

Melbourne Youth Music has launched its 2016 Summer School. Bring your instrument and join more than 600 fellow musicians for a fun week of rehearsals, workshops and performances in the heart of Melbourne. The Summer School runs from January 11 to 16 and takes place at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Apply today:

by Alison Bezaire, Director of Music



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