Music Matters

Going for Gold at the Victorian School Music Festival

On Monday 28 May, the Tintern Grammar Chamber Orchestra participated in the Victorian School Music Festival. This event was held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. We performed three works: one movement of Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, the Theme from Schindler’s List and Swamp Thang. All of the pieces ran smoothly on the day and I think we pulled off an outstanding performance. We were rewarded with a Gold Award. Our performance was a reflection of the amount of time we had spent working on these pieces to improve them.  After our performance, one of the adjudicators, Dr Mark Laycock, came onstage and gave us something like a masterclass on the St Paul’s Suite. Dr Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. He worked with us on varying our dynamics more, having the soft parts softer and loud parts stronger, and our overall balance as an ensemble. Dr Laycock commented that he really liked the variety of our program and it was engaging to the audience. The rhythmic accuracy, presentation and use of dynamics, tone, technique and interpretation were considered excellent too. This experience, I believe, has given us all a better insight into working as a group. I have enjoyed participating in this event very much and hope to play in the Festival again!

by Clarisse Liew, Chamber Orchestra Leader

Amazing opportunity to work with world-class Jazz exponent

On 4 June, the Senior and Intermediate Jazz bands were given an amazing opportunity to do a two hour Jazz workshop with well-known Baritone saxophone player, Denis DiBlasio. After acquiring his Masters at the University of Miami, Denis became a member of the Big Band of Maynard Ferguson, where he spent five years as musical director. He currently serves as the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and is Director of Jazz and Composition at Rowan University in Glassboro in New Jersey. He travels the world performing and running personalized clinics with people of all ages and has recordings, compositions and texts. Given that he is a world-class composer and musician, he taught the group many interesting things to do with jazz. He gave the rhythm section (which consists of drums, bass guitar and piano) some pointers and gave the frontline (which was made up of brass and woodwind) some constructive advice, especially when it came to successful strategies for improvisation. I would like to thank Mrs Clarke for making this opportunity possible.

by Charlie Victoria, Middle School Girls’ Music Captain

House Music Festival lifted the roof on the CM Wood Centre

Last Wednesday, the school had one of the most exciting events of the year—the Annual House Music Festival. The five houses represented themselves in spectacularly colourful fashion. This year’s theme was Disney music. Each House had to sing a set song, Circle of Life from “The Lion King”. Then they could choose their own choice song to finish off their round and there was a great variety of music. The students also enjoyed the traditional karaoke at the end before the announcement of the winner. Everybody was pumped with energy and all sang along to the tracks. Once the judges had reached their final decision, the winning house for 2018 was Dann-Watt House. The trophy was handed to the two House Captains by Mr Fry and the judges. All Houses did a fantastic job in both singing and arranging music instrumentally. We would like to thank all of the House Captains and the students for the huge amount of work preparing for this event. We would also like to thank the teachers for their support and especially thank the judges on the day, Miss Catie Spears, Mrs Jenni Campbell and Mr Dave Bathgate.

by Steven Zhang, School Pianist 2018

Congratulations to the Senior Girls Chamber Choir

Well done to our Senior Girls Chamber Choir on their lovely performance in the a cappella section of the Boroondara Eisteddfod last week. The choir received a well-deserved third place against other ensembles, which put up some stiff competition on the day. The adjudicator complimented the choir on their rhythmic and energetic performance, and their lovely intonation and poise. Well done, girls!

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