Music News - June 2019

Music News - June 2019

Music News – June 2019

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Music Gala Concert 2019 – Saturday 20 July 5pm – Southport Church of Christ

The 2019 Music Gala Concert to be presented by musicians from Prep to Year 12 on the first weekend of Term 3 is to be held at 5pm on Saturday 20 July at The Southport Church of Christ (1 Griffith Way, Southport).

This year’s Concert is A Royal Gala and features the School’s Music Ensembles performing all things royal ranging from Disney princesses to Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music and the Queen of Soul.

Ensembles performing at this event include: Prep and Year 1 Singers, Years 2 and 3 Choir, Years 4-6 Choir, Senior Choir, Senza Ragazzi, Junior and Senior Strings, Junior, Middle School and Senior Concert Bands, Big Band, and Rhythm & Blues Band.

Parents and friends are encouraged to get in early to purchase good seats, on sale through Trybooking: CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Costs are $30 Adults and $20 for Students/Concessions/Children.  Performers do not need to purchase seats (unless parents wish their daughters to sit with them after their performance is completed).

Qld Music Teachers’ Association – Gold Coast – Composers’ Competition

The 30th QMTA Gold Coast Composers’ Competition was held on Sunday 2 June at the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra venue with great success.  Adjudicator Erik Griswold made comment of the creativity, diversity and high standard of compositions presented.

Congratulations to Portia van Twest (Year 5) who was placed 2nd in the 10-11yrs Gold Coast Section and was also the recipient of the $50 Vocal/Choral June Fox Patron’s Award. It is always good to see our musicians extending their creative abilities by becoming involved in this type of event.

State Honours Ensemble Program for Middle School – Griffith University Young Conservatorium

From 31 May-2 June, some of our Junior and Middle School musicians were honoured to be chosen to participate in the State Honours Ensemble Program for Middle School students, run through Queensland Conservatorium’s Open Conservatorium in Brisbane. They participated in workshops and a final concert alongside hundreds other musicians, showcasing the breadth and depth of artistic talent being nurtured by teachers, parents and schools throughout Queensland. Congratulations to:

  • Jolina Zhang (violin) from Year 6
  • Persia-Belle Matarelli (voice), Zara Meer (voice), Asharna Smith (voice), and Kate Taylor (voice) from Year 7
  • Simran Bhuta (flute), Annalize de Wet (trombone), Xabby Dickinson (bassoon), Aileen Hu (clarinet), Natasha Korff (voice), Chloe Lao (violin), Varavara Litvinova (double bass), Georgia Thomson (alto saxophone), Yvette Willemsen (voice), Jessica Zack-Holt (voice), from Year 8.

Here are some comments from the girls on their experience:

SHEP was an incredible experience. The conductors and accompanists were very experienced making it worthwhile. The staff and assistants were also very well organised allowing this unbelievable event to be possible for all. On top of working hard throughout the weekend, socialising with many others from different schools created some great new bonds and friendships. The songs I performed as part of the Yellow group were: “Eye of the Needle”,”Kali’s Song”, “The Place Where the Lost Things Go” and “I’m Goin’ Up A Yonder”. (Kate Taylor – Year 7)

Thank you so much for putting my name down to go to SHEP. It was really fun as I got to meet people from different schools and sing with different people than I normally sing with, which was cool. I would love to go to again. (Natasha Korff – Year 8)

Encouraging Your Daughter To Practise?  Some Good Advice.

Regular practice on musical instruments is vital for any student to make consistent progress and, as a consequence, enjoy the experience to create a lifelong love of music!

Anita Collins, who featured on the ABC’s three part documentary series “Don’t Stop The Music” at the end of 2018, offers some simple tips here:

https://www.facebook.com/abc.classic/videos/dr-anita-collins-on-music-practice/1616786571785591/

Janette Kelly
Head of Music

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