On Sunday, 21 October 2018 the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present The Grande Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre, starting at 3.00pm and featuring the following ensembles:
• Children Crossing
• Ensemble Volar
• Community Choir
• Symphonic Winds
• Paganini Strings
• Corelli Strings
• Chamber Winds
• Percussion Ensemble
• Volar Strings
• Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Winds/Paganini Strings)
• Combined Band (Con Brio/Symphonic Winds)
Students who are involved in instrumental groups will need to arrive by 2.00pm in order to warm up and organise their instruments, music etc. All string students are to meet in CG04 (Strings room) and all band students are to meet in C112 (Band room).
All choral students will need to arrive no later than 2.30pm for a warm up in the Auditorium.
We anticipate the concert will conclude by 5.30pm and encourage students performing earlier in the afternoon to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets is dependent on attendance at all performances.
Ensemble and choir members are required to dress in the performance uniform. Full details of the performance uniform may be found overleaf. Performance uniforms are available from the Uniform Shop. Students from the Junior School who are performing may wear their formal blue school uniform.
In order to run an event such as this, some parental assistance is required. The Music Support Group is looking for offers of support for the afternoon; all families are asked to bring a plate of sweet or savoury snacks for afternoon tea.
They will also run one of their famous raffles and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be dropped at the P & F Office by Friday 12 October.
Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Senior School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 9, 2018. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: http://documents.soundthinkingaustralia.info/summerschool2019.pdf.
Alternatively, if you are able to offer some time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact Anne Kuskopf email@example.com 0402 121 739. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Paula Hodge firstname.lastname@example.org 0411 860 433 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer in some way. This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department!
There is no audience charge for this concert and refreshments will be available for purchase during the intermission. As this is one of the key events for our performance ensembles and choirs, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or email@example.com.
Junior School Art and Music Show
The Junior School Art and Music Show will be held on Wednesday, October 17 2018, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4:15 – 6:30pm and the following groups will be involved:
Four Corners (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.30pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 4:15pm in C108; perform 4:40pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4:30pm in the Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.45pm in CG04; perform 5:15pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.25pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 5:15pm in C108; perform 5.35pm)
Charma Band/Stage Band (Meet 5.15pm in C112; perform 5.45pm)
String Quintet (Meet 5:30pm in CG04; perform 6.00pm)
Vivaldi Strings/Corelli Strings (Meet 5.45pm in the CG04; perform 6.15pm)
All students are required to perform in their blue school uniform.
The Music Support Group will be running some raffles on the day of the concert and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be left with Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Office and will be collected on Friday 12 October. Additionally, the Music Support Group are running a Whole School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 9, 2018. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: http://documents.soundthinkingaustralia.info/summerschool2019.pdf.
If you have any further enquires please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact email@example.com for further information.
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly firstname.lastname@example.org Ms Trott email@example.com or Mrs Figliano firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. Please enrol via Aidan’s Central – Music; Private Tuition; click on Private Tuition Form.
Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evening starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, email@example.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.
Introducing Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor
Annie Lower is a soprano and singing teacher who has sung extensively on both national and international stages in opera, oratorio, chamber music, musical theatre and jazz. A Masters-level graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Annie brings a wealth of performing and teaching experience to her studio. Alongside her teaching at St Aidan’s, Annie also teaches at the Pathways to Music Program and is director of the Pre-tertiary Classical and Children’s Musical Theatre programs at the Sound Thinking Australia Summer School.
While based in London, Annie appeared regularly on the concert platform, performing as soloist with the English Concert Singers in such prestigious venues as St John’s Smith Square. In Australia, Annie has performed as soloist with Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Army Band, Underground Opera and The Seven Sopranos. She is also a founding member of critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Soirées Musicales Quintette.
Annie has a great interest in staying up-to-date with current research about singing and singing teaching. This interest has led to her being published in Australian Voice, the journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS). She has also been a presenter at ANATS symposiums and a guest speaker for the Vocal Pedagogy department at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Annie has a wholistic, student-centered approach to her teaching, tailoring her lessons to each individual student's abilities and interests. In her studio, Annie combines a rigorous technical knowledge of singing with a fun and dynamic exploration of music. Her training in drama and dance also informs her work with singers, as she helps them to develop essential stagecraft skills. Annie is delighted to be working with students at St Aidan’s and looks forward to helping them achieve their singing goals!
Full Size Cello - For Sale
A family in Sherwood has a full size cello for sale for $500. It comes with a spare set of strings (value $100), a hard case and some cello music. Please phone Richard & Sarah Smith 0418 794 825 / 0408 195 110.
Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule
Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
Community Choir (Semester Two only)
Paganini Strings (AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)
Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 5 and above)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program (Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)
Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.
Music Summer School