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Ensembles and Rehearsals

Performance Music Ensemble Program

There are a wide variety of ensembles that cater to a very broad range of musical levels and musical taste. These programs are offered at no charge.

Within the Music Ensembles there are Core Ensembles and Elective Ensembles. Students must be involved in a Core Ensemble if they wish to join an Elective Ensemble. The Elective Ensembles are groups comprising of students who are in a Core Ensemble and who show the interest and ability to work at a particularly high level.

An audition process is held to ascertain the performance level of students. This process enables music staff to place students in ensembles that meet their performance standard. Please see Auditions for further details.

Strings

Core:

  • Lower Strings Ensemble
  • Concert Strings
  • String Ensemble
  • Camerata Orchestr

Elective:

  • String Trio/Quartet
  • Chamber Strings

Jazz/Contemporary

  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Big Band

Guitar Ensembles

  • The Fretheads
  • The Side FX
  • The Distortionists
  • Junior Rock Band
  • Rock Band

Percussion Ensembles

  • Intermediate Percussion Ensemble
  • Senior Percussion Ensemble

Band

Core:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band

Elective:

  • Ebony Ensemble
  • Flute Choir
  • Saxophone Ensemble


Choral

Non-Auditioned

  • Primary Choir (Years 3 to 6)
  • Junior Girls Choir (Years 7 to 9 Girls)
  • College Choir (Years 7 to 12 Boys, Years 10 to 12 Girls)

Auditioned:

  • Senior Vocal Group (An auditioned Vocal Group for students from Years 9 to 12)

Performance Music Attendance Policy

Rehearsals for most ensembles and choirs commence in Week 3 of Term 1 and occur each week unless you have been notified via email or SMS to the contrary.

Being involved in a College Choir/Ensemble/Band instils you with the life skills of responsibility, discipline, group cooperation and dedication. Every member is making a valued and necessary contribution to team - there are no reserves.

If a student signs up to join an ensemble, they make a commitment to the ensemble to attend every rehearsal and performance. To allow for growth and improvement within the music ensembles there must be consistency of attendance.

If a student is unable to attend a rehearsal due to sickness, notification must be supplied to the conductor in order to properly maintain rolls. This should be provided in an email directly to the conductor and cc’d to music. Parents/guardians are asked not to schedule appointments for students during allocated rehearsal times. If a student misses two rehearsals for which no explanation from a parent/guardian, then the student may be asked to reconsider their involvement in the ensemble. Rolls are taken at every rehearsal by conductors and are kept on the school file. These rolls are used at the end of each school year when deciding Performance Music awards and school leadership roles.