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Performance Music

The Cannon Hill Anglican College Performance Music Program is recognised in the educational and broader musical communities as providing a high quality, diverse and rich program in an environment encouraging student enjoyment and excellence.

Private Music Tuition

Cannon Hill Anglican College offers private tuition in all band and orchestral instruments, piano, and voice by specialist music tutors, for students in Years 2 to 12. Lessons of 30 minutes duration are held during the course of the normal school day. To assist in the impact of private music tuition on academic classes, timetabling in the Performance Music department works on a five-day cycle, while the students in Secondary have a seven-day academic cycle. Lessons for students in Primary are scheduled to avoid all specialist lessons (P.E., Performing Arts, Languages) as well as Assemblies and Chapel.

The College employs instrumental and vocal specialist tutors who are active outside the College as performers, conductors and teachers in secondary and tertiary institutions. Research and study interests include jazz and classical performance, composition, music technology and choral pedagogy.

To register for Private Music Tuition please CLICK HERE to complete the online enrolment form.

Performance Ensembles

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 Audition Requirements for further details.



  • Lower Strings Ensemble
  • Concert Strings
  • String Ensemble
  • Camerata Orchestra


  • String Trio/Quartet
  • Chamber Strings


  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Big Band

Guitar Ensembles

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

Percussion Ensembles

  • Intermediate Percussion Ensemble
  • Senior Percussion Ensemble



  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band


  • Ebony Ensemble
  • Flute Choir
  • Saxophone Ensemble



  • 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)


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

Performance Opportunities

There are many performance opportunities for ensembles and choirs throughout the year. Our most notable concerts celebrating student achievement and community are:

Anglican Schools Music Festival

  • Semester One - Gala Concerts
    Held over two evenings divided between beginner/intermediate and senior ensembles.
  • Semester Two - Spring Sonata Concerts
    Three concerts divided by style - Jazz/Contemporary, String/Choral and Classical.
  • Soloists Recitals
    Opportunity for students who are enrolled in Private Music lessons to perform to their families and peers.
  • CHAC Eisteddfod
    Opportunity for students who are enrolled in Private Music lessons to perform to their families, peers and external adjudicators, with certificates and medals awarded.
  • Staff Recital
    Our Performance Music staff showcase their talents at an evening performance for students and families of the wider College community.
  • Individual Music Exams
    Individual examinations including AMEB, Trinity and ANZCA.
  • Community Events
    Performances at community events, festivals and competitions.
  • Anglican Schools Music Festival
    A biennial concert held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
  • State Honours Ensemble Program
    This well-respected program brings together the finest young musicians, under the tutelage of a team of eminent international and national conductors, in a world-class environment. Students are nominated to participate by the Director of Performance Music in consultation with Specialist Music Tutors. 

International Tour

Performance Music students are provided the opportunity to embark on a Music Tour every two years. Our most recent tour group visited New Zealand, and performed at a range of exciting venues.