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Auditions

Performance Music Information Evening

On 29 January 2019, the College will hold a Music Information Evening for families, which presents information about the Performance Music Program, including private lessons, ensembles and the program in general, and will also allow parents to meet the Performance Music Faculty staff. The evening will commence at 6.30pm in the College Lecture Theatre.

2019 Auditions

CHAC has over 27 ensembles or choirs that students are able to rehearse and perform in. Auditions are held in order to place interested students into the appropriate ensemble according to their ability and interest. Current CHAC students were given the opportunity to audition at the end of 2018.

New CHAC students (and students who missed last year’s audition) will have the opportunity to audition on Tuesday 30 January in Studio A. Times are below.

Students will need to be prepared with a piece which best demonstrates their ability. Students will also be asked to play two different scales that they have already learnt. If you bring an instrument to school for your audition, please store it in the Music department instrument storeroom (Secondary students) or in your classroom (Primary students).

30 January Audition Times

Primary Instrumental – Years 4 to 6
8.45am to 9.15am: All instruments (except Piano)

Secondary Instrumental – Years 7 to 12
9.15am: Percussion
10am: Flutes
11am: Trumpets
11.45am: Clarinets/Saxophones
12.30pm: Strings/Guitars
1.15pm: Low Brass (Trombone, Tuba etc)

Minimum standard for Guitars:

  • Major and MInor open chords C, A, G, E, D, Am, Em and Dm
  • Simple strumming patterns only
  • Ability to read music with tablature fingering underneath
  • Ability to play in keys with no more than one or two sharps or flats
  • Ability to read mostly straight (un-syncopated) rhythms
  • Not usually required to play beyond 4th fret
  • Not required to hold pick

Choir Sign-on (auditions not required)

Years 3 to 6 students
Primary Choir (Thursday morning before-school rehearsals)

Years 7 to 9 Girls
Junior Girls Choir (Friday morning before school rehearsals)

Years 7 to 12 Boys and Years 10 to 12 Girls
College Choir (Friday morning before school rehearsals)

Choir Audition
Years 9 to 12
Senior Vocal Group (you will need to come prepared with a verse and chorus of a song and will need to sing unaccompanied)

Hiring Musical Instruments

The College has a limited number of instruments available for hire. Instruments for hire include the larger and more expensive instruments – bass clarinets, baritone saxophones, tenor saxophones, tuba, french horns, etc. There is also a limited number of smaller instruments available for short-term loan. Hiring costs vary depending on instrument. A Music Instrument Hire Agreement must be completed and signed by a parent before an instrument can be issued.

Should a student encounter a problem with their instrument, please return it immediately to the Performance Music Department so arrangements can be made for the repair of the instrument. Do not attempt to repair an instrument yourself.

If a College instrument is not available, there are a number of music instrument retailers in Brisbane that may be able to provide an appropriate instrument. There are also many companies who specialise in hiring instruments. Please email music@chac.qld.edu.au or call 07 3896 0419 for further information.