14 August 2017

Music Department

The musicians at Scotch College have presented several performances early this term. All ensembles from the jazz programme at Scotch College performed recently in WA Schools' Jazz Festival and the combined Scotch/PLC Symphony performed in the WA Schools' Orchestra Festival on the same day.

In the WA Schools' Jazz Festival the Senior Jazz Ensemble entered the Essentially Ellington Competition where they performed three pieces from the library of the celebrated composer Duke Ellington. They were one of only two bands in WA to be awarded a Gold Award for their performance from Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra adjudicators Reggie Thomas and Vincent Gardner. The band was recognised for playing with confidence and maturity beyond their years. Following their performance the Jazz Ensemble played in a workshop with Reggie Thomas, which was another great opportunity for them to work with an outstanding musician and educator.

Other awards for outstanding musicianship in the Jazz Festival were given to Harrison Nicholls (Year 12, Shearer) - Trombone, for his improvisation with the Jazz Combo and to the rhythm section of the Big Band; Patrick Carlton (Year 11, Cameron) - Drums, Oliver Broun (Year 10, Alexander) - Percussion, Benjamin Anderson (Year 11, Cameron) - Bass, Kyle Imlah (Year 10, Keys) - Guitar and Tristan Lee (Year 12, St Andrews) - Piano in recognition for their performance on the day.

The Combined Symphony Orchestra performed in the 'A' Division of the ABODA Orchestra festival and was awarded an "Outstanding" for their performance. This award should not be underestimated as it is difficult to attainand is a tribute to the work of the students, their tutors and their conductor Dr Alan Lourens throughout the year.

Congratulations should also go to music staff Ms Ibolya Mikajlo and Mr Rob Spence who presented the Con Brio Concert last week. The audience enjoyed a program with variety and strong performances from string and guitar ensembles and soloists alike. The concert finale was a highlight with a rousing an arrangement of the "Game of Thrones" theme, which featured the combined forces of the Scotch Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pipe Band 'A' Team.

Important Dates:

Winter Term:

Week 4, Monday 15 August, FOSM meeting, 7.00pm Senior Music Department

Week 4, Wednesday 17 August, Concert Band Concert, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Week 4, Wednesday 24 August, IBDP Music Recital, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Week 6, Monday 29 August - Tuesday 30 August, JS/MS Music Festival, JS and MS Music, MacKellar Hall

Week 6, Monday 29 August WAAPA Incursion, Senior Music Department, 3.45pm

Week 7, Monday 5 September, Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal and Supper, 7.00pm Dickinson Centre

Week 7, Friday 9 September, Senior Spring Concert, 6.00pm Dickinson Centre

Week 7, Saturday 10 September, PLC Spring Concert, all Day and afternoon concert, Dickinson Centre

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesdays) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Fridays) via phone 9383 6841 or email music@scotch.wa.edu.au

Alternately, please contact Mr Tim Simpson, Acting Head of Music, via email TMSimpson@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6824.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mr Tim Simpson

Acting Head of Music