13 November 2017

Music Department

A highlight of the past fortnight was the Junior and Middle School End of Year Concert, held in Memorial Hall. It was wonderful to see so many boys on stage performing and well done to all parents for joining in with the final item.

Last Thursday, our Year 8 Music students enjoyed a half-day workshop with Junkadelic, a Perth-based band who perform New Orleans style funk and soul music playing a mixture of traditional brass and electric instruments, with most of the percussion made from "junk". The boys had a wonderful time learning new rhythms and songs whilst playing old drums, containers and tins. The session culminated with the recording of two songs the boys learned on the day. We hope to have these available for all to see and hear in coming weeks.

Congratulations to two music students who have received excellent results recently:

Patrick Carter (Year 12 leaver, Stuart) successfully auditioned for a place at WAAPA to study Classical Voice. Many members of the Scotch community would know Patrick as Uncle Fester from the College's production, The Addams Family

Ethan Lamb (Year 8, Roberts) received a High Distinction for his 3rd grade AMEB trumpet examination.

In the previous edition of The Thistle, I recognised the outgoing members of the Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM). I would like to acknowledge the new members of the committee:

President - Louise Broun

Vice President - Maria Radici

Treasurer - Fiona Smith-Gander

Secretary - Ali Carlton

Senior School Representative - Kerry Trayler

Middle School Representative - Maria Radici

Friends of Scotch Music offers much needed support to all Music Department events in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, so it would be great to see more parents becoming involved with this group.

A reminder to all parents who are currently involved in Instrumental Music tuition, as well as new parents to the College, that enrolments for next year are due Friday 18 November. Any current Scotch families who would like to participate in the Music programme are encouraged to enrol your son via the Music Department website.

Important Dates for Spring Term

Week 6, Tuesday 15 November, Violin Soiree, 4.00pm and 5.30pm MacKellar Hall

Week 6, Wednesday 16 November, Scotch Philharmonic performing at Braemar Lodge Retirement Home.

Week 6, Friday 18 November, Junior School Keyboard Soiree, 5.00pm MacKellar Hall

Week 7, Tuesday 22 November, Violin Soiree, MacKellar Hall

Week 9, Thursday 8 December, Junior School Presentation Day, Dickinson Centre

Groups performing: Junior Strings, guitars, choir.

Week 9, Thursday 8 December, Middle School Speech Night, Dickinson Centre

Groups performing: Scotch Youth Voices, Middle School Concert Band plus selected strings and guitars, Pipes and drums.

Week 9, Friday 9 December, Senior School Speech Night, Dickinson Centre

Groups performing: Scotch/PLC Combined Vocal Ensemble, Senior Concert Band, Senior Strings, Pipes and Drums

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 Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email Chris.McMillan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

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

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts