26 June 2017

Performing Arts

The school holiday period has been a busy time for a number of our young musicians, with many rehearsals and performances taking place.

Congratulations to the 52 boys from the Scotch Youth Voices, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Scotch Youth Chamber and Youth Rock Band who took part in the annual Fairbridge Festival. The boys performed well to a large and appreciative audience and then had an opportunity to enjoy listening to some of the other acts performing on the day. Scotch College has enjoyed a long association with this prestigious event and we look forward to it continuing next year. Thanks especially to Mrs Jenny Sullivan and members of the Scotch Staff in preparing boys for their performance and for assisting on the day.

On Anzac Day, three Scotch students - Lewis Weeda (Year 12, Shearer) (bagpipes), Nathan Schaff (Year 12, Anderson) (trumpet) and Rohan Dick (Year 11, Keys) (vocals) performed at the Dawn Service at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. The boys made a wonderful contribution to the atmosphere of the event. All three boys then continued on to participate in the Anzac Day March with the rest of our Pipes and Drums. Congratulations to all students (and Messers Bailey and Hamilton) for their contribution to this day which has become such an important part of the Western Australian and National calendar.

All students and staff involved in the upcoming tour to the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mt Gambier rehearsed during the second week of the holidays to finalise their preparations before heading east next Thursday. The students have worked extremely hard on their repertoire and will represent their school and state admirably during the four days of this event.

A note to all parents and students regarding rehearsals over the next two weeks during the examination break: All rehearsals will continue to be held at their usual time and venue unless the ensemble is specifically notified otherwise by their director. Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to attend rehearsals where possible.

Thanks to all parents who continue to show their support of our Performing Arts programmes through their active involvement in our Friends' groups. If you would like to join either the Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) or Pipe Band Parent Support Group, please let us know, or feel free to attend their next meeting.

Important dates for the Autumn Term calendar are:

Autumn Term

Date

Time

Event

Location

Sunday 30 April

2.30pm

Mt Gambier Jazz Band pre-tour performance

DC

Tuesday 2 May

7.00pm

FOSM Meeting

Music Department

Thursday 4 May- Monday 8 May

Jazz Tour to Mount Gambier, Generations in Jazz

Mt Gambier

Wednesday 17 May

7.00 - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Sectional

Scotch College (DC)

Wednesday 24 May

6.00 - 7.15pm

JS Winter Concert

Junior School (SRC)

Friday 26 May

3.30 - 5.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

Scotch College (DC)

Tuesday 30 May

6.30pm

Vocal Showcase

TBC

Tuesday 6 June

7.00pm

FOSM Meeting

Senior Music Department

Tuesday 6 June

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal

TBC

Thursday 8 June

6.30pm

JS MS Autumn Concert

TBC

Friday 9 June

7.00pm

Music Department Quiz Night

(Years 8 - 12)

MacKellar Hall

Wednesday 14 June

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal

TBC

Thursday 22 June

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal

Scotch College (DC)

Sunday 25 June

TBA

WA Schools Orchestra Festival

Churchlands SHS

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 Wednesday) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Friday) 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