Ensemble Pathways

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Ensemble Pathways

The musical experience of Instrumental Music Lessons is best developed when working in conjunction with an appropriate Ensemble Pathway, providing a balanced and guided education in Music. All students who undertake lessons are required to join one or more of the College’s Ensembles, as advised by their Instrumental Music teacher. For most music students, the ‘step up’ to ensemble membership is eagerly sought, and once obtained is something they treasure due to the musical challenges presented, the camaraderie of working closely with their peers, and the opportunity for recognition of their skills through a variety of Performance Opportunities.

There are 3 main strands of our Ensembles program; Band, Choral and Strings, all of which offer students the opportunity to participate in a shared music making context. There are a range of small and large ensembles on offer across all 3 strands in both Primary and Secondary school, catering for students with varying abilities in our core ensembles and also offering further challenges and development through our extension ensembles. To find out more about each of our ensembles, please click on the tabs below. To join one of our ensembles simply come along to the weekly rehearsals. If you would like further guidance in finding the most appropriate Ensemble Pathway for your child please contact the following staff for each of the strands.

Band: Mrs Chelsey Eunson, Head of Bands (ceunson@saac.qld.edu.au

Choral: Miss Savanna Griechen, Director of Co-Curricular Music (sgriechen@saac.qld.edu.au)

Strings: Mrs Vanessa Herriman, Strings Co-ordinator (vherriman@saac.qld.edu.au)

General Enquiries: Music Office (musicoffice@saac.qld.edu.au)

To help address a portion of the cost of providing Lessons, Ensembles and Performance Opportunities, all students involved in Co-Curricular Music (lessons and/or ensembles) will be charged the Co-Curricular Music Levy of $47.50 (Year 1 to 3), $65.00 (Year 4 to 6) and $80 (Secondary) per term.

 

Weekly Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule 2018

 

Ensemble Pathways - Strings

Youth Strings Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Conductor Mrs Vanessa Herriman
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner Level - Students who are new to String playing
Rehearsals Thursday mornings from 7.30am to 8.20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform on assemblies, College concerts, and participate in the Primary Music Camp every 2nd year.

String Ensemble Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Conductor Mrs Vanessa Herriman
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner / Intermediate Level - Students who have been playing for around 1 - 2 years
Rehearsals Tuesday mornings from 7.30am to 8.20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events, local competitions and participate in the Primary Music Tour every 2nd year and a Primary Music Camp in alternate years.

String Orchestra Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
Conductor Mr Cade Bonar
Ensemble entry requirements Intermediate / Advanced level
Rehearsals Friday mornings from 7.15am to 8.20am
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Camp every 2nd year, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Chamber String Ensemble Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Conductor Mr Tetias Goh
Ensemble entry requirements Advanced level - By invitation / Audition - Students must attend String Orchestra
Rehearsals Thursday afternoons from 3:15pm till 4:30pm
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Tour every 2nd year, Secondary Music Camp in alternate years, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Junior and Senior Guitar Ensembles Guitar
Conductor Mr Chris Clarke
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner / Intermediate level
Rehearsals Junior - Monday lunch times 1:10pm till 1:40pm and Senior - Tuesday lunch times 1:10pm till 1:40pm
Commitments These ensembles will perform at College events such as assemblies, recitals, open mic and the College Fair.

 

Ensemble Pathways - Choral

Junior Singers Mixed voices in years 1 to 3
Conductor Miss Savanna Griechen
Accompanist Mrs Megan Schumann
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner level - Students who display enthusiasm for singing
Rehearsals Wednesday mornings from 7.30am to 8.20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform on assemblies, College concerts and participate in the Primary Music Camp every 2nd year.

Primary Girls Choir Female voices in years 4 - 6
Conductor Mrs Karina Gough
Accompanist Mrs Chelsey Eunson
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner / Intermediate level - Girls who display enthusiasm for singing
Rehearsals Monday mornings from 7.30am to 8.20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events, local competitions and participate in the Primary Music Tour every 2nd year and a Primary Music Camp in alternate years.

Boys Vocal Ensemble Male voices in years 4 - 6
Conductor Ms Heather Swift
Accompanist Mrs Megan Schumann
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner / Intermediate level - Boys who display enthusiasm for singing
Rehearsals Tuesday Mornings from 7.30am to 8.20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events, local competitions and participate in the Primary Music Tour every 2nd year and a Primary Music Camp in alternate years.

College Choir Mixed voices in years 7 to 12
Conductor Miss Savanna Griechen
Accompanist Mrs Megan Schumann
Ensemble entry requirements Intermediate / Advanced level - Secondary students who display enthusiasm for singing
Rehearsals Thursday afternoons from 3:15pm till 4:45pm
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Camp every 2nd year, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Auditioned Vocal Ensemble Mixed voices in years 7 to 12
Conductor Miss Savanna Griechen
Accompanist Mrs Chelsey Eunson
Ensemble entry requirements Advanced Level - By invitation/audition - Students must attend College Choir
Rehearsals Wednesday afternoons from 3:15pm till 4:30pm STARTING TERM 2 
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Tour every 2nd year, Secondary Music Camp in alternate years, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Ensemble Pathways - Bands

Concert Band Woodwind, Bass, Percussion
Conductor Miss Elena Katahanas
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner / Intermediate level - Students who have been playing for around one year 
Rehearsals Friday mornings from 7.30am to 8.20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events, local competitions and participate in the Primary Music Tour every 2nd year and a Primary Music Camp in alternate years.

Wind Ensemble Woodwind, Brass, Percussion
Conductor Mrs Chelsey Eunson
Ensemble entry requirements Intermediate / Advanced Level
Rehearsals Thursday mornings from 7.15am to 8.20am
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Camp every 2nd year, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Symphonic Band Woodwind, Brass, Percussion
Conductor Mrs Chelsey Eunson
Ensemble entry requirements Advanced level - By invitation / audition - Students must attend Wind Ensemble
Rehearsals Wednesday mornings from 7:00am till 8:20am
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Tour every 2nd year, Secondary Music Camp in alternate years, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Jazz Ensemble Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drum Kit
Conductor Miss Elena Katahanas
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner Level - Students who have been playing for around one year - Students must attend Concert Band
Rehearsals Tuesday afternoons from 3:10pm till 4:00pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform on assemblies, College concerts, and participate in the Primary Music Tour every 2nd year and a Primary Music Camp in alternate years.

Stage Band Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drum Kit
Conductor Miss Elena Katahanas
Ensemble entry requirements Intermediate Level - Students who have been playing for around 2 or 3 years - Students must attend Concert Band or Wind Ensemble
Rehearsals Monday mornings from 7.15am to 8:20am
Commitments This ensemble will perform on assemblies, College concerts, and participate in the Primary Music Tour every 2nd year and a Primary Music Camp in alternate years.

Jazz Orchestra Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drum Kit
Conductor Mr Andrew Eunson
Ensemble entry requirements Advanced level - By invitation / audition - Students must attend Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band - The ability to improvise is advantageous
Rehearsals Tuesday mornings from 7.00am to 8.20am
Commitments Students in this ensemble will be expected to participate in the Secondary Music Tour every 2nd year, Secondary Music Camp in alternate years, and perform at all College concerts, competitions and events.

Flute Ensemble Flute
Conductor Mrs Kathy Dyer
Ensemble entry requirements Students who display an enthusiasm for Flute playing
Rehearsals Friday lunch times from 1.10pm to 1.40pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies, recitals and the College Fair and perform at local competitions.

Clarinet Ensembles Clarinet
Conductor Ms Anne Jackson
Ensemble entry requirements Students who display an enthusiasm for Clarinet playing
Rehearsals Junior - Wednesday lunch times from 1.10pm to 1.40pm, Senior - Friday lunch times from 1.10pm to 1.40pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies, recitals and the College Fair and perform at local competitions

Saxophone Ensemble Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Conductor Mr Andrew Eunson
Ensemble entry requirements Students who display an enthusiasm for Saxophone playing
Rehearsals Tuesday lunch times from 1.10pm to 1.40pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies, recitals and the College Fair and perform at local competitions

Brass Ensemble Any Brass instrument - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba
Conductor Miss Elena Katahanas
Ensemble entry requirements Students who display an enthusiasm for Brass playing
Rehearsals Tuesday lunch times from 1.10pm to 1.40pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies, recitals and the College Fair and perform at local competitions

Percussion Ensemble Tuned and Untuned Percussion instruments
Conductor Mrs Lauren Harris
Ensemble entry requirements Students who display an enthusiasm for Percussion playing
Rehearsals Thursday lunch times from 1:10pm till 1:40pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies,recitals and the College Fair and perform at local competitions

Rock and Pop Band Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Conductor Ms Anne Jackson
Ensemble entry requirements Beginner / Intermediate - Rock / Contemporary experience or interest
Rehearsals Wednesday afternoons 3:15pm till 4:15pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies, open mic and the College Fair.

Contemporary Band Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Conductor Miss Savanna Griechen
Ensemble entry requirements Intermediate / Advanced - Rock / Contemporary experience or interest
Rehearsals Monday afternoons from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Commitments This ensemble will perform at College events such as assemblies, open mic and the College Fair.

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