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13 September 2017

Primary and Secondary Musicals

Congratulations to all students involved in the primary musical, The Wizard of Oz. It was a most wonderful production, which looked stunning and the music from the singing and the band was inspiring. The amount of work put in by students and staff, especially Mrs Deb Ellison, Mrs Rachel Ashworth and Miss Shannon Sellick, needs to be applauded. It was very special to play in a live band with Miss Robertson, Miss Hansen and some of our Secondary students, along with some wonderful musician friends of Miss Sellick’s. I’m sure it’s an experience that our Secondary musicians will remember for years to come, as will all the performers on stage and the helpers back stage.

But there’s no rest for some as we now look towards the Secondary Musical. Applications have been received from quite a number of students now putting their hands up to be involved in the Secondary musical, which will be Popstars! The 90’s Musical. The performance dates are in late May/beginning of June 2018. If there are any students who are still considering putting in an application, they must speak to Mrs Johnston or Miss Aleckson before the end of term.

Those students who have nominated to be in the cast will be auditioning on Saturday 7 October, at their nominated time (10:30am or 1:00pm). All students who audition will be given a role in the musical. The audition panel of Miss Aleckson, Miss Fitzgerald and Mrs Johnston will have the onerous task of determining who will be cast into which roles. Some students may be disappointed about not getting their desired role, however, we strongly encourage all students to take part in the musical in the role they are allocated: we need all of you to ensure we have a fabulous, fun time producing Popstars!

Since the information letter went out there have been some changes to weekend rehearsals in 2018.

There will now be three weekend rehearsals:

  • Saturday 14 April – 9am-3pm (this is the last Saturday of the Easter break)
  • Sunday 29 April – 12pm-7pm (this is a week earlier than initially advertised, due to the Labour Day long weekend at the beginning of May)
  • Sunday 27 May – 2pm-7pm (this date hasn’t changed)

Rehearsals will commence on Monday 16 October. The rehearsals of a Thursday afternoon during Thursday Afternoon Sport will not commence until 2018.Students will still need to attend a Thursday Afternoon Activity in Term 4.

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to the Secondary Music students who performed last Thursday evening at our Secondary Twilight Music Recital. Those of us in attendance were delighted with some beautiful music and very special performances.

The Primary Musical Recital, which is on this Wednesday afternoon, will see a multitude of Primary Music students performing, some for the first time in front of a live audience. It is a joy to be able to offer our students opportunities such as our Twilight Music Recitals, where they can develop their performance skills and confidence on stage.

My thanks to the support from Aeolian Music Academy for their continued sponsorship of our recitals, to all the Music tutors who have prepared students for their performances for the last two recitals, the Senior Executive for their continued support of the Arts and the wonderful Music staff at The Lakes College.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

Last week we received the confirmed performance times for our ensembles who are participating in this competition.A detailed information letter is being emailed home to families of our ensembles, including a map of the venue.

Friday 13 October

Primary Concert Band and Junior Band will be travelling to St Columban’s by bus.Students will need to meet Miss Sellick at 8am, for the bus to leave on time at 8:30am. Students will return to class by 12noon. For those families wishing to travel to St Columban’s to watch the students perform, our scheduled times are:

Saturday 14 October

All our string groups are performing on Saturday morning. Families are reminded they will need to make their own way to the venue.

Secondary Concert Band will be performing on Saturday afternoon, with families needing to make their own way to the venue.

A reminder to families to login into Parent Lounge to ‘accept’ for this competition, so conductors are aware who will be performing on the day.

Music Scholarships Auditions

Thank you to those students and families who have submitted Music Scholarship applications. A ‘Confirmation of Audition Letter’ will be sent over the coming weeks with further details, including the nominated audition time. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Music Scholarship Auditions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Primary Instrumental Extravaganza

On Thursday 9 November, we will be holding our first Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, where our Year 4 and 5 students will all perform on their instruments in small groups.The evening will start at 5:30pm in the Hall. With the array of instruments including trumpets, trombones, clarinets, saxophones, percussion, cellos and violins, there will quite a selection of music. Further details will be emailed home to families of Year 4 and 5 early in Term 4. This is another wonderful opportunity to allow our students to share their Music learning at TLC with their families and friends. In the lead-up to their Instrument demonstration and try-outs the following day, it would be beneficial for Year 3 students and families to attend the Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, so they can see and hear the instruments they will be seeing the following day.

Year 3 Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs

On Friday 10 November our Year 3 students will start the process of determining their instrument selection for 2018. All Year 3 students will sit through a demonstration of all the instruments available, before working through a trial process – each student will have a go at playing each instrument type in order to make the most suited instrument selection. At the end of the day each student will receive a letter to take home which will indicate the instruments they had most success with during the tryouts. Students will need to number the instruments in order of preference before final groupings are determined by the Instrumental Music staff. More details about the demonstration and try-outs will be sent out closer to the date in Term 4.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

Wendy Johnston
D
irector of Music
wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


30 August 2017


Music Recitals

A reminder to Music students wishing to perform at our Twilight Music Recitals to email Mrs Johnston with the performance request, along with item details (piece title, composer, and time). The Secondary Recital will be on Thursday 7 September (for Senior Music students this will be their performance assessment), with the Primary Recital on Wednesday 13 September. Both evenings will start at 5:30pm in the College Hall.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

Our six College ensembles are busy preparing their pieces for the upcoming St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular. Our Primary Concert Band and Junior Concert Band will be participating on Friday 13 October and it is expected that our Secondary Concert Band and three String Ensembles: Junior, Vivaldi and Corelli Strings, will all compete on Saturday 14 October. More details regarding performance times will be distributed once the competition schedule has been confirmed. Primary band members will travel by bus to St Columban’s on the Friday, whereas families will be asked to transport students to St Columban’s for Saturday performances.

As this is the only Music Competition our ensembles will participate in this year, it is hoped that families will keep the date clear in their diary as it has been in the TLC Calendar all year.

The parent information letter, will be in Friday’s Communication email, requesting families to acknowledge their child’s involvement by logging into Parentlounge to accept.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarship applications are now available and close on Monday 11 September, with auditions being held on Saturday 21 October. Depending on the number of applications received, students may be shortlisted. Once confirmed, further information regarding audition times and audition requirements will be emailed to families. Students will need to prepare two contrasting pieces for their audition. For further details, please contact Mrs Sophie Benett Ph: 07 3491 5502 Email: sbenett@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries regarding private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass, please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything music related at TLC, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
16 August 2017


Twilight Winter Music Concert

My heartfelt thanks to all the students who performed as part of our choirs and ensembles at the Twilight Winter Music Concert last Thursday evening and for our audience members for attending.It was another lovely evening, providing our students with the opportunity to perform for an appreciative and supportive community. I would also wish to thank the Music staff and conductors who take our students each week for their rehearsals: Miss Sellick, Miss Hansen, Miss Robertson, Mrs Sullivan, Mrs Curtis and Mrs Thomas and in her absence Mrs Vandenberg.



Foundation Celebration Assembly – Performers

With the College celebrating our 13th Foundation Day this Friday, members of Primary Concert Band, Secondary Concert Band, Primary Choir and Secondary Choir will be performing/playing as part of the celebration assembly.All members of Primary Concert Band and Primary Choir will need to wear their formal uniform to school.In order to have a combined rehearsal, Secondary Band members are reminded to join Primary Band rehearsal on Thursday morning in the Hall.

Music Recitals

With the growing number of students at The Lakes College participating in private music tuition I expect that our upcoming Twilight Music Recitals will again prove popular.Any students who undertake private tuition are able to put their name forward to be involved in the Recitals. To do so, please email Mrs Johnston with the performance request, along with item details (piece title, composer, and time).The Secondary Recital will be on Thursday 7 September (for Senior Music students this will be their performance assessment), with the Primary Recital on Wednesday 13 September. Both evenings will start at 5:30pm in the College Hall.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

For the past three years The Lakes College ensembles have participated in the St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular, a competition for all ensemble types, including both primary and secondary year levels.

Our Primary Concert Band and Junior Concert Band will be participating on Friday 13 October and it is expected that our Secondary Concert Band and three String Ensembles: Junior, Vivaldi and Corelli Strings, will all compete on Saturday 14 October.More details regarding performance times will be distributed once the competition schedule has been confirmed.Primary band members will travel by bus St Columban’s on the Friday, whereas families will be asked to transport students to St Columban’s for Saturday performances.

As this is the only Music Competition our ensembles will participate in this year, it is hoped that families will keep the date clear in their diary.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarship Applications are now available and are due in Monday 11 September, with Auditions being held on Saturday 21 October.Depending on the number of applications received, students may be shortlisted.Once confirmed, further information regarding audition times and audition requirements will be emailed to families. Students will need to prepare two contrasting pieces for their audition.For further details, please contact Mrs Sophie Benett.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
2 August 2017


19 July 2017

Twilight Winter Music Concert

With just over a week until our Twilight Winter Music Concert, all our College choirs and ensembles are busy polishing their songs and pieces. This concert will feature all our four College Choirs: Singing Club, Junior Singers, Primary Choir, Secondary Choir; along with our seven instrumental ensembles: Junior Strings, Junior Band, Vivaldi Strings, Primary Concert Band, Corelli Strings, Secondary Concert Band and The Docillismo Quartet. Junior Concert Band and Primary Concert Band have had some members only join last week but they are excited to have this wonderful performance opportunity.

With some of our ensembles and choirs having only one more rehearsal before the concert it is imperative that all members attend these final rehearsals.

All members of ensembles are reminded to meet their instrumental teacher in the Library at 4:45 so instruments can be tuned (strings in the Seminar Room, woodwind and brass in the main Library area). Choir members are asked to meet at 5pm: Singing Club in Mrs Curtis’s classroom (E1), and all other choir members in the main Library.

All College families are invited to come along to the Concert for a lovely evening of music performed by the many students involved in the College choirs and ensembles. We ask for a gold coin donation at the door. It is anticipated that the concert will conclude by 6:30pm.

Welcome to Mrs Teena Sullivan

Due to ongoing health issues, Mrs Jenny Vandenberg is taking Term 3 off. It is hoped that this time will allow Jenny to get back to full strength and return to the College fit and healthy in Term 4. In the meantime, the College has appointed Mrs Teena Sullivan to cover the Prep to Year 3 Violin classes in Term 3, as well as taking over the conducting of the Junior String Ensemble on Thursday afternoons.

Prep and Year 1 families are reminded that violin lessons have changed days for Term 3: all Prep classes are now on Thursdays, along with 1M and 1H. Year 1T now have their lesson on Fridays.

Mrs Sullivan comes with many years of string teaching experience.

Music Scholarships

The Lakes College will once again be offering Music Scholarships in an effort to support our aspiring musicians. Students who are awarded a Music Scholarship will receive a percentage reduction in College fees, with this saving designed to assist families with the cost of private tuition fees. Music Scholarship Applications are now available, with Auditions being held on Saturday 21 October. Students currently in Years 4-11 are able to apply for a Music Scholarship. For further details, please contact Mrs Sophie Benett by emailing: sbenett@thelakes.qld.edu.au.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, including voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form.

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

7 June

Twilight Winter Music Concert

All our College choirs and ensembles are preparing for the upcoming Twilight Winter Concert which will be held in the Hall on Thursday 27 July, starting at 5:30pm. This concert will feature all four College Choirs, along with our seven instrumental ensembles. The students in Junior Band have only been playing together this term but are excited to be making music together. It is anticipated that the concert will conclude by 6:30pm.

An information letter will be included as part of Communications Day on Friday. Families of students involved are asked to log on to Parent Lounge to accept/decline their child’s attendance at the concert so conductors are aware of who is attending. This is our main Music concert for the College and it is an expectation that all students perform.


Music Scholarships

The Lakes College will once again be offering Music Scholarships in an effort to support our aspiring musicians. Students who are awarded a Music Scholarship will receive a percentage reduction in College fees, with this saving designed to assist families with the cost of private tuition fees. Music Scholarship applications will be available from early in Term 3 with auditions being held on Saturday 21 October. Students currently in Years 4-11 are able to apply for a Music Scholarship. For further details please contact Mrs Sophie Bennett.

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

Before our Winter Concert, we of course have what has turned out to be one of the biggest days in the Primary School Calendar: Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Our Primary Choirs will again be on show and the Year 6 students are preparing an exciting performance. If there was a competition to see how many instrumentalists could fit on the stage of the Hall, they would be sure to win. Year 6 students are reminded to ensure that they are doing some extra home practice in preparation for their special performance. Of some concern are the number of instruments that get left behind after instrumental lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hopefully their owners will remember to take them home over the last few weeks of term as I know Miss Robertson, Miss Sellick and Miss Hansen would expect all students involved to ensure they prepare as best they can.

EL3/EL4 Conversion

With some of the classrooms being converted to the Dance / Drama Studio over the coming month, a number of Music classes and rehearsals have had to relocate. Miss Hansen’s Year 4, 5 and 6 instrumental lessons will be conducted in year level classrooms for the last two weeks of term (students are reminded to check SEQTA notices). Morning rehearsals will always be in EL2. Secondary Choir has moved to FL3, as has most of the Secondary Music lessons. All room changes have been updated in students’ timetables on SEQTA.

Instruments that were left in EL3 have been moved to EL2. As this room has quite a bit of music equipment in there for classes, students are reminded to ensure that they take their instruments home after rehearsals. We unfortunately don’t have the storage space for the number of instrument cases that are being left behind each week and I am not usre how the students can expect to improve week to week in either their lesson or rehearsal if the instrument stays at school.

Though refurbishment has meant some disruption to Music classes, to have a dedicated teaching space for Dance and Drama is an exciting chapter in the College's continued growth. With the Hall being in such high demand it became necessary to provide a spacious teaching area in order for the curriculum to be delivered at a high level. The builders have certainly made huge changes to the rooms in only a few days. It will be very exciting to watch the transformation as we head into the last week of term with completion expected at the commencement of Term 3.

Student Achievements in Music Study

Since our last edition of Tidings, I have received some more results for our music students:

  • Hannah Driscoll (Yr 5) competed in the Queensland Vocal Competition and received Frist place in the Junior Musical Theatre Section. The comments she received from her adjudicator exemplify why music performance can be so exhilarating: “Congratulations on a very confident performance. Excellent pitch, rhythm and articulation. Good stylistic elements. Well done, Hannah.”
  • Kathleen Tan (Yr 8) received A (Honours) for her 6th Grade A.M.E.B. Piano Performance Exam. This is an outstanding result for a student only in Year 8. Kathleen deserves congratulations on such an outstanding achievement.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, ie voice, piano, guitar, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

24 May

Recent and Upcoming Performances

Congratulations to all the Primary choirs who performed as part of the Mother’s Day Assembly. From all accounts a wonderful morning was had by all, with each choir bringing some joy to the assembly.Secondary Choir are putting final preparations to their item for the Writing Competition Assembly next week.A reminder to all Secondary Choir members that next week is our final rehearsal with our accompanist and as such it is vital that all members attend the rehearsal.

Twilight Winter Music Concert

The program for our Twilight Winter Music Concert is being set, with all our choirs and ensembles now preparing items for this annual event. In the coming weeks, families of all members of Singing Club, Junior Singers, Primary Choir, Secondary Choir, Junior Strings, Junior Band, Vivaldi Strings, Primary Concert Band, Corelli Strings, Secondary Concert Band and The Docillismo Quartet will receive an email asking for parents to indicate availability of their child/ren to attend the concert.Being a part of an ensemble and / or choir means being there for the performance.It is hoped that all members will be able to attend this annual event.

I can still remember what one grandfather said to me after our concert last year:“Every child performed with joy!” Seeing the students enjoying performing and singing, is the reason why the Music staff provide so many opportunities for students to perform, it really is a joy to know you’ve played a part in creating that feeling.

Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

Before our Winter Concert, we of course have what has turned out to be one of the biggest days in the Primary School Calendar: Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.Our Primary Choirs will again, be on show and the Year 6 students are preparing an exciting performance.If there was a competition to see how many instrumentalists could fit on the stage in the Hall they would be sure to win. Year 6 students are reminded to ensure that they are doing some extra home practice in preparation for their special performance.Of some concern are the number of instruments that get left behind after instrumental lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays.Hopefully their owners will remember to take them home over the next few weeks as I know Miss Robertson, Miss Sellick and Miss Hansen would expect all students involved to ensure they prepare as best they can.

Student Achievements in Music Study

Over the last few months we have had a number of students sit A.M.E.B. practice of Music Exams and I’m pleased to share their results:

  • Harini de Silva (Year 3) Preliminary Violin – High Distinction
  • Noah Hubbard (Year 7) 2nd Grade Piano - Honours
  • Emilie Borg (Year 8) 1st Grade Violin – Honours
  • Jordan Hubbard (Year 11) 5th Grade Piano – Honours

For some of the students it was their first A.M.E.B. exam so special congratulations to Harini and Emilie. Kathleen Tan (Yr 8) and Tiana Parsons (Yr 9) both recently sat their 6th Grade piano exams but are still waiting on their results. As student’s complete external examinations I would love to acknowledge their achievements in Tidings so please be sure to pass on any details to me.

The Dolcissimo Quartet – Assembly Performance

Mrs Vandenberg has always wanted to form a string quartet and this year she has had her dream realised with four secondary string students joining together to form The Dolcissimo Quartet. Lauren Schirmer (Year 9), Alexia Amano (Year 7), Kathleen Tan (Year 8) and Laura Johnston (Year 11) give up a lunchtime every week to work with Mrs Vandenberg. They had their first performance the Secondary Twilight Music Recital at the end of Term 1 and performed two pieces at the Secondary Assembly this morning, impressing everyone in the audience with their performance. Dolcissimo means ‘sweetly’ and it was Mrs Vandenberg’s intention for the group to play sweet, delightful music and they certainly provided that for their audience this morning. The Dolcissimo Quartet will be performing at the Twilight Winter Music Concert in July.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form.

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au.

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

10 May

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Mother’s Day Assembly – Choir Performances

All of our Primary choirs have been busy preparing items for our Mother’s Day Assembly this Friday morning. This special occasion has traditionally been the first performance opportunity for Singing Club and I know that Mrs Thomas and Mrs Curtis have prepared something fun and exciting which I'm sure everyone will enjoy. Junior Singers, under the direction of Mrs Meale, and our Primary Choir, under the direction of Miss Robertson will be performing during the assembly.

Singing is one of the natural ways that a human being can express how they feeling.

Writing Competition Assembly – Secondary Choir

With Year 3-12 students having completed their writing competition task last week, secondary choir are preparing a choral item for the up-coming Writing Competition Assembly on Wednesday 31 May. Students are reminded that rehearsal sound files are available in the Choir Course in SEQTA.

Diary Date: Twilight Winter Music Concert

As is in the College Calendar, our Twilight Winter Music Concert is set down for Thursday 27 July. At this concert all College Choirs and Ensembles will be performing. Can I please ask for families to note this in diaries and keep the afternoon free. The concert will start at 5:30pm with an expected finish time of 6:40pm. More details will be sent out towards the end of Term 2.

Ensemble Rehearsals and the importance of home practice

Across the College we have six instrumental ensembles with Junior Strings and Band, Primary Concert Band and Vivaldi Strings and Secondary Concert Band and Corelli Strings. With nearly 100 students involved in ensembles it is hoped that the sound music groups are producing will develop and progress over the year. Something that members of any ensemble needs to ensure that they undertake is home practice. As is the case with any skill that you learn, practice is important, and in an ensemble even more so. The rehearsal time is where the conductor brings together the many parts to produce the finished ensemble sound. If students have been unable to do any practice on their instrument over the intervening week and learn their part, the rehearsal then becomes a practice session, with the conductor having to change the direction of the rehearsal.

Effective practice is a powerful and the following video from TED Ed has skills and strategies to help with practice of any skill. I encourage everyone to watch the video as it doesn’t just relate to music students.

Secondary Music Excursion

Back in the first week of Term, fifty secondary Music students had the amazing opportunity to watch the Queensland Symphony Orchestra “The Grand Tannhäuser” concert program for Secondary students. As the orchestra is celebrating their 70th Birthday this year, the program started with the overture from Wagner’s Grand Tannhäuser opera as this was the first piece of music the orchestra performed 70 years ago. We also had the wonder of watching Leanne McGowan, year 11 student from Somerville House and winner of the QSO’s English Family Prize delight us with Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy for Violin; we heard excerpts from Philip Glass’s 11th Symphony, which is so new it only had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York in January. But the most delightful part of the program was watching 15-year-old Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev as he performed the 3rd Movement of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2.

The students were suitably enthralled by the performances of such young musicians, as well as the entrancing way Alondra de la Parra conducted the QSO. An absolutely delightful excursion.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music


29 March 2017

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to the Secondary students who performed at the Twilight Recital last Thursday. It was a very enjoyable evening with students relishing the opportunity to perform for their families and friends. Special congratulations to the Year 11 students who completed their performance assessment as part of the Recital. For some they are old hands at performing in front of an audience but for others it was their first time and very, very daunting. We certainly have some wonderfully talented students and multi-instrumentalists. A special delight was The Dolcissimo Quartet: the string quartet with Lauren Schirmer, Alexia Amano, Kathleen Tan and Laura Johnston as members. Mrs Vandenberg had to step in on Thursday evening as Lauren has been very unwell. The name Dolcissimo is a musical term meaning ‘sweetly’ and certainly the music they performed was a sweet delight. We look forward to seeing The Dolcissimo Quartet perform again at an assembly next term.


ANZAC Remembrance Service – Combined Choir Item

Once again the College choirs are preparing for our ANZAC Remembrance Service, which will be held on Monday 24 April. Junior Singers, Primary Choir and Secondary Choir will be combining to perform Child of Peace. My thanks to those members of Junior Singers who came along on Tuesday morning for a combined rehearsal with Primary Choir and Secondary Choir. Between camps and exam block we were missing quite a few students but if the sound we had on Tuesday morning is anything to go by we’re going to have a wonderful combined choir performance when everyone is there.

Primary choir and Secondary choir members are reminded that rehearsals will be on in Week 1 of Term 2, on Tuesday 18 April, as this will be the final Tuesday morning rehearsal before the Service the following Monday. Junior Singers are asked, once again, to come along at 8am on the first day of Term 2 so we can rehearse with everyone.

Secondary Music Excursion

A reminder that for students in Year 7 -12 who study Music and/or are members of Corelli Strings or Secondary Concert Band are invited to attend the QSO Music Excursion to hear the Queensland Symphony Orchestra present “The Grand Tannhäuser”. Students will have the full Concert Hall experience, with the QSO Music Director Alondra del L Parra conducting Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and excerpts from contemporary composer Philip Glass' Symphony No.11. The QSO's English Family Prize winner, a Queensland Secondary school student, will star as a soloist. The winner this year is 15 year old Leanne Mc Gowan, who is currently in year 11 at Somerville House.

I strongly encourage secondary Music students to attend this concert excursion as this is our only opportunity to see the Queensland Symphony Orchestra perform as a school excursion. Parents need to login to Parent Lounge to accept and pay for this excursion. There are still twenty tickets available.

Aeolian Music Academy – New Singing Tutor

Aeolian Music Academy welcomes a new singing tutor, Elissa Finn. She has completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz & Popular) at Central Queensland University and a Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Elissa continues her love for learning through regular professional development, most recently travelling to Salt Lake City, Utah to study Principles of Voice Production with highly esteemed researcher Ingo Titze.

Actively gigging, Elissa’s experiences as a performer provides her students with helpful insight into the music industry. Elissa loves seeing her students develop in confidence and skills and strives to bring out the best in every students.

Any enquiries for private music lessons, (voice, piano, guitar, woodwind or brass) please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music


5 March 2017

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to our fifteen Primary students who performed at the Twilight Recital last Wednesday. It was a very enjoyable evening with students relishing the opportunity to perform for their families and friends.





On Thursday 23 March Secondary students will have the opportunity to perform at their Twilight Music Recital. For our Year 11 students studying Music, this will be their performance assessment. As the program for this concert is full I am unfortunately unable to take any last minute nominations for items. It is encouraging to have so many students wanting to perform. We may have to have more solo/small group assembly performances to accommodate students wishing to perform. Secondary performers are reminded that they are to wear their formal uniform, however, so as to not impede their playing they won’t need to wear blazers when performing.

Best wishes to Jordan Hubbard who is sitting her 5th Grade AMEB Piano performance exam on Wednesday 22 March.


Combined Choir Performance

As has become the tradition, our Primary and Secondary choirs will be combining for our upcoming ANZAC Remembrance Service on Monday 24 April. Mrs Meale’s Junior Singers, Miss Robertson’s Primary Choir and Mrs Johnston’s Secondary Choir have been preparing Child of Peace over the past month. Could I ask parents of younger choir members to check that students have their lyric sheet and that they are practising at home. A rehearsal accompaniment sound file will be made available so students can continue to rehearse the song at home the upcoming Easter break.

Primary choir and Secondary choir members are reminded that rehearsals will be on in Week 1 of Term 2, on Tuesday 18 April, as this will be the final Tuesday morning rehearsal before the Service the following Monday. In order to have a rehearsal with as many choir members as possible, Junior Singers are invited to join Primary Choir at 8am on Tuesday 27 March, as well as Tuesday 18 April. Secondary Choir will come down and join you.

Secondary Choir performed Lennon and Maisey’s LOVE as part of the Secondary Positive Relationships Assembly last week. Performance continues to be a strong aspect of our programming at TLC, be it extra-curricular performances or student performances.

Secondary Music Excursion

Information regarding the upcoming Secondary Music Excursion was sent to families yesterday. All students in Year 7-12 who study Music and/or are members of Corelli Strings or Secondary Concert Band are invited to attend the QSO Music Excursion to hear the Queensland Symphony Orchestra present “The Grand Tannhäuser”. Students will have the full Concert Hall experience, with the QSO Music Director Alondra del L Parra conducting Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and excerpts from contemporary composer Philip Glass' Symphony No.11. The QSO's English Family Prize winner, a Queensland Secondary school student, will star as a soloist. The winner this year is 15 year old Leanne Mc Gowan, who is currently in Year 11 at Somerville House.

Secondary Music students are strongly encouraged to attend this concert excursion as this is our only opportunity to see the Queensland Symphony Orchestra perform as a school excursion. Parents need to login to Parent Lounge to accept and pay for this excursion by Monday 27 March.

Year 5 Art and Music Excursion

Our Year 5 students visited the Queensland Cultural Centre today for our first Year 5 Cultural Excursion where they attended the Dance Inspirations concert presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, followed by visit to the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The Year 5 Art and Music Excursion is one that we anticipate will be held every year for our students, allowing them the experience of watching 80 professional musicians perform within an education themed concert, as well as immersing them into the arts of QAGOMA.

My thanks to Mrs Ashworth for her assistance in organising the excursion and to Miss Robertson, Miss Sellick, Miss Hansen and Mrs Volf for accompanying the students along with Mrs Ashworth. Watching our premier symphony orchestra perform is something I wish I could do more often. Being able to take our students is a wonderful opportunity.

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
Email: wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


1 March 2017

The first of our Twilight Music Recitals is only a week away, with a number of our Primary students preparing to perform on Wednesday 8 March. The Music Recital will be held in the College Hall at 5:30pm. We ask for a gold coin donation on entry. Our Secondary students will have their chance to perform on Thursday 23 March at their Twilight Music Recital. Year 11 students studying Music are reminded that this performance is part of their assessment. All student performers are to wear their formal uniform.

Performing students don’t have to be learning from Aeolian Music Academy to be involved, they can be learning through any music school. Please feel free to email me at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au if you have any questions or would still like to nominate as a performer. I will need confirmed performance items, along with composer details by this Friday for Primary performers and in two weeks for Secondary performers.

More Recitals are scheduled for September.

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
Email:
wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


15 February 2017

Twilight Music Recitals

A reminder to any students who undertake private music tuition about the upcoming Twilight Musical Recitals – these recitals give students the opportunity to perform for a small, supportive audience. Students can be learning from any Music School to perform. Students who are interested in performing in either the Primary or Secondary Recital are to email Mrs Johnston. Performance details will then need to be submitted to Mrs Johnston at least one week prior to the respective recital.

  • Twilight Music Recital: Primary - 5:30pm Wednesday 8 March
  • Twilight Music Recital: Secondary - 5:30pm Thursday 23 March

Students studying Music in Senior will perform at the Recital for their Term 1 performance assessment. The Recitals will be held in the College Hall. More Recitals are scheduled for September.

Year 2 and 3 Violin

As the Violin group lessons in Years 2 and 3 are now optional, the costs for these were not included in the fees at the beginning of the year. For those students who have elected to participate in the Year 2 or Year 3 violin group lessons the charge of $65 will be added to family term fee statements. This is a once only payment and covers the program for the year.

Year 4, 5 and 6 Instrumental Music

As part of Primary year level information evenings held in Week 2, families were provided with information regarding the homework expectations for instrumental music. As is included in the College’s Homework Policy, students are expected to practice their instrument at home. Weekly homework tasks will be set. These will be short and tailored to each child’s playing ability. Students will utilise the Essential Elements interactive website: www.essentialelementsinteractive.com (Yr 6 students will use the app on their iPads). Students have been given login details and shown how to do this in class.

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to email your child’s instrumental teacher.

  • Miss Catherine Robertson - Clarinet/Saxophone: crobertson@thelakes.qld.edu.au
  • Miss Shannon Sellick - Trumpet/Trombone/Percussion: ssellick@thelakes.qld.edu.au
  • Miss Kristyll Hansen - Strings/Flute: khansen@thelakes.qld.edu.au
  • Mrs Wendy Johnston - Director of Music: wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au
  • Mrs Jenny Vandenberg – Instrumental Music Teacher: jvandenberg@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Aeolian Music Academy

The number of students taking up private music tuition with AMA continues to grow each term. If your child (or even yourself as an adult learner) are interested in private tuition please feel free to contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form. AMA has tutors for voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, woodwind and brass instruments.

If you have any questions regarding Music at TLC please email me at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
Email:
wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


Welcome back to school and to Music at TLC

New Music Staff

We have two new music staff teaching in Primary Instrumental Music in 2017.

Miss Shannon Sellick is our brass/percussion instrumental teacher, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays, teaching Year 4, 5 & 6. She also conducts our Primary Concert Band and Secondary Concert Band.

Miss Kristyll Hansen joins us as well, teaching Year 4, 5 & 6 strings on Wednesdays and Thursdays.She has taken over the conducting duties of Corelli and Vivaldi Strings. Mrs Vandenberg is still at TLC on Tuesdays and Fridays, teaching Prep - Year 3 violin and conducting Junior String Ensemble.

It is exciting to have our expanding Music Department and with Miss Robertson now being full-time at the school, we are a very busy department.

TLC Ensembles

All ensemble groups will have met for the first time by the end of this week. As enrolment in ensembles is by invitation, the instrumental teachers will nominate when children are ready to join their respective group. If families are new to the school and have children who already play an ensemble instrument (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion) please contact myself at WJohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au to discuss the possibility of joining a group. For the rehearsal schedule, please refer to the Extra-Curricular information sent out at the beginning of term.

TLC Choirs

All choirs started rehearsals this week, and with the Primary Musical also happening in 2017, some of our musically inclined students are very busy indeed. There has been some interesting research published about the health benefits of singing, especially in a group.I encourage you to read the link below.Secondary Choir, Primary Choir and Junior Singers would love to have more members come along to boost our numbers.Singing together as a group really is a rewarding and enjoyable experience and I encourage all boys and girls to consider joining their aged choir.

http://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/research/cho...

Student Achievements in Music

While most students I expect had a very relaxing holiday one of our Year 7 students spent the holidays preparing for and sitting his 6th grade AGME Contemporary Piano Exam. Congratulations must go to Evan Thomas on receiving a Distinction for this very high level of achievement. He is now studying for his grade 7, which is an amazing achievement for anyonebut even more so for someone as young as Evan. We’ll be sure to have him perform at a Secondary Assembly during the term.

Twilight Music Recitals

2016 saw the Music Department host two Twilight Music Recitals for students undertaking private music tuition to perform for a small, appreciative audience. With the popularity of our recitals last year, we have scheduled separate recitals for Primary and Secondary.

Twilight Music Recital – Primary, 5:30pm Wednesday 8 March

Twilight Music Recital – Secondary, 5:30pm Thursday 23 March

Students studying Music in senior will perform at the recital for their Term 1 performance assessment. More Recitals are scheduled for September.

Aeolian Music Academy

The number of students taking up private music tuition with AMA continues to grow each term. If your child (or even yourself as an adult learner) is interested in private tuition, please feel free to contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form. They have tutors for voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, woodwind and brass instruments.

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music