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8 August 2018

Foundation Day Assembly – Student Performances

Several College Music Groups are performing as part of the College Foundation Day Assembly this Friday: Secondary Concert Band and Corelli Strings will be combining to provide the music for the assembly, and there will be a combined choir item with Primary Choir and Secondary Choir performing How Far I’ll Go from Moana during the assembly.

All students who are performing must wear their formal uniform, with their formal hats (the assembly will be held outside).As there are some Year 3 students in Primary Choir it is important that they remember to wear their formal uniform and bring their sports gear to change into for the House Activities in the afternoon.

The choirs had a final combined rehearsal on Tuesday morning, with Secondary Concert Band and Corelli Strings combining for their rehearsal Wednesday morning. All ensemble members are asked to meet in the Hall at 7:45am on Friday morning for one final rehearsal with Miss Sellick and Miss Hansen.

Twilight Music Recitals

Twilight Music Recitals provide a performance opportunity to our budding musicians for an appreciative audience.There are two evenings in the calendar this term:

  • Twilight Music Recital – Primary, 5:30pm Tuesday 28 August
  • Twilight Music Recital – Secondary, 5:30pm Tuesday 11 September

The requirement is for students to be taking private/small group instrumental lessons, however, these lessons don’t have to be restricted to tuition provided at The Lakes College. A reminder that Year 11 and 12 students studying Music in Senior years will perform at the recital for their Term 3 performance assessment. All students are to wear their formal uniform for the performance.

Please email all performance requests to WJohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au, providing the following information:

  • Student and instrument
  • Piece name and composer/arranger
  • Tutor and music school (i.e. AMA, Red Music et.)

A number of students have already sent in their performance requests. Please send requests in by the following deadlines:

  • Primary – Tuesday 21 August
  • Secondary – Friday 31 August

Music Concert

All the College choirs and ensembles will be performing at the annual Music Concert, which will be held on Tuesday 18 September, in the last week of Term 3. Families are asked to mark the date on family calendars and in diaries. The Music Concert is always a wonderful celebration of Music performance with the efforts of all our ensembles and choirs performing, from the Junior groups right through to the Secondary ensembles and choir.

With all Music groups preparing for the Concert, and other special assemblies over the term, it is imperative that choir and ensemble members attend all rehearsals for each group to get the maximum benefit from the rehearsals. Conductors prepare a rehearsal program in the lead-up to events and absences can cause disruption to this schedule.

If children are absent a courtesy email to the relevant conductor is much appreciated.

Student Congratulations

Finlee E (Yr 5) loves playing her violin and this year joined the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra (MBSO). Over the weekend she performed in the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents Pops Concert at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre. Congratulations to Finlee for taking on the challenge of performing with such a large group, and with adult members who have been playing for many years.The maturity that Finlee demonstrates with her violin learning and playing is beyond that of a ten year old student.

Following his success at the Brisbane Piano Festival in the holidays, Evan T (Yr 8) competed in the Gympie Eisteddfod at the end of July. It was a very eventful journey with the car breaking down on the way to the venue meaning he missed three sections (performers need to perform in at least 3 sections to enter the under 18 championship). However, after some phone calls, Evan was allowed to play his missed pieces on the second day of the eisteddfod for the adjudicator, following the morning session. He then competed in the Under 18 Championship later that evening and received first place, performing against competitors who are five years older than him, a truly tremendous achievement. We are looking forward to seeing Evan perform at Secondary Assembly in the near future, now that his eisteddfod program has concluded for the time being.

Aeolian Music Academy

The number of students taking up private music tuition with AMAcademy continue to grow each term. If your child (or even yourself as an adult learner) are interested in private tuition please feel free to contact AMAcademy 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 regarding anything related to Music at the College, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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


25 July 2018

Music Scholarships

Thank you to those students and families who have submitted Music Scholarship Applications. A ‘Confirmation of Audition Letter’ will be sent in the coming weeks with further details, including the nominated audition time. Scholarship applicants will undertake a Musicianship Aural Test in the days prior to the auditions, which will be held on Saturday 18 August. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Music Scholarship Auditions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Sophie Benett sbenett@thelakes.qld.edu.au or Mrs Wendy Johnston wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Twilight Music Recitals

Twilight Music Recitals provide a performance opportunity for our budding musicians in front of an appreciative audience. There are two evenings in the calendar later in Term 3:

  • Twilight Music Recital – Primary: 5:30pm Tuesday 28 August
  • Twilight Music Recital – Secondary: 5:30pm Tuesday 11 September

The requirement is for students to be taking private/small group instrumental lessons, however, these lessons don’t have to be restricted to tuition provided at The Lakes College. A reminder that Year 11 and 12 students studying Music in Senior will perform at the recital for their Term 3 performance assessment.

The College has received confirmation that Primary Dance Troupe are participating at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod the same day as the Primary Recital.If there are any students in Primary Dance Troupe who were wanting to perform at the Recital they are most welcome to play at the Secondary Recital.

Please email all performance requests to WJohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au, providing the following information:

  • Student and instrument
  • Piece name and composer/arranger
  • Tutor and music school (i.e. AMA, Red Music et.)

Music Concert

All the College choirs and ensembles will be performing at the annual Music Concert, which will be held on Tuesday 18 September, in the last week of Term 3. Families are asked to mark the date on family calendars and in diaries. The Music Concert is always a wonderful celebration of Music performances with the efforts of all our ensembles and choirs on show, from the junior groups right through to the Secondary ensembles and choirs performing.

With all Music groups preparing for the Music Concert, and other special assemblies over the term, it is imperative that choir and ensemble members attend all rehearsals for each group to get the maximum benefit from the rehearsals. Conductors prepare a rehearsal program in the lead-up to events and absences can cause disruption to this schedule.

If children are absent a courtesy email to the relevant conductor is much appreciated.

Student Congratulations

A number of students have performed exceptionally over the last few months, either in shows, competitions or for practical exams, with some achieving outstanding results.

Evan T performed at the Brisbane Piano Festival in McGregor, competing in the Open 2 Class (which is the highest-grade category in the competition, catering for AMEB Grade 6 to diploma holders). As Evan is only in Year 8 he really wasn’t expecting to get in the top three, however, to his absolute delight he came first! He will compete later this month at the Gympie Eisteddfod, performing six pieces. We wish Evan all the very best as he continues to prepare for this competition.

Jordan H in Year 12 and Noah H in Year 8 recently sat AMEB Piano Performance exams, Jordan completing 6th Grade and Noah 3rd Grade. They now have a nervous wait to receive their results.

Jason Y in Year 3 is preparing for his 4th Grade AMEB Violin Performance Exam. He delighted us this morning at the Primary Academic Excellence and Effort Awards Assembly, performing a movement from Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A minor (Vivaldi’s most well-known for his Four Seasons Violin Concertos). We look forward to hearing how Jason goes with his exam.

Hannah D in Year 6 performed as part of the cast of Harvest Rain’s production of Grease The Arena Experience, over the holidays. Hannah loves performing musical theatre, relishing any opportunity that she can take. I’m sure we’ll see Hannah at the Twilight Recital later this term.

If you have any questions regarding anything related to Music at the College, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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



6 June 2018

QYMA – Junior Singers

Congratulations to Primary Choir on their Silver Award at the Queensland Youth Music Awards.They competed against some very big school choirs and did themselves proud.Junior Singers is our final performance group to participate in the Queensland Youth Music Awards, competing in the Junior Choir section this evening at The Gap State High School. For all members it will be their first competitive choral competition.They have worked tremendously hard, rehearsing with Miss Robertson every Thursday afternoon.We look forward to hearing their results in the final edition of Tidings in coming weeks.

Music Scholarship – Applications now available

As was noted in the previous edition of Tidings, Music Scholarship applications are now available, 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. Scholarship applicants will undertake a Musicianship Aural Test in the days prior to the auditions, which will be held on Saturday 18 August. Students currently in Years 4-11 are able to apply for a Music Scholarship. Completed applications are due in to Main Reception by Friday 20 July. For further details please contact the Director of Music wjohston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Music Scholarship Applications are now available by clicking HERE.

Upcoming Music Recitals and Concerts

Term 3 will prove busy for our musicians with a number of upcoming recitals and the Music Concert on Tuesday 18 September.

Twilight Music Recitals

Twilight Music Recitals provide a performance opportunity to our budding musicians for an appreciative audience.There are two evenings towards the end of Term 3: one for Primary students and one for Secondary students:

  • Twilight Music Recital – Primary, 5:30pm Tuesday 28 August
  • Twilight Music Recital – Secondary, 5:30pm Tuesday 11 September

The requirement is for students to be taking private/small group instrumental lessons; however, these lessons don’t have to be restricted to tuition provided at The Lakes College. A reminder that Year 11 and 12 students studying Music in senior will perform at the recital for their Term 3 performance assessment.

Please email all performance requests to WJohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au, providing the following information:

  • Student and instrument
  • Piece name and composer/arranger
  • Tutor and music school (i.e. AMA, Red Music or other)

Music Concert

All the College choirs and ensembles will be performing at the annual Music Concert, which will be held on Tuesday 18 September, in the last week of Term 3. Families are asked to mark the date on family calendars and in diaries. The Music Concert is always a wonderful celebration of Music performance with the efforts of all our ensembles and choirs on show, from the Junior groups right through to the Secondary ensembles and choirs performing. More details will be sent home to families during Term 3.

As Term 2, draws to a close, a reminder that ensembles and choirs are always preparing for special assemblies and events. With Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day in Week 10, and Academic Awards Assemblies early Term 3, it is important for all ensemble and choir members to attend rehearsals to prepare performance items fully.

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


25 May 2018

QYMA – Primary Choir and Junior Singers

Congratulations to our Primary Concert Band who competed at the Queensland Youth Music Awards recently. For most of the students this is their first out-of-school performance and competition and they received a Bronze Award, with encouraging comments from the adjudicator. Primary Choir are performing this Friday evening at The Gap State High School, with Junior Singers competing on Wednesday 6 June.

Due to traffic and parking, it has been determined that all performers will travel to their respective competitions by bus. Parents are able to book a seat to travel into the venues on the bus ($10/seat) however, families are to organise transport home at the conclusion of each evening. Choir members do not need to pay for a bus seat.



Music Scholarship – Applications now available

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 savings designed to assist families with the cost of private tuition fees. Scholarship applicants will undertake a Musicianship Aural Test in the days prior to the auditions, which will be held on Saturday 18 August. Students currently in Years 4-11 are able to apply for a Music Scholarship. For further details please contact the Director of Music wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au.

Music Scholarship Applications are now available by clicking HERE.

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


9 May 2018

Popstars! The 90’s Musical

The Secondary Arts Faculty are very excited to announce that the secondary musical is just under 4 weeks away. Students from Years 7-12 have worked extremely hard to bring this show together. Popstars! The 90’s Musical, written by Neil Gooding and Nicholas Christo, is a throwback to the best music of the 1990s. Come along to support the students and enjoy them take on the Backstreet Boys, TLC, Spice Girls and Bon Jovi.

This is an event not to be missed and tickets can be purchased by clicking this link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=377364&.

Performance will be at 6.30pm on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June, in the outdoor area adjacent to the Secondary precinct, SS1 and SS2. The outdoor spectacular will include 90’s candy, a sausage sizzle and a raffle of a fully signed 2007 Wallabies World Cup Jersey. There is both general admission seating on the lawn (be sure to bring your picnic blanket) or allocated seating. As this is an outdoors event, please be sure to dress warmly.

In addition to a large group of secondary students you will also have the privilege of witnessing Mr Stanley dance and sing to Billy Ray Cyrus, whilst Mr Sgualdino shows off his guitar skills.

The cast, crew and teachers have been working since last October, preparing for our Secondary musical and after all the hours put into preparing, learning lines and songs, painting sets, rehearsing dances, we can’t wait to share the fun that is 90’s music with you all.

QYMA – Primary Concert Band, Primary Choir and Junior Singers

As families read Tidings this evening, Primary Concert Band are competing at the Queensland Youth Music Awards. For most of the students this is their first out-of-school performance and competition and we wish them every success.

Primary Choir and Junior Singers will be competing in the coming weeks.Information letters were emailed home to families.Parents and carers are asked to ensure that they have read the information letters and accepted for these upcoming Music competitions in Parent Lounge.

Due to traffic and parking, it has been determined that all performers will travel to their respective competitions by bus.Parents are able to book a seat to travel into the venues on the bus ($10/seat) however, families are to organise transport home at the conclusion of each evening. Choir and band members do not need to pay for a bus seat.


SHEP 2018 – Queensland Nominations

Nominations from Queensland Schools for the State Honours Ensemble Program are now being accepted, which will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music from Thursday 4 October-Sunday 7 October. In 2018 AHEP and SHEP Queensland will be presented in association with The Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference.

SHEP Queensland and AHEP provides an opportunity for secondary school (Years 7-12 inclusive) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers, under the leadership of a team of internationally eminent Australian conductors.

SHEP Queensland gives students the opportunity to:

  • Work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers from Queensland offering a unique opportunity to extend and develop their musical skills.
  • Work with a team of eminent National and International conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • Successful students will have the opportunity to work in one of four choral groups, four wind orchestras, two string orchestras, Celtic ensemble and if applicable may be invited by Open Conservatorium to audition for Symphony Orchestra or Big Band.
  • Represent their Schools (in full uniform) in a Grand Finale Concert on Sunday 7 October.
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation (mailed to Principals).
  • Receive a SHEP T-Shirt.

Places are available for young musicians as follows:

  • String Orchestra: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Wind Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion
  • Vocal Ensemble: soprano, alto, tenor, bass

Criteria for SHEP Queensland Nominations:

  • AMEB or equivalent: Minimum level AMEB 4 for Instrumental students. Vocal students - AMEB or choral experience is expected.
  • Successful students will be required to contribute a fee of $280 towards the cost of the program.

Criteria for AHEP Nominations:

  • AMEB or equivalent: Minimum level AMEB 6 for Instrumental students. Vocal students - AMEB or choral experience is expected.
  • Successful students will be required to contribute a fee of $380 towards the cost of the program.
  • Students will be required to upload their video audition - (Further information will be sent to students regarding audition process and repertoire).
  • Students that are not successful for a place in the AHEP Program will automatically be offered a place in the SHEP Program

Important Information

  • Rehearsals will run from Thursday 4 October to Sunday 7 October.
  • Queensland Conservatorium will notify Students and Principals of the nomination results during June.
  • Students/families attending this program are required to organise their own transport and accommodation throughout.

To nominate your child for SHEP and/or AHEP, please contact the Director of Music, Mrs Wendy Johnston, wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au or by phoning Main Reception 3491 5555.All students must be nominated by the school with nominations closing Friday 25 May.

Care of instruments – Consumables

At the beginning of the year students who participate in instrumental lessons with their class groups received an instrument with all required components.Some instruments may require consumable items to be purchased throughout the year (eg reeds, oil, grease, cloths, strings). Clarinet and alto saxophone reeds can easily break if they are not cared for.Miss Robertson will have spoken with all clarinet and saxophone students about caring for their reed to make it last.If a replacement reed is required, Miss Robertson will contact families by putting a message in the student diary requesting parents to pay for a replacement reed.Cost will depend on reed size ($3-$5).

On occasion strings on violins, violas and cellos will break.If they are tuned too tightly, they can break, sometimes snapping in a clean break or unravelling.Strings call also break when worn down from use. If a string breaks on an instrument, parents will be contacted with a message in the student diary requesting parents to pay for the replacement string.Cost will depend on instrument, size and string type (approx. $10-$20 for violin strings, $30-$50 for cello strings).

If your child’s instrument requires a replacement item please contact the relevant teacher so replacement can be organised:

Aeolian Music Academy

If your child (or even yourself as an adult learner) are interested in private tuition please feel free to contact AMAcademy via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-formThey have tutors for voice, piano, drums, guitar, ukulele, woodwind or brass instruments.

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

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


26 April 2018

Year 5 Art/Music Excursion

As part of the College Music and Visual Arts programs, Year 5 students will have an excursion to the Queensland Cultural Centre where they will attend a concert performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, followed by viewing art exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art.

As part of the QSO It’s a Riot! concert, students will experience classical music favourites and expand their knowledge of the orchestra with a program of orchestral music that explored new sounds and pushed the boundaries.They will discover how famous composers changed the world with their music: Beethoven used three horns for the first time the Eroica Symphony, Berlioz makes use of an expanded orchestra in Symphonie Fantastique, Schoenberg challenges the sense of ‘key’ in Five Pieces for Orchestra, and Stravinsky experimented with tonality, rhythm and dissonance in The Rite of Spring.It is certainly going to be a fascinating program and one that will demonstrate the expansive sound of a Romantic symphony orchestra.

As part of the GOMA visit, students will view the exhibition Curious Affection by Patricia Piccinini. Known for her imaginative, yet strangely familiar, lifelike hybrid creatures, Piccinini invites us to think about our place in a world where advances in biotechnology and digital technologies are challenging the boundaries of humanity. In her most ambitious exhibition to date, globally renowned artist Patricia Piccinini will occupy GOMA’s entire ground floor with her most recognisable works from the past 20 years, and multisensory installations – including a large-scale inflatable sculpture – especially conceived for the Gallery’s expansive spaces. Patricia Piccinini’s fantastic hybrid beings invite us to find beauty in a world not ruled by notions of perfection.

Students have been prepped by their specialist teachers about concert etiquette and appropriate gallery behaviour. It’s amazing to have such wonderful artistic opportunities available for our students.Beethoven is my favourite composer, and the pieces by Berlioz and Stravinsky are two that strike up vivid images.I desperately wish I could be joining Year 5 and the Music, Art and Year 5 staff on this fabulous excursion.

QYMA – Junior Singers, Primary Choir and Primary Concert Band

Members of Primary Concert Band, Primary Choir and Junior Singers are all preparing for the Queensland Youth Music Awards.Information letters have been emailed home in the last week.Parents and carers are asked to read the information letters and log onto Parent Lounge to accept for these upcoming Music competitions.

Due to traffic and parking, it has been determined that all performers will travel to their respective competitions by bus.Parents are able to book a seat to travel into the venues on the bus ($10/seat) however, families are to organise transport home at the conclusion of each evening. Choir and band members do not need to pay for a bus seat.


AUSTRALIAN HONOURS ENSEMBLE PROGRAM 2018

Nominations are now open for the Australian Honours Ensemble Program for 2018, to be held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music from Thursday 4 October-Sunday 7 October. AHEP is an extension of the extremely successful State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) which has been delivered in Queensland since 2001 and now includes 9 Regional, 2 South-East Queensland-based and 1 state-wide program. In 2018 AHEP and SHEP Queensland will be presented in association with the The Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference.

AHEP provides an opportunity for secondary school (Years 7-12 inclusive) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers, under the leadership of a team of internationally eminent Australian conductors.

Australian Honours Ensemble Program gives students the opportunity to:

  • Work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers from Australia offering a unique opportunity to extend and develop their musical skills.
  • Work with a team of eminent internationally recognised Conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • Successful students will have the opportunity to work in either a Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra or Vocal Ensemble.
  • Students will have opportunity to participate in masterclasses with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University academic staff.
  • Represent their Schools (in full uniform) in a Grand Finale Concert on Sunday 7 October 2018 in the Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, at South Bank in Brisbane.
  • Receive a complimentary ticket to attend both the Conservatorium Wind Orchestra/Symphony Orchestra Concert (4 October), and the Queensland Wind Orchestra Concert (6 October)
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation (mailed to Principals).
  • Receive an Honours Program T-Shirt.

Nominations

  • Instrumental and Choral/Vocal Music Teachers are asked to nominate their most outstanding young musicians (school grades 7 to 12) for this program.
  • AMEB Guide: Instrumental - minimum AMEB 6 or equivalent. Choral - High Level Experience required.

Places are available for young musicians as follows:

  • String Orchestra: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Wind Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion
  • Vocal Ensemble: soprano, alto, tenor, bass

Audition Process

  • Nominees will be sent further information relating to the audition process once nominations have closed - Friday 25 May.
  • Those wishing to audition will be asked to prepare two provided short contrasting pieces.
  • All auditions must be filmed and uploaded to be considered for AHEP. Details will be provided to nominated students.
  • The audition panel for each instrument will consist of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Specialist Staff.
  • Nominees will be notified of their audition outcome within a reasonable time period.

Important Information

  • Students will be required to contribute $380 towards the cost of this program.
  • Students and Teachers will be notified of the nomination results.
  • Rehearsals will run from Thursday 4 October to Sunday 7 October.
  • Students/families attending this program are required to organise their own transport and accommodation throughout.

To nominate your child for AHEP, please contact the Director of Music, Mrs Wendy Johnston, wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au or by phoning Main Reception 3491 5555.All students must be nominated by the school.

Aeolian Music Academy

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

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at The Lakes College please don’t hesitate to email me.

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


28 March 2018

Twilight Music Recitals

Over two lovely evenings 50 Music students performed as part of the Primary and Secondary Twilight Music Recitals. My thanks, again, to all performers and tutors for the preparations undertaken for the recitals, and to all parents, family members and friends for your attendance. More Twilight Music Recitals will be held at the end of Term 3.

ANZAC Remembrance Service – choir and ensemble rehearsals

A number of College performance groups will be contributing to the College ANZAC Remembrance Service on Tuesday 24 April.

  • Secondary Concert Band will be providing music for the hymns and national anthems during the service,
  • Junior Singers, Primary Choir and Secondary Choir will be combining for a massed choir item Here You Lie, as part of the service.

With the service being held on Tuesday of Week 2 it is vital that choir members and band members attend all rehearsals in Week 1:

  • Tuesday 17 April: Primary Choir and Secondary Choir members are to arrive at their regular scheduled time and meet in the rehearsal classrooms before moving up to the hall at 7:45am. All members of Junior Singers are asked to come along at 7:45am, and join with Primary Choir and Secondary Choir. With nearly 80 choir members, Miss Robertson and I are very much looking forward to the massed choir singing. (Junior Singers will still have their regular rehearsal on Thursday afternoon.)
  • Wednesday 18 April: Secondary Concert Band members will have one full rehearsal at the regular time of 7:00am-8:15am, in the Hall. All band members are asked to rehearse their parts over the Easter holidays so as to ensure the rehearsal is productive.

On Tuesday 24 April, all Secondary Concert Band members will need to meet Miss Sellick in EL2 at 7:30am, with all choir performers to meet Miss Robertson in the Hall at 7:30am (students who are in band are to stay with Miss Sellick). All College students are to be in formal uniform for the ANZAC Remembrance Service.

QYMA – Junior Singers, Primary Choir and Primary Concert Band

Since the last edition of Tidings, Miss Sellick has registered the Primary Concert Band to compete in the Primary Concert Band section of the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA). This Section will be held on Wednesday 9 May at Ferny Grove State School.

All sections of the Queensland Youth Music Awards start in the early evening (6:00pm or 6:30pm). A reminder to Junior Singers and Primary Choir to leave their competition dates free:

  • Primary Choir, Friday 25 May at The Gap SHS;
  • Junior Singers, Wednesday 6 June at The Gap SHS.

18th Queensland Vocal Competition

Singers are invited to register and compete in the Queensland Vocal Competition, run by the Music Teacher’s Association of Queensland (MTAQ). The competition is open to all ages and will be held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May at the AMEB Studios, 9 Nathan Avenue, Ashgrove.

Sections include: Contemporary, Music theatre, English Language, Art Song, Sacred Song and Operatic Aria for senior. Registrations close Sunday 22 April at midnight.

For further details please visit the MTAQ website

Student Congratulations

Year 5 student Finlee E recently sat her first Violin Performance Exam, 1st Grade AMEB, for which she received a Distinction. Well done Finlee. We have a number of students preparing for performance exams and wish them all the best. Please be sure to let the Director of Music know your results so they can be published in Tidings.

Performance Acknowledgement – Mrs Jenny Vandenberg

If Mrs Vandenberg wasn’t busy enough with her private tutoring and commitments with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, she is now also member of the Queensland Festival Philharmonic Orchestra, Brisbane’s newest freelance professional orchestra. For their debut concert they performed the world premier of Close Encounters of the Third Kind for World Science Week, performing the music live as the movie was shown on the BIG screen. Having watched a performance of an 80+ piece symphony orchestra provide the music live for a movie, it’s a truly incredible experience.

Aeolian Music Academy

The number of students taking up private music tuition with AMA continue 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 They have tutors for voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, woodwind or 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

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


14 March 2018

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to all the participants who performed at the Primary Twilight Music Recital on Tuesday evening. With 30 performances it was our largest recital evening to date, which shows the love our students have for their instrumental Music learning.

The Secondary Twilight Music Recital is next Tuesday 20 March, starting at 5:30pm in the College Hall. Performers are reminded they need to wear their formal uiform. If there are any Secondary students who are yet to nominate for this concert, and wish to do so, please email wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au as soon as possible so the program can be finalised. Please provide the following information:

  • Student and instrument
  • Piece name and composer/arranger
  • Tutor and music school (i.e. AMA, Red Music or other)

Upcoming Choir Performances

Our choirs have many upcoming performances that they are preparing for:

  • Official Opening Secondary Precinct Stage 2: Friday 16 March. Primary Choir (4-6) and Secondary Choir will combine to perform This is Me. All choir members are to wear formal uniform and meet Mrs Johnston in the Hall at 8:30am.
  • Year 4-6 Easter Chapel Service: Monday 19 March. Primary Choir will perform The Easter Song as part of their Easter Chapel Service.
  • Secondary Easter Service: Wednesday 21 March. Secondary Choir will perform Sing to Jesus as part of the Easter Service. Some of our Seniors will be missing as it is Exam Block.
  • ANZAC Remembrance Service: Tuesday 24 April. Junior Singers, Primary Choir and Secondary Choir will combine to perform Here You Lie. Our ANZAC Remembrance Service is one of our most moving ceremonies we have in our College Calendar and the combined choir item is always very special.

After a few years of absence, The Lakes College is participating again in the Queensland Youth Music Awards (QYMA): Primary Choir will compete in the Primary Choir to Yr 6 Section on Friday 25 May at The Gap SHS; Junior Singers have been entered into the Junior Choir to Yr 4 Section and will compete on Wednesday 6 June also at The Gap SHS. More details will be sent home to families next week.Both sections are held of an evening, with the competition starting in the early evening.Unfortunately, the Secondary Choir section clashes with our secondary musical production.

Secondary Music Excursion

Fifty Secondary Music students had the joy of attending the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Secondary School Engage Concert, “Mendelssohn & Bruckner” last Friday. They had a wonderful program, including Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal's Cave), Kodály’s Dances of Galánta and the Scherzo from Bruckner’s Symphony No.4, in E flat and Kodaly’s. The host lead us on a journey from the rugged shoreline of Scotland, through the mountains of Hungary with their traditional dances and the luscious harmonies of Bruckner. It was a beautiful hour of music.

We also had the opportunity to hear a performance from Noah Lynch, the QSO's Young Instrumentalist Prize Winner. Noah is 14-year-old violinists who attends BBC, and his performance was astounding. Entrants for the QSO Young Instrumentalist Prize must be enrolled in a Queensland secondary school performance on an orchestral instrument at a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 8. A truly remarkable achievement for all the finalists.

Aeolian Music Academy

The number of students taking up private music tuition with AMA continue 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. They have tutors for voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, woodwind or 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

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au