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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


28 February 2018

With Twilight Recitals and ensemble rehearsals at the fore-front of my mind this week, I’d like to bring to the attention of our instrumentalists and their families, opportunities that are available to them in our wider community:

Twilight Music Recitals

I am now taking student nominations for our upcoming Twilight Music Recitals. The recitals provide a performance opportunity to our budding musicians for an appreciative audience. There are two evenings in March: one for primary students and secondary students:

  • Twilight Music Recital – Primary, 5:30pm Tuesday 13 March
  • Twilight Music Recital – Secondary, 5:30pm Tuesday 20 March

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 TLC. A reminder that Year 11 and 12 students studying Music in senior will perform at the recital for their Term 1 performance assessment. More Recitals are scheduled for September.

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)

TLC Ensembles

There has been some growth within our ensembles over the first part of the term. With many talented, committed instrumentalists in the Primary and Secondary school, Miss Hansen conducted auditions for Dolcissimo Quartet, and with so many enthusiastic students auditioning, the quartet has now evolved into the Dolcissimo Chamber Ensemble, with eight members ranging from Year 3 - Year 12. The repertoire (pieces) that the Dolcissimo Chamber Ensemble will further extend the playing skills of the group, and with all members being a part of either Corelli Strings or Vivaldi Strings, they have a very busy rehearsal program. It is wonderful to see the love of performance and music so strong in our students.

Those students who are members of Concert Band also have an extension ensemble opportunity as Miss Sellick has formed TLC Stage Band: a Stage Band plays music including everything from Jazz to Latin Rock and R&B. It is a smaller ensemble than Concert Band, consisting of a Rhythm section, a Saxophone section, a Trumpet section, a Trombone section, Flutes, Clarinets and occasionally vocalists. Rehearsals will be held Friday mornings from 7:15am to 8:15 am in the Hall, commencing this Friday, and the Stage Band will learn about these different genres and the performance techniques surrounding them.

For any musicians, including vocalists and choir members, wishing to extend their repertoire and music understanding, I would encourage you to listen to a wide variety of music. Don’t stick to the same play list, challenge yourself to find some new and interesting. Broadening the music listening will only enhance your music understanding.

To quote the American composer Aaron Copland, “If you want to understand music better, you can do nothing more important than listen to it.”

MYME-Inc and MBSO

If the College ensembles aren’t enough for some of our instrumentalists, and they’re hungry for more, there are some organisations in the community that provide ensemble performance opportunities.

MYME – Inc Moreton Youth Music Ensembles have a number of ensemble groups available for string and concert band instrumentalists. Details can be found on their website:

https://www.myme-inc.com/

MBSO Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra also provide junior and youth orchestra ensembles. Auditions are held in November, however, with a varied concert program, patrons are welcome to attend one of their many concerts over the year.

State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP)

The State Honours Ensemble Program is a partnership between schools, teachers and the Open Conservatorium, providing the opportunity for the finest young musicians to receive tutelage from a team of eminent international and national conductors at the Queensland Conservatorium.

SHEP Middle School - Sth-East Queensland, which will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June 2018, provides an opportunity for middle school (Years 5 - 8 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 eminent conductors from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

SHEP South-East Queensland gives Middle School (years 5 to 8) wind, brass, percussion, string and vocal students the opportunity to:

  • Work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers from South-East Queensland offering a unique opportunity to extend and develop their musical skills
  • Work with a team of eminent conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
  • Represent their Schools (in full uniform) in a Grand Finale Concert on Sunday 3 June
  • Receive a Certificate of Participation (mailed to Principals)
  • Receive a SHEP T-Shirt

Important Information

  • Rehearsals will run from Friday 5pm - 8:30 pm and 9am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday times TBC
  • Students will be required to contribute a fee of $280 towards the cost of this program
  • Queensland Conservatorium will notify Students and Teachers of the nomination results during March
  • Students/families attending this program are required to organise their own transport and accommodation (if applicable) throughout

Nominations

Instrumental and Choral Music Teachers are asked to nominate their most outstanding young musicians for this program. Placements are available for young musicians as follows:

  • String Ensemble: violin/viola/cello/double bass
  • Wind Ensemble: flute/oboe/clarinet/bass clarinet/bassoon/saxophone/trumpet/
  • French horn/trombone/euphonium/tuba/percussion
  • Vocal Ensemble: soprano/alto/tenor/bass

Choral ensemble participation is a suitable precursor to participating in this program.

Applications for SHEP Middle School close Friday 2 March. TLC families interested in State Honours Ensemble Program MUST contact Mrs Johnston by 9am Thursday 1 March for the application process to be completed in time.

The Secondary School (Years 7 to 12) SHEP is held in the September holidays. Outstanding secondary school musicians are nominated by classroom and instrumental teachers, with placement offers subject to selection and program requirements. The program offers voice, string, wind, brass and percussion students an intensive four-day program that culminates in a gala concert in the Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank, with students representing their school through-out the program. Details regarding nomination due dates will be made available once confirmed by the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

Secondary Music Excursion

Secondary Music students will be heading in to the Queensland Performing Arts Complex next week to attend the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Secondary School Engage Concert, “Mendelssohn & Bruckner”: Students will engage in the concert hall experience and enjoy the power of full symphonic repertoire with a presenter to guide them through the program, including Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal's Cave) and Bruckner’s Symphony No.4, in E flat, III. Scherzo. The QSO's English Family Prize winner, a Queensland secondary school student, will feature as a soloist.

Students are reminded to wear their formal uniform, with blazer and formal hat, and to bring their morning tea in a disposable bag.We will leave at 10am and be returning towards the end of lunch. Students will miss Periods 3-5.

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

31 January 2018

Welcome back to school and to Music at TLC

Music Staff Changes

With both Mrs Jenny Vandenberg and Miss Kristyll Hansen leaving TLC at the end of 2018 we welcome Miss Melissa Hansen to the teaching team in the Primary School, Kristyll’s sister. Miss Hansen will be teaching the Violin Program in Years 2 and 3, and strings and percussion groups as part of the Year 4, 5 & 6 instrumental program. Miss Hansen is also conducting Vivaldi Strings, Corelli Strings and the Dolcissimo Quartet.

Mrs Cherie Meale is very excited to be teaching some of our primary strings lessons this year. She will be taking Year 1 and Prep violin classes. Mrs Meale has been away from violin teaching for a few years and is very much looking forward to getting back to teaching Music. She will also be taking the Junior String Ensemble rehearsals.

Miss Shannon Sellick is now at The Lakes College full-time: she continues to teach Year 4, 5 & 6 students as part of their instrumental program (flute, trumpet and trombone); teaching secondary students as part of our Secondary Instrumental Music Program (SIMP) and is also taking the Year 8 and Year 9 Music Elective classes in the Secondary School.

Miss Catherine Robertson continues to teach Primary Classroom Music and teach the clarinet and saxophone students in the Year 4, 5, 6 Instrumental Program. She also conducts the Primary Choir and Junior Singers.

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 our choirs started rehearsals this week as well, and with the Secondary Musical also happening in 2018 some of our musically inclined students are very busy indeed. Singing is one of my most favourite things to do. 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

We have heard about Evan T’s achievements for his piano and at the end of 2017 Evan sat his 7th Grade AGME Contemporary Piano Exam. Congratulations must go to Evan on receiving a Distinction for this very high level of achievement. He is now looking to prepare for two exams: Grade 8 AGME Contemporary Piano and AMEB Piano for Leisure. Evan loves playing the piano and spends hours each week practising. With such dedication he has certainly reaped the rewards.

Twilight Music Recitals

Our Twilight Music Recitals, again proved popular for our music students, providing performance opportunities for a small, appreciative audience. There are two evenings in March: one for primary students and secondary students:

  • Twilight Music Recital – Primary, 5:30pm Tuesday 13 March
  • Twilight Music Recital – Secondary, 5:30pm Tuesday 20 March

Students studying Music in senior will perform at the recital for their Term 1 performance assessment. More Recitals are scheduled for September. If your child wishes to perform at either Recital, please email requests to wjohnston@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 following link 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