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28 November 2018

Music Programs for 2019

As the year draws to a close, preparations continue for the many Music programs that will be happening in the new year.Over the last few weeks information has been sent out to families about the changes and programs on offer across the Primary and Secondary schools regarding instrumental music.Please find following information for specific year levels/sub-schools.

Year 1 Violin Selections

As part of the Communications email last week, Year 1 families were asked to make selections regarding the optional Violin Program for 2019. Thank you to those families who have already been online and made selections through the Google form. For those families who are yet to do so, can I ask you to click the link below and complete your selections for your child in 2018.

Please click here to complete your selection regarding the optional Violin Program for Year 2 next year, if you are yet to do so.

Year 2 String Immersion Program - Trials

Last Wednesday Mr Eddie Whiting joined Miss Hansen and I in demonstrating all the string instruments that will be available as part of our Year 3 String Immersion Program next year.Every Year 2 students was given the opportunity of trying out each instrument.Following these trials, Miss Hansen and I have worked through all the notes and will be making instrument recommendations for students for next year.All instruments will be ordered over the Christmas break and will be distributed in the first weeks of the new academic year.

Year 3 Instrument Selections

Year 3 families are reminded to return their Instrument Selections, with their preferences numbered on the letter. These can be emailed through to Miss Robertson (crobertson@thalekes.qld.edu.au) or the letter dropped in to Primary Reception. All instruments for next year’s Year 4 students will be ordered over the Christmas break and handed out in the first weeks of the new school year.

Year 4 and 5 Ensemble Development Program

Current Year 4 and 5 students who are in Concert Band or String Ensemble will be able to access large group lessons on their band/string instrument as part of the new Ensemble Development Program (EDP). Year 4 and 5 students are also able to access instrumental lessons in Music Studio.

Please click here for the information letter sent out last week.

Please click here to complete the online form indicating your interest in EDP or Music Studio lessons for your child.

Music Studio – Private and Small Group Instrumental Tuition

The Music staff encourage all families to seek private lessons in Year 7-12 as the best option for their child’s instrumental music learning. These lessons will come under the branding of ‘Music Studio’ and are offered as private 1-to-1 tuition or small group tuition. Music Studio replaces SIMP from 2019. It is anticipated that Miss Sellick and Miss Hansen will continue taking instrumental lessons as part of Music Studio. As the program grows, additional tutors will be engaged by the College. Primary aged students are also able to take private lessons as part of Music Studio.

Please click HERE for the information letter sent out in the Communication email.

Please click HERE to complete the online Expression of Interest form for Music Studio - all year levels and all instruments.

Acquiring a Musical Instrument

Sourcing your child’s first instrument is an extremely exciting and important time in the development of their musical journey. It is extremely important to invest in a quality model instrument to give your child the best possible chance to succeed in making music.

For information regarding hiring or purchasing an instrument, please click HERE.

North Lakes Christmas Carols

A reminder to families that The Lakes College will once again have a choir performing at this local community event, this year being held on Sunday 2 December. Members from Miss Robertson’s Primary Choir will be singing a selection of Christmas Carols and songs. In order to provide the organisers with accurate performer numbers, could families please accept/decline for this performance on Parent Lounge. The Carols event will this year be held at Kinsellas Park, on the soccer fields across Memorial Drive from the College. The North Lakes Carols will start at 3:00pm, with TLC singing at 3:25pm.

For one final time, 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

14 November 2018

Music Fest - Congratulations

Last week saw the last of our College choirs and ensembles participating in Music Fest with Primary Choir and Junior Singers travelling to Iona College to compete in their relevant Primary Choir Sections with Junior Singers receiving a Gold Award and Primary Choir a Silver Award.Two days later many of our singers backed up to compete in the Primary Concert Band section at Ferny Grove State School.It was a very long, very warm evening and for their efforts Junior Concert Band received a Silver Award and Primary concert Band a Bronze Award.

2018 was the first year that The Lakes College had choirs and ensembles competing at Music Fest, and our students certainly enjoyed the opportunity to perform at different venues.We will certainly be involved again in 2019.

Music Studio

As has been communicated to families, 2019 will see the establishment of Music Studio: private and small group Music tuition for College students from Prep through to Year 12.With the appointment of Mr Eddie Whiting as the incoming Director of Music, the College Instrumental Music staff are excited at the prospect of providing in-house instrumental Music tuition for our College students.

  • The cost for private Music tuition will be $304/term (8 lessons), with the cost added to family fee statements.
  • The cost for small group Music tuition through Music Studio will be $160/term (8 lessons), with the cost added to family fee statements.

The incoming Director of Music will be facilitating Music Studio, however, I am currently taking details of those families who are interested in putting their child’s name down for private or small group Music tuition for 2019 as part of Music Studio. Please feel free to email me at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au to include your child’s name and instrument. The College is in consultation with Aeolian Music Academy, looking to ensure a smooth transition for those families who are currently utilising the services of AM Academy.

Music Program 2019 – Additional Changes

As communicated at the end of Term 3, 2019 will see several changes to the Instrumental Music Programs at the College. Following further discussion, some additional programs will be in place for 2019, as we transition to the Year 3 String Immersion Program and Year 4 Instrumental Immersion Program in 2020.

Year level specific information letters will outline the specific programs and opportunities for students across the Primary School, ensuring families are fully aware of the instrumental offerings next year. Additional programs include:

  • Optional Violin Program for Year 2 for 2019.Current Year 1 families will be receiving communications explaining the Optional Violin Program for their children next year.Parents will be required to complete a short online form indicating their preferences.
  • Establishment of the Ensemble Development Program (EDP) – Current Year 4 and 5 students who are in concert band or string ensemble will be able to access large group lessons on their band/string instrument. Students and Parents sign a contract agreeing to commit to the program for the full year, to maintain a regular practice routine and complete homework tasks, to attend all lessons and take responsibility for their lesson times, and to attend all rehearsals and performances. The cost of EDP will be $25/term (8 lessons), with the cost added to family fee statements.

Further details for these programs will be available in the Communication email from the College.

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


31 October 2018

Primary Instrumental Music Extravaganza

Last Thursday evening saw over 150 students playing their instruments on stage for their families, showcasing their learning of the past 12 months. It was a wonderful evening of Music making which I’m sure all in the audience enjoyed.

Year 3 Instrument Demonstration and Tryouts

Following the excitement of the Primary Instrumental Music Extravaganza, last Friday was an exhilarating day for our Year 3 students as they were introduced to and learned about the range of musical instruments that are on offer at the College as part of our Primary Instrumental Music Program. Many students are currently involved in the Instrumental Music Program, learning violin in weekly lessons with Miss Hansen. In Year 4, students have the option to continue with the violin, or choose from a range of other ensemble instruments as part of the Instrumental Immersion Program. Those students who are currently members of Junior Strings are strongly encouraged to continue with a string instrument.

The instruments available to learn are:

  • Strings: violin, viola, cello or double bass;
  • Woodwind: flute, clarinet or alto saxophone;
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone or euphonium;
  • Percussion: which involves drumming using drum pads and keyboard percussion using a glockenspiel

All Year 3 students were involved in an instrument demonstration followed by a suitability testing process conducted by our Primary Instrumental Music staff and visiting Musicorp Instrumental Tutors.As part of this process students got to hold the instruments and were shown how to produce a sound.Students were rated on their suitability to each instrument based on several factors, including lip size and shape, mouth shape, teeth, height, and arm and hand size.

At the conclusion of the try-outs the Primary Instrumental Music staff had the arduous task of determining which instruments students had most success on.Early next week each Year 3 student will receive a personal letter, which will indicate their top three instruments. Students will need to number these instruments in order of preference before the Instrumental Music staff determine final groupings for 2019.

Opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities, including Junior Concert Band, Junior String Ensemble, Vivaldi Strings and Primary Concert Band will be offered to students throughout 2019, as they reach a proficient level on their instrument.

All instruments will be ordered over the Christmas vacation and students will receive them in the first weeks of the new academic year, along with a hire tutor book from the Library.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular - Congratulations

Five College ensembles participated in the Concert Band Spectacular over 19 and 20 October, with four of our ensembles being recognised by the adjudicators for their efforts with Encouragement Awards.

Junior Concert Band received an Encouragement Award, and both Primary Bands had positive overall comments from the adjudicators:

Junior Concert Band: Very well presented. You guys were having fun! Excellent. Your band shows a lot of potential! Thank you for a great performance.

Primary Concert Band: Congratulations on presenting an exciting ensemble of young musicians who show strong potential. Thank you.

As part of the String Ensemble Section, only a first-place award is given out along with Encouragement Awards. With ten competitors in the section, our three string ensembles are to be congratulated for all receiving Encouragement Awards. Adjudicators overall comments for our string ensembles:

Vivaldi Strings: Congratulations on a well prepared performance. You are a musical young ensemble with great potential.Great attention to style… Well done.

Corelli Strings: A well prepared performance. You play with a good understanding of style and ensemble tone. Continue to listen and let the music sing. Congratulations.

Dolcissimo Chamber Ensemble: A lovely ensemble who is developing under good leadership. Continue to listen for greater intonation. A musical approach.

MusicFest

We still have a number of ensembles and choirs yet to participate in MusicFest: Corelli Strings are performing this evening (Wednesday 31 October) at Coorparoo Secondary College; Junior Singers and Primary Choir are competing on Saturday 2 November at Iona College and finally, Primary Concert Band and Junior Concert Band will compete on Monday 5 November at Ferny Grove State School.Please refer to previous communication regarding bus departure times for the ensembles.

Upcoming College Events

Many of our College Ensembles and Choirs are also preparing for College events, particularly Secondary events in Week 6.Please note the following Secondary events:

  • Year 7-12 Awards Evening (Monday 12 November): Combined Corelli Strings and Secondary Concert Band, and Secondary Choir.All choir members are to meet Mrs Johnston in SS2E at 5:45pm. All string and band members are to meet Miss Hansen and Miss Sellick at 5:45pm in SS2F.
  • Year 12 Valedictory Service (Wednesday 14 November): Secondary Choirmembers are to meet Mrs Johnston in the Hall at 6:00pm.

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


17 October 2018

Term 4 sees many of our College Choirs and Ensembles involved in performances and competitions.

MusicFest

Secondary Concert Band are our first College Ensemble to participate in MusicFest, with the group performing this evening at Coorparoo Secondary College.A reminder to families that all ensembles are travelling to the respective venues by bus, however, families are to organise transport home from venues. Families are to transport Junior Singers and Primary Choir members to and from Iona College on Saturday 3 November.

For family members wishing to attend the sessions, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for concessions.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

This Friday nearly 60 Primary students in Primary Concert Band and Junior Concert Band will perform as part of the St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular. A reminder that all band members are to meet Miss Sellick at the bus stop in the main carpark at 7:30am for a 7:45am departure. Both bands will perform in the first session. They will then have morning tea after which they will watch the second session of Primary Bands before hearing the adjudications. They will be returning to the College at the conclusion of the adjudications, in time for lunch.

Vivaldi Strings, Corelli Strings and Dolcissimo Chamber Ensemble are all performing in the morning session on Saturday 20 October. The session is due to start at 9:00am, with Vivaldi Strings the first ensemble to perform in the session. It is expected that adjudications will be at approximately 11:20am with the session concluding at 11:30am.

All families with students who are members of our various ensembles are to please check Parent Lounge for necessary competition details and ‘accept/decline’ for their child to participate in these upcoming events.

Families will have received emails with further details over the last two weeks.

SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program)

Congratulations to Year 12 student Laura J, for being accepted into SHEP, the State Honours Ensemble Program run by the Queensland Conservatorium for Secondary Music students. Laura was the first student to represent the College at this Music education event. SHEP 2018 saw 930 students rehearsing over three days, as part of a multitude of ensembles: Big Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensembles, String Orchestras and Vocal Ensembles, with students travelling state-wide to work under the direction of internationally acclaimed clinicians. The program concluded with a series of Grand Finale Concerts, with each ensemble performing their prepared repertoire to family and friends.

As a member of the Sir Charles Mackerras String Orchestra, Laura had the opportunity to learn and work under respected American Music educator Mr Richard Meyer. It was particularly exciting as Corelli Strings have one of Mr Meyer’s pieces in their current repertoire: Pieces of Eight. As part of their concert program, the orchestra had the opportunity to learn and perform two pieces by the conductor. What an amazing experience, learning how to play the piece exactly how the composer intended. Ear-igami was quite unlike anything I’ve seen before.

SHEP run various programs through the calendar year, with programs for Primary and Middle School as well as Secondary. Please keep an eye out in Tidings in 2019 for information about upcoming SHEP nominations. Performing as part of a 50-piece string orchestra with students at such a high level is an experience that Laura will remember for years to come.

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


18 September 2018

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to those Primary and Secondary students who performed at the second of our Twilight Music Recitals Tuesday evening last week.There were some outstanding performances.For all our Year 12’s it was their final opportunity to perform as soloists at the College. We’ll still see some of them in ensembles and choirs through to the end of the year.

As I’ll be stepping down from the role of Director of Music at the end of the year, focusing on my role of Head of Faculty – Arts in the Secondary School, I am reminded of the many opportunities that we have been able to provide to our instrumentalists and vocalists. Over three years we have held ten Twilight Recitals and I’m sure those of you who have attended will agree with me when I say they are just a lovely evening of Music with students relishing the opportunity to perform for their parents and friends. I’ll continue to be involved and would love to accompany students. It’s a real pleasure to be able to share the stage with our talented musicians, even more so when it’s your own daughter.

Music Spectacular (Music Concert)

Another ‘last’ on my list as Director of Music was our Music Spectacular yesterday evening, showcasing our College choirs and ensembles across the Primary and Secondary Schools.I will be staying on as conductor, and accompanying ensembles, which is such a joy.

I’d like to thank the many people who made our Music Spectacular a success last night: the students for all their hard work, practice and attendance at rehearsals before and after school; the parents for gently encouraging their children to wake up and then taxi them to rehearsals; to the administration and grounds staff here at The Lakes College who assisted in the preparation and setup of our concert this evening; Mr Simon Armstrong, Mr Shane Bowden and Mrs Sharon Lollback for their continued support of the Music Department but the biggest thankyou goes to the conductors of our many choirs and ensembles: Mrs Cherie Meale, Miss Catherine Robertson, Miss Melissa Hansen and Miss Shannon Sellick. Music is our passion, we live it and we love sharing our passion with you and your children.

MusicFest

We have received confirmed times for our choirs and ensembles who are participating in MusicFest next term. Below are the times for each ensemble. Parents will receive email communication with all details for each individual group in the coming days.

Parents are reminded that all band and ensemble members will need to organise transport from the venues as the buses will not be returning to the College following each evening’s performances. If families require assistance with transport, please contact your child’s conductor to organise alternate arrangements.

For family members wishing to attend the sessions, admission

is $10 for adults and $5 for concessions.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

We have also received the confirmed performance schedule for Concert Band Spectacular.Both Primary Concert Band and Junior Concert Band will be performing on Friday morning.They will travel to St Columban’s by bus, with both bands performing in the morning session. Students will have morning tea in a break after which they will watch the second half of the session before hearing the adjudications. They will be returning to school before lunch.

Vivaldi Strings, Corelli Strings and Dolcissimo Chamber Ensemble are all performing in the morning session on Saturday 20 October. The session is due to start at 9:00am, with Vivaldi Strings the first ensemble to perform in the session. It is expected that adjudications will be at approximately 11:20am with the session concluding at 11:30am. Parents will receive email communication with all details for each individual group in the coming days.

Could I ask all families with students who are members of our various ensembles to please check Parent Lounge for necessary competition details and ‘accept/decline’ for their child to participate in these upcoming events.

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


5 September 2018

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to the 30 Primary students who performed at the Primary Twilight Music Recital last week.It was a beautiful evening of Music, with pianists, string players, some brass and woodwind as well as three vocalists.Our Recital evenings are proving ever popular with the evening’s program growing longer at each recital. The Secondary Twilight Music Recital is also a very full program.Unfortunately, due to the number of performers already nominated, I am unable to take any late nominations. Students who are performing at the Secondary evening are reminded to wear their formal uniform. The evening will start at 5:30pm, however, instrumentalists are able to arrive from 4:45pm to tune and warm-up.Any students requiring audio (sound files, microphones) are asked to do a sound-check with Mrs Johnston either on Monday or Tuesday lunchtime.

Music Spectacular (Music Concert)

With Year 7-11 out on camp this week, all Secondary ensemble and choir rehearsals have been canceled. This will leave only one or two rehearsals before our Music Spectacular on Tuesday 18 September. All Primary choir and ensemble rehearsals will continue this week, though Year 6 students will not be in attendance as they are enjoying all that Canberra has to offer.

Due to a change in programming, it has been decided that Singing Club will not perform as part of the concert this year. Ms Jane-Elizabeth Harris will be looking to other performance opportunities in Term 4 for Singing Club.

MusicFest

Several of our College choirs and ensembles are entering MusicFest for the first time this year.MusicFest is a school competition featuring: concert bands and jazz ensembles, string ensembles and orchestras as well as choirs run by Prestige Music. The following College choirs and ensembles have been entered, with the noted performance times (N.B. Secondary Concert Band and Corelli Strings are yet to receive their confirmed performance time. The session start times have been indicated.) Further details have been included in permission notes that have been emailed home to families earlier this week. Due to start times of various sections, some ensembles will travel to venues in the College bus, ensuring that all members are in attendance at the beginning of the session.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

A reminder the Primary Concert Band, Junior Concert Band and our String Ensembles are competing in the St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular. The Primary Concert Band section is on Friday 19 October with the String Ensembles performing on Saturday 20 October. A permission letter with all details regarding performance times has been emailed out to families. Primary band members will travel by bus to St Columban’s on the Friday, whereas families are asked to transport students to St Columban’s on Saturday for all String Ensemble performances. Once a confirmed performance schedule has been received all performance times will be emailed out to families.

I ask all families with students who are members of our various ensembles to please check Parent Lounge for necessary competition details and ‘accept/decline’ for their child to participate in these upcoming events.

Young Conservatorium - Applications close 15 September

Young Conservatorium offers Pre-school, Primary and Secondary students a pathway of musical training drawing on the skills, expertise and excellence of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. It offers a variety of programs, from the developing stages in childhood through to the senior years of schooling. Students can choose from individual tuition, large ensembles, chamber groups and musicianship classes, and will benefit from numerous workshop and recital opportunities with Queensland Conservatorium staff and guest clinicians, all designed to equip students with quality musical experiences.

For more details CLICK HERE to download the Young Conservatorium 2019 brochure.

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



22 August 2018

Twilight Music Recitals

The first of our Twilight Music Recitals is next week, with the Primary evening next Tuesday afternoon. All nominations for the Primary Recital were due yesterday and I am now preparing the program for next week.My thanks to those families who have already sent through nominations. All students who are performing are to wear their formal uniform. The Secondary Recital is on Tuesday 11 September, the week following year level camps.

Secondary performance nominations are due by Tuesday 28 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 et.)

Music Concert

All College choirs and ensembles will be performing at the annual Music Concert, which will be held on Tuesday 18 September. 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.

Last year saw the Hall full to overflowing with hundreds of parents and siblings attending our Music Concert. As we have over 140 students performing in the various choirs and ensembles, it has been determined that student performers from Year 4-12 will not be seated in the Hall, allowing more audience members. They will be supervised in the Library or Primary classrooms.All details regarding what time and where students are to meet their conductors will be sent out next week as part of the communications email from the College.

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

Kathleen T in Year 9 recently sat her 8th Grade AMEB Piano Performance Exam and achieved the outstanding result of Honours. Hours of preparation go into any performance exam, and to achieve Honours in 8th Grade, while only in Year 9 demonstrates Kathleen’s dedication to her piano studies.

Elizabeth R in Year 8 has been a member of the Australian Girls Choir since February 2017, and is currently a member of one of their senior level Camerata choral groups. She will be performing with the Australian Girls Choir at the upcoming Wallabies vs Argentina Rugby International game on Saturday 15 September, to a world-wide television audience. We wish Lizzy all the best for her performance at the rugby in Sydney.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

A number of 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 19 October, the Primary Band Section, and String Ensembles will compete on Saturday 20 October, as part of the String Ensembles Section. 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.

Due to an unavoidable clash, it has been determined that Secondary Concert Band and Stage Band will not be competing at St Columban’s this year.

Please look out for the parent information letter which will be included in the Correspondence email from the College next week.

Young Conservatorium – Applications now open

Young Conservatorium offers Pre-school, Primary and Secondary students a pathway of musical training drawing on the skills, expertise and excellence of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. It offers a variety of programs, from the developing stages in childhood through to the senior years of schooling. Students can choose from individual tuition, large ensembles, chamber groups and musicianship classes, and will benefit from numerous workshop and recital opportunities with Queensland Conservatorium staff and guest clinicians, all designed to equip students with quality musical experiences.
For more details CLICK HERE to download the Young Conservatorium 2019 brochure.

Aeolian Music Academy

The number of students taking up private music tuition with AMAcademy 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 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


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