Senior School Ensembles and Instrumental Tuition
All senior ensembles, outlined below, begin rehearsals in Week 2 apart from CCGS/MLC Combined Choir, which will commence rehearsals after the audition process has been completed. All boys from Years 7 to 12 are welcome to join the Senior Choir, whilst Music Extension students are immediately members of this large ensemble in Terms 1 and 4.
Instrumental lessons are available in the performance areas of contemporary, jazz and western art music (classical). Contact the Music Department on 9442 1648 for more information and download an application form here.
Senior Orchestra – (Conductor Kevin Gillam) rehearsals Mondays 7.15am to 8.20am in P2. This orchestra is for all students studying stringed instruments (violin, viola, ‘cello and double bass) in Senior School as well as for more advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players (those that have been learning for at least three years). The repertoire is classical and romantic period pieces (eg Tchaikovsky) and the orchestra performs in the Combined Concert (with St Hilda’s), Orchestra Festival and Concerto Night.
Middle School Rock Workshop
Middle School Rock Workshop takes place on Monday afternoons from 3.30 to 5.00pm. Boys in Years 7 to 10 who play an instrument (we will try to accommodate all instruments and students should have some basic experience) and are interested in playing in a contemporary band are encouraged to join. The students are split up into smaller ensembles than the Prep Rock Workshop program and are mentored by an instrumental tutor, namely: Mr Jozef Grech, Mr Phil Bailey, Mr Warren Hall, Mr Brendan Biddiss and Mr Daniel Harper. This program provides the boys with a chance to develop their instrumental and ensemble skills and an opportunity for collaboration with their band mates. Each band creates a set list of their favourite songs and are given several opportunities to perform, both at school and in professional venues. If your son is interested in joining, please contact Mr Jozef Grech via the Music Department Administration.
Senior Rock Workshop
Senior Rock Workshop (mentored by Mr Phil Bailey, Mr Warren Hall and Mr Jozef Grech) is a Friday afternoon activity which runs between 1.20pm to 3.00pm. Boys in Years 11 and 12 who play an instrument (we try to accommodate all instruments and students should have some basic experience) and are interested in playing in a contemporary band are encouraged to join. It is an excellent opportunity for these boys to consolidate the skills learned in their instrumental lessons. This is a year-long program which moves through learning covers, song writing and culminates in recording/producing a CD with their original songs. Each year the students take part in an excursion to a professional recording studio. Past excursions include Shanghai Twang recording studio and The Wastelands studio, run by Perth band Eskimo Joe where the boys met Joel Quartermain. Joel showed them the ins-and-outs of the studio and answered any burning questions the boys had. He was also interested in hearing their recordings and was impressed with the quality of their compositions. Each band is given several opportunities to perform, both at school and in professional venues. If your son is interested in joining, please contact Mr Jozef Grech via the Music Department Administration.
Senior School Concert Band
The Senior School Concert Band is directed by Mr Christopher Draber and is for students who play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Keyboard, electric and bass guitar positions are by invitation. Students need to read music fairly well and have at least one year of experience on their instrument. The Concert Band plays a wide range of pop music, original works, jazz and musical theatre pieces. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday at 7.15am in P2. If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Mr Draber.
Senior School Music Theory Club
Mr Christopher Draber runs the Senior School Music Theory Club, which is for students who have regular instrumental lessons and already learn some music theory from their teachers but would like extra help in a relaxed and supportive environment. Students partaking in Music Extension and WACE classes are also welcome to attend if they wish to complement their classroom work. Students work on theory exercises from graded workbooks at an appropriate level and at their own pace but not necessarily to sit for an AMEB examination. The teacher is available to mark and correct work, monitor progress and help any students that may need assistance. Senior School Music Theory Club operates every Friday throughout Terms 1, 2 and 3 at 7.15am in the Chapel Undercroft Room 6. If your son is interested in joining this club, please speak to Mr Draber.
Chamber Orchestra I
The Senior Chamber Orchestra is open to advanced string players in the senior school, and rehearses every Wednesday morning at 7.15am under the direction of Mr Aaron Wyatt. The orchestra gives the boys a chance to refine their ensemble skills, and introduces them to some of the standard string repertoire of the baroque, classical and romantic periods. The group performs at various times throughout the year, including the combined Christ Church/St Hilda’s concert and at concerto night. If your son is interested in joining the ensemble please speak to the music admin assistant.
Senior Percussion Ensemble
Senior Percussion Ensemble is directed by Mr Steve Richter, and the boys attending this class learn many different rhythms, percussion techniques and musical styles from around the world. The ensemble helps boys develop their technique and general musicianship, as well as learning to listen and play together as a section. Some experience with percussion or drums is strongly advised. Rehearsals are held every Thursday in G4 at 12.45pm (boys bring their lunch to eat in the room). If your son is interested in joining this ensemble, please speak to Miss Harford or Mr Richter.
Senior Classical Guitar Ensemble
The senior classical guitar ensemble is directed by Glenn Rogers and is for boys who have obtained an intermediate to advanced ability of technical and reading skills. The ensemble focuses on preparing pieces for assembly concerts but also focuses on sight reading and ensemble playing. The group performs mainly classical repertoire but also some jazz arrangements. Rehearsals are at 7.15am Mondays in the percussion room, any student is welcome to join provided they have the required guitar skills.
Intermediate Guitar Ensemble
If you are a guitarist (classical ideal) and keen to play in an ensemble that focuses on a mixture of fun, contemporary inspired repertoire, come try out the ‘Intermediate Guitar Ensemble’ running every Tuesday morning 7.20am to 8.20am in the Fishbowl room of the Music Department. You need to be between Years 7 to 9 and have at least one and a half years’ experience reading music and playing guitar, although I assess eligibility on an individual basis. This is a great way to experience playing fun music with others, learning integral skills for a musician, school performance opportunities and making new friend. Hope to see you there! (Mr Biddiss)
Jazz Band 1
Jazz Band 1 is for players of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric guitar and electric bass guitar, drums and percussion (drummers, piano and guitarists by invitation) who have been learning their instruments for between 3 to 4 years. Membership is principally for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The band performs jazz swing and Latin standards and more contemporary pieces, rehearses once a week (Tuesdays at 7.15am) and performs at Ellingtons, many school functions and assemblies and various music events during the year.
Jazz Band 2
Jazz Band 2 is for players of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric guitar and electric bass guitar, drums and percussion (drummers, piano and guitarists by invitation) who have been learning their instruments for between one and two years. Membership is principally for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The band performs jazz swing and latin standards and more contemporary pieces, rehearses once a week (Thursdays at 7.15am) and performs at Ellingtons, many school functions and assemblies and various music events during the year.
Jazz Combo is a smaller ensemble of five to nine players of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, drums and percussion (all instruments by invitation) who have been learning their instruments for between three and four years and have some improvisation experience and would like to pursue it further. Membership is principally for students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The band performs a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, Latin, fusion and funk pieces and rehearses once a week (Thursdays lunchtimes at 12.50pm). The group performs at Ellingtons, many school functions and assemblies and various outside school music events, festivals and various music events during the year.
Saxophone Ensemble is for players of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone (by invitation) who have been learning their instruments for between two to three years. Membership is principally from students in Years 7 to 12. The band performs jazz, classical and popular pieces, rehearses once a week (Tuesday lunchtimes at 12.50pm) and performs at Ellingtons, many school functions and assemblies and various music events and festivals during the year.
CCGS/MLC Combined Choir
Christ Church/MLC Combined Choir is an auditioned chamber choir for boys in Years 7 to 12. The choir learns a wide variety of repertoire throughout the year including gospel and jazz, Renaissance opera, world folk song and contemporary a cappella pieces and arrangements. Rehearsals are Friday mornings at 7.00am in the MLC Music Department, providing boys with a fantastic opportunity to sing challenging repertoire in a mixed chamber ensemble. If you are interested in learning about or auditioning for this group, please speak to Miss Taylor.
Senior Choir rehearsals are every Monday afternoon in Term 1 in the Christ Church school chapel from 3.15pm to 4.30pm and on Friday from 7.15am to 8.15am in Term 4. This ensemble is compulsory for Music Extension students from Years 7 to 12; students’ musicianship is enhanced by way of learning from professional vocalists and choristers, rehearsing and performing in a large ensemble of their peers, developing individual vocal and aural abilities, being exposed to a variety of repertoire and experiencing professional performance environments. These include the Semester One CCGS/St Hilda’s music concert in Term 2 of each year and the Christ Church Advent Service in Term 4. If you are interested in learning more about the Senior Choir, please speak to Miss Taylor.
The Flute Ensemble gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of styles of music, including classical, pop, rock and jazz in a ‘strictly flutes only’ arrangements. The minimum standard required is AMEB Grade II. Rehearsals are every Tuesday 12.50 – 1.30pm in the Aeolian Room. If you are interested please contact Karen Sim on 9442 1648.