Music Notes

HUNTINGTOWER ORCHESTRAL PROGRAM

Many students from Years Prep – 12 learn orchestral instruments and participate in various ensembles throughout the school.

Little SymphonyYears Pre-Prep – 2

Junior OrchestraYears 3 – 6

Senior OrchestraYears 7 – 12

Middle School OrchestraYears 7 – 9

Concert BandYears 7 – 12

String OrchestraSenior, Middle, Junior Schools

Various year level Orchestras

Small Ensembles (Brass Ensemble, Middle School Concert Band, Stage Band, String Quartets etc.)

The players enjoy the excitement of performing together and they develop a high level of concentration, responsiveness and alertness which is then channelled into their academic performance. Every year most of Huntingtower's top VCE students are also musicians and during the presentation of academic awards for any year level the orchestral chairs seem to be empty! There are many wonderful extra-curricular activities available including opportunities to attend State Music Camps and to participate in many fine youth orchestras when sufficient proficiency is attained. All students at Huntingtower who learn orchestral instruments can participate in an ensemble as soon as a small degree of proficiency is achieved. At some times some advanced piano students are involved in the percussion sections of the orchestras but unfortunately it is impossible to involve all piano students as only a small number of percussion players are needed.

If you do not play an instrument, now is the ideal time to start! Instruments are available to suit the needs of students throughout the school so please don't hesitate to speak to Mrs Lynley Bramble (Director of Music) at school (Music Centre – Room MU8) or ring after hours (9803 7701) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the availability or suitability of various instruments. An instrument tuition form is attached to this newsletter – this need only be filled out by students who wish to start an instrument. There are many possibilities so do come along and have a go!


YEAR OF THE DOUBLE BASS!

The Double Bass is a spectacular instrument and is the extremely important foundation of any orchestra or band (Concert, Stage and Jazz). We have a wonderful new Double Bass teacher in 2017 and now we need some wonderful new Double Bass students!

The Double Bass is big but where possible students are able to keep one instrument at home and use one instrument at school (for only one hire charge.) Double Bass fees for lessons will be drastically reduced for the first two terms of tuition so do come along and try out a double bass and find out more about it – it is a great instrument to play!


SENIOR HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 – YEARS 7 – 12

This year our exciting House Music Festival will be held on seven evenings:

Monday 20 February – 6pm – Bruce Solo Concert. Orchestral Room

Tuesday 21 February – 6pm – Mather Solo Concert. Orchestral Room

Wednesday 22 February – 6pm – Rayner Solo Concert. Orchestral Room

Thursday 23 February – 6pm – Warrell Solo Concert. Orchestral Room

Thursday 2 March – 6.30pm – Solo Concert (Years 7-9). Orchestral Room

Monday 6 March – 6.30pm – Solos (Years 10-12) and Instrumental Ensembles. Orchestral Room

Thursday 9 March – 7.30pm - House Orchestras, Choirs, Chamber Choirs and Light Entertainment. NB. Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University

(COMPULSORY attendance for all students in Years 7 – 12 on Thursday 9 March)

The House Orchestras and Choirs have begun rehearsing already. Enthusiastic support will be given to the House Music leaders who will work tirelessly over the next few weeks as they guide their Houses to the final wonderful performance.


HOUSE MUSIC CAPTAINS 2017

Bruce

Shannan Griffiths

Ebony Marrison

Michelle Song

Chrina Sun

Mather 

Sophie Cookson

Jasmine Tsai

Sangeeth Vadasseri

Rayner

Eddie Chen

Morven Curr

Kevin Zhao

Warrell 

Kiara Kim

Shally Liang

Mathew Mo

ORCHESTRA CAPTAINS 2017

Kendrick Jiang

Marcus Loh-Ekstrand

CONCERT BAND CAPTAIN 2017

Li Guan

CHOIR CAPTAINS 2017

Yasmine Koudmani

Ebony Marrison


HOUSE ORCHESTRAS (Years 7 – 12)

If you play an orchestral instrument (Years 7 to 12) you should have received a notice with information about the House Music Orchestra rehearsals. If you have not yet received a notice or your name is not on the House Orchestra lists please see Mrs Bramble (Music Centre Room MU8) as soon as possible as we really value every player's participation and contribution even if you have only been playing for a short time.

Combined House Orchestra rehearsals have been held already and now the three House Orchestras are rehearsing separately each week in the Orchestral Room.

Bruce Orchestra – every MONDAY 7.45am

Mather Orchestra – every TUESDAY 7.45am

Rayner Orchestra – every WEDNESDAY 7.45am

Warrell Orchestra – every THURSDAY 7.45am

HOUSE MUSIC ORCHESTRAS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

(all rehearsals are in the Orchestral Room)


BRUCE ORCHESTRA

Monday 6 February 7:45am (Bruce Orchestra Workshop)

Monday 6 FebruaryLunch(Bruce Percussion Workshop)

Friday 10 February7.45am (Bruce Orchestra) (Yr 7 and 12 on camp)

Monday 13 February7:45am (Bruce Orchestra)

Monday 20 February7.45am (Bruce Orchestra)

Monday 27 February7:45am (Bruce Orchestra)

Monday 6 March 7:45am (Bruce Orchestra)

NB. Thursday 9 March 8:30am (Bruce Orchestra)


MATHER ORCHESTRA

Friday 3 February 7:40am (Mather Orchestra Workshop)

Tuesday 7 February 7:45am (Mather Orchestra) (Year 7 on camp)

Friday 10 February7:45am (Mather Percussion Workshop)

Friday 14 February7:45am (Mather Orchestra)

Tuesday 21 February 7:45am (Mather Orchestra)

Tuesday 28 February 7:45am (Mather Orchestra)

Tuesday 7 March 7:45am (Mather Orchestra)

NB. Thursday 9 March8:55am (Mather Orchestra)


RAYNER ORCHESTRA

Friday 3 February 8:10am (Rayner Orchestra Workshop)

Wednesday 8 February 7:45am(Rayner Orchestra) (Yr 7 and 12 on camp)

Wednesday 15 February 7:45am (Rayner Orchestra)

Friday 17 February7:45am (Rayner Percussion Workshop)

Wednesday 22 February 7:45am(Rayner Orchestra)

Wednesday 1 March7:45am (Rayner Orchestra)

Wednesday 8 March7:45am (Rayner Orchestra)

NB. Thursday 9 March 7:35am (Rayner Orchestra)


WARRELL ORCHESTRA

Thursday 2 February7:45am (Warrell Orchestra Workshop)

Thursday 9 February7:45am (Warrell Orchestra) (Yr 7 and 12 on camp)

Thursday 16 February 7:45am(Warrell Orchestra)

Friday 17 February8:10m (Warrell Percussion Workshop)

Thursday 23 February 7:45am(Warrell Orchestra)

Thursday 2 March7:45am (Warrell Orchestra)

Friday 3 March8:05am (Warrell Orchestra)

NB. Thursday 9 March8:05am (Warrell Orchestra)

Please support your House Music Captains and come punctually to every rehearsal as there are very few rehearsals.


HOUSE ORCHESTRA PERCUSSION WORKSHOPS

Will be held with players from each house working together to perfect the score before they join each House Orchestra.

Monday 6 February 12.30pmBruce percussion

Friday 10 February 7.45amMather percussion

Friday 17 February 7.45amRayner percussion

Friday 17 February 8.10amWarrell percussion


HOUSE MUSIC SOLO AUDITIONS

There has been a buzz of excitement in the Music Centre every afternoon this week as over 130 talented musicians have auditioned for the Solo Concerts. All the auditionees will perform at one of the concerts and will receive marks for their House. The adjudicator was extremely impressed with the presentation and standard of all the performances and he is looking forward to hearing more exciting performances in auditions to be held next week.


HOUSE MUSIC ORCHESTRAS, CHOIRS AND LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday 9 March 7.30pm

VENUE

The very exciting final evening of the House Music Festival on Thursday 9 March at 7.30pm will be held at ROBERT BLACKWOOD HALL at Monash University. This is a magnificent auditorium with excellent acoustics for the choirs and orchestras and a huge stage for Light Entertainment. It is also a very large hall so we do invite all parents, families, old students and friends to come and enjoy this spectacular event! There will be a comfortable seat for everyone and there is no charge. Junior School children will love the excitement of the evening and it will not be a long night. Every student in Years 7 to 12 will perform in his/her House Choir and over 60% of the students perform in the House Orchestras. It is a COMPULSORY event for all Senior students.

Please invite all your friends and notify any old students whom you may know of the venue. This would be much appreciated.


DRESS FOR THE HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

NB. Please note carefully as you may need to purchase an item of clothing from the Huntingtower Uniform Shop before the evening.

Girls: Summer dress, white socks worn at the correct length, shiny black shoes, blazer, hair ribbons if relevant in the correct colour.

Boys: Long-sleeved blue shirt with sleeves rolled down and buttons done up!, school tie, long grey trousers, blazer, dark socks, shiny black shoes.


INSTRUMENTAL AND THEORY LESSONS

Many individual music lessons have already commenced and students should bring their instrument and music to school on the same day as last year unless they hear otherwise. Students who are commencing lessons in 2017 will be notified soon of arrangements. Most lessons will commence within the next two weeks but sometimes there is an unavoidable delay as instruments may still be being repaired or serviced.

Theory lessons at all AMEB levels will be available on Monday or Tuesday after school so please speak to Mrs Bramble if you are interested. Theory lessons are held in small classes for a cost of $50 per term (approximately $5 per 1 hour lesson). The lessons have commenced already but students can join at any time during the year.


MSO CONCERTS

Huntingtower has had a long association with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and we are very excited that we will also continue this association in 2017.

We have the opportunity to attend 3 extremely exciting and highly sought after MSO Concerts for only $20 per concert which is a massive saving of $250.

CONCERT ONE

Friday 21 April 8pm at Hamer Hall

a. The wildly exciting "Carmina Burana' by Carl Orff performed by a huge symphony orchestra and chorus

b. Ravel's beautiful "Daphnis and Chloe"

CONCERT TWO

Saturday 27 May 2pm at Hamer Hall

a. The colourful Suite from the humorous ballet "Petrushka" by Stravinsky

b. The magnificent first Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky

c. A work by the groovy Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin

CONCERT THREE

Friday 28 July 7.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall

a. Elgar's wonderful "Enigma" Variations

b. The brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1 by Saint-Säens

The 3 concert package is highly recommended to all students from Years 5-12 (or even younger children will love the excitement of the concerts.) Parents are encouraged to attend especially with younger students.

We can make a great outing by going to the concerts together and there will be at least one supervising student for every 10 students who attend. Transport will be by train or with parents (more details and permission forms will come later).

Please return the form (link below) to Lynley Bramble as soon as possible (by Friday 17 February) or email Mrs Bramble directly. We need to book very soon or we may be disappointed!

MSO Concerts 2017 Form

Enquiries:

Lynley Bramble

BH – 9807 8888

AH – 9803 7701

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MSO AND ANNE-MARIE JOHNSON

Anne-Marie Johnson is a brilliant violinist who was also a brilliant student at Huntingtower in the Class of 2008. She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was awarded the coveted Dorcas McClean Overseas Travelling Scholarship in 2014. Since then she has been studying in Europe and is returning to play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the MSO on February 24. For anyone interested in sharing in Anne-Marie's success! – the concert is on Friday 24 February 8pm at the Melbourne Town Hall. The brilliant Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony will also be performed. It will be a fantastic concert!


ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED, HAVING A 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY OR ORGANISING A BUSINESS DINNER?

Huntingtower musicians would be very willing to provide a small (or large) ensemble to play beautiful music in a wide variety of styles at any occasion. They have a very comprehensive "gig"folder that includes many special requests. A small fee would be charged as fundraising for the Huntingtower Instrumental Account.


AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

On 26 January 2017 our loyal group of students who regularly perform in the Citizenship Ceremonies donned their school uniform (even though it was school holidays!) and met at the Monash Civic Centre to take a vital role in the very meaningful ceremony held on Australia Day. The organisers from the Monash Council, the Mayor, our local Federal MP and other councillors were extremely grateful to our students for their special performance and very impressed by their dedication. Hearty congratulations and sincere thanks to the wonderful students and their wonderful parents who support them so enthusiastically.

The Mayor, Cr Rebecca Paterson, wrote "I am always impressed that so many children are willing to give up their time during the school holidays to be with us and I greatly enjoyed the performance."


HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO…

  • Members of the Small Ensemble who came together at the end of the holidays to rehearse for Commencement Assembly. The performance of this smaller group of players was wonderful and the stirring sounds of Handel's "Fireworks Music" as the staff processed in created an atmosphere of excitement and triumphal expectation for the year to come.
  • All the soloists who auditioned this week for the House Music Festival. These performances don't just happen and they demonstrated the amazing dedication of the students who had obviously worked throughout the holidays to perfect their performances.
  • Our musicians who were accepted into the Melbourne Youth Music Summer School – Mun Joon Teo (Year 11), Paris Moore (Year 10), Renae Moore (Year 10) and Ethan Zheng (Year 4). The camp culminated with brilliant performances in the Melbourne Town Hall.
  • Cellist Isambard Knox-Johnson (Year 8) played Christmas carols for the patients at Caritas Christi hospice where his grandfather had been a patient in 2013.
  • Alice Freeman (Year 8) who also played Christmas carols for residents at a local Nursing Home.


SPECIAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

1.Senior and Junior Orchestral and Choral Concert

Wednesday 21 June at 7.00pm in Robert Blackwood Hall. All choirs, orchestras and Concert Band (involving students from Years 3 to 12) will perform so please keep the date free and enjoy a fantastic evening!

2.Waverley Eisteddfod Ensemble sections which usually involve every player from Years 3 to 12 on Saturday 12 August – please keep this date free also. The sections may be smaller this year because the PAC will not be available.

3.Huntingtower Arts in Round

Sunday 15 October at 2.30pm



MUSIC DATES TERM I 2017

HOUSE PERCUSSION WORKSHOPS

Monday 6 February, Lunch, BruceOrchestral Room

Friday 10 February, 7.45am, Mather Orchestral Room

Friday 17 February, 7.45am,  RaynerOrchestral Room

Friday 17 February, 8.10am, Warrell Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC SOLO AUDITIONS (Years 10, 11 and 12)

Tuesday 7 February,  4pm, Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC SOLO AUDITIONS (Years 10 and 11)

Wednesday 8 February,  4pm, Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC SOLO AUDITIONS (Years 8 and 9)

Thursday 9 February, 4pm, Orchestral Room

GFM Dinner – Small Ensemble

Friday 10 February, 6.30pm,  Windsor Hotel

HOUSE MUSIC SOLO AUDITIONS (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Monday 13 February, 4pm, Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC SOLO AUDITIONS (Years 7, 8, 9 and 12)

Tuesday 14 February, 4pm, Orchestral Room

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS

Sunday 19 February, 8am-5pm, Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BRUCE SOLOS

Monday 20 February, 6pm, Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL – MATHER SOLOS

Tuesday 21 February, 6pm,  Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL – RAYNER SOLOS

Wednesday 22 February, 6pm,  Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL – WARRELL SOLOS

Thursday 23 February, 6pm,  Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL – Solos (Years 7-9)

Thursday 2 March, 6.30pm,  Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL – Solos (Years 10-12) and

House Instrumental Ensembles

Monday 6 March, 6.30pm,  Orchestral Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL FINAL REHEARSALS

Thursday 9 March

7.35am Rayner Orchestra, Orchestral Room

8.05am Warrell Orchestra, Orchestral Room

8.30am Bruce Orchestra, Orchestral Room

8.55am Mather Orchestra, Orchestral Room

9.20am Rayner Chamber Choir, Drama Room

9.35am Warrell Chamber Choir, Drama Room

9.50am Bruce Chamber Choir, Drama Room

10.05amMather Chamber Choir, Drama Room

10.20amRayner Choir, Drama Room

10.50amWarrell Choir, Drama Room

11.20amBruce Choir, Drama Room

11.50amMather Choir, Drama Room

12.20pmLight Entertainment, Drama Room

HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL - Orchestras/Choirs

Thursday 9 March7.30pm Robert Blackwood Hall (Monash University)

YEARS 5 AND 6 SOLO CONCERT

Thursday 23 March, 6pm, Orchestral Room

SOLO CONCERT

Wednesday 29 March, 6.30pm,  Orchestral Room

MUSIC DATES TERM 2 2017

SENIOR SOLO CONCERT

Monday 24 April, 6.30pm, Orchestral Room

JUNIOR PIANO CONCERT (Years 1 to 6)

Wednesday 10 May, 6pm, Orchestral Room

BOROONDARA EISTEDDFOD

Senior Small Ensembles,  Time TBA, Hawthorn Arts Centre

YEAR 3 and 4 SOLO CONCERT

Thursday 1 June, 6pm, Orchestral Room

LITTLE SYMPHONY AND LITTLE CHOIR CONCERT

Wednesday 7 June, 6pm, Orchestral Room

RINGWOOD EISTEDDFOD – Small Senior Ensembles

Sunday 11 June 8.30am (TBC)

SENIOR AND JUNIOR ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL CONCERT

(Years 3-12)

Wednesday 21 June, 7pm, Robert Blackwood Hall (Monash University)