Music programs at Saint Stephen’s College offer students a blend of academic curriculum plus co-curricular opportunities in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, guitar and voice.
The College also presents opportunities for students to develop their talents further through both private music tuition and participation in the Symphony Orchestra, string ensembles, stage and concert bands, Drumline, vocal ensembles and our Chamber Music Excellence Program.
All of our music teachers have professional qualifications in music and are regularly performing musicians as well. They are outstanding, caring teachers and do all they can to make sure their students shine.
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The Junior College runs a unique specialist music program in Prep and Year 1 called 'Music Every Day' where students engage in 20 minutes of music each day. This program focuses on developing core skills such as beat, rhythm and pitch.
Saint Stephen's College has developed a comprehensive Strings Program that ranges from our Suzuki Foundation Strings (Years 1 and 2) to our Chamber Music Excellence Program throughout the senior school. All students are given a taste of the string family through our compulsory Year 3 Strings Program. From Year 4 onwards, Saint Stephen's College offers three string orchestras: Largo for young players, Andante for intermediate students and the award-winning Vivace Strings for our most advanced students.
Chamber Music Excellence Program
Samuel Konise is originally from New Zealand, where he is a National Recording Artist. From a young age, Sam stood out as a talented violinist. Among his early awards were the AGC "Young Achievers Award' and Alex Lindsay Award 'Outstanding String Player' as voted by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra players. He went onto complete his tertiary studies at the Schola Musica, University of Canterbury and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Private Music Tuition
Saint Stephen's College enjoys a professional partnership with a number of excellent external contractors and teachers who make up our tuition team. Lessons are available on all string, woodwind and brass instruments as well as piano, guitar, drum kit, and orchestral percussion.