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Music programmes at Saint Stephen’s College offer students a blend of academic curriculum plus co-curricular opportunities in woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, piano, guitar and voice.

The College also presents opportunities for students to participate at a more challenging level in the Symphony Orchestra, string ensembles, stage and concert bands, Drum Line, vocal ensembles and our Chamber Music Excellence Program.

Chamber Music Excellence Programme

Director and Musician in Residence at Saint Stephen’s College: Samuel Konise

The Chamber Music Excellence Programme provides opportunities for gifted string, woodwind and brass players to work with high profile tutors and coaches in order to develop excellent chamber music skills.

Membership in both programmes is by invitation and audition. Rehearsal times vary depending on the ensemble, their performance commitments and academic timetable.

Foundations Strings

Coordinator: Caitlin Lacy

Our Foundations Strings Programme uses the Suzuki instruction method to teach introductory violin to all students from Preparatory through to Year 2.

The programme is funded by The Goda Foundationand students will receive subsidized tuition.

Lessons take place before school in small groups of three or four. Parents are required to attend.Students are required to purchase/own their own instrument.

Year 3 Strings

Coordinator: Martin Lass

All students in Year 3 learn to play the violin, viola, cello or double bass through our Year 3 Strings Programme. Students receive a classroom lesson on their instrument as part of the academic music programme.

Students may borrow a College-owned instrument or use their own.

Students who participate in our Foundations Strings and Largo Strings programmes in Year 2 have the opportunity to take on leadership roles and solo parts when they start Year 3 Strings.

Largo Strings

Coordinator: Caitlin Lacy

Experienced strings players in Year 2 and 3 have the opportunity to play in the Largo Strings ensemble. Largo Strings is the foundation ensemble for strings players who aim to progress on to play in the Andante Strings or Symphony Orchestra ensembles.

Andante Strings

Coordinator: Martin Lass

Strings players who graduate from the Largo Strings ensemble in Year 3 may audition to become part of the more challenging Adante Strings ensemble for intermediate players. Andante Strings is the foundation ensemble for strings players who aim to progress on to play in the Vivace Strings or Symphony Orchestra ensembles.

Allegro Strings

Coordinator: Martin Lass Allegro Strings caters for intermediate/advanced string players who have some experience playing and performing. Allegro Strings is the foundation ensemble for players aiming to progress on to play in the Chamber Music Programme, Vivace or the Symphony Orchestra.

Vivace Strings

Coordinator: Sam Konise

Vivace Strings is the College’s premier string ensemble for advanced strings musicians. The ensemble consists of three first violins, three second violins, two violas, two cellos and one double bass.

Participation is open by audition to advanced strings musicians who have been accepted into the Symphony Orchestra.

Symphony Orchestra

Coordinator: Stefanie Lorimer

The Saint Stephen’s College Symphony Orchestra was inaugurated in 2010. This ensemble features a full orchestral complement, including the harp and an orchestral percussion section.

The Symphony Orchestra is the foundation ensemble for strings musicians who aim to progress on to play in the Vivace Strings ensemble.

The Symphony Orchestra rehearses weekly. Occasionally, additional rehearsals may be required leading up to performances and special events.

Year 5 Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

All Year 5 students have the opportunity to learn their choice of band instrument. Students choose an instrument based on their Year 4 music results and may trial a variety of instruments before deciding which instrument they would like to learn. Students may borrow a College-owned instrument or use their own.

Students receive one lesson per week, as a small group, held during school time.

The Year 5 Band rehearses as part of the Academic Music curriculum during one time-tabled lesson per week.

Year 6 Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

Students who participate in the Year 5 Band have the opportunity to progress on to the Year 6 Band. Students in the Year 6 Band receive one lesson per week and must supply their own instrument.

The Year 6 Band rehearses as part of the Academic Music curriculum during one time-tabled lesson per week..

Junior Stage Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

The Junior Stage Band provides opportunities for beginner musicians to gain experience playing jazz music.

Participation is open by audition to musicians who play in the Year 5 Band or Year 6 Band. Members of the Junior Stage Band must also play in the Junior Concert Band.

Intermediate Concert Band

Coordinator: Zoe Erskine

The Intermediate Concert Band provides opportunities for intermediate musicians to further develop their ensemble skills. The Intermediate Concert Band is the foundation ensemble for musicians who aim to progress on to play in the Junior Stage Band or the Symphony Orchestra. Participation is open by audition.

Intermediate Stage Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

The Intermediate Stage Band provides opportunities for developing jazz musicians to further their ensemble and improvisatory skills. Participation is open by audition. Members must also attend the Intermediate Concert Band.

Senior Stage Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

The Senior Stage Band provides opportunities for developing jazz musicians to further their ensemble skills and repertoire. Participation is open by audition. Members must also attend the Senior Concert Band.

Senior Concert Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

The Senior Concert Band is the foundation ensemble from which the Symphony Orchestra recruits brass, woodwind and percussion players. Participation is open by audition.

Funk Band

Coordinator: Malcolm Wood

The Funk Band is a small, specialised ensemble that provides opportunities for students to gain experience playing popular music. The Funk Band includes musicians on guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and horn as well as occasional vocalists drawn from the auditioned vocal ensemble Cantica Ludi.

Participation is open by audition to musicians in the Senior Stage Band, Guitar Ensemble, Drumline or Percussion Ensemble.

Guitar Ensemble

Coordinator: Juan Garcia

The Guitar Ensemble provides opportunities for acoustic and electric guitarists to perform a variety of musical styles as they develop their ensemble skills. The Guitar Ensemble is a foundation ensemble for musicians who aim to progress on to play in the Funk Band.

Percussion Ensemble

Coordinator: Geoff Green

The Percussion Ensemble provides opportunities for percussionists and pianists to perform a variety of musical styles as they develop their ensemble skills.

The Percussion Ensemble is a foundation ensemble for musicians who aim to progress on to play timpani or mallet percussion in the Senior Concert Band or Symphony Orchestra. Participation is open by audition.The Percussion Ensemble admits players from Year 6 onwards by audition.

Drum Line

Coordinator: Wesley Ong

The Saint Stephen’s College Drum Line provides opportunities for drummers and percussionists to further develop their technique, performance showmanship and ensemble skills. The Drum Line has won a national championship and captures the spirit of American style drum corps. Participation is open by audition.

Dum Line in action

The J.A.M. (Joy And Music) and The Vox

Coordinator: Zoe Erskine

The JAM (Years 1 to 3) and The Vox (Years 4 to 6) choirs provide opportunities for students to enjoy singing with other students.

The J.A.M. and The Vox choirs rehearse at an arranged time that is mutually suitable for students and their teachers.

Saint Stephen’s Voices.

Coordinator: Stefanie Lorimer

Singers at Saint Stephen’s College have the opportunity to join one of two Voices ensembles: Cantica Ludi (in which participation is open by audition only) and the Saint Stephen’s Chorus (which is a non-auditioned ensemble).

Cantica Ludi is the foundation ensemble from which the Senior Stage Band and Funk Band recruit vocal soloists. Saint Stephen’s Chorus is the ensemble from which vocal leads are recruited for the bi-annual College Musical..

Strings

Saint Stephen’s College offers three exclusively strings orchestras that cater for the progressive needs of strings musicians from beginner (Foundations Strings and Year 3 Strings) to advanced (Vivace Strings).

Strings musicians who play in the Symphony Orchestra are eligible to audition to play in Vivace Strings (the College’s premier strings ensemble) and the Chamber Music Excellence Programme.

Woodwind, brass and percussion

Saint Stephen’s College offers woodwind, brass and percussion musicians opportunities to play in provides a variety of mixed ensembles, including the Year 5 Band, Year 6 Band, Junior Concert Band, Junior Stage Band, Senior Concert Band, Senior Stage Band, Funk Band, Percussion Ensemble and Drum Line.

Voice

Singers at Saint Stephen’s College have the opportunity to join one of two Voices ensembles: Cantica Ludi (in which participation is open by audition only) and the Saint Stephen’s Chorus (which is a non-auditioned ensemble).

Cantica Ludi is the foundation ensemble from which the Senior Stage Band and Funk Band recruit vocal soloists.

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.

To apply for tuition, please complete the tuition enrolment form.

Tuition fees

Our tuition fee structure is based on the Queensland Music Teacher’s Association recommendations. Current fees are published on the tuition enrolment form. Tutors provide accounts at the beginning of each term and fees are charged in advance by the term. A notice period of one term is required for cancellation of tuition.

Tuition takes place during the school day. Before or after school hours tuitions are usually reserved for Year 11 and 12 students, and additional places during these times are negotiated with the Director of Music, the tutor and the parents.