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Suzuki Foundation Strings

Coordinators: Mrs Belinda Manwaring and Ms Cassandra Hansen
Our Suzuki Foundation Strings Program uses the Suzuki instruction method to teach introductory violin and cello to students from Years 1 and 2. Places are limited, and membership is by application.

The program is generously subsidised by The Goda Foundation and students will receive subsidised tuition. Lessons take place before school in small groups of three or four. Parents are required to attend all lessons. Students are required to purchase/own their own instrument.

Year 3 Strings

Coordinators: Mr Samuel Konise, Ms Cassandra Hansen and Mr Philip Jack
All students in Year 3 learn to play the violin, viola, cello or double bass through our Year 3 Strings Program. Students receive a group lesson on their instrument as part of the academic music program.
Students may borrow a College-owned instrument or use their own.
Students who participate in the Suzuki Foundation Strings and Largo Strings Ensembles in Year 2 have the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the Year 3 Strings.

Largo Strings

Director: Ms Cassandra Hansen
This ensemble caters for our youngest string players. There are two intakes for membership, one at the beginning of the academic year and one at the beginning of Semester Two. Those students who are excelling in the Year 3 Strings Program and those who have graduated from our Suzuki Program will continue to extend their skills in this ensemble.

Andante Strings

Director: Ms Cassandra Hansen
Andante is the intermediate training ensemble for young string players. Students learning a string instrument at an eligible standard from Years 4-7 are encouraged to join this ensemble to help with the development of musicianship skills.

Vivace Strings

Director: Mr Samuel Konise
Vivace Strings is the College’s premier ensemble for advanced strings musicians. The core ensemble consists of four first violins, four 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. Vivace Strings rehearse weekly, but/and often hold sectionals as required by their director.

Symphony Orchestra

Coordinator: Mr Samuel Konise
The College orchestra is open by audition to members in good standing of a band or string ensemble. String players who wish to be members of the premier string ensemble Vivace must also be playing in the Symphony Orchestra.

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

Band Programs & Ensembles

Year 5 Band

Director: Ms Zoe Erskine
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

Director: Ms Zoe Erskine
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 group 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.

Symphonic Band

Conductor: Ms Zoe Erskine
This large ensemble is for woodwind, brass and percussion players who can read music fluently and performs a variety of styles from classical to film to pop music. Students are invited to audition for a place in the Symphonic Band or may be invited by the conductor. Rehearsals take place once a week, and the band perform at College functions, Eisteddfods and in the community. The Symphonic Band is for students in approximately Years 7 to 12.

Intermediate Stage Band

Director: Mr Damian Cahill
The Intermediate Stage Band is an ensemble which allows students to learn jazz styles and hone their improvisation skills via appropriately paced repertoire. This band may include auditioned vocalists from members of various Saint Stephen’s Choirs.

Senior Stage Band

Director: Mr Dylan Troyahn
The Senior Stage Band performs a wide range of repertoire including jazz, rock, funk and blues and is for advanced brass, woodwind, percussion, bass guitar, electric guitar and keyboard players. This ensemble rehearses once a week, and performs at functions throughout the year. This band may also include auditioned vocalists from members of the Saint Stephen’s College Voices.

Funk Band

Director: Mr Peter Neville
Playing mainly popular soul and funk music, the Funk Band and Jazz Combo involves guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, horns, woodwind and auditioned vocalists from within various Saint Stephen’s choirs. To participate members must be part of a core ensemble (String/Symphonic Band/Stage Band).

Guitar Ensemble

Director: Mr 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 also a foundation ensemble for musicians who aim to progress on to play in the College Stage Band and Funk Band.

Percussion Ensemble

Director: Mr Peter Neville
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, as well as an introductory ensemble for the College Drumline. The Percussion Ensemble admits players from Year 6 onwards by audition.


Director: Mr Peter Neville
The Saint Stephen’s College Drumline provides opportunities for drummers and percussionists to further develop their technique, performance showmanship and ensemble skills. The Drumline has won several national championships and captures the spirit of American style drum corps. Participation is open by audition.
The College runs both a Senior and Junior Drumline, which provides opportunities for both experienced and developing percussionists. Percussionists who are having individual lessons may audition to be part of the College Drumlines. Students must contribute towards a core ensemble (Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble or Saint Stephen’s Symphony) while being members of the Drumline.


Junior Choirs

Conductors: Ms Zoe Erskine and Mr Jai Schelbach

Students in Prep to Year 3 participate in regular rehearsals and perform at events throughout the year including the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and school concerts and events. The Piccolo Choir gives students the opportunity to develop confidence, stage presence as well as having a great time singing and learning. Students from Years 4 to 6 are able to participate the Vox Choir or the Blokes Choir

Saint Stephen’s Voices

Conductors: Ms Caroline Taylor and Mr Dylan Troyahn

The Saint Stephen’s College Voices is the core ensemble for vocalists in Years 7 – 12. This group performs regularly at College functions, Chapel Services and community events. It specialises in repertoire that is fun, as well as suited to train voices and develop musicianship. Vocalists for the Senior Stage Band and Funk Band are also selected from this group. The Saint Stephen’s College Voices is open to all students who enjoy creating music in harmony with their friends.