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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.

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

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion

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

Students in Year 4 may choose to learn the new Clarinéo or P-Bone as part of the Year 4 Band Preparatory Program. In Years 5 and 6, students are given the opportunity to take group lessons and band rehearsals as part of our innovative band programs.


Students from Prep to Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in Vocal Ensembles from our youngest group, the Piccolo Choir right up to our senior choir, the Saint Stephen’s Voices.