The $6.8million Saint Stephen’s College Centre of Music Excellence was officially opened on the 22 March 2019 to a mix of classical and funk music played by the College Orchestra, Vivace Strings and Senior Stage Band, a blessing and plaque unveiling in the Recital Hall.
The building – comprising a 220-seat state-of-the art recital hall, rehearsal studios, classrooms, specialised instrumental teaching spaces, percussion studio and flexible learning areas – is used by more than 350 students from Prep to Year 12.
“The Centre of Music Excellence is a stunning addition to the College campus. It was completed at the end of last year and has been warmly welcomed by the students, staff and parents. The acoustics, soundproofing, technology and overall design is superior and already, I believe, other schools are looking to replicate it. I would also like to acknowledge the College architects from Burling Brown who worked with Wiley (the builders) and other consultants to develop this state-of-the-art facility,” said Dr Dorrington.
At Saint Stephen’s more than one third of the students are immersed in the Performing Arts program including academic music, Chamber Music Excellence programs, bands, orchestras, drumlines, choirs, ensembles, dance, speech and drama. Our new Centre, will certainly encourage up-and-coming musicians and performers.
The Saint Stephen’s Performing Arts program has produced exceptional musicians and performers. Many Old Scholars grace the stage and concert halls around the world – including opera, theatre, musicals, orchestras, bands and dance.