From the Music Department

From the Music Department

Ms Fiona Turner
Music Coordinator

The recent weeks have been very busy for the Music Department. Among the variety of activities during Arts Week in Week 6, the Year 11 and 12 Music students showcased their talents and hard work at the Senior Music Evening, performing repertoire for their assessments while entertaining their families and friends. Once again, it was wonderful to hear the high-quality works produced by the students.

Last week also saw the Year 7 Music classes perform for their family and friends at the Year 7 Music Concert, demonstrating the skills that they have developed over the course of the Semester 1 Band Program. In this program, students choose a woodwind or brass instrument and receive weekly tuition in a small group with a specialist instrumental tutor. They also come together with their class to form an ensemble. At the conclusion of the concert, all five classes performed Power Rock together, producing an awesome sound! The concert also featured the Continuers Concert Band, performing an energetic rendition of Louie, Louie.

We congratulate all the students who performed and thank the Instrumental Tutors and staff who joined them on the night.

Also in Week 7, the Year 5 students attended the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Light! Camera! Symphony! Concert at Grainger Studio. After learning more about the instruments and some of the repertoire in their Music classes with Ms Madeleine Binney, they heard the Orchestra play some epic and familiar pieces of film music.

“It was a fantastic experience – I loved the range of dynamics the orchestra used and the control the conductor had. Overall, I was ‘wowed.” Nimithi 5MF

“I liked in one of the pieces that the orchestra built up the sound by layering it and then all played together for a big finish at the end.” Daniela 5MF

“It was great to learn more about the instruments from the orchestra and that I could see the instruments that I hear in movies. It was such a fun experience which I won’t get to do very often”. Vivienne L MF

“The orchestra built the tension while playing and really made you image the film.” Mila 5JS

At SAC, we are fortunate to have very talented and experienced music tutors, who come in each week to tutor students who wish to have private vocal and instrumental lessons. Outside of their teaching, many of the tutors are involved in a variety of musical endeavours and perform across a range of musical experiences including their own shows, in musicals, and as supporting artists. Recently, violin tutor Emma Richardson and SAC Music Assistant and piano/cello tutor Samantha Greer were part string section for the Adelaide leg of Michael Bublé’s Australian tour, performing two shows with him. Emma also flew to Sydney to perform his show there. This is just one example of the many cool things our tutors do, and it is wonderful to have so many inspiring music tutors connected to our school!

Ms Fiona Turner
Music | Instrumental Program & Curriculum Extension Coordinator