14 August 2017

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

On Thursday, 8 August, the senior musicians from Years 11 and 12 presented a range of solo and small group performances at the Senior Recital and Upson Award Performances. Ms Sojan from Presbyterian Ladies' College was asked as a guest adjudicator to provide some special comments and feedback for the performers which also assisted in the selection of the recipient of the Will Upson Performance Award. This process proved to be very difficult and after much discussion, the Upson Award for Musical Excellence was given to Harry Josland (Year 12, Anderson). Harry will have the opportunity to perform at an upcoming Senior School Assembly where he will be presented with his trophy.

The Scotch College and PLC Combined Symphony Orchestra and the various Big Bands and Jazz Combo performed at the WA Schools' Jazz and Orchestra Festival held at Churchlands High School and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community College earlier in August. These groups were adjudicated by international musicians and prominent Perth musicians and all groups performed very well. Some excellent feedback was provided and all eligible groups received awards of "Excellent".

On Wednesday, 21 August, the Scotch College String players performed at their annual Strings Soiree, "Con Brio" in the Memorial Hall. This was a great event that highlighted the pathway open to the string players from Year 1 through to Year 12. It was also fantastic to hear the swinging and funky Jazz Trio led by Charlie McCarthy as the guest ensemble.

The Senior musicians' term concludes with the finale performances of the 2013 academic year, the Scotch College Senior Spring Concert, held at 6.30pm in the Dickinson Centre on Friday 6 September, and the PLC Senior Spring Concert, held the following day on Saturday 7 September. These free performances which are open to the whole Scotch College community, are an opportunity to celebrate the work of all performers in the senior ensembles and to farewell our senior Year 12 musicians who give so much of their time and energy supporting the musical life of the school.

A final performance for Junior boys, held on Thursday 12 September in the MacKellar Hall, is the Junior School Strings Soiree, an opportunity to enjoy the work of our youngest string players - the Year Three String Programme musicians.

The last event for Winter Term, in amongst the various exams, is the Annual Music Dinner for Senior boys. This event, to be held on Thursday 19 September, is an opportunity for boys and Music Teachers to celebrate the year, thank the leaving Year 12s and the outgoing Music Captain, and also announce the Music Captain for 2014. An excellent way to complete a very busy and worthwhile musical year.

The Music Department holds a variety of performances for the Scotch College community throughout the year plus events for Scotch College boys and the girls from PLC who participate in Combined Ensembles. A more detailed version of the Music Department's Newsletter can be found by following this link.

https://ishare.scotch.wa.edu.au/groups/thevmdthevirtualmusicdepartment/wiki/a583e/Music_Department_Newsletter.html (Please use your Scotch Parent login.)