16 October 2017

Music Department

During the last week of Summer Term and the holidays, music students and their ensemble directors continued to rehearse, perform and work with guest musicians. Boys from almost every year level worked with renowned musician and TV personality Jonathan Welch in the Dickinson Centre as part of a massed choir, and building on this great sound the Middle School vocalists, the Scotch Youth Voices, performed with guest Andrew Winton in Perth City on the Wetlands Stage as part of the opening of Youth Week and then again at the Fairbridge Folk Festival.

Another fantastic opportunity for music boys was the first installment of the Perth Symphony Orchestra Education Programme (PSO-Ed). This programme enables PSO professional musicians to participate in normal ensemble rehearsals, play alongside the boys and guide them by example and through the direct giving of advice. Almost every ensemble and year level was part of the initial programme and the boys are looking forward to the next time the PSO musicians visit later this term. My thanks to the Parents Association for their support of this initiative.

This term provides multiple opportunities for boys to demonstrate their performance abilities with a variety of events planned. Please make a note of these upcoming dates for your dairy:

Upcoming Dates

Week 2, Tuesday 28 April, FOSM meeting, 7.00pm Senior Music Department

Week 6, Tuesday 26 May, Vocal Showcase, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Week 6, Thursday 28 May - Monday 1 June, "Big Band Bash" Port Macquarie

Week 7, Friday 5 June, Music Department Quiz Night, 6.00pm (Venue to be confirmed)

Week 8, Monday 8 June, FOSM meeting, 7.00pm Senior Music Department

Week 9, Thursday 18 June, Junior and Middle School Autumn Concert, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Week 9, Friday 19 June, Music Department Jazz Night, 7.30pm Dickinson Centre

Music Scholarships are available for those boys entering Year 7 next year. Students wishing to apply for a Music Scholarship for Year 7 2016 are required to register to the Head of Music via Music Administration. Applicants will not be considered unless they have participated in the Music Audition process to be held on Saturday, 9 May 2015. Students wishing to apply for a Music Scholarship are not required to sit the Academic testing. Enquires for Music Scholarships can be emailed to music@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Supporting the musical activities is Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) a group of parents who enthusiastically support the work of boys and staff in the Music Department. FOSM meets once or twice each term with all meetings beginning at 7.00pm. Meetings go for approximately one hour, and are held in the Senior School MUSIC Room with everyone welcome. Please consider becoming involved in the FOSM Parent Support group as an excellent way to support your son and the Music Programme at Scotch College.

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrator, Julia Robinson (9383 6841) music@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Alternately, please contact Mr David Coughlan, Head of Music, via email DGCoughlan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department by receiving information about the work of FOSM, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mr David Coughlan

Head of Music