14 August 2017

Music Department

Since the last edition of The Thistle boys have been busy rehearsing for performances at assemblies, upcoming concerts and for senior classroom music students - their performance exams. There is a range of exciting activities planned this term and I encourage everyone to select one or two performances to attend throughout May and June.

The first Scotch College performance this term is a new calendar event for the Music Department - the Vocals Showcase to be held on Tuesday 26 May. This one-hour concert will feature vocal students from Middle School and Senior School performing as soloists and ensemble members presenting a variety of musical styles. A great event to attend. Following this concert is the traditional Junior and Middle School Autumn Concert on Thursday 18 June, immediately followed on the Friday by the Annual Jazz Night! Two fantastic events in one week!

Congratulations to Stuart McCowan (Year 12, Ferguson) who was successful in auditioning for a limited place in a Jazz Workshop and Masterclass course to be held in America at the Brubeck Institute - University of the Pacific in early August. The Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony is a one-week, intensive educational programme in jazz performance for a very limited number of exceptionally talented students. They come from all over the United States and beyond to study with Brubeck Institute faculty, guest artists and master teachers, in combo rehearsals, master classes and private instruction, classes in jazz theory and advanced jazz improvisation, and seminars on the music of Dave Brubeck and other topics. Students have extensive opportunities to visit with the artists and clinicians, participate in numerous jam sessions and perform in concert. A fantastic opportunity for Stuart and we look forward to learning all about his experience when he returns.

Kawai Pianos

Scotch College replaces its Kawai Pianos each year with the assitance of Kawai and Snadens Pianos. As a member of the Scotch College Community you are able to purchase these pianos before they go on sale. To find out further details please click here.

Upcoming Dates - 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:

Week 5, Wednesday 20 May, WAYJO Concert for Schools, Dickinson Centre

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

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.