14 August 2017

Music Department

The next few weeks of term are full of exciting musical events which are outlined below. I encourage everyone to attend as many of the concerts as possible as the boys have been rehearsing for many weeks to prepare their music for your enjoyment. The concerts planned are varied, designed to suit a wide range of musical tastes, and all of them should be very entertaining!

Specific details for individual performers and ensembles will be emailed closer to each event.

Vocals Showcase, Tuesday 26 May, 6.30pm

This concert is a one hour, intimate recital style performance held in the Foyer of the Dickinson Centre. The vocal students and vocal ensembles will perform alongside some staff musicians, and the programme will be shared by a piano and small jazz combo performance led by Music Captain Stuart McCowan. Tickets are free - all welcome.

Port MacQuarie Big Band Blast Jazz Tour, Thursday 28 May - Monday 1 June

This tour is an important feature of the Jazz Programme at Scotch College and provides great preparation for the upcoming Jazz Night to be held earlier this year on 19 June. I am sure that all tour members will have a brilliant time performing for other students from all across Australia and will return to Perth inspired by their experience.

Kawai Piano Sale, Thursday 28 May - Invitation can be found via the Scotch College Website

During 2010, the Music Department purchased a Shigeru Kawai Grand Piano for the Dickinson Centre. This was made possible by Music Department fundraising and the generous support of the Scotch College community. Through this purchase, a link to Kawai Australia was established and Scotch College now benefits from an ongoing arrangement with Kawai Australia where the Music Department receives the use of new Kawai pianos every twelve months. At the end of this twelve month period, these quality pianos are made available for sale to the public at substantial savings off the new retail price.

If you, or someone you know, is looking to buy a quality piano, then this Kawai Piano Sale presents a great opportunity to secure a quality instrument at a reduced price. The range of acoustic pianos available ensures that you will find the perfect piano for your budget and situation. I would like to personally invite you to take advantage of this special opportunity to purchase a twelve month old piano at heavily reduced prices with a new manufacturer's warranty at the Annual Kawai Piano Sale. Please contact Snadens on Stirling Highway Nedlands for more information. Rob Cowell (Snadens) 0438 966 784 or snadens@westnet.com.au

Reporter Music Photos, Wednesday 3 June, MacKellar Hall

Each year, the Music Ensembles which rehearse before and after school in order to perform at concerts and events, are photographed for the Annual Reporter Year-Book. This year, Music Photos are to be held in MacKellar Hall on Wednesday 3 June from 8.00am. Individual schedules will be published in advance of the day. Students and parents should note that full winter uniform is required together with instrument.

Music Department Quiz Night, Friday 5 June

The annual Music Department Quiz Night is a fantastic night filled with great fun and prizes. All classroom, ensemble and instrumental musicians in Years 9 - 12 from Scotch College and PLC are invited. Last year all tables filled up quickly - and the prizes are always fantastic! Forms to be handed to Scotch College MUSIC Administration.

Junior School and Middle School Autumn Concert, Thursday 18 June, 6.30pm

The Autumn Concert presented by Junior School and Middle School Ensembles is an exciting night for our younger musicians. Held on the Dickinson Centre Stage, multiple ensembles perform the music that they have been rehearsing since the beginning of the year. Tea and Coffee is provided in the foyer from 6pm with everyone welcome to attend this free event.

Jazz Night, Friday 19 June, Dickinson Centre, 7.30pm

An exciting music event being showcased to complete the musical events of Autumn Term is the Music Department's Annual Jazz Night. This spectacular show is being held at 7.30pm on Friday 19 June in the Dickinson Centre. The performance should conclude at approximately 10.45pm.

jazz night flyer

This year's show is based on music inspired by the Soul, Funk, R&B and Motown eras and will be provided by performers from the Scotch College Big Bands and Jazz groups, plus a Staff and Guest Big Band to conclude the evening. With dancing, entertainment and an excellent compere to ensure that this night is one to remember, this event, open to the entire Scotch College community (Parents, families and friends from Years 1 to 12), is a show not to be missed!

Tickets can be purchased through 'Book an Event" on the Scotch College website www.scotch.wa.edu.au.

I recommend all of these events to you and hope that you will be able to join the boys in celebrating the performances they have achieved this year. Please contact the Music Department on 93836841 or via email, music@scotch.wa.edu.au if you require any further information.

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