27 November 2017

Music Department

"Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment." Buddha

Musical performance is an art form that requires performers to stay focused on the present tense, it requires performers to think of the music they are playing and prepare for the music they are just about to play. Performers, like sportsman, should focus on the best outcome they can achieve at that point in time, and nothing else. Successful performers are well prepared, have confidence in their skills, and have the courage to give their music to the audience.

Students recently represented Scotch performing ceremonial music and providing background music at school events. Trumpeters Charles Barblett (Year 12, Stuart),Nathan Schaff (Year 11, Anderson) and Harry Pasich (Year 9, Ross) represented the school and performed the "Last Post" and the "Rouse" during ANZAC ceremonies at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Swanbourne Primary School and St Louis Retirement Village respectively. Pianists Angus Warman (Year 12, Brisbane),Andrew Burvill (Year 11, Shearer) and Ebun Daramola (Year 11, Ross) performed solo music during the recent Round Square Conference and the Senior String Quartet performed in the Art Gallery before the recent Residential Dinner in the Middle School. All students are to be congratulated for these performances.

The Scotch ensemble performance season for 2016 moves into full swing in the second half of this term. Students and ensembles are busy preparing for their roles in upcoming performances include the Vocal Showcase, the Junior School and Middle School Concert, the "Addams Family" musical and the celebration of 21 years of Jazz Nights at Scotch College.

The Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) will meet on Tuesday 7 June to organise venue preparation and presentation leading into these showcase performances.

The combined Scotch/PLC Symphony Orchestra will commence its second season of rehearsals on Friday 27 May and will prepare new repertoire for the WA Schools' Orchestra Festival early next term. We look forward to the opportunity for students to work with the Head of Music from UWA, Dr Alan Lourens, during these rehearsals.

Important Dates:

Autumn Term:

Week 4, Thursday 19 May, WAYJO Schools' Concert, Dickinson Centre

Week 6, Tuesday 31 May, Vocal Showcase, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Week 7, Tuesday 7 June, FOSM Meeting, 7.00pm Senior Music Department

Week 7, Wednesday 8 June, Junior and Middle School Autumn Concert, 6.00pm Dickinson Centre

Week 9, Wednesday 22 June, John Morrison (Drummer/Band Leader) and Jacki Cooper (Vocalist) visiting artists

Week 9, Friday 24 June, Music Department Jazz Night, 7.30pm Dickinson Centre

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesdays) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Fridays) via phone 9383 6841 or email music@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Alternately, please contact Mr Tim Simpson, Acting Head of Music, via email TMSimpson@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6824.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.

Mr Tim Simpson

Acting Head of Music