27 November 2017

Music Department

The breath of opportunity as a musician at Scotch College has been on display in recent weeks with boys singing in the Vocal Showcase, performing at the Jazz Night and the Addams Family musical production, rehearsing for the second season of the Combined Scotch/PLC Symphony Orchestra and participating in workshops with visiting artists. Percussion players also began tuition for a new ensemble which will add another dimension to music at Scotch; the Drumline. Any percussionist at school (Pipe Band & Music Department) is welcome to become a member of this ensemble.

Andrew Burvill (Year 11, Shearer) and Ebun Daramola (Year 11, Ross) both performed on Shigeru grand piano in the Dickinson Centre during the recent IPSHA Speaker's Challenge, their musicality was appreciated by all in attendance.

Year 11 and 12 musicians, many of whom are the section leaders in senior ensembles, are also striving for excellence in their own journey to perform as soloists at the Music Department Senior Recital and Upson Award early next term. The most outstanding performance from Year 12 musician during this recital will be awarded the Will Upson Trophy and will perform in the Spring Concert next term.

Performing as a solo instrumentalist takes many weeks, and sometimes months of preparation leading into performances. As mentioned in a previous Thistle article boys often underestimate the amount of preparation needed to perform at the highest level and whilst they work closely with specialist instrumental teaching staff, they also need encouragement and support from family to make their journey to performing at the highest level a success.

Important Dates:

Winter Term

Week 1, Wednesday 27 July, Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, 7.00pm Dickinson Centre

Week 2, Tuesday 2 August, Music Department Senior Recital and Upson Award, 6.30pm Dickinson Centre

Week 2, Thursday 4 August, Combined Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, 7.00pm Dickinson Centre

Week 2, Sunday 7 August, WA Schools' Jazz and Orchestra Festival

Week 3, Sunday 10 August, Con Brio Concert

Week 4, Monday 15 August, FOSM meeting, 7.00pm Senior Music Department

Week 4, Wednesday 17 August, Concert Band Concert, 6.30pm 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 Tim.Simpson@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