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Siena's Night of Jazz

Siena’s Night of Jazz

The Music Department once again came alive at this year’s Siena’s Night of Jazz. Stage Band, Sisters of Swing, Groove Train and Canti Dolce have been working hard in the lead up to this event, which was held at the Manningham Hotel in Bulleen. The ensembles performed their three set pieces of varying styles for the upcoming ‘Generations in Jazz’ festival. There were also an impressive number of instrumental and vocal soloists, who performed with musicians in the house band, which included our special guest, Ms Tamara Murphy. Tamara is a fabulous bassist and composer who helped the soloists feel comfortable and relaxed in their rehearsals in the lead up to Night of Jazz, and accompanied them beautifully during their performances. We would like to extend our thanks to Tamara for her participation.

A standout for this year was the performance of the Junior Jammers ensemble, which featured students in Year 8 attempting solo improvisation for the first time. The girls performed incredibly well and we look forward to seeing them back on stage at future events.

This event is a major fundraiser for Generations in Jazz festival, and we would like to thank Tanya Ovens (FOMPA/SPA) for all of her assistance. The night was well supported with over 170 people in the audience and a very successful raffle with numerous prizes.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the evening and thank you to all staff who contributed to this event.

Year 7 Music Program

It has been wonderful to see the smiles and hear the enthusiastic music playing from our two new Year 7 music groups, Junior String Ensemble and Junior Band. These ensembles have now been rehearsing for three weeks, and are already making terrific progress as well as having heaps of fun. Thank you to Mr Nieuwkerk, Ms Dandens and Mr Bennier for your work with these girls, and we look forward to hearing their debut performances at the Autumn Concert in May.

Welcome also to all Year 7 students who have joined the Junior Choir in the last couple of weeks. It has been amazing to see the enthusiasm and hear the girls as they begin preparing for the St Catherine’s Day Mass. Thank you to Ms Hill and Ms Patton for your work with the new singers.

Jazz workshop and Generations in Jazz

As part of their final preparations towards Generations in Jazz, Stage Band and Sisters of Swing students will be participating in a jazz band workshop on Wednesday, 24 April from 4.--pm until 7.30pm. The Generations in Jazz tour will be departing on Friday, 3 May and returning on Sunday, 5 May. The students are getting excited about hearing the guest artists and schools from all around Australia perform at this event.



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