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Generations in Jazz Success

On the first weekend of May each year Siena takes its jazz ensembles to the Generations In Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia. In the past it has been the two big bands, Sisters of Swing and the Siena College Stage Band. 2019 saw the introduction of our first a capella vocal ensemble, Canti Dolce.

In the lead up to the event the girls participated in workshops with guest artists and a performance at Genazzano FCJ College. These performances were complemented at the event by performances by international acts such as the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz ensemble, Kurt Elling, Joey DeFrancesco, Ricky Woodard and Liz Wright. 

All the girls performed exceptionally well with Stage Band winning Division 3.2 and Canti Dolce in fifth place. Celina Maderski was again awarded a place in the Division 3 super band for her performance on baritone saxophone. 

In light of their success, we welcomed Australian jazz legend, Steve Sedergreen in to work with the girls this week. Steve’s philosophy of deep listening, and connecting with each other and the meaning of the music resonated with the girls and is sure to spur them on to greater things in the future. 

String Ensemble performances

The Senior String Ensemble and Folkus were delighted to perform at two events in the past week, an Open House fundraiser for CBM Australia on Thursday, 9 May and the Fordham Park reopening on Saturday, 11 May. Luckily the weather remained clear for both of these events, and audiences were treated to a variety of traditional folk and classical music from the ensembles. Our thanks to the students involved at these performances, and also to Ms Olivia Dandens and Ms Grace Gilkerson for accompanying the students during these performances.

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