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Year 9 Music and Beyond and VCE Music Strictly Ballroom Excursion

Year 9 Music and Beyond students attended CLOC’s production of Strictly Ballroom: the Musical at the National Theatre on Friday, 18 May. The students were very excited to see a live show, especially one with such amazing costumes and sets. The hit songs from the movie were sung with gusto and the newer dance songs had the audience doing the rumba! The Year 9 class will be writing up their reviews this week and comparing the live show with the hit movie. 

Shannon Barnett Workshop

Shannon Barnett, an Australian trombonist, vocalist and composer, who is an important contributor to our Australian music scene, visited Siena College to lead workshops with our trombone and jazz ensemble students on Thursday, 17 May. Our students were very excited to hear her play some of her original compositions, learn ways to improve their technique and develop their improvisation skills on their instruments. Shannon worked at Siena in 2009 and she was very impressed at the number of students in the program and with our new facilities. 

Autumn Concert

Preparation for the Autumn Concert has been underway for weeks and with all the extra sectionals and practise by students, it is not a surprise that the Autumn Concert showcased many polished performances from our ensembles and soloists. Despite a few nerves before the concert, Junior Band musicians performed Hit the Spot to an excellent standard for students who only started learning their instruments last term.

The concert, held on Wednesday, 23 May, also featured fabulous performances from Symphonic Band, Wind Orchestra, Groove Train, Planet Groove, Senior String Ensemble, Junior String Ensemble, Canti Dolce, Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Folkus, Clarinet Ensemble, Galway Flutes, Guitar Ensemble and VCE Music Performance soloists. It was also very exciting to see our new bass flute featured in the Galway Flute performance.  Congratulations and many thanks to all student musicians and music staff for a fantastic concert.


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