Term 2, Issue 03 - Music | Siena College
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Music News

Autumn Concert

The Autumn Concert took place on Wednesday, 1 June in the Susan Alberti Auditorium, and for the first time since 2019, our students enjoyed performing to a live audience.

It was a fantastic night featuring all our ensembles: Wind Orchestra, Symphonic band, Junior Band, Senior Choir, Canti Dolci, Junior Choir, Senior Strings, St Cecilia Strings, Junior Strings, Folkus, Stage Band, Sisters of Swing, Groove Train, Guitar Ensemble, Galway Flutes and Clarinet Choir, as well as our VCE Music Performance soloists.

Energy levels were high all night, especially for musicians in our Year 7 Junior Music Program who made their performance debut! Numerous highlights included Symphonic Band performing the Harry Potter Medley, Junior Band’s exciting performance of Hit the Spot and Guitar Ensemble’s version of the 1980’s pop classic, Everyone wants to Rule the World.

Congratulations to all musicians, ensemble directors and staff for all the work you have done over the semester and for the fine performances at the Autumn Concert.

Ross Irwin Bursary

It is our pleasure to announce a new award in the Music Department for 2022. This award has been generously made possible by trumpeter and All State Jazz Creative Director, Ross Irwin. It is intended to recognise outstanding individual commitment and progress in jazz performance. The decision to award the Ross Irwin Jazz Bursary has been made based on a student’s overall involvement in the instrumental music and ensemble programs at Siena and in particular, participation in Siena’s Night of Jazz and at the All State Jazz Championship.

There are two recipients of this award, representing both senior and intermediate levels of achievement. We are delighted to announce that Madison Sykes (Year 9) and Ashling O’Farrell (Year 12) are the recipients of the Ross Irwin Jazz Bursary. Both Madison and Ashling were presented the award at the Autumn Concert.

Siena College and De La Salle Combined Concert (Postponed to 18 July 2022)

Unfortunately, the Siena College and De La Salle Combined Concert had to be postponed to numerous illnesses across both bands. The concert and rehearsal will now take place next term on Monday, 18 July from 7.00pm at De La Salle. This concert will feature Wind Orchestra, De La Salle Senior Band and VCE Music Performance soloists.

AMEB Exams

Congratulations to the following students who have recently sat AMEB Music exams: Madison Sykes (Tenor Saxophone), Hannah Davis (Music Theory), Jacinta Brennan (Flute), Mimi Mangan (Double Bass) and Ella Ukich (Double Bass). We also wish good luck to all students with upcoming exams this term!

Kerryn McGillen

Director of Music
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