Term 2, Issue 2: Music Department | Siena College
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Music Department

It has been a very exciting and successful fortnight in the Music Department! Year 9 Music Performance students enjoyed the new musical, Driftwood this week at Chapel off Chapel, and our VCE and Wind Orchestra musicians were lucky to experience the sounds of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall on Thursday.

All-State Jazz Championships

On Saturday, Siena College was represented by three ensembles at the All-State Jazz Championships, hosted by St Leonard’s College. Canti Dolci won the Division A Jazz Choir section, with specific recognition given to their stagecraft and also to Alannah McCarthy, who received the Outstanding Soloist award. Congratulations to Canti Dolci’s director, Stephanie Hill, who also won the Premier Division with her choir from Ruyton Girls' School.

The wins didn’t stop there, however! Stage Band competed in Division B and won ‘Best Trombone Section’. Trombonists, Ashling O’Farrell and Bridget Nowland were selected to be in the honorary ‘All-Star Band’, comprising of the best individual instrumental performances from the overall division. Sisters of Swing performed in the Non-competitive Bands Division and received an on-stage workshop from renowned educator, Nick Mulder.

As a result of Canti Dolci’s win, they will be performing by invitation at this weekend’s All-State Jazz Gala Concert, alongside other winning schools and a number of world class professional musicians. This is Siena College’s second consecutive year with representation at the ASJ Gala, following the Stage Band’s performance in 2021.

Congratulations to all involved, and especially to our hardworking instrumental staff for guiding and supporting our girls to achieve their best.

De La Salle Combined Concert

On Monday, 23 May, the Wind Orchestra will return to De La Salle for their third and final combined rehearsal and workshop. The two schools will then present a concert featuring both their senior wind ensembles. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Autumn Concert

Wednesday, 1 June 2022: 5.00pm and 7.00pm | Susan Alberti Auditorium, Siena College

Siena’s Ensemble Program will be spread across two concerts and entry is free for families. We encourage you all to attend whichever concert your daughter is performing in. Program details will be published shortly on Siena Central.

Kerryn McGillen

Director of Music
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