Term 3, Issue 01: Music Department | Siena College
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Music News

Term 3 is going to be a very exciting and action packed time for the Music Department! We have annual music events taking place and many learning opportunities for all our ensembles and soloists.

Siena College and De La Salle College Combined Senior Band Concert

On Monday, 18 July, the Siena Wind Orchestra went to De La Salle College to participate in the final combined band rehearsal before the concert later in the evening. It was exciting for the combined band to perform symphonic band pieces arranged and composed by the students themselves. Each band performed their own set and several VCE Music Performance students also had the opportunity to perform one of their recital pieces in public. Both bands completed final sound checks and got ready for the concert before enjoying a pizza dinner together. It was fantastic for the students to perform to a full house theatre consisting of families, past students and staff members.

Congratulations to all students and staff involved in the concert and special thanks to the De La Salle staff for hosting this year’s concert. We look forward to performing together again next year at Siena.

Monday, 25 July: Lunchtime Soiree

The Term 3 Lunchtime Soiree will be held on Monday, 25 July in the Susan Alberti Auditorium. We have student performers across all year levels performing pieces across most instruments. We would like to encourage all students to come and support our musicians.

Tuesday, 26 July: Music Ensemble Photo Day

On Tuesday, 26 July, we will be asking all students to bring their instruments to school as we will be taking official photographs of all ensembles for our Yearbook. Students are asked to wear full winter uniform, including College blazer and black cross-over tie. Further details will be provided soon.

Saturday, 6 August to Monday, 8 August: Annual Music Camp

Our Junior and Intermediate Ensembles will soon be loading the buses and heading off to Blampied, Victoria for the annual Music Camp at Rutherford Park Retreat. This three-day Music Camp includes ensemble rehearsals, sectionals with specialist music teachers and opportunities for students to connect during the trivia and movie nights. During this time, the Combined Super Band will also rehearse their finale item for the Annual Concert and polish up pieces for upcoming events happening this term. On the last day of the camp, we will be making our way to Caroline Springs Regional College to perform for their Year 7 students. It will be a great opportunity to share our love for music before returning to Siena.

Wednesday, 17 August: Victorian School Music Festival
Thursday, 18 August: Symphonic Band

Our Wind Orchestra and Symphonic Band will be performing at the Victorian School Music Festival at the Hawthorn Arts Centre during August. This is a great opportunity for our ensembles to perform a set of pieces, listen to other school ensembles perform and take part in an on-stage workshop with the chief adjudicator. The bands are not competing against each other, instead they will receive feedback on their performances and a shield reflecting their performance standard. Parents are invited to attend the performances to support the bands. Information about these excursions will be sent out shortly.

Wednesday, 31 August: Annual Concert and Rehearsal Day

Siena’s Annual Music Concert will be held at Monash University’s Robert Blackwood Hall on Wednesday, 31 August at 7.30pm. It will be a wonderful showcase of our Symphonic and Jazz Bands, Choirs, Stringed and Chamber Ensembles. This is the first Annual Concert in three years, and we are excited to be performing at an amazing venue this year. We encourage all families to save the date in your calendars and to encourage all extended families to attend as well. All students and ensembles will be involved in Rehearsal Day at the Hall in preparation for the concert. The EdSmart permission form will be sent out to parents soon, including information on the Rehearsal Day and Annual Concert. Tickets will go on sale in early August.

Kerryn McGillen

Director of Music
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