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Instrumental Music

Overview

Chancellor State College has a very proud history of excellence in music.  The Instrumental Music Program runs across both campuses with five days of tuition. Both campuses offer a String program and a Brass Woodwind and Percussion program. Both programs offer free tuition – 35 minute group lessons and some instruments for loan (for beginners and the larger more expensive instruments).

The Primary Campus has a Primary String Orchestra and a Primary Senior and Junior Concert Band. The Secondary Campus offers a Secondary String Orchestra, Secondary Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Brass Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, Stage Band, Big Band, Wind Symphony and a full Orchestra.

Throughout the year the students perform at many formal College functions (ANZAC Day, Leaders Induction, Excellence Awards), Music Nights and family performances such as the Sunday on the Green. Our students also regularly compete at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod and Fanfare.

Many of the students involved in the Instrumental Music Program go on to participate in excellence programs outside of the College such as Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, The Young Con, the North Coast Region Instrumental Music Excellence Program, SCWEP, MOST and Creative Generations. The Music Department at CSC is fortunate to have many talented and dedicated students.

Teachers

Jenny O’Connor – Classroom Music Teacher, Primary Campus

Leisa Greaves – Classroom Music Teacher

Alex Lehmann – Senior Instrumental Music Teacher, Brass Woodwind and Percussion. Conducting the Stage Band, Big Band and Secondary Concert Band. (Tuesday, Thursday, Primary Campus Friday)

Jodie Lutherborrow – Senior Instrumental Music Teacher and Conducting Specialist, Brass Woodwind and Percussion (Primary and Secondary Campus). Conducting Primary Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Secondary Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. (Tuesday and Thursday)

Andrea Risby-Jones – Instrumental Music Teacher, Strings (Primary and Secondary). Conducting the Primary and Secondary String Orchestras. (Monday, Tuesday)

Ensembles

Ensembles The school ensembles are the backbone of our program. There are six permanent ensembles, as well as other smaller groups which come together for special events (such as the eisteddfod). Attendance at rehearsals and performances is compulsory. If a student cannot attend one week for a 'valid' reason please contact the conductor as soon as possible.

Wind Symphony and Concert Bands

The Concert Bands are the ‘Core’ performance ensembles for the brass, woodwind and percussion program. It is a requirement of Education Queensland that all students learning a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at school must be part of a concert band once they are of an appropriate standard. The Wind Symphony rehearses once a week, on a Tuesday morning, from 7.15 am to 8.15 am. Participation in this ensemble is decided through an audition process. The Secondary Concert Band rehearses once a week, on a Thursday morning, from 7.15 am to 8.15 am. The Primary Concert Band and Wind Ensemble currently rehearse back-to-back on a Thursday morning from 7.20am. Primary Concert Band generally commences in Term 2 and Wind Ensemble is a year-long program.

Symphony Orchestra is offered as an extension program for String, brass, woodwind and percussion students for Years 6–12. This group rehearses on the Secondary Campus on a Wednesday morning at 7.15am.

String Orchestras

The String Orchestras are the ‘Core’ school ensembles for strings students. An orchestra is a large ensemble containing the classical string instruments - violin, viola, cello and double bass. It is a requirement of Education Queensland that all students learning one of these stringed instruments at school must be part of an orchestra once they are of an appropriate standard. The variety of music includes classical, pop and folk styles. The Secondary String Orchestra rehearses once a week, on a Monday morning, from 7.15 am to 8.15 am. The Primary String Orchestra rehearses once a week, on a Tuesday morning, from 7.30 am to 8.30 am. Smaller groups form to provide enrichment in the strings program and to perform at different functions, concerts and at the Eisteddfod and in the community.

Stage Band

This is our entry level jazz band, playing a variety of styles including jazz, rock and funk. Stage Band rehearses Friday morning from 7.15 am to 8.15 am. Participants are identified through lessons and decided through an audition process. It is recommended that students interested in this ensemble be of at least Level 4 of the Education Queensland Instrumental Music Curriculum.

Big Band

This is our advanced jazz band, playing a variety of styles including jazz, rock and funk. Big Band rehearses Tuesday afternoon from 2.45 pm to 4.00 pm. Entry to this group is decided through an audition process. It is recommended that interested applicants be of at least Level 6 of the Education Queensland Instrumental Music Curriculum and demonstrate some ability in improvisation. Students can apply for an audition at the beginning of the year.

Jazz Ensemble

This is a proposed extension ensemble for identified upper primary and lower secondary. This ensemble will cover jazz basics and explore improvisation. Details to be confirmed.

Saxophone Quartet and Brass Quintet

Rehearsals are flexible depending on senior academic commitments. Repertoire is a mixture of classical and jazz and entry is by invitation only.

Performances

Each ensemble performs a number of times each year. It is a requirement that all members are present for every performance. There are some major competitions and performances each year. They include the biennial Fanfare competition, the Eisteddfod (August), The Noosa Jazz Festival and in-house school ceremonies and music celebration nights. Dates will be given out as soon as they are known.

Fees

There are some small fees involved with the Instrumental Music Program.

1. General Instrumental Music Levy - there is a cost per year for each program a student is involved in.  This goes towards the cost of purchasing music, purchasing new instruments and maintaining ensemble equipment (stands, banners etc.).

2. Instrument Loan - There is a fee per year for students who have use of a school instrument.  This goes towards repair and eventual replacement. Fees will by invoiced by the school.