The biggest music event to happen in Term 1 of our Centenary Year of 2012 is the De La Salle/Sacre Coeur musical production Little Shop of Horrors. Rehearsals for the cast began in Term 3 and now the orchestra is in full swing. The show will be performed in March next year. Stay tuned for further updates and information on ticketing.
Elective music in Year 10 gives students the opportunity to organise a music event for a charity of their choice. This semester students hosted VISION. The Sunday’s from Star of the Sea were one of 3 bands who entertained the crowd. The night was a great success and raised over $500 for World Vision. Congratulations to the students from Year 10 who made the night possible.
The ACC music workshops are an excellent melting pot for the talent across all the ACC schools. The Stage Band day was hosted by Parade College and featured master classes with the Greg Spence Quartet. All students worked on the same piece in tutorial groups and then performed the piece in one of four ensembles with players from other schools. Working in this setting challenges students to follow the conductor, improve sightreading, control tone and articulation and often the most challenging is to be able to blend and find their place in the wider ensemble.
ACC Rock Band is a totally different experience. The focus is on original music with presentations on Music Industry Skills and Songwriting by specialists in these areas. The final session of the day was a battle of the bands between all ACC schools. Our De La Salle band played well but the worthy winners on the day were Whitefriars College.
We have hit VCE recital time. Unit 4 students are in the thick of external performance exams and Unit 2 students are madly rehearsing for the recital on Monday night. It may be Term 4, but there is still plenty of music to be made and performed.
I hope to see you there!
ACC Music Workshops
Throughout the year, there are opportunities for students in the school ensembles to participate in the Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) music workshop days. There are days for the following ensembles: Rock Band, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Choir and Stage Band. One of the ACC schools hosts each workshop day where the boys are inspired by local and international guest conductors in a positive learning environment. These days give our students the opportunity to interact with other musicians and experience different ideas through tutorials and massed ensembles.