A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Director of Music - Edition 10 - 2020

Music Notes

Congratulations to the following students on their recent Music achievements.

Winston Lam (Year 9 Fereday) who completed his Music Theory AMEB Grade 1 exam and achieved a high distinction.

William Russo (Year 4) sat his Grade 2 AMEB Cello exam and achieved an A+. William started playing cello in the Year 3 String program and now learns cello from Joseph Freer at Westminster.

Max Junge (Year 5) and Evelyn Junge (Year 4) entered the Gunnedah Online Music Eisteddfod. This was Australia's first official online music eisteddfod created in response to COVID 19. This competition was open to competitors nationally, with entrants coming from NSW, QLD, WA, SA and TAS. Max achieved 1st place in U10 Own Choice Vocal Solo (the adjudicator was Australian Composer Paul Jarman) and 1st place in U10 Popular/Entertainment Vocal Solo. Evelyn achieved 3rd place in the U12 Guitar Solo (Acoustic and Electric). Evelyn learns guitar from Old Scholar Mykaela Podgorski who now teaches at Westminster.

If any students (and parents) are willing to send through their music results to the Music Department we would be only too pleased to publish these results to celebrate the students wonderful achievements.

Max and Evelyn Junge with guitars in hand!

Performances 2020


We are very pleased to have the opportunity to perform once more, albeit within the guidelines of COVID-19. Restrictions are being constantly monitored and updated but at this stage, our audience numbers will be limited.

During Week 4 we normally host the ABODA SA Band and Orchestra Festival. Again, due to COVID-19, the festival will not go ahead as in previous years. We do however have the chance to video each ensemble and send our video performances off to be adjudicated. Awards will still be presented.

Video performances will take place beginning Week 4 through to Week 6. We will let families know when these can be viewed online.

Sing, Sing, Sing

We are pleased to present this year’s Sing Sing Sing concert under the stipulation of the current guidelines, so we intend to run two concerts. Guidelines include no more than 250 audience members in the Michael Murray Centre (MMC). Given that this has traditionally been a well-supported event, we are running two shorter events on Wednesday 12 August

Concert times:

6.00 to 7.00 pm (for all Prep and Senior choirs)
7.15 to 8.00 pm (for Senior choirs only)

Under the COVID-19 guidelines, the following must take place:

  • Tickets will have to be booked and limited to 250 per concert. The 6.00 pm concert is for Prep parents only (Reception to Year 6). The 7.15 pm concert is for Senior School parents only.
  • There is a limit of two tickets per family per concert.
  • The link to book tickets is www.trybooking.com/BKPPF. Tickets will be available from Week 2.
  • Social distancing must take place within the MMC.

Music Night

Furthermore, we plan to run two smaller concerts during Music Week rather than our major Music Night as in previous years. These smaller and shorter concerts will be held on Wednesday 9 September and Thursday 10 September, starting at 7.00 pm.

Details about each event will be sent to all families and posted in the eNews.

There will be more information in the next eNews regarding Term 3 events.

Michael Degenhart
Director of Music