A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Director of Music - Edition 12 - 2020

Music Notes

Congratulations to Max Junge (Year 5 Crown) who received A+ (High Distinction) for his AMEB Grade 4 Singing exam (Comprehensive). Thank you to Ms Chris Gould for her help with his preparation and the exam.

Sing, Sing, Sing

Sing Sing Sing took on a very different format this year due to COVID restrictions. Previously held at the end of Term 2 and running as a single concert with the grand finale of 250 students on stage (representing all choirs in the school), we ran two separate concerts this year and live-streamed the event. A big thanks to Mr Darren McLachlan for his constant support in filming and live streaming (not only in music but across the School).

The 6.00 pm concert involved all the Prep Ensembles and a representation of some of the Senior Ensembles. The 7.15 pm concert involved just the Senior Ensembles in various configurations. It was lovely to see all of our choirs on stage for the first time this year and clearly enjoying themselves so much.

Thanks to all who were able to attend this event and a number who watched online, especially for your well-considered feedback and notes of gratitude. Congratulations to all students who took part in this event; to our choir directors, accompanists and musicians who all contributed to a very enjoyable concert. Thanks finally to Chris Gould for her work in organising two concerts on the same evening.

Year 8 Music Concert

The Year 8 Music class invited parents and family members to “a journey through Year 8 music” concert. The concert featured music from the very first lesson of the year and demonstrated the journey and progression through each piece of music the students played that involved different styles, textures and complexities as the students improved their technique and ability on their individual instruments. A number of Year 8 students performed improvised solos over a blues progression including Summer, Leo, Luke, Aiden, Will, Matteo, Nik, Seb and Sarah.

Apart from the Year 8 Class Band, two students also performed solo repertoire. Will Dyer (Heaslip) played on piano and Joe Huang (Fricker) performed on trumpet, accompanied by Ms Chris Gould.

The Year 8 class successfully demonstrated their development as a band, performing some challenging repertoire. Many thanks to the parents and families who came along to hear the students perform. Thank you also to Ms Kellie Lenger and Ms Chris Gould for the efforts and guidance with our students.

ABODA SA

The last of the recordings for ABODA SA (the South Australian Band and Orchestra Festival) were held this week. Normally held live here at Westminster over three full days, this year's online festival saw nine different ensembles take the stage. Once again Mr Darren McLachlan was on hand to video the performances for uploading. The videos will all be sent off for adjudication and final results will be published in Week 10 of this term. It certainly has been a very different experience performing to a camera with no audience, but a worthwhile exercise nevertheless.

Rock Bands in Adelaide!

On Thursday 27 August the Senior Jazz Ensemble, Year 7/8 Rock Band, Middle School Rock Band and Senior Rock Band all performed at The Jade on Flinders Street in Adelaide. It was encouraging to perform outside of the school for the first time this year. Congratulations to all the students involved and thank you to all who attended to support our talented performers.

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Last blow before Thursday night’s gig!

Music Night(s)

As we are still bound by restrictions to audience numbers this year we will run two shorter events for Music Night. Details are below.

Concert Of Very Interesting Dimensions

Michael Murray Centre for the Performing Arts

Wednesday 9 September, 6.00 to 7.00 pm (approximately with no interval)

  • Intermediate Wind Ensemble
  • Big Band 3
  • Big Band 2
  • Vocal Jazz 2
  • Junior Rock Band
  • Middle School Rock Band
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This year’s newly formed Intermediate Wind Ensemble rehearsing in the midst of winter!
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Thursday 10 September, 7.00 to 9.30 pm (includes an interval)

  • Senior Wind Ensemble
  • Senior String Ensemble
  • 4Tune8
  • Senior Orchestra
  • Piano duet

Interval

  • Big Band 1
  • Solo item
  • Year 12 Item
  • Vocal Jazz 1
  • Senior Vocal Ensemble

Tickets are now on sale through www.trybooking.com/BKXOD. Tickets are limited at this stage to 250 per night.

Recognition of Instrumental Staff

Recently AHOMINGS (the Association of Heads of Music in Non-Government Schools) expanded their award presentations to include some of the instrumental staff who work in various capacities in Private schools in South Australia. Congratulations to two of our long-serving staff who were acknowledged at this ceremony under the following categories.

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Paul Jankovic (Bass and Guitar)

Bob Hower Award for Exemplary Contribution for Music tutors in Independent schools

This award focuses on the nominee’s noteworthy contribution from 10 years or more long service, to the provision of quality music education in the context within which he/she is working, as demonstrated by the following criteria:

  1. Consistently contributed to the Music program through at least two of these co-curricular events - tours, camps, concerts, musicals, competitions or equivalent over ten years or more.
  2. Conducted/accompanied/directed one or more ensembles for ten or more years
  3. Demonstrated commitment, dedication, leadership and passion for Music education that has contributed to the success of the students in their care and the wider Music department.

Paul has taught in the Independent system for many years and at Westminster for the last 12 years. He teaches bass and guitar, is involved in the Year 5, 6 and 7 classroom programs, plays bass at many of the school functions throughout the year and has been involved in the Prep School Music Tour and Generations in Jazz. Congratulations to Paul for the recognition of all of his hard work.

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Dave Martin (Guitar)

Long Service recognition award for Music tutors in Independent Schools

This award focuses on the nominee’s noteworthy contribution from 15 years or more long service, to the provision of quality music education in the context within which they are working, as demonstrated by the following criteria:

  1. Consistently contributed to the life of the School’s Music Department for 15 years or more.
  2. Demonstrated commitment, dedication, leadership and passion for Music education that has contributed to the success of the students in their care and the wider Music department.

Dave started teaching guitar at Westminster in 1997 and has taught guitar to beginners right through to stage 2 level guitar. Many of his students have taken part in the Big Band program and have become confident soloists and highly proficient guitarists. Congratulations to Dave for the recognition of all of his hard work.

Michael Degenhart
Director of Music