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

Early Learning to Year 12

Director of Music - Edition 6 - 2021

Congratulations!

Coming back from Long Service Leave, it was wonderful to see all the students again at Westminster and get straight into final rehearsals before performances this week! Thanks to all of the staff who directed our ensembles during Term 1 and Mr Darryl Pope for taking care of business while I was on leave.

It was particularly exciting to receive two separate emails from the Elder Conservatorium about the achievements of Max Junge and William Russo. An excerpt from these emails is below. Congratulations to Max and William for these outstanding achievements in music.

William Russo

I have the pleasure in advising that a member of your student body, William Russo, was recently presented with the AMEB Grade 2 String Performance AUSTA Prize at the AMEB SA & NT Awards Ceremony for 2020 Candidates on 20 March 2021 at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.

This is an outstanding accomplishment of which I am sure your school community is very proud. William learns from Joseph Freer, and the prize/award was presented by Dr Emily Dollman (Elder Conservatorium of Music) on behalf of The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA), South Australian Chapter and AMEB SA & NT.

Max Junge

I have the pleasure in advising that a member of your student body, Max Junge, was recently presented with the Singing Grade 4 Prize at the AMEB SA & NT Awards Ceremony for 2020 Candidates on 20 March 2021 at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.

This is an outstanding accomplishment of which I am sure your school community is very proud. Max learns from Stella Panozzo, and the prize/award was presented by Dr Emily Dollman (Elder Conservatorium of Music) on behalf of AMEB SA & NT.

ADYO

I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Joe Huang (trumpet), Freddy Ramly Peck (percussion) and Gabriel Lim (violin) who all successfully auditioned and are taking part in the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. Congratulations to all three students for their outstanding achievements.

Westminster Jazz Night

After the disappointment of last year with so many external concerts and events cancelled, it was wonderful to head back to the Gov and have our music groups perform. It’s always a great experience to perform in different venues. Apart from Vocal Jazz who took part in this year’s Tenebrae service, it was the first chance to play for the Senior Jazz Ensemble and all three Big Bands.

Well done to all the students involved and thanks to all families and the greater Westminster community for supporting our students.

South Australian School’s Jazz Festival

An initiative of ABODA in conjunction with AHOMINGS and the University of Adelaide is the South Australian School’s Jazz Festival. This was initiated to fill the void of Generations in Jazz, something many of our students look forward to each year. I understand planning for GiJ 2022 is going ahead. Big Band 1 and Big Band 3 are performing on Saturday at the University of Adelaide in either Scott Theatre or on the Elder Hall stage. We wish them well as they compete in this event.

Michael Degenhart
Director of Music