A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Marion, South Australia
Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Performing Arts - Edition 15 - 2018

Music Notes!

Congratulations to Barad Abdollahpour (Year 3 Wesley), Sky Shi (Year 12 Heaslip), Yuchen Zhou (Year 12 Carter), Emily Jaarsma (Year 12 Dunstan), and Yolanda Fang (Year 10 Heaslip), who have all been awarded first place in their age groups at the American International piano competition!

Sky, Emily and Yolanda also obtained a second place award. An incredible result and a credit to the everyone as they competed against students from six continents of the world. All have been invited to play at Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall in the USA! All these students have been under the tutelage of Urszula Gruszewski on piano.

Well done to Gemma Dandie (Year 10 Fereday), who has been selected as one of 50 students Australia wide to perform in the pilot of a new musical, “Sister Act Jr”. Gemma was asked to audition for a named role and she got the lead role of Delores, played in the Sister Act movie by Whoopi Goldberg. Gemma spent the rest of the week working closely with the directors and learning her part before she performs in front of 1000’s on Friday night to open the Junior Theatre Convention. ITheatrics from New York are coming to Newcastle, NSW next week to workshop and film the pilot. This is an amazing opportunity for Gemma.

Gemma also recently auditioned for the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival hosted by Julia Zemiro. We wish Gemma well in her hope to become part of the Class of Cabaret 2019.

Jade Monkey

On Sunday 23 September the Senior Jazz Ensemble, Junior Rock Band, and Senior Rock Band all took part in a Sunday afternoon gig at the Jade Monkey in town. It was a great experience for the students to perform in a “real” venue. Many thanks to all families and friends who came along to support the students.

Big Band Bonanza

The Big Band year finished with their annual concert at Norwood Live (Norwood Hotel) on Wednesday 26 September. The evening started with the Adelaide University Big Band, that included three Old Scholars in Annie Isakkson (14), Josh Chenoweth (14), Kelly Doddridge (06), and Big Band 2 Director Mr Alex Taylor.

Well done to all three of our Big Bands who played a sample of this year’s repertoire, and once again thank you to all who came to support the students in our Big Bands.

Dance News

Australian Ballet School

Riley Kohler (Year 7 Charter) has been offered a place in the Australian Ballet School Interstate Training Program (ITP) Level 3 for 2019, which is an outstanding achievement. This means that Riley will travel to Melbourne to undertake Dance studies with the Australian Ballet School at various times throughout the year. Riley has also just completed his Grade 5 and Intermediate Foundation, Royal Academy of Dance exams with a Distinction mark in the 90’s for both. Congratulations Riley.

Let’s Dance – Co-curricular Dance Production

Congratulations to the nearly 200 Westminster Dance students who performed in the 2018 Let’s Dance Co-curricular Dance production on Tuesday 23 October. The night was a celebration of Dance achievement by students from Years 2 to 12. Students performed in a variety of Dance genres such as Acro, Hip Hop, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary, Aerial Silks, and Creative Dance. We were also delighted to be able to raise over $800 for Dementia Australia, via the gold coin donations on entry. Thank you to all the Dance teachers, student helpers, backstage support, technical crew, Friends of Dance , parents, and students involved in this enormous event, that was enjoyed by many. A big thank you to Ms Wilson for all her efforts as coordinator of the Co-curricular program.

Carolyn Obst
Head of Dance

USA Dance Tour Capri Movie Fundraiser

In July next year, 20 Senior School Dance students will take part in the USA Dance Tour. We will travel to the Jacobs Pillow International Dance Festival in Beckett Massachusetts, participate in classes and workshops, and view performances by leading international dance companies in New York.

To assist with costs we will be holding fundraising events in the lead up to the tour. The first of these events will be a Capri Movie Fundraiser. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (CTC) will be screened at the Capri Theatre, 141 Goodwood Road Goodwood at 6.30 pm, Friday 23 November, and additional fundraising activities and refreshments will commence in the foyer from 5.30 pm.

Tickets are $15 for concession and $20 for adults. All tickets must be purchased by Monday 19 November, via TryBooking.

Thank you for your support of this event.

Sophie Wilson
Co-curricular Dance Co-coordinator/Fundraising Manager, 2019 USA Dance Tour

Poster Advertising The Nutcracker Movie

CD Recording

To end a busy week (and indeed, Term 3 of music) all students in choirs at Westminster were involved in recording a Christmas CD at Wizard Tone Studios. It was certainly a wonderful experience seeing students from Year 2 through to Year 12 take part in the recording process in a professional recording environment. The end product was a “live” performance of the four Prep Choirs and three Senior School Choirs, as well as two tunes from the Senior Jazz Ensemble.

Our first Christmas CD in in 10 years will include 10 tracks. Entitled “That’s Christmas to Me”, it will be released in early December ready for everyone’s Christmas stockings. Details about our upcoming CD launch will be outlined in future editions of the eNews.

Strings ‘n’ Things Concert - Port Pirie

Last Sunday 21 October the Senior Strings Ensemble had their unofficial end to the year with their annual church concert. Earlier this year we accepted an invitation to perform at Port Pirie. The Senior String Ensemble performed along with a number of soloists, Jakob Caudle, Alex lam, Yolanda Fong, Luke Young, Millie Young, and Josh Gomez. They were also joined by our Principal, Mr Simon Shepherd, and his son Daniel Shepherd, both on bagpipes. In traditional kilts, the Shepherds started the show with a stirring bagpipe duet, and joined the String Ensemble at the end for an emotional rendition of the Highland Cathedral.

The concert was very well received by all who attended, and we finished the afternoon with a delicious afternoon tea before the long trek home. Thanks to all the students who performed last Sunday afternoon, and the many parents and families who made the long trip to Port Pirie. Thanks also to Chris Gould and Jenny Symonds who organised the concert and directed the String Ensemble.

Michael Degenhart
Head of Performing Arts