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Success at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod

17 May 2018

After sessions lasting from 9 am till 8:30 pm on Monday, and Tuesday during the day, Mary Mackillop students achieved some fantastic results had and had wonderful fun performing!

On Monday the Year 7 duologues Charlotte Voll & Elise Scrivens competed terrifically, with Sophie Winter & Kokoda Cadzow- Smith receiving 2nd overall.

We then watched the very enjoyable Year 5 Poem in pairs, with Jorja Thurston & Lucy Williams performing admirably, and Indigo Cadzow- Smith & Lucy Murphy receiving a Highly Commended.

 In the Year 3 Poem in Pairs section, every competitor of ours placed! Chloe Ormiston & Monique Attard received a Highly Commended, as did Annabel Bond & Jazmin Cadzow –Smith. Alara Williams & Claire Moylan received 2nd place overall.

It was then very exciting to see Mary MacKillop Year 4 girls receive the Trophy for 1st prize in the Group Poem Years 3-4 section, with our Year 3 girls receiving second place.

The same thing happened in Group Poems Years 5- 6, with Year 6 Mary MacKillop Girls scoring the first place trophy, and the Year 5 girls receiving 2nd Place.

We then watched another entertaining section with Year 4 Poem in Pairs, with all competitors performing at their best. Ava Winter & Lily Wilkes, Isabelle Stanton & Olivia Stubbings, Bella Scrivens & Matilda Haig, and Caelen Williams and Riley Catteral all did a great job, with Chelsea Ward & Maggie Holm scoring a Highly Commended.

Year 7-9 Mime section saw Mary MacKillop taking home the trophy for the second year running, with a fantastic mime based on a slapstick tale of a burglary being foiled by a Police Officer.

Holly Hutchison & Isabelle Preston gave a heartfelt performance in the Years 9 & 10 Duologue Pair section, with a number of parents and Drama teachers telling me later they had been moved to tears!

Tuesday saw the Year 6 Poems in Pairs section, once again everyone performed better than they ever had. Lucy Carpenter & Lucy Hutchison, Chloe Gillett & Piper Alexander, and Hannah Smith & Jack Franzmann seemed like they really enjoyed being up there, and Gabrielle Stubbings & Karlie Gorbal received Highly Commended.

We learnt lots of valuable information from our Adjudicator, and it was another valuable learning and performing experience at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod.

Thanks so much to all the students who worked so hard, but especially to the parents who supported them by helping them with lines, costumes, and Taxi services!

Results Table:

Year 3 Poems in Pairs

Second

Alara Williams & Claire Moylan

 

Highly Commended

Chloe Ormiston & Monique Attard

Annabel Bond & Jazmin Cadzow –Smith

Year 4 Poems in Pairs

Highly Commended

Chelsea Ward & Maggie Holm

Year 5 Poems in Pairs

Highly Commended

Indigo Cadzow- Smith & Lucy Murphy

Year 6 Poems in Pairs

Highly Commended

Gabrielle Stubbings & Karlie Gorbal

Year 3-4 Group Poem

First (Trophy)

Chelsea Ward, Ava Winter, Bella Scrivens, Adele Adams, Lily Wilkes.

 

Second

Anabel Bond, Monique Attard, Chloe Ormiston, Alara Williams, Claire Moylan, Jazmin Cadzow- Smith

Year 5-6 Group Poem

First (Trophy)

Chelsea Rieck, Hannah Smith, Chloe Gillett, Karlie Gorbal Ashlee Currie.

 

Second

Ruby Lewis, Grace Brosnan, Indigo Cadzow-Smith, Lucy Williams, Lucy Murphy, Jorja Thurston.

Year 7 Duologues

Second

Sophie Winter & Kokoda Cadzow-Smith

Year 7- 9 Mime Group

First (Trophy)

Cassie Lawson, Charlotte Voll, Elise Scrivens, Sophie Winter, Charlotte Dobson, Ashlyn Martin.

Kate Cadzow-Smith

Drama Teacher

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Music News

17 May 2018

Choirs in Eisteddfod

It has been a busy few weeks with many students participating in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod during the week. A couple of messages for the families involved in the Year 2/3 Choir and Year 4,5,6 performances on Sunday;

Thank you to everyone for your help and understanding regarding the large amount of emails that have been sent out about the Eisteddfod. If you did not receive on regarding what uniform students are to wear on the day please see below.

Uniform Expectations for Eisteddfod

Shirt - Maroon check overblouse and short navy V tie

Skort - Navy College skort

Socks - Navy blue, fold over

Shoes - Black leather sports jogger

Jumper - Navy College knitted jumper

Spray Jacket - College branded Spray Jacket

Hair Accessories - Navy or Maroon

Please note, no tights are to be worn for the performance and jumpers will be taken off before the students take the stage. If it is cold, College track pants can be worn before and after entering the stage.

Eisteddfod Results

Thank you to those parents who have shared their child’s Eisteddfod results with me. I have received some excellent news regarding results so far and would love to hear of anyone else who has participated in the competition so far. I hope to congratulate these students more formally at a later date.

Sing Out

If your child is a member of the Year 4,5,6 Choir you should have received an email regarding the permission form for Sing Out. If you haven’t received this email please don’t hesitate to contact me and I can get a copy to you.

Final numbers need to be very soon so please respond as soon as possible to the form.

Thank you again for your continued support regarding the music department. I realise it takes a lot of effort to get everyone up out of bed and ready for early morning rehearsals and ensuring practice takes place but it is this dedication that will help music continue to grow at Mary Mackillop.

All the best,

 

Jen Langerak

Music Teacher

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From the Drama Department

1 May 2018

Senior College Drama

The Year 7’s are being introduced to Greek Theatre, and will be performing a Nursery Rhyme in the style of the Greek Chorus next week. Later in the term they will be performing an excerpt of ‘The Bacchae’ on the soccer field, to get an idea of how well the ancient Greeks must have projected their voices.

Primary Drama

Prep’s to Year 3’s are looking at the Element of Drama Movement, moving to different types of music, and using our bodies and actions to tell stories.

Year 4’s to 6’s have so far looked at Elements of Drama such as Tension, Role, Character and Status while improvising lots of different scenarios. They are now also looking at Movement, and are working on a movement piece in groups to express a particular piece of music.

Drama Club

Those people not involved in the Eisteddfod are welcome to watch rehearsals, but we will not be resuming proper Drama club until Week 6. We will be instead concentrating on Eisteddfod rehearsals. A reminder that from Week 6 Drama Club is on in the MacKillop Centre Wednesday for Year 4-6, and Thursdays for Year 3.

Eisteddfod

The Eisteddfod is fast approaching! All performances will be on Monday, 14 May, except for the Year 6 Poems in Pairs, which will be on the morning of Tuesday, 15 May, to avoid clashing with Naplan. All performances will be held at The Church Theatre, right next to the Empire Theatre.

Emails with detailed information have been sent to everyone involved.

Eisteddfod Concert

To celebrate everyone’s hard work, and so all parents might have a chance to view their children’s AMAZING performances, there will be an Eisteddfod concert on Thursday, 17 May in the MacKillop Centre, from 5:30 pm going for roughly 1 hour. Everyone is welcome. I will send further information about this, but please contact me if there are any questions.

I wish all the competitors the best of luck, and congratulations on all your hard work!

Kate Cadzow-Smith 

Katharine.Cadzow-Smith@twb.catholic.edu.au

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Music News

1 May 2018

2018 Eisteddfod

Eisteddfod time for our junior choirs is nearly upon us! It is a very exciting time and students have been working extremely hard in their rehearsals. If your child is in either Year 2-3 Choir or Year 4, 5, 6 Choir you should have received an email from me regarding the electronic permission note. If this wasn’t the case can you please make contact so I can check contact information with you.

Permission must be given by Tuesday,15 May so staff can make final arrangements.

The details are mentioned on the electronic letter that has gone home, however, I have put them into the newsletter in case other community members wish to support our Junior Choirs.

Date: Sunday, 20 May

Uniform: Formal summer uniform with polished black school shoes

Bring: Water Bottle

Meeting Place: Empire Theatre – on the grass near Encores Restaurant

Section Starting Time: 11:30 for Year 4,5,6 Choir and 2:30 for Year 2-3 Choir. Students are to meet 30 minutes before these times.

Cost: Nil for participating students. Parents and guests can purchase their tickets from the Empire Theatre Box Office.

Venue: Empire Theatre

Finish Time: 1:00 – 1:30 pm (approximate)

Attendance

In order to continue the growth of music at the College it is vital that students attend rehearsals regularly. With the colder weather and the dreaded flu season approaching I understand that there is a possibility of absence at this time. If your son or daughter is unable to attend rehearsals for whatever reason, it would be very helpful if either parents or students could contact the teacher in charge of that ensemble. Contact details for each ensemble are below. Thank you for your continued support in this matter.

Guitar Ensemble:             Jack Hickey                        jackhickey@live.com.au

Strings Ensemble:           Teresa Brix                          teresabrix@live.com.au

2-3 Choir:                         Susan Fredline                   susan.fredline@twb.catholic.edu.au                      

4,5,6 Choir:                      Jennifer Langerak              Jennifer.morgan@twb.catholic.edu.au  

Senior Singers:                Jennifer Langerak             Jennifer.morgan@twb.catholic.edu.au

Concert Band:                 Jennifer Langerak             Jennifer.morgan@twb.catholic.edu.au

Save the date

On Thursday, 14 June the Year 4, 5, 6 Choir will be participating in Sing Out at the Empire Theatre. There will be a permission letter out shortly. Please be aware that there will be an all-day rehearsal during school hours on this date as well as an evening concert that starts at 5:45 pm. The permission letter will have more details so please keep an eye on your emails.

Thank you

A huge thank you to the choir members who participated in the Anzac Day Community Choir last week. It was wonderful to see so many students take part and act so professionally.

Finally, thank you to everyone for being so welcoming. I am very excited to be working at the College and finding me feet has been made easier with the support and care I have received from staff, students and parents.

If you have questions regarding any of the above messages please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is jennifer.morgan@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

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Music News

21 March 2018

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

We greeted each other with an ‘Ahoy me hearties!’ as twenty three Mary MacKillop staff, parents and students met in the Empire Theatre last Saturday afternoon to enjoy the Empire Theatres production of Pirates of Penzance. We tapped our toes, clapped our hands and had a barrel of laughs as the talented local theatre community entertained us all afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the first Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club outing of the year.

OPEN DAY CONCERT – SUNDAY 25 MARCH

Our talented students are ready to experience their first performance of the year in our exciting Open Day Concert on Sunday 25 March. The schedule for the concert is as follows:

Time

Event

Performance

Location

9:00 am

Principal’s Address

Main Stage

9:10 am

Concert Band

Main Stage

9:30 am

String Ensemble

Main Stage

9:40 am

Senior Dance Troupe

Main Stage – Grassed Area

9:50 am

Arabella Backhouse

Adele Adams

David Dreyer

Main Stage

10:00 am

Year 2 & 3 Choir

Main Stage

10:10 am

Chelsea Ward

Jack Lucy

Kyle O’Farrell-Brady

Annabelle Fox

Lucy Jones

Ethan Aleksandrowicz

Jessica George

Main Stage

10:30 am

Year 4, 5 & 6 Choir

Main Stage

10:45 am

Year 9 Dancers

Main Stage – Grassed Area

10:50 am

Year 7 Music Class

Main Stage

11:00 am

Principal’s Address

Main Stage

11:05 am

Samara O’Leary Farrelly

Jayden Sunatwanitkul

Chay Boyle

Main Stage

11:15 am

Senior Singers Choir

Main Stage

11:30 am

Hannah Smith

Eliza Skewes

Jarrah Sunatwanitkul

Ann Dolan

Main Stage

11:45 am

Senior Dance Troupe

Main Stage – Grassed Area

12:00 pm

Ruben Kruger

Hannah Rosenthal

Monique George

Indigo Cadzow-Smith

Emma Brittain

Main Stage

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Open Day Concert, and we encourage the entire school community to come along and support our wonderful College on this day.

MUSIC STAFF NEWS

We welcome back Mrs Lorraine Fuller to the College in Term Two. Lorraine will be returning to teach our Brass students. Thank you so much to Ms Janelle Fletcher (Voice and Brass) for guiding our Brass students so expertly during Term One.

Congratulations to three of our Instrumental Music teachers, Ms Rosanne Pietsch (Flute and Piano), Mr Martin Crook (Clarinet and Saxophone) and Mrs Lorraine Fuller (Brass), for their involvement in the rollicking orchestra for Pirates of Penzance. Rosanne, Martin and Lorraine all reported that they greatly enjoyed playing in the orchestra for the appreciative audiences.

Previously this year, one of our Piano teachers, Mr Morgan Chalmers, was the Musical Director of Shoebox Theatre Company’s highly successful Queensland premiere of the musical First Date. Mr Jack Hickey, our guitar teacher, was a member of the band for First Date. Morgan has also been recently appointed to the position of Musical Director of the Toowoomba Choral Society’s production of Fiddler On The Roof. Fiddler on the Roof will be performed in the Armitage Centre in June. Our drum teacher, Mr Ian Dixon, has recently played with his band, Undercover Live Music, in a variety of locations for the Summer Tunes festival.

The vast talents and experience our team of Instrumental Music teachers have directly affects the quality of the music education your children receive at the College. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Instrumental Music team, as well as Ms Susie Fredline and Mr Nicholas Joy, for sharing their skills and talents so willingly with the students at Mary MacKillop. This leads me to the next paragraph…

FAREWELL

For those parents who are unware, I inform you that I will sadly be saying farewell to the Mary MacKillop community at the end of the term. I have thoroughly enjoyed developing the Music Program at the College over the past two years, and I am very proud of the rich musical experiences we can now offer your children in our Instrumental Music Program, our Co-Curricular program, and in our Classroom Music Program.

I have written in previous newsletters regarding our Instrumental Music Program and our Co-Curricular Program, but I have rarely touched upon our Classroom Music program. In fact, it has been in the music classroom where the bulk of the music culture change has occurred at Mary MacKillop.

The Classroom Music program has changed enormously during the past two years. Your children now sing with gusto in every music lesson, and they know that clapping rhythms, keeping the beat, playing musical games, singing in solfa, showing hand signs, and reading and writing music are enjoyable aspects of every music lesson. This approach to music education, known as the Kodaly approach, has a goal of ensuring that every child, regardless of their background, can learn how to read and write music through singing. Not only does this vocal, sequential and cumulative approach improve music literacy, research suggests that this approach can improve numeracy skills, spatial-temporal reasoning, intelligence and social emotional development. Ms Susie Fredline is doing phenomenal work with your children in these areas in her classes. If you would like to read more about this approach to music education, please visit http://www.kodaly.org.au/kodaly-concept/ or http://musicaustralia.org.au/discover/music-education/music-education-methodologies-approaches/the-kodaly-approach/ .

Thank you to the music parents for your unwavering support over the past two years. My wish is that your children continue to enjoy learning music throughout their childhood, and hopefully into adulthood, and then, even further into the future, I hope that they encourage their own children to learn music! I would be a rich woman if I had a dollar for every time a parent has told me they wished they had continued their music lessons as a child!

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Music News

9 March 2018

OPEN DAY CONCERT – SUNDAY 25 MARCH

We are looking forward to the first large performance opportunity of the year at our whole college Open Day on Sunday 25 March. The Open Day Concert will show case the talents and skills of our young performers, and will be a celebration of the hard work that has been undertaken in our arts programs so far this term. It is impressive that so many students will be performing after such a short rehearsal period.

All performances will be located on an outdoor stage in front of the Senior School tuckshop. A detailed message with information regarding arrival times and locations will be sent to parents of the performers.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Time

Item

9:00 am

Principal’s Address

9:10 am

Concert Band

9:30 am

String Ensemble

9:40 am

Senior Dance Troupe

9:50 am

Instrumental and Vocal Soloists

10:00 am

Year 2 & 3 Choir

10:10 am

Instrumental and Vocal Soloists

10:30 am

Year 4, 5 & 6 Choir

10:45 am

Year 9 Dancers

10:50 am

Year 7 Music Class

11:00 am

Principal’s Address

11:05 am

Instrumental and Vocal Soloists

11:15 am

Senior Singers Choir

11:30 am

Instrumental and Vocal Soloists

11:45 am

Senior Dance Troupe

12:00 pm

Instrumental and Vocal Soloists

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Open Day Concert, and we encourage the entire school community to come along and support our wonderful college on this day.

YEAR 4 BEGINNER BAND PROGRAM

The College has a healthy stock of clarinets, saxophones, flutes, trombones and trumpets for our Year 4s to be able to commence group lessons in our Beginner Band Program. Students are also able to learn percussion in this program. Hire fees for our instruments are $50 per term. The program is aimed at Year 4 as this is an ideal age to learn a band instrument.

YEAR 3 BEGINNER STRINGS PROGRAM

The College also has many string instruments for our Year 3s to be able to have group lessons in our Beginner String Program. Hire fees are $50 per term. Year 3 is an ideal age to commence string lessons.

If you would like your child to commence lessons on a band or string instrument please contact Mrs Natalie Otto before the end of the term on Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au, or fill in the enrolment form attached to this article.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

The Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club (MMPAC) is looking forward to seeing many parents and students at the Empire Theatres production of Pirates of Penzance on Saturday 17 March at 2:00 pm. Parents will be notified when the tickets are ready for collection next week. Thank you for supporting this initiative!

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Music News

23 February 2018

OPEN DAY – SUNDAY 25 MARCH

Please save the date! The following choirs and ensembles will be performing at our Open Day between the times of 9 am and 12 pm on Sunday 25 March:

  • Senior Singers Choir
  • Year 4, 5 & 6 Choir
  • Year 2 & 3 Choir
  • Concert Band
  • String Ensemble

Selected vocal and instrumental soloists will also be invited to perform between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm. Please contact Natalie Otto (Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au) if your child is in the one of the ensembles listed above and will be unable to perform on the day. A detailed performance program will be distributed to parents over the next few weeks.

I look forward to seeing our music students enjoy performing on stage for the first time this year at our Open Day. Our music program is developing beautifully and the performance program will be very exciting to watch. Open Day will be a wonderful whole college celebration and I look forward to seeing many students and families there.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

The Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club (MMPAC) has made a group booking for the Empire Theatres production of Pirates of Penzance on Saturday 17 March at 2:00 pm. MMPAC is an initiative that provides opportunities for students, parents, friends and staff of Mary MacKillop Catholic College to attend exciting events together in the field of the performing arts. Please click on the letter below for more information. To book tickets, please visit  https://www.trybooking.com/354241. Tickets must be purchased by Friday 2 March.

INTRODUCING OUR NEW INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHERS

Our Instrumental Music staff are a highly qualified and experienced team, and are arguably one of the finest music teams in Toowoomba. I take great pleasure in introducing our three new music staff – Ms Rosanne Pietsch, Ms Janelle Fletcher and Mr Martin Crook.

Ms Rosanne Pietsch – Flute and Piano

Rosanne is a highly qualified and proficient musician and teacher, who has extensive experience as an Instrumental Music teacher, Music Coordinator, Classroom Music teacher and conductor. She has an A.Mus.A. on both flute and piano, and her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Music (Flute Performance) with distinction, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), Master of Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management. Most recently, Rosanne has been teaching at Downlands College, where she taught Year 5 to 12 Classroom Music and conducted choirs and bands.

Ms Janelle Fletcher – Voice & Brass

Janelle is an incredibly engaging and proficient music teacher who has extensive experience as a teacher and performer of contemporary voice, piano and brass. Janelle holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Southern Queensland, where she studied voice and trumpet, and has been teaching music at Toowoomba Grammar School for almost 25 years. She has worked in the area of Musical Theatre as a freelance vocal coach, and has undertaken various performance roles on the stage in Opera and Musicals. Her voice specialties are in contemporary music, musical theatre and jazz, and she has also had extensive experience as a choral clinician. In addition to her teaching roles, Janelle is currently a director for the Empire Theatres Board, and is Deputy Chair of the Empire Theatres Foundation.

Mr Martin Crook – Clarinet and Saxophone

Martin has an extensive and varied experience throughout Australia as a performer and teacher. He has previously held the position of Lecturer in Woodwind at the University of Southern Queensland. Martin has had an orchestral career spanning more than 25 years, and has held positions in the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He is in demand as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and even examined some of your children last year in their exams! Martin has been teaching at Fairholme College for over 20 years, where he directs ensembles, and teaches clarinet and saxophone.

To enrol your child in Instrumental Music lessons, please download the form located underneath the article.

Thank you to all parents and staff for a wonderful start to the year in our Music Program.

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Mary Mac Film Festival

23 February 2018

This term senior students have a chance to show off their production skills by using their iPad and apps to create an Easter trailer.

These short, (up to 3 minute) films will be based on the theme of bringing the meaning of Easter to life. The competition opens on Thursday, 1 March with entries to be submitted by Thursday, 29 March.

Winners will be announced after the Easter break. 

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Music Programs in 2018

25 January 2018

Welcome to a very exciting year of Music at Mary MacKillop Catholic College! Please tell your children to start warming up their piano fingers, clean their polishing cloths and find their music books, because our Instrumental Music Program and Extra Curricular Music program commence in Week 2!

EXTRA CURRICULAR MUSIC PROGRAM

Please see below for our Music Groups on offer this year:

       
Guitar Ensemble Mr Jack Hickey Monday 7:45 am to  8:25 am in the MacKillop Centre

First rehearsal is Monday 29 January. Continuing members only. Mr Hickey will invite new members to join this year.

Concert Band Mrs Natalie Otto Wednesday 7:30 am to 8:25 am in the MacKillop Centre

First rehearsal is Wednesday 31 January. Continuing members only, unless arranged directly with Mrs Otto.

 

 

Year 2/3 Choir

Ms Susie Fredline Wednesday 10:50 am to 11:30 am in Keppel (first break) First rehearsal is Wednesday 31 January. Any student in Year 2 or 3 can join! Simply turn up the first rehearsal!

 

 

Senior Singers Choir

Mrs Natalie Otto Thursday 7:30 am to 8:25 am in Joseph 4 (the new Senior School music room) First rehearsal is Friday 2 February. Any student in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 can join! Simply turn up to the first rehearsal!

 

String Ensemble

Ms Teresa Brix Friday 7:45 am to 8:25 am in the MacKillop Centre First rehearsal is Friday 2 February. Continuing members only. Ms Brix will invite new members to join this year.

 

Year 4/5/6 Choir

Mrs Natalie Otto Tuesday 7:30 am to 8:25 in Keppel First rehearsal is Tuesday 6 February (no rehearsal in Week 2 due to Swimming Carnival). Any student in Year 4, 5 or 6 can join! Simply turn up to the first rehearsal!

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

Our 2018 Instrumental Music teachers are:

Mrs Monica Brennan – Piano

Ms Teresa Brix – Strings & String Ensemble

Mr Morgan Chalmers – Piano

Mr Martin Crook – Clarinet and Saxophone

Mr Ian Dixon – Drums

Ms Janelle Fletcher – Voice & Brass

Mr Jack Hickey – Guitar & Guitar Ensemble

Ms Rosanne Pietsch – Flute and Piano

The timetable is in the final phases of preparation and will be forwarded to teachers and parents soon.

Please be aware that students in the program last year are automatically enrolled in this year’s program, unless otherwise notified. If you are interested in enrolling your child in lessons for the first time, please fill in the form at the bottom of this article.

The Music Teachers’ Association of Queensland has recommended that the 2018 maximum rate for a fully qualified music teacher is $35 per half hour, which is an increase of $1 since last year. Our music teachers invoice parents directly and therefore choose their own rates, which may or may not be at the 2018 maximum rate.

I look forward to introducing our Instrumental Staff in more detail and detailing all the exciting plans for the 2018 Music Program in the coming weeks!

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Music - End of Year Report

22 November 2017

MUSIC EXAMS

Congratulations to many of our music students who have recently completed music exams. All students should be very proud of the sustained effort and hard work that was required to be able to play pieces in front of an examiner in an exam situation. Well done everyone!

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Congratulations to all performers for a lovely evening of music, drama and dance at our Christmas Concert last Friday! Our young musicians, actors and dancers are to be commended for their dedication to rehearsals and practice for this concert. The evening couldn’t have happened without the many staff, student and parent volunteers who assisted on the night. My sincere thanks goes to everyone who helped in any way to ensure that the night was a success. Big thanks goes to two of our Instrumental Music Teachers, Mr Jack Hickey and Ms Teresa Brix, for all of their work backstage on the night. Please enjoy the photos in the slideshow above.

FINAL REHEARSALS

This week we have had break up parties in our final rehearsal for our Choirs, Concert Band, String Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. Thank you to all parents and students who bought or made delicious party food to share! There will be no rehearsals for any ensemble in the final week of school.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS 2018

Please contact Mrs Natalie Otto (Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au) if your child will not be continuing music lessons next year. One of our Instrumental Music contract clauses states:

  • At the end of the year, unless written notice is received, it is assumed that your child will continue lessons into the following year.

The 2018 Instrumental Music Timetable will be created during the holidays, and we look forward to another great year of music making!

Please complete the 2018 Instrumental Hire Enrolment form (included at the bottom of this article) if you would like your child to commence lessons next year. Please direct any enquiries regarding the Music Program during the school holidays to Mrs Natalie Otto.

ENSEMBLE PROGRAM

Our Ensemble program is growing and we are making some changes next year. Most students enrolled in the Instrumental Music Program will now be expected to become involved in our Ensemble program, which includes our Concert Band, Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Guitar Ensemble and String Ensemble.

Being a member of an ensemble is a vitally important aspect of learning music. The skills learnt privately in lessons are complimented perfectly by the skills gained by making music with others. Membership in our Ensemble program is at no cost to parents.

For our vocal students and pianists in Year 2 and above, we expect that they will join one of our choirs.

For our Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, String and Guitar students, your child’s teacher will notify you when your child has gained enough skill on their instrument to be able to join our Concert Band, String Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC HIRE PROGRAM

Thank you to all parents who have taken up the opportunity to hire an instrument through our Instrument Hire Scheme this year. Unless an arrangement has been made directly with Natalie Otto, all instruments are required to be returned in person to the Junior School Office by Wednesday 29 December for a stocktake and assessment of servicing or repair needs.

STAFFING

Mrs Lorraine Fuller, Dr Philippa Robinson and Ms Courtney Feldman will sadly be leaving us at the end of this year.

Lorraine is a highly experienced and talented musician and music teacher, and our brass students have benefitted immensely this year from her brass teaching expertise this year. We wish Lorraine well as she spends next year caring for her family.

Philippa joined us early in 2016 as a teacher of flute, saxophone and clarinet. Philippa has many years’ experience teaching classroom and instrumental music in schools. She has accepted the position of Principal Woodwind Instructor at Brisbane Grammar School. We wish Philippa all the very best in her new role.

Courtney is a well loved teacher of piano and voice, and will be enrolling in PhD studies at the University of Southern Queensland next year. She is unable to continue teaching while studying full time, and we hope that Courtney achieves great success with her future studies.

In some good news, we can extend a very warm welcome to a new staff member, Mr Martin Crook. Martin will be taking on Philippa’s clarinet and saxophone students next year. He is a highly experienced and talented Woodwind teacher. Our other vacant positions will be filled during the holidays.

I’d like to thank all of our Instrumental Music teachers for sharing their musical passion and expertise with our very lucky young MMCC musicians this year. Thank you to all parents for your continued support of our Music Program, and thank you to our wonderful students for being such eager and enthusiastic students in their lessons and rehearsals. I hope you all have a great holiday break, and I look forward to seeing you all again in the new year!

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Music Exams and Concert Update

10 November 2017

FLUTE EXAMS

Good luck to Monique George, Keira Lucy and Max Penhaligon who will be completing their first flute exams this weekend. Thank you to their teacher, Dr Philippa Robinson, for her expert guidance in preparing these students for their exams.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following students who have recently performed on Assembly:

Samara O’Leary Farrelly (Voice)

Jack Haddow (Trumpet)

Adele Adams (Piano)

Sam Jones (Piano)

And a huge congratulations to our newly formed Guitar Band for their premiere performance of Smoke On The Water on assembly this week! Thank you to our guitar teacher, Mr Jack Hickey, for his great work with this band.

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS

We wish our talented students well as they prepare for their performances at our Twilight Summer Concert and Christmas Carols on Friday 17 November. We hope to see many families at this exciting event!

The details of the concert are as follows:

Date: Friday 17 November

Venue: MacKillop Centre

Seating Plan: The audience will be seated on chairs in the hall (there is no need to bring picnic blankets or camping chairs anymore). Students will sit with parents, and parents are responsible for supervision throughout the evening.

Food and Drinks available: 5:00 pm (Food in Uluru, Drinks and Snacks in the MacKillop Centre)

Performer arrival time: 5:30 pm

Concert commencement: 6:00 pm

Performer Uniform: Free dress - bright Christmas colours

All music ensembles will be performing in the concert (Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble), as well as selected vocalists and instrumentalists. Some of our talented drama and dance students will also be performing!

The Concert Band will be the first item of the evening, so band members are required to come to the stage as soon as they arrive.

In addition to the above performers, all students in Prep to Year 3 will be performing a Christmas Carol. These students will be called to the stage for their performance by the Master of Ceremonies.

Battery operated candles can be purchased from the P & F on the night.

The menu, available from 5:00 pm, is as follows:

  • Slow-cooked Pork Belly with Rice and Asian Slaw $10 (GF)
  • Thai Lemongrass Chicken with Rice and Salad $7  (GF)
  • Quiche and Salad - $6 (Vegetarian)
  • Chips $4
  • Wine $4
  • Beer and Cider $3.50
  • Pre-Mix Spirits $5
  • Soft Drink $2
  • Juice $1
  • Water $1

 

  • Popcorn $1
  • Chocolates (small) $1
  • Chocolates (large) $2
  • Candles $2

Thank you to the wonderful P & F for the amazing menu! See you at the concert!

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Senior Drama

26 October 2017

In Year 8, students have recently completed assessments based on Physical Theatre and quotes from Shakespeare. They came up with some truly creative responses using symbolism, music, costume and lighting. We performed on the stage at the MacKillop Centre and recorded the performances for assessment.

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Music Update

26 October 2017

Music Update – Newsletter 13 – Wednesday 25 October

 

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS – SAVE THE DATE!

The Twilight Summer Concert will now combine with the Christmas Carols to create a large community event for our college on Friday 17 November. Our three Choirs, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Concert Band and selected soloists will be performing in the concert. All students in Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 will also be performing a Christmas Carol. Drinks and Snacks will be available for purchase on the night from 5pm, thanks to the hard work of our P & F Committee. The concert will commence at 6:00 pm and will conclude at approximately 8:00 pm. We hope to see many families at this very exciting event!

 

MUSIC EXAM RESULTS

Congratulations to the following students who completed music exams last weekend:

Samara O’Leary Farrelly 3K

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

Ava Tate 5M

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

Ruben Kruger 3T

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

Adele Adams 3T

IMEB Vocal Performance Exam – ‘A’ result

IMEB Piano Performance Exam – ‘B’ result

These are outstanding results, and reflect months of hard work in music lessons and at home with practice. Congratulations to you all. Thank you to our Voice and Piano teacher, Courtney Feldman, for her wonderful music tuition in lessons, and for her encouragement of her students to work towards music exams.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to our piano teacher, Morgan Chalmers, for his Musical Direction of the acclaimed “Accidentals’ choral performance at the Empire Theatre last weekend. Morgan arranged all the choral pieces for the choir and led the choir in rehearsals. The show was a resounding success. Well done Morgan!

 

YEAR 4/5/6 CHOIR REHEARSAL CANCELLATION

The Year 4/5/6 Choir rehearsal will be cancelled on Tuesday 31 October due to a Music teacher Professional Development day.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM

The 2017 Instrumental Music Enrolment Contract is attached below as a refresher about how our Instrumental Music Program operates.

 

The main points to remember are:

  • Lesson fees are not refundable, and students are not able to discontinue lessons during a term.
  • Written notice must be received two weeks before the end of term if you would like your child to discontinue lessons.
  • If invoices remain outstanding after the due date, your child’s teacher is not obliged to conduct any further lessons.
  • It will assumed your child will be continuing lessons next year unless written notice is received. The 2018 Enrolment Contract is currently being finalised and will be available for parents soon.
  • If your child is unable to attend a lesson due to exams, appointments, retreats and camps etc, please call your child’s Instrumental Music teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
  • In the case of illness, please call your child’s Instrumental Music teacher early in the morning to inform your child’s teacher that they will not be at school.

 

 

Our music teacher contact details are:

 

Piano

Mrs Monica Brennan

mabrennan2965@gmail.com

0427 823 126

 

Strings

Ms Teresa Brix

teresabrix@live.com.au

0422 438 127

 

Piano

Mr Morgan Chalmers

morgan.chalmers@hotmail.com

0447 489 442

 

Drums

Mr Ian Dixon

drumstudio@optusnet.com.au

0423 317 954

 

Voice & Piano

Ms Courtney Feldman

hello@courtneyfeldman.com.au

0422 362 035

 

Brass

Mrs Lorraine Fuller

lozram62@gmail.com

0412 659 996

 

Guitar

Mr Jack Hickey

jackhickey@live.com.au

0413 974 177

 

Woodwind

Dr Philippa Robinson

philippa@karaleeschoolofmusic.com.au

0412 056 834

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Music Update

12 October 2017

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following students who performed beautifully at the Arts Assembly on Wednesday, 13 September and at the Mary MacKillop Day on Friday, 15 September:

Year 2/3 Choir

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith

Bronte Gillett

Adele Adams, Gabriella Semmens and Lucy Aleksandrowicz

Senior Dance Troupe

Concert Band

Senior Singers Choir

Year 4/5/6 Choir

Holly Hutchison

Ruben Kruger

 

NEW INSTRUMENTS

Over the holidays, the College purchased a lovely Kawai piano from the local Paroz family. This piano will be permanently located in the large music studio. It is the first acoustic piano the College has owned, and will be a great addition to our music program. The College has also recently purchased some brand new Yamaha electric guitars and amps for our Guitar Ensemble to use in rehearsals and concerts.

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT – SAVE THE DATE!

Please save the date for the College’s Twilight Summer Concert on Friday, 17 November. Many of our talented music students will be given an opportunity to perform in this exciting concert.

COMPOSING SOFTWARE

The College now owns the Music Composing software, Sibelius. This software will be used in the Senior School to assist our music students with their composition assessment tasks.

MUSIC EXAMS

Good luck to the following students who are in the final preparations for their upcoming music exams:

Jack Haddow (Trumpet)

Monique George (Flute)

Keira Lucy (Flute)

Max Penhaligon (Flute)

Monica Murphy (Clarinet)

William Heinemann (Saxophone)

Elliott Worner (Saxophone)

Madeleine Dobson (Piano)

Dylan Baryla (Trombone)

Rebecca George (Piano)

 

MUSIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.”

Source:  http://childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/12benefits.html

 

Natalie Otto

Head of Music

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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News from the Music Department

1 September 2017

PERFORMANCES ON ASSEMBLY

The Year 2/3 Choir, selected Drama Soloists and the Senior School Dance Troupe will be performing on Assembly on Wednesday 13 September from 2:20 pm. Thank you to Ms Susie Fredline, Mrs Kate Cadzow-Smith and Ms Rebecca Morgan for leading their students in rehearsals and preparing them for this performance opportunity. Parents and carers are warmly invited to attend the assembly to see their children perform.

 

MARY MACKILLOP FEAST DAY

On Friday 15 September the Year 4/5/6 Choir, Concert Band and selected soloists will be performing in a Mary MacKillop Feast Day concert from 2:20 pm. Thank you to our voice teacher Ms Courtney Feldman and our Piano Teacher Mr Morgan Chalmers for helping to prepare the soloists for their performances. It is a short concert so there is only an opportunity for a small number of students to perform, but please keep reading below for an exciting larger performance opportunity being organised next term! Please take careful note of the Feast Day details in the Date Claimers section of this newsletter as parents and carers are warmly invited to celebrate this day with the College.

 

TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT – SAVE THE DATE!

The date has been booked, the preparations have begun and the Christmas lights will be plugged in! Please save the date for the College’s inaugural Twilight Summer Concert on Friday 17 November! Many of our talented must students will be given an opportunity to perform in this exciting concert. Further details will be provided next term.

 

MUSIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You are never so together with other people as when you make music with them, in tune, in time and expressing the whole world of meaning. It is in the early years of life, especially, that we build the grounding for these abilities - and in our society, it is in the schools that it happens.”

 

Dr. Richard Letts http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/why-teaching-music-is-vital-for-kids/story-fni6unxq-1226764574720

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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Drama Department News

18 August 2017

The Music and Drama Eisteddfod 2017

 

Congratulations to all performers! Everyone showed commitment and determination and produced their best performances on their day.  Performances were held in the Armitage Theatre with an audience and adjudicator! We ended up with 39 performances across the Solo poem, Monologue and Mime sections.

 

Incredibly Well done to the following:

 

Year 3 and Under Humorous Poem:

Samara O’Leary Farrelly (Highly Commended)

Bella Scrivens

Quincy Austin

Calen Williams (Highly Commended)

Chelsea Ward (Highly Commended)

Katherine Preston

Adele Adam (Highly Commended)

Mia Goddard- Smith

 

Year 4 Monologues:

Indigo Cadzow-Smith

Lucy Williams (Highly Commended)

 

Year 4 Humorous Poems:

Will Paynter                        

Indigo Cadzow- Smith (1st)

Lucy Murphy  (Highly Commended)                  

Jorja Thurston

Lucy Williams

Lily Woonton (Highly Commended)

 

Yr 5 Monologue Solo.

Gabrielle Stubbings

 

Year 5 Humorous Solo:

Lucy Hutchison

Chloe Gillett

 

Year 6 Humorous solo

Lara Brophy                          

Bella Stenzel  (Highly Commended)                   

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  (1st)

Elise Scrivens

Lucy Wright (Highly Commended)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

Charlotte Dobson (Highly Commended)

Lucas Paynter (Highly Commended)

 

Year 6 Monologue:

Lara Brophy                         

Bella Stenzel     (Highly Commended)               

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith

Lucy Wright (Highly Commended)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

 

Primary Mime:

Kokoda Cadzow-Smith  (3rd)

Eloise McKenzie (Highly Commended)

 

Yr 7 Mime Solo

 Cassandra Lawson (2nd)

Ashlyn Martin (1st)

 

Yr 8 Humorous Solo:

Anabel Austin

 

Yr 9 Monologue Solo

Holly Hutchison (3rd)

 

Yr 7 –Yr 9 Original Story Telling Solo :

Bronte Gillett (3rd)

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From the Music Department

4 August 2017

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

A large group of our Senior Singers Choir students, parents and staff attended Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro on Tuesday 18 July at the Empire Theatre. Thank you to the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund for sponsoring the cost of the tickets. All who attended the evening reported that it was an incredibly enjoyable performance. The next performance sponsored by the St Baker fund will be the Queensland Ballet’s performance of La Fille mal gardée on Friday 15 September. Ms Rebecca Morgan will be contacting her dance students to offer tickets for this performance.

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Congratulations to all music and drama performers for their magnificent performances in our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the excellent work that is going on in our growing Performing Arts program. Many thanks goes to:

 

  • Susie Fredline, Kate Cadzow-Smith, Lorraine Fuller, Courtney Feldman, Jack Hickey, Monica Brennan, Teresa Brix, Morgan Chalmers, Ian Dixon and Philippa Robinson for preparing their students for their performances, sharing their talents on the night through conducting or accompanying, and helping backstage during the concert.
  • Kate Cadzow-Smith for being our entertaining MC for the evening.
  • Carla Adams, Leanne Andrews, Adelle McQueen and the P & F team (including many music parent volunteers) for their outstanding catering on the night.
  • Marius Kruger and Monica Brennan for their assistance on the sound and lighting desk.
  • Annette Hutchison, Julie Camm and Anne-Maree Patterson for their wonderful assistance with the beautiful winter decorations.
  • Our generous music students who assisted staff in many areas on the night.
  • Our wonderful music parents for their daily support and encouragement of their children’s music education.

 

Thank you also to our teaching staff at the College who make many allowances in class on a daily basis for our students to attend their weekly music lesson. Please enjoy the photos in the slideshow above!

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for some of our music students, as our String Ensemble and Concert Band have also recently performed in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The String Ensemble, comprised of members from Year 1 to Year 6, was awarded a Highly Commended in the Primary School String Ensemble section on Friday 28 July. The Concert Band, comprised of members from Year 3 to Year 8, was awarded Third Place in the Middle School Instrumental Ensemble section on Tuesday 1 August. What a thrill it was for these groups to perform on the Empire Theatre stage for the very first time. Thank you to Teresa Brix for her wonderful work with the String Ensemble. Congratulations to all performers!

 

In addition to the large group performances we have also had a number of soloists perform in the Eisteddfod. Congratulations to Bianca Philp (Violin - Highly Commended), Kokoka Cadzow-Smith (Trombone - Second Place and Third Place), Jack Haddow (Trumpet), George Worner (Trumpet) and Indigo Cadzow-Smith (Violin).

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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From the Drama Department

21 July 2017

Eisteddfod.

It’s time for the solo Eisteddfod!

The week starting Sunday the 6 and going till Friday the 11 August will see 47 performances from Mary MacKillop students from year 3 to Yr 9. They will feature in Solo  Poems, Monologues, Mimes, or Original Story Telling. There are different categories and age groups performing in morning and afternoon sessions throughout the week. All the students have been working very hard on their pieces with extra rehearsals, and we wish them all the greatest of luck!

Break a leg!!

Watch this space for exciting tales of our fun Eisteddfod week!

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From the Music Department

21 July 2017

QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

A few photos in the slideshow above are of the nine lucky senior school students who took up the opportunity to attend the Sweet Night Music performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performance on Thursday 22 June. Many thanks goes to the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund for sponsoring the tickets.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Rebecca George 6F for receiving Honours in her Grade 2 AMEB Trumpet Exam.

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble will be performing in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The String Ensemble is performing in the 5:30 pm session on Friday 28 July, and the Concert Band is performing in the 6:00 pm session on Tuesday 1 August. A letter will be sent home very soon.

 

25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Congratulations to our piano teacher, Mr Morgan Chalmers, for his wonderful Musical Direction of the very successful 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Good luck to our dedicated and talented music students for their performances at our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July.

 

The details of the concert are as follows:

Date: Friday 21 July

Venue: MacKillop Centre

Food and Drinks available: 5:00 pm

Performer arrival time: 5:30 pm

Concert commencement: 6:00 pm

 

All ensembles will be performing in the concert (Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble), as well as selected vocalists and instrumentalists. Some of our drama students will also be performing!

 

The menu, available from 5:00 pm, is as follows:

BBQ Chicken Rolls, served with coleslaw $5

Pulled Beef and Gravy Roll, served with coleslaw $5

BBQ Chicken or Beef and Gravy with Rice $5

Half Size Children’s Roll $2.50

Chocolates $1 or $2

Popcorn $0.50

Water $1

Pop-top Juice $1

Soft drink $2

Beer or Cider $3.50

Rum or Whisky $5

Wine $3

 

The rolls will only be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Snack and drinks will still be available during the concert.

 

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From the Music Department

23 June 2017

 

TERM THREE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS AND REHEARSALS

Please be aware that music lessons and rehearsals will start on the very first day of Term 3 (Monday 10 July). As we lead up to the Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July it is vital that students attend all rehearsals and lessons in the first two weeks of next term.

 

Music Ensemble Timetable

Monday 7:45 am to 8:25 am – Guitar Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

Tuesday 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Year 4/5/6 Choir - Keppel

Wednesday 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Concert Band – MacKillop Centre

Wednesday 10:40 am to 11:20 am – Year 2/3 Choir – Keppel

Friday 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Senior Singers Choir – P8 Classroom

Friday 7:45 am to 8:25 am – String Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

 

Music Lesson Timetable

Monday – Piano with Mr Morgan Chalmers

Monday – Guitar with Mr Jack Hickey

Monday – Brass with Mrs Lorraine Fuller

Monday – Strings with Ms Teresa Brix

Tuesday – Woodwind with Dr Philippa Robison

Tuesday – Guitar with Mr Jack Hickey

Wednesday – Voice and Piano with Ms Courtney Feldman

Wednesday – Guitar with Mr Jack Hickey

Thursday – Voice and Piano with Ms Courtney Feldman

Thursday – Piano with Mrs Monica Brennan

Friday – Piano with Mrs Monica Brennan

Friday – Strings with Ms Teresa Brix

Friday – Drums with Mr Ian Dixon

 

MUSIC EXAM

Congratulations to Rebecca George 6F for completing her Grade 2 AMEB trumpet exam last week. Well done Rebecca!

 

STRING OUT

Our String Ensemble participated in the very exciting String Out Festival at the Empire Theatre on Wednesday 7 June. The festival is only held every two years, and this year it involved well over 200 string students from local schools. The students rehearsed with guest conductors throughout the day and performed in an exciting concert at night. Many thanks to our wonderful string teacher, Ms Teresa Brix, for her encouragement of our string students throughout the day and at night during the concert. Thank you to all string parents for your wonderful support at the concert.

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble have been entered in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The performance details are as follows:

 

Concert Band

Tuesday 1 August

6:00 pm

Empire Theatre

 

String Ensemble

Friday 28 July

5:30 pm

Empire Theatre

 

Please save the date! More information will be forwarded to parents after the school holidays.

 

25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

One of our talented piano teachers, Mr Morgan Chalmers, is the Musical Director of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, produced by Shoebox Theatre Comany. This musical is being staged in the Armitage Centre in early July. Congratulations to Morgan for being awarded this role and for all of his hard work with the cast and orchestra over the past few months. It is an adults only show, but would be suitable for students in Year 8 and above to attend with their parents. I am playing keyboard in the orchestra, and have had a great time working on the music with Morgan and the other orchestra members. For more information, please visit:

https://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/390/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee

 

UNDERCOVER SHOW CASE

Our amazing drum teacher, Mr Ian Dixon, would like to invite students and parents from our College to attend his band’s showcase this weekend. His band is called “UnderCover”, and is comprised of Ian on drums, his wife Gayle on vocals and Martin Paroz on vocals and guitar. The details of the concert are as follows:

 

Date:     Saturday 24 June

Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Venue: Philharmonic Playhouse, 7 Matthews St, Harristown

Admission: Free!

Website: https://www.undercoverlivemusic.net/

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

 

Our talented music students are in their final preparations for our inaugural Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July. Congratulations to all students for their attendance at rehearsals and practice at home to prepare for their performances in this concert.

The details of the concert are as follows:

 

Date: Friday 21 July

Venue: MacKillop Centre

Food and Drinks available: 5:00 pm

Performer arrival time: 5:30 pm

Concert commencement: 6:00 pm

 

All ensembles will be involved in the concert (Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble), as well as selected vocalists and instrumentalists. Some of our drama and dance students will also be performing!

 

Please email Mrs Natalie Otto if you are able to assist the P & F with food and drinks on the night.

The menu, available from 5:00 pm, is as follows:

BBQ Chicken Rolls, served with coleslaw $5

Pulled Beef and Gravy Roll, served with coleslaw $5

BBQ Chicken or Beef and Gravy with Rice $5

Half Size Children’s Roll $2.50

Chocolates $1 or $2

Popcorn $0.50

Water $1

Pop-top Juice $1

Soft drink $2

Beer or Cider $3.50

Rum or Whisky $5

Wine $3

The rolls will only be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Snack and drinks will still be available during the concert.

Thank you to the wonderful P & F for the amazing menu! See you at the concert!

 

PIANO MAESTRO AND PIANO HD

All students in Year 4 to 9 require access to two free iPad apps, Piano Maestro by Joytunes and Piano HD. Parents are required to use an email address to sign up your children for Piano Maestro. Piano HD doesn’t require a login. Please ensure that your child has access to both apps in Week 1 of Term 3.

 

Natalie Otto

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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From the Music Department

9 June 2017

HEROES AND VILLAINS CONCERT

Our Brass teacher, Mrs Lorraine Fuller, is the Musical Director of the Toowoomba Municipal Band, and she will be leading her band in two exciting fundraising concerts this Saturday and Sunday. These fundraising concerts have been running for eight years and have become a favourite event in the band’s performance calendar. The concerts will be held at the USQ Arts Theatre, and tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for concessions and $12 for students.

The concert will feature some well known Toowoomba vocalists, Dance Central's Velocity Dancers and the Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir. Audiences will hear pieces from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman and Schindler's List, and songs such as Somewhere over the Rainbow and Bring Him Home.

The band consists of the best brass players in Toowoomba and some of the band’s members have won national competitions. It would be a fabulous opportunity for our young musicians to hear music played at a very high standard.

Congratulations to Lorraine for her fine work with the band over many years.

For more information please visit: https://artsworx.usq.edu.au/event/toowoomba-hospice-concert/

 

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble have been entered in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The performance dates for this section of the Eisteddfod are between 27 July and 11 August. Parents will be notified about the exact performance date and time as soon as the Eisteddfod committee releases the schedule.

George Worner, Jack Haddow and Kokoda Cadzow-Smith will be also be performing on their brass instruments in the eisteddfod. Good luck to these students for their preparations!

 

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

If you are a parent of a child performing in the Twilight Winter Concert on Friday 21 July at 5:30pm, and you are able to assist on the evening, please contact Mrs Natalie Otto. Any offer of help, big or small, would be very gratefully received, especially in the area of assisting the P&F with organising and selling food and drinks. The evening will be a wonderful celebration of the College’s growth in the Arts. Judging by the wonderful line up of student performances that is currently being collated, the concert will be a very enjoyable evening for everyone.

Natalie Otto

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

Head of Music

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From the Music Department

26 May 2017

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Our newly formed Guitar Ensemble has now had two rehearsals with our guitar teacher, Mr Jack Hickey. Thank you to all parents for encouraging your child to be a part of this exciting new group. The ensemble’s first performance will be at our College Twilight Winter Concert in July.

ST MARY’S COLLEGE DRUMATIC WORKSHOP

Thank you to the St Mary’s College drumline “Drumatic” for visiting our College last week. The St Mary’s drumline teacher, Ms Christina Marangelli, led our Mary Mac drummers in an exciting workshop so that the students from both schools could perform together on assembly. What a wonderful experience it was for our young drummers to be able to perform with students from another school!

YEAR 7 AND 8 MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Congratulations to our talented Year 7 and 8 Music students for their recent music performances in class. A few photos have been included in the slideshow above.

MA BAKER’S TONIC

Congratulations to our Drama and German teacher, Mrs Kate Cadzow-Smith, for her entertaining performance in the Crow’s Nest Arts Council’s production of Ma Baker’s Tonic.

STRING OUT

Our String Ensemble will be participating in the String Out festival at the Empire Theatre on Wednesday, 7 June. The festival is held every two years and involves over 200 string students from local schools. The students will be rehearsing with guest conductors throughout the day and will perform in a concert held in the evening. Parents of students involved received a permission letter this week. If any member of the school community would like to purchase tickets for the concert please visit this link:

http://www.empiretheatre.com.au/event/414/string-out-2017

PIANO HD APP

Students in Year 4 to 6 will be using the free app Piano HD in music classes. If you have a student in one of these year levels, and have a password lock on your child’s ipad, could you please download the app for your child at home so they can use their ipads in music classes.

ATTENDANCE AT REHEARSALS

Please remember to send a short courtesy email to the teacher when your child is unable to attend a band, choir or ensemble rehearsal.

MMPAC OUTING TO CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Please click on the link below if you would like to purchase tickets for Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Empire Theatre on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. The permission slip and money are due back by Friday, 2 June.

TOOWOOMBA INSTRUMENTAL EISTEDDFOD

Our Concert Band and String Ensemble have been entered in the Instrumental section of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The performance dates for this section of the Eisteddfod are between 27 July and 11 August. Parents will be notified about the exact performance date and time as soon as the Eisteddfod committee releases the schedule.

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Please remember to save the date for this concert (Friday 21 July, 5:30 pm) if your child is in one of the following Ensembles: Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. Please contact Mrs Natalie Otto if you are able to lend a hand at this concert, by either volunteering to help the P&F with catering, distributing programs at the door, or helping with stage management during the concert. Any offer of help from our music parents would be very gratefully received.

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

Natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

 

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Drama Eisteddfod

25 May 2017

Amazing work to all students at Mary MacKillop Catholic College who competed in the Toowoomba Drama Eisteddfod for Poems in Pairs, Groups, and Duologues. Everyone gave an outstanding performance, including parents who had to drive their children to and from sessions, and often wait a very long time to see the performance.

Mary MacKillop entered over 50 students in various categories and we received wonderful results. 

Year 3 Group Poem

Bella Scrivens, Natalie Rosenthal, Chelsea Ward, Jorja Bubb - Highly Commended

Year 3 Poem in Pairs

Ava Winter and Chelsea Ward

Quincy Austin  & Ann Dolan

Julia Rangott & Samara O’Leary Farrell - Highly Commended

Katherine Preston & Adele Adams - Highly Commended

Year 4 Group Poem:

Missy, Lily Woonton, Belinda Lawson and Keirra Lucy - Second Place

Year 4 Group Poem

Indigo Cadzow-Smith, Luc Murphy, Lucy Willliams - Third Place

Year 4 Poem in Pairs

Indigo Cadzow- Smith & Lucy Murphy 

Belinda Lawson & Keira Lucy  

Jack Lucy and Will Paynter

Year 5 Poem in Pairs

Chloe Gillett & Keeli Chapman

Gabrielle Stubbings & Riley McNally 

Kearra Connor & Lucy Hutchison - Highly Commended

Year 6 Group Poem

Lara Brophy, Kokoda Cadzow-Smith, Charlotte Dobson, Eloise Mckenzie, Elliot Worner, Sophie Winter - Third Place

Eloise Mckenzie  & Sophie Winter 

Elliot Worner & Lucas Paynter  

Charlotte Dobson & Kokoda Cadzow- Smith - Third Place

Bella Stenzel & Lucy Wright - First Place

Yr 7 Duologue Pair

Breanna Langley & Elouise Long  

Yr 7 Poem in Pairs

Bronte Gillett and Sarah Carr - Third Place

Yr 7-9 Mime Group - First Place

Ashlyn Martin, Rohan McKerrow, Lily Merritt, Breanna Langley, Cassie Lawson.

Yr 9 & 10 Duologue Pair

Holly Hutchison and Isabelle Preston

Rohan McKerrow & Max Cadzow-Smith - Highly Commended

Once again, congratulations to all!

Mrs Cadzow-Smith, Drama Teacher

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From the Music Department

11 May 2017

TOOWOOMBA EISTEDDFOD

Our choirs performed brilliantly at the Eisteddfod last week in the Empire Theatre. The Year 4/5/6 Choir sang Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning and Hello beautifully last Thursday night, despite quite a late evening (which the Eisteddfod committee has apologised to parents and teachers for). The Year 2/3 choir performed The Little Birch Tree and When I First Came To This Land on Sunday morning, and was awarded a Highly Commended certificate for their lovely performance. The Senior Singers choir was also awarded a Highly Commended certificate on Sunday afternoon for their performance of Oye La Musica. Thank you so much to our very supportive choir families for all of your efforts in ensuring your children were able to attend the Eisteddfod.

We enter our choirs in this Eisteddfod to give the students a memorable performance experience and to give them an opportunity to see other local choirs perform. Through their preparations for the Eisteddfod we hope that our choir students enjoy the music learning process, enjoy making new friends, experience teamwork, develop confidence and performance skills, and then finally we hope that our students walk off the beautiful Empire Theatre stage after their performance feeling absolutely wonderful!

Thank you to our Year 2/3 Choir Conductor, Susie Fredline, for her wonderful support at all performances. Thank you also to Brett Rangiira, Liddy Ward, Leanne Andrews, and our talented accompanists Lorraine Miller and Wendy Evans.

Adjudicator Comments

Year 2/3 Choir: Well focussed on the conductor, neat phrasing, good contrast, clear diction, bright and energetic performance.

Year 4/5/6 Choir: Nicely energised performance, good diction, tricky rhythms handled neatly, good dynamic range, well focussed on the conductor.

Senior Singers Choir: Good focus on the conductor, clear diction, well-syncopated rhythms, bright and energetic performance.

Congratulations to the following students who have performed at the Eisteddfod:

Gabriella Semmens: 1st place in the all age preparatory 2 piano solo novice.

Chelsea Ward: 3rd place in the all age preparatory 1 piano solo novice.

Sienna Williams: Highly Commended in the all age preparatory 1 piano solo novice.

Other participates: Bridie Norton, Ally Suliman, Annabelle Arnold, Abbie Pritchard - solos.

Annabelle Fox and Abbie Pritchard - duet.

SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Congratulations to all group and solo music performers at the Senior School Open Day: Senior Singers Choir, Year 7 Music Class, Jemma Bishop, Holly Hutchison, Katelyn Haddow, Isaac Williams, Bronte Gillett, Sarah Coster, Anabel Austin, Celine Samin, Madeleine Dobson and Isabelle Preston.

Congratulations to the Dance Troupe and our Drama students who also performed.

The wonderful student performances created a lovely ambience throughout the morning and we sincerely thank all students and their families for the effort involved in coming to school on a Sunday morning.

YEAR 4/5/6 CHOIR

Thank you to all parents who have supplied a folder for your children to collect their sheet music. If your child hasn’t yet brought a folder to their rehearsal could you please arrange for a folder to be brought to next week’s Tuesday morning rehearsal. Thank you.

ST MARY’S COLLEGE DRUMATIC WORKSHOP

The St Mary’s College drumline “Drumatic” are visiting our school on Wednesday, 17 May as part of St Mary’s enrichment week. Their drum leader, Ms Christina Marangelli, will be running a drumming workshop with our drum students from 1:30 pm to 2:10 pm in the MacKillop Centre, culminating in a combined group performance on assembly. Thank you to Ms Marangelli and St Mary’s College for organising this trip to our College. It will be a wonderful experience for our young drummers!

ENZEMBLE REHEARSALS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

Monday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – Guitar Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Year 4/5/6 Choir - Keppel

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Concert Band – MacKillop Centre

Wednesday: 10:40 am to 11:20 am – Year 2/3 Choir – Keppel

Friday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Senior Singers Choir – P8 Classroom

Friday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – String Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

It is vital that we have full attendance at rehearsals as we prepare for our performances in the upcoming Twilight Winter Concert. If your child is unable to attend a rehearsal please advise the teacher via email.

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Mary MacKillop will be holding an inaugural Music Concert on Friday, 21 July at 5:30 pm. Please save the date if your child is in one of the following Ensembles: Year 2/3 Choir, Year 4/5/6 Choir, Senior Singers Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble.

Our Instrumental Music teachers will advise parents if your child will be able to perform a solo at this concert. Due to the large number of students in our Instrumental Music program we will be unable to provide a performance experience at this concert for all of our music students. However, we aim to create concerts like this on a more regular basis so one day, your child, will be able to have a performance opportunity. Please contact Mrs Natalie Otto if you are able to lend a hand at this concert, by either volunteering to help the P&F with catering, distributing programs at the door, or helping with stage management during the concert. Any offer of help from our music parents would be very gratefully received.

MMPAC OUTING TO CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Please click on the link if you would like to purchase tickets for Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. The permission slip, attached below, and money are due back by Friday, 2 June.

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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From the Music Department

27 April 2017

ANZAC DAY

Congratulations to the Year 4 to 9 students who sang with the Combined Schools and Colleges Massed Choir on Anzac Day at the Highfields Cultural Centre.

ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Please be advised that Choir, Band, String and Guitar Ensemble rehearsals always start in the first week back after the holidays. These ensembles will also rehearse right up to the end each term (unless otherwise notified).

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

Monday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – Guitar Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Year 4/5/6 Choir - Keppel

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Concert Band – MacKillop Centre

Wednesday: 10:40 am to 11:20 am – Year 2/3 Choir – Keppel

Friday: 7:30 am to 8:25 am – Senior Singers Choir – P8 Classroom

Friday: 7:45 am to 8:25 am – String Ensemble – MacKillop Centre

It is vital that we have full attendance at rehearsals from term 2 onwards as we prepare for upcoming performances. If your child is unable to attend a rehearsal please advise the teacher via email.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Our Guitar teacher, Mr Jack Hickey, will be inviting some of his guitar students to join our newly formed Guitar Ensemble. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7:45 am to 8:25 am in the MacKillop Centre, commencing Monday, 8 May. We look forward to hearing this ensemble perform in the near future.

TOOWOOMBA EISTEDDFOD

Our three choirs will be performing in the upcoming Toowoomba Eisteddfod at the Empire Theatre. Parents have received a letter regarding these performances. If any member of the school community would like to support our choirs in the Eisteddfod, the performance times are as follows:

Year 4/5/6 Choir: Thursday 4 May at 6:00 pm

Year 2/3 Choir: Sunday 7 May at 9:00 am

Senior Singers Choir: Sunday 7 May at 2:30 pm

A number of our piano students are also performing in the Eisteddfod and we wish them luck for their performances: Sienna Williams, Annabelle Arnold, Bridie Norton, Chelsea Ward, Ally Suliman, Abbie Pritchard, Gabriella Semmens and Annabelle Fox.

SENIOR SCHOOL OPEN DAY

The Senior Singers Choir, Year 7 Music Class, and a number of vocal and instrumental soloists will be performing at our Senior School Open Day. A performance schedule will be forwarded to students and parents soon.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

The Mary MacKillop Performing Arts Club will be selling tickets for the Toowoomba Choral Society’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Saturday, 8 July at 2:00 pm. Please save the date if you are keen to come along. Details will be sent out in the near future.

TWILIGHT WINTER CONCERT

Mary MacKillop will be holding an inaugural Music Concert on Friday, 21 July at 5:30 pm for our choirs, band, ensembles and invited vocal and instrumental soloists to perform. Please save the date!

Natalie Otto, Head of Music

natalie.otto@twb.catholic.edu.au

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