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Barossa Strings 2018: A Trip to Remember

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018, 36 string students and five staff packed their instruments and headed to the Barossa Valley for two days of workshops, rehearsals, teaching, concerts, fun and fellowship.

The trip commenced at Faith Lutheran College where we workshopped with string students from Trinity College and singer Tony Ward, a Year 12 Triple J Unearthed High finalist also from Trinity College. This day culminated in a public concert at the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre in Tanunda, featuring Concordia solo violinists Yasmin 11NFLE and Sunggil 11JGE, String Ensemble, Chamber Strings, String Quartet, and Cello Quartet, as well as the newly formed Trinity College String Ensemble. The finale was a combined item featuring Tony Ward and all of the String players performing Martin Butler's excellent arrangement of Tony’s original composition, “Youth Veins”.

After an enjoyable overnight stay at the Tanunda Caravan Park we spent the next day in Gawler workshopping, performing, inspiring and teaching some of Trinity College’s Primary School students. The look on these children’s faces when they held a string instrument for the first time was priceless. Our students were exceptional ambassadors and it is comforting to know that the future of string playing both here in Australia and internationally is very bright.

Jill Scott
Music Teacher

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Flute and Guitar Ensemble Performance

On Monday, 19 November, members of the Flute and Guitar Ensembles walked to Disability SA, Fisher Street, where they performed for residents. Their concert included ensemble pieces, as well as duets and solo items. We thank these students and their directors for undertaking this outreach opportunity, especially the three year 12 students who returned to take part in their final ensemble performance.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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Music Notes for 2019

2019 Instrumental Music Lessons

Applications are now open for Instrumental & Vocal lessons at Concordia College in 2019. Lessons are offered in a wide range of instruments. Students may choose to play flute, bassoon, clarinet, oboe, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, tuned & untuned percussion, violin, viola, double bass and many more.  Peripatetic teachers are engaged to provide one-to-one music instruction. If your child would like to begin lessons in 2019, please fill in the online form. All details regarding fees, as well as the instrumental agreement are contained within the link. 

All students who are currently having Instrumental or Vocal lessons in 2018 will need to complete the online form to ensure that contact details are correct, moving forward into the new year. If your child does not intend to continue with their lessons in 2019, please ensure that you inform the instrumental teacher as soon as possible, as well as letting the Music Office know, by phoning 8291 9367 or via email.

2019 Instrumental Music Hire

Instrumental hire for selected instruments can also be arranged through the College, by filling in the online application form.

All details regarding fees and the hire contract are contained within the link. Students who are currently hiring and wish to continue to do so do not need fill out this form again. If you are not continuing to hire an instrument next year, it will need to be returned to the Music Office by Friday, 31 November, unless the student is in Concert Band and playing at the Carols Service.

Music Ensemble Auditions

Students who are interested in auditioning for a music ensemble in 2019, please take note of the following information.  These are the ensembles for which you can audition:

  • Big Bands
  • Wind Ensemble/Concert Band
  • String Ensembles

Band Audition Excerpts

Excerpts for auditions are now available from the Music Office (M1). When students come to collect this music, they will need to register their interest for each ensemble for which they wish to be considered.

Strings Auditions

String students are required to prepare one page of a piece of music which they are currently working on to present at their audition. If students are playing from memory, they must bring their music with them.

They need to register their interest to audition, and registration must be completed by Monday, 22 October. Students will be given sight reading at their audition.

Audition Days

The following afternoons have been set aside for auditions so please note them in your diary now so that you are available.

Week 8


December 3

Year 9, 10 & 11

Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Please note:

  • The final decision regarding all ensemble membership is that of Mr Noble and the Concordia Music Staff.
  • By auditioning for the Big Bands, students will be committing to attending both Generations in Jazz (Mt Gambier) in May 2019, as well as the ABODA Music Festival (Westminster) in August.
  • Generations in Jazz will incur an expense of approximately $500, which will need to be paid to the Finance Office early in Term 1.
  • Big Band students will be expected to also hold membership in Wind Ensemble or Concert Band (ensemble membership to be confirmed)
  • Other ensembles will also require participation in the ABODA Festival.
  • In accepting a position in an ensemble, students are committing to rehearsals and performances for as long at the ensembles run in 2019.

Mat Noble
Director of Music

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