Carey has a comprehensive range of exciting performance opportunities for music students. Music Performance is open to all students and may be selected as a co-curricular activity. It is the third main strand of the programs offered, along with Music Tuition and Class Music. Participants must be prepared to make a commitment to attend all rehearsals.
All students having lessons on an instrument should perform several times each year and should belong to at least one main music performance group in their section of the School, as directed by the Director of Music.
Performance opportunities occur at events held in each section of the School throughout the year, at various times of the day and sometimes during the weekend. Performances range from informal to the fully presented, formal, Whole School events.
Music performance groups in Middle and Senior Schools rehearse weekly for the whole year under the direction of specialist staff. The large groups are concert bands, choirs and orchestras. Some are the designated main group for students in a particular part of the School, for example Middle School Concert Strings. Other groups are enrichment or extension groups that perform a particular style of music or are a specialised genre, for example the Stage Band. Each music performance group performs in two School concerts a year, one each semester, as well as performing at assemblies and music festivals outside School. Students who develop solo performance skills perform in concerts in the Ian Woolf Auditorium and also in recitals located in more intimate performance settings. In Middle School and Senior School, the groups contain a total of more than 400 students, some of whom perform in more than one group.
Assessment in this part of the Music Program is made directly by parents who attend the public performances. Some performances are recorded for archival purposes, others are presented professionally as compact disc recordings. Following performances, students reflect on how well they played or sang and set future goals for continuing improvement. Music Performance enables many students to contribute actively to the cultural aspect of School life and, in some cases, offer a social service to the School and wider community.
Works selected for performance typically encompass a wide range of styles and characters, carefully chosen so that students are technically and musically challenged at an appropriate level. Should students elect to continue tuition on their instrument or voice, they graduate from one main group to another automatically, no matter whether they receive their tuition from Carey staff or from external music teachers.
Students are either invited, or submit expressions of interest, to participate in enrichment or extension groups. Their promotion into other groups is determined by the students themselves with encouragement from music staff depending on the student's technical ability and level of enjoyment.
Rehearsal times for co-curricular music groups are at lunchtimes, after school and some before school time slots. Often there are three concurrent rehearsals. Special workshops and rehearsals are organised at various times in the year, including two music rehearsal camps at an external country resort.
The priority times for weekly rehearsal of Middle and Senior School music are listed below. Any clashes beyond these priorities should be discussed with the respective music group directors and, if necessary, the Director of Activities, Mr Peter Robson, or the Acting Director of Music, Mr Martin Arnold.
Tuesday 3.25 - 5.00pm Middle School music groups
Friday 3.25 - 5.00pm Middle and Senior School music and matches for first sport teams
Music groups will rehearse at other times during the week within the agreed priorities.
Special guest conductors and clinicians are engaged to provide additional musical expertise to develop the groups and inspire the students.
There is no additional cost to parents for students to participate in the Music Performance program other than costs for music camps, provision of musical instruments and catering at extended rehearsals.
This program also provides support and resources for the annual Senior School and Middle School House Music Festivals and the occasional Battle of the Bands.
For further information please contact Mr Martin Arnold, Acting Director of Music
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