Music

Congratulations to the following students on their excellent results:

 

australian music examination board (AMEB) RESULTS:

 

Grace Reid (Year 11)         

Certificate of Performance

B+

Millicent Somes (Year 11) Piano Leisure 8th Grade

B+

Celeste Blanco (Year 12) Piano Leisure 8th Grade

B

Lucy Gibson (Year 11) Piano Leisure 7th Grade

B

Abigail Glezos (Year 10) Piano 6th Grade

B+

Stephanie Sardinha (Year 10) Piano Leisure 6th Grade A
Faith Felipe (Year 11) Piano 5th Grade B+
Gian Ellis-Gannell (Year 8) Piano 2nd Grade C+
Eliza Haire (Year 7) Piano 2nd Grade A
Tanya Visevic (Year 8) Piano Preliminary A
Abigail Glezos (Year 10) Violoncello 4th Grade B+
Emma Flaherty  (Year 7) Violincello 1st Grade B+
Lara Granelli (Year 5) Violin 1st Grade B+
Gabrielle Milkins (Year 5) Trumpet 2nd Grade A

 

international music examination board (imeb) result:

Mya-Rose San Diego (Year 8)

Certificate of Singing Performance (Level 4)

B

 

 

During August Ms Jennifer Kaye, visiting Voice Tutor in the Music Department, attended a two‐week seminar in Tours, France, devoted to the songs of renowned French composer Francis Poulenc, and other French song composers. It was directed by François le Roux, famed baritone who has recorded much of the French song repertoire for Decca. 

Singers and pianists attended the course as duos, and worked intensively with teachers of voice, piano accompaniment, diction, literature and Alexander Technique (body awareness for performers), as well as performing in morning masterclasses for all the assembled staff and participants. Entirely in French, the course was attended by performers and observers from Québec, Spain and Japan as well as local French musicians. Ms Kaye was the only English speaker at the course, and the first Australian to attend in the twenty years the course has been running.  She was accompanied on the piano by Ms Alice Diéval, a staff member of the Conservatorium of Orléans, who was also attending the course for professional development.

The middle Sunday of the two weeks was a rest day, when participants had the opportunity to visit Chaumont Castle, one of the Loire Valley chateaux. The course concluded with a visit to the house in nearby Noizay where Poulenc composed much of his music, followed by a concert at a nearby church.

It was a valuable experience, and as well as absorbing some French culture, Ms Kaye took the opportunity to introduce the people in Tours to the music of Australian composers Elena Kats‐Chernin and Ross Edwards. A French song cycle by Australian composer Gordon Kerry will feature in next year’s Poulenc Academy, focusing on song settings of the poetry of Baudelaire.

We congratulate Ms Kaye and are very proud to have such an accomplished voice tutor mentoring and teaching our girls. 

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Mrs Kim Irik

Head of Music