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Music Ensembles

Extra Curricular Music Ensembles information and Permission Note 2020


The music faculty is very pleased to offer a variety of extra-curricular music ensemble opportunities for students in years 7-12.

We have a Concert Band, String Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble which cater for the beginner to advanced player. Vocal students can be involved in the Vocal Ensemble, and selected students are invited to be a part of the Acapella Group.

Fees for all ensembles are for the entire year.

The two vocal groups are tutored by SHHS Music teacher Lisa Wellings.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE –  Wednesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm - $50

All students are encouraged and welcome to join the vocal ensemble. Students sing a varied repertoire, mostly in 3 or 4 parts, and perform on numerous occasions throughout the year, both at school and at external events. Students in this group require no prior experience.

ACAPELLA GROUP  - Wednesday 3.45pm - 4.30pm

This is a small auditioned group. Students are selected on their ability to confidently hold a vocal part with good tone.

STRING ORCHESTRA – tutored by Matthey Tsalidis.  - Tuesday 7.30am - 8.25am - $200

The string orchestra are a popular school group and perform at many school events, as well as weddings and functions across the Illawarra region. Students playing the violin, viola, cello and double bass are welcome to come along to the string orchestra.

CONCERT BAND – tutored by Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Jazz Teacher - Eric Dunan and supported by SHHS Teacher Mitchell Brandman - Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm - $200

This ensemble caters for students from years 7 to 12 with skills ranging from beginner to advanced. The concert band plays both concert band and stage band repertoire.  Instruments in the concert band include Piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, baritone, trombone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, tuned percussion, percussion and drum kit, bass guitar.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Time to be confirmed

This ensemble will be running on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 - 8:25, led by Mr Mitch Brandman. This is an extension ensemble (which is auditioned) and is made up from students already in the concert band. There is no charge for this ensemble.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE – tutored by Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Teacher John Spence - Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm - $200

Any guitarist who can read music and would like to be a part of the guitar ensemble is welcome to attend. The group consists of guitarists of a range of levels .