St Catherine's offers a dynamic and enriching Music program. With an extensive classroom curriculum and thriving instrumental program, an exciting range of opportunities for both individual and ensemble performance are available.
Scholarships based on musical ability are awarded each year.
Classroom Music forms a part of the core curriculum from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 8. Girls of all ages are encouraged to learn an instrument and to join the choirs, ensembles, orchestras and bands which rehearse and perform regularly.
In Years 7 and 8, students develop music appreciation, performance skills and explore a wide variety of music technology programs available through our keyboard laboratory.
From Year 9 onwards, Music becomes an elective, with multiple semesters available to Years 9 and 10 students, and the full range of VCE subjects on offer if required. Elective music emphasises performance, composition and analytical skills.
All students have the opportunity to learn the violin in Year 2, with extension to viola and ‘cello in Year 3. Students learn the recorder in Year 4, which leads logically to the Year 5 Brass and Woodwind program. These small group lessons allow students a ‘hands-on' experience including opportunities to perform throughout the year in chamber ensembles and the Year 5 Concert Band.
The School also offers a comprehensive Instrumental Program in all instrument families (including string, woodwind, brass, voice, percussion and keyboard instruments) where students learn with specialist teachers in classical and contemporary styles. Individual tuition from highly qualified specialist instrumental staff is available on the following instruments:
- Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass
- Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
- Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
- Piano, Harpsichord
- Classical singing, Jazz singing
Choirs and Ensembles
The Ensemble Program provides a fantastic array of ensemble opportunities from classical to contemporary. The list of ensembles includes choirs, orchestras, concert bands, string, woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles, chamber groups and contemporary groups.
Junior School Choirs and Ensembles
- The Epstein Singers
- Junior Strings
- Year 5 Concert Band
- Year 6 Concert Band
- Barbreck Flutes
- Percussion Ensemble
- The Langley Singers - Prep - Year 2
- Heyington Choir - Years 3 & 4 Choir
- Barbreck Choir - Years 5 & 6 Choir
Senior School Choirs and Ensembles
- Jorgensen Orchestra
- Senior Concert Band
- The Scrolls (Junior Strings)
- Senior Strings
- Soul Power
- Sherren Singers
- Chamber Flutes
- Years 7 & 8 Flutes
- Years 7 – 12 Choir
- Viva Voci (Years 9 – 12 Auditioned Chamber Choir)
- Cantanti Belli (Years 11 – 12 Auditioned Chamber Choir)
- Stage Band
- Three String Quartets
- Brass Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Saxophone Ensemble
- Saxophone Quartet
- Wind Quintet
- Double Reed Ensemble
- Other mixed Chamber ensembles as required.
An extensive performance program enables all students to participate in a wide variety of concerts and recitals including the Annual Gala Concert, Twilight Concert, Instrumental Recitals, Barbreck Concert, Barbreck Recitals, Masterclasses, Jazz Cabaret evenings and music theatre performances. Students also perform at the School's Church Services, Speech Night, Assemblies and many other School events both at School and in the community.
Information regarding individual instrumental lessons, ensembles, performance dates, lesson fees and instrument hire is available from the Performing Arts Office on (03) 9828 3014 or via email email@example.com.