So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun

Happy Christmas – John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Incredible as it is to contemplate, we have made it to the end of our 120th School Year. We haven’t quite started John Lennon’s New Year, but we have certainly been completing many tasks to make sure that we can commence 2017 as smoothly as possible. The Music Office will be open for a few weeks yet, so please feel free to enrol your daughters in their Music lessons for next year if you haven’t already done so. This enables me to make sure that we have the right tutors in place.

House Arts

The many achievements of your daughters, whom we love to call our students, have been documented, enjoyed and applauded this year. They continue to inspire us in everything we do. The House Arts Festival has been a particular joy this year.

The Year 11 leaders – in all areas – have worked tirelessly to put in the work beforehand, so everything has run very smoothly. I must admit to a certain self-satisfaction when the Year 11 conductors seek assistance, invariably with “this is much harder than it looks” and “how do we get the girls to be quiet!”

As our new President of the Music Auxiliary, Mrs Carolyne Devlin wrote in an email last week, “sounds like all the girls are pulling together, to not only produce something wonderful, but have a good time doing it. Exactly what House Arts is about.”

Leadership is undoubtedly about teamwork, and accepting others’ ideas as well as your own. The girls have developed such trust of each other over their time at School and it has really been most exciting to see the support within and between Houses.

At the time of writing Music Notes for this week we did not know the final outcome. As my dear old dad used to say, “you have to love the game above the prize.” Perhaps the results don’t really matter, the process has been remarkable.

As promised in last week’s news, Susan De Weger suggested the following as career options for Musicians:

Theory and Composition

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Editor
  • Film scoring
  • Orchestrator
  • Transcriber
  • Publisher
  • Teaching Music Theory
  • Teaching Composition
  • Typesetting


  • Band Program/Choir Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher Primary/Secondary
  • Government Education Department
  • Music Directors
  • Instrument Repair
  • Instrumental Teacher Primary/Secondary
  • Private Instrumental Teacher
  • Religious Music
  • Print Music and Retail


  • Audiology
  • Music Therapy
  • Performing Arts Physical Wellness
  • Psychologist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Voice Therapist

Journalism and Broadcasting

  • Broadcaster
  • Editor
  • Podcast producer
  • Photographer
  • Programmer
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Writer Articles/Program Notes/CD Liners

Music Management

  • Advertising
  • Artist Management
  • Music Law
  • Music Education Programs
  • Librarian
  • Print Publishing
  • Orchestral Management
  • Development and Philanthropy
  • Digital Music Platforms
  • Event Management
  • Venue Management
  • Tour Management
  • Stage Management

Production and Engineering

  • Acousticians
  • Acoustic Consultants
  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio Producers
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Computer Engineer Sound Specialists
  • MIDI technician
  • Multimedia Specialist/Developer
  • Music Sequencer
  • Post Production Sound Engineer
  • Software Designer
  • Sound Designer

Double Degrees


University of New South Wales

University of Newcastle

University of Adelaide

Australian National University


Australian National University


University of New South Wales

Music Studies/Doctor of Medicine

University of Sydney


University of New South Wales


University of New South Wales


Monash University

University of New South Wales

Australian National University


Monash University

University of New South Wales

Music/Social Sciences

Australian National University

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Music (3 years) + second Bachelor (2 years) = 5 years

Diploma in Music (concurrent with Bachelor)

As you work out your next career choice, do have a wonderful holiday everyone!

2017 Performing Arts Handbook

The 2017 Performing Arts Handbook is now available at mystcatherines. This Handbook includes a great deal of important information including the schedule of fees for 2017 and enrolment and cancellation policies. I encourage all students and parents involved in the Performing Arts for 2017 to read through the Handbook.

Please feel free to contact the Music Administrator on 9828 3014 or email with any queries.

Mrs Jenny Mathers, Head of Music