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Program Overview

musicThe Music Co-curricular programme at Sydney Girls High School offers all girls vocal and instrumental opportunities. We have ensembles to cater for different styles and levels of abilities and participation is encouraged.

The school provides an opportunity for girls to learn a musical instrument of their choosing.  Music staff, venues and some instruments are provided. Students who learn through the school or on school instruments are expected to participate in at least one ensemble, once they have achieved a suitable standard.

All instrumental students, regardless of where they learn, are encouraged to participate in the school’s many ensembles. These ensembles provide a wonderful opportunity for students to be part of school life and make friends. Joining the choir is a great way to get involved in the musical life of the school and no formal vocal tuition is required. 

Performance Opportunities

Being a member of one or more of the music ensembles gives students the opportunity to perform on many occasions throughout the year.  The ensembles participate in school functions and official assemblies, music festivals, competitions and are showcased in the two major concerts of the year, Musicale in term 3 and the Christmas concert in term 4.
The program also offers all participating students the opportunity to partake in a music camp/tour.

Ensembles Offered

Choir

All students are welcome and encouraged to join the choir, which covers a wide range of music genres and requires no prior experience.

Senior Vocal Ensemble

Senior Vocal is an extension ensemble for members of the choir in Year 9 and above. As a much smaller and auditioned ensemble students must have reached a high standard in their vocal skills.

Sinfonia

Sinfonia is an auditioned string ensemble available to students who have reached a high standard on their instrument. The ensemble covers a wide range of string repertoire and performns frequently throughout the year. Sinfonia rehearses one morning a week before school.

Orchestra

Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble available to students who have reached a high standard on their instrument. The ensemble covers a wide range of Symphonic repertoire and performs frequently throughout the year. You must already be in another ensemble to join the Orchestra.

Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra is an extension ensemble catering for the most advanced string players from within the orchestra. They also perform frequently throughout the year. This ensemble offers students the opportunity to work on the specific skills offered by chamber music.

Symphonic Wind Orchestra

SWO is a training ensemble for students who are new to their wind or percussion instrument and new to working within a concert band setting. SWO performs at the music programme’s two major concert evenings as well as at assemblies and special events.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

SWE is an auditioned ensemble available to students who have reached a high standard on their wind, brass or percussion instrument. The ensemble covers a wide range of Symphonic Wind Band repertoire and performs frequently throughout the year.

Stage bandJazz Ensembles

There are 2 Jazz ensembles where students of all instruments plus auditioned vocalists can combine together to play repertoire from the Jazz world. Where time permits, some improvisation is taught. Two levels are offered: an advanced and a training band. Please note both these groups are extension ensembles and students must be a current member of either SWE/SWO or Orchestra and Vocalist must be current members of Choir to be considered.

String Quartet

The String Quartet is an auditioned string group of 4 to 8 of the most advanced string players. Audition is by invitation only and is open to members of the Chamber orchestra.