Performing Arts

Marian College offers an extensive range of co-curricular activities in the Performing Arts. These provide students with opportunities to express their performance abilities beyond the curriculum. They are available to all students and cover a wide range of exciting activities including choirs, bands and ensembles. Each group meets weekly and performs regularly at end of semester showcase concerts, assemblies and other College events

At Marian College, we encourage all students to consider being a part of one, if not many, of our various programs, as we continue to nurture the talents that many of our students possess.

The program varies from year to year. In 2019, we are delighted to offer a range of choirs/vocal groups, bands and ensembles. These are directed by members of the Performing Arts staff, Creative Music in School instrumental teachers, and talented students mentored by Music staff.

Students have opportunities for development in leadership, from being an Ensemble Leader through to a Senior Captain or a Mentor (student ensemble music director)

We encourage students to get to know each other and form musical and friendship connections with students from other groups. Together they represent a significant proportion of our community as well as a diversity of ages and cultures that are part of being a secondary College community.

Choirs, Bands and Ensembles perform at Showcase concerts each semester so family and friends of our students have an opportunity to share in this part of their lives. We also run a Showcase concert for the local primary schools and invite residents from retirement or nursing homes in the area. Students can perform at a range of College events such as the VET Trade Training restaurant nights and parent information evenings. Different ensembles facilitate students to develop as solo performers within the group contexts.

CHOIRS AND VOCAL ENSEMBLES

Marian Choir – open to all students. Choir rehearsals are held every Monday at lunchtime and the students are working toward a classical choral sound featuring mostly a cappella singing of classical repertoire. This year the Marian Choir will once again participate in the Sacred Music Concert alongside many other Catholic Schools from the western region.

Student Leader: Mary Hubbard. Director: Ms Mari Eleanor

Gospel Choir – open to all students, this choir celebrates the music of the various cultures of the Pacific Islanders. They also explore the music of contemporary Australian songwriters. Many of the students are active in youth Christian communities, and their music is imbued with a sense of devotion and praise. Gospel Choir has participated in the Sacred Music Concert, as part of the overall choir, as a choir on their own, and with individual girls joining the solo ensemble line-up. They have also supported local community events, such as the Sunshine Community Brass concert/fundraiser and the Regional Mass for the Opening of the School Year.

Student Leaders: Anastasia Mavaega. Director: Michael Cooper

Student Mentors: Jessica Mahoney, Natasha Scavo and Cecilia Tafua

Vocal Ensembleopen to all students having singing lesson. This group focuses on contemporary styles of music within a group setting and is musically directed by Vocal Teacher Cam Than-Trong.

ROCK BANDS

We are delighted to see girls playing in rock bands, especially on the bass guitar and drum kit. Students tend to start playing tribute versions of their favourite songs and over time develop skills in creating their own versions using the original recordings and other covers for inspiration.

Leaders: Renee Scothern. Director: Nick Disco

ENSEMBLES

Liturgy Ensemble

This group provides music for Masses, and includes solo singers who lead the congregation in singing the opening and closing songs as well as mass responses.

Leader: Emilee Brown. Conductor: Mari Eleanor

Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble is a group for guitarists to come together and compose music where each guitarist has their own part, and when pieced together, makes up the whole song. From classical guitar pieces, to contemporary re-imaginings of famous hits, guitar ensemble covers it all.

Leader: Molly Ryan. Student Director: Indiana Hatzakortzian

Concert Band

Concert Band caters for students who enjoyed their semester of learning woodwind and brass instruments as part of their Year 7 Music Concert Band class. They rehearse every Thursday after school.

Leader: Joelle Barbar. Director: Ms Mari Eleanor

Piano Club

Students learning piano can sometimes feel isolated. This club gives them the chance to come together, and learn how to listen and appreciate aspects of playing through a Masterclass format. The club meets a few times a term for Masterclass sessions, followed by a performance at the end of term. This group is open to students taking piano lessons, and is very useful for those preparing for external examinations.

Leader: Lina Vo. Director: Ms Annie Bui

Piano Club

Students learning piano can sometimes feel isolated. This gives them the chance to come together, and learn how to listen and appreciate aspects of playing through a Masterclass format. The club meets a few times a term for Masterclass sessions, followed by a performance at the end of term. This group is open to students taking piano lessons, and is very useful for those preparing for external examinations.

Leader: Ting Tang. Teacher: Annie Bui

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Performing Arts aims to build relationships between students across different year levels and groups.

Performing Arts supports other activities within the College, such as the Justice and Democracy Forum’s ‘Cultural Diversity Evening’, providing rehearsal spaces and technical support with lighting and sound.

One other activity for our Performing Arts faculty was our Musical Production. Our 2018 performance of Hairspray was a massive success. The Production was a huge undertaking, by both staff and students, and we were proud to produce a show that was amazing.

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