2019 Music Showcase

After months of hard work and dedication, Music students performed in front of a capacity audience at the annual Music Showcase on Saturday night. The concert involved the combined talents of over 230 music students.

The Showcase included performances from 15 different co-curricular groups, including the four year level choirs and chorales, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Band, String Orchestra, McAuley Concert Band, McMahon String Ensemble, Flute Choir and Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Swing Band and the Massed Choir.

The performance was divided into two sections, with the instrumental ensembles performing first, followed by the choral groups in the second half. All of the groups rehearsed throughout Term 3 in preparation for this event with the traditional emphasis on contemporary pieces and songs ranging from a memorable performance of ‘Ease On Down The Road’ from the Years 5 and 6 Choir to the upbeat orchestral arrangement of ‘Grease – The Musical’. A staff rhythm section accompanied each of the choral groups, with the full Massed Choir concluding the performance in fine style with a song from the animated film, Tarzan.

An important part of the annual Showcase performance is the recognition of the contribution of our Music Captain, and Year 12 students, as they come to the end of their time at the College. Music Captain, Katia Fernandes, and fellow Year 12 musicians were called individually and presented with a yellow rose and a special keyring in recognition of the years of effort they had given to the co-curricular music program. Mrs Oaten also addressed the audience, highlighting the contribution made by all of the girls from Years 5-12 who performed so beautifully on the night.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing staff who assisted on the night, for their many and varied contributions, ensuring that the concert was a great success.

Thank you also to the parents, friends and invited guests for coming out in such large numbers to support the staff and students on the night. Your participation and support are vital to the ongoing success of the music program and is very much appreciated.

Finally, thank you to the students who have worked so hard throughout the term, rehearsing each week in preparation for the Showcase, and for doing such a professional job on the night. Your talent and commitment to the music program is highly valued and your success is thoroughly well deserved. Well done!

Paul Kinsella, Head of Music

A Reflection from Music Captain, Katia Fernandes

The 2019 Music Showcase was a night that I don’t think I will ever forget. Being in the Music department for so many years, it is simple to find yourself predicting how each concert will go – the routine of performance is all such a big part of how we function as a department. However, Saturday night happened to be the exception. Between reading from my final compere notes of the year, performing as a Year 12 group for the last time ever, and being with all the friends and family I have come to know and love throughout my time at Santa Maria, Showcase was both an unmitigated success and an emotional night. As I said in my address, the Music department has given the Year 12 Music girls a chance to perform under bright lights and accomplish so much. From chorale concerts to a night of rock music, to a four-day music retreat and finally to events such as Showcase night.
Showcase was also a night where I, alongside my peers, was able to recognise what we have achieved over the many years. Being chorally blessed by the Year 11s who will soon embark on the journey that is coming to completion for us, receiving a rose that symbolises life, joy and friendship and being with all of my closest friends for a final night of showcasing the Music department, made the Showcase night an event that the Year 12 Music graduates will cherish forever. We owe so much of our high school career to Mr K and the Music department, and we thank you for the music!
Katia Fernandes, Music Captain
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