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Performing Arts Ensembles (PAE)

Killara High School offers a number of enrichment Performing Arts Ensembles.

In addition to weekly rehearsals, performance opportunities are offered to the students as they arise, including community and school performances, competitions and festivals such as the Sydney Eisteddfod, State Band Championships, Choral festivals and the NSW Band Championships.

 

CONCERT BAND 1

This ensemble consists of students from Years 9-12. It offers students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of challenging repertoire at a high standard, and places are by audition only.

 

CONCERT BAND 2

This band caters for students from Year 7 and above with band experience. The students will be expected to have a reasonable level of competence having played in primary school bands.

 

YEAR 7 BAND

This band caters for students in Year 7. At the conclusion of Term 1 students will be placed in Concert Band 2.

 

STAGE BANDS

The members of stage band are drawn from the existing concert bands, as extension groups. There are approximately 20 students in each of the ensembles.

Stage Band 1   consists of many students who already have a sense of the Jazz styles and playing techniques.  The majority of these students are drawn from senior concert band and membership is by audition.

Stage Band 2   consists of students who have a keen interest in learning and developing their Jazz skills.

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

This ensemble is for any percussionist, especially Year 7 and 8 students. New percussionists are also welcome to join, to develop reading and performing skills.

 

STRING ENSEMBLE AND ORCHESTRA

The String Ensemble has been running for many years, it consists of strong players from Year 7 to 12, and is very well known in the local community as a highly polished and professional group.

The orchestra provides more experienced concert band players an opportunity to expand their musical repertoire and places are by audition only.

 

VOCAL ENSEMBLE – YEAR 7

The vocal ensemble is suitable for those students wishing to enjoy a wonderful singing experience. This ensemble performs at a variety of school events and in the wider, local community over the past few years it has been involved in a statewide choral festival that performs in the Town Hall.

 

VOCAL EXTENSION

This is an experience for students wishing to extend their singing skills exploring various repertoire including acapella. Students in this extension vocal group are accepted from Year 8 and above through an audition process. Ask the music teachers for more information.

 

OTHER ENSEMBLES

Other ensembles are available and are dependent on student interest. Ask the Music teachers for more information.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Over the last few years, through the support of the P&C, we have been able to offer up to eight scholarships for students to commence as a musician, or take up a new instrument. Future scholarships will be on the basis of future ensemble directions, but in the past have helped provide this opportunity, as well as fill some of the ‘gaps’ in our ensembles.

A minimum additional 12 month commitment from students at the end of the scholarship period, to an ensemble is then required. The scholarship provides 12 months ensemble registration fees (excluding camp fees), and instrument hire.

 

For information regarding any of the Performing Arts Ensembles, please contact Ms. Jacqueline Berry at jacqueline.berry@det.nsw.edu.au

 

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