Director of Music | Mr Brad Esbensen

As we approach the end of term, could I please ask that students keep an eye on their lesson timetables.

This week, several tour notifications have been posted regarding workshops, including rehearsal sessions for the upcoming USA Tour that will take place in the first week of the holidays. Please ensure that you are looking at your music regularly in the lead up to the tour and that you come with all equipment necessary to get the most out of these workshop and rehearsal sessions. Next week, I will be sending out a tour notification regarding participation in the Celebration of Excellence Orchestra and Choir. While this event doesn’t take place until Term 4, we need to have an idea of numbers to assist in planning, both from our end and for the crew at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) and for ordering equipment for the event. I ask that responses please be submitted by the due date (printed near the top right hand corner of the Event Memo).

Congratulations to Matthew Cho (Year 9) on achieving an A+ in his recent AMEB Grade 7 Flute exam.

Last weekend, we had ten of our musicians in Years 5 to 8 representing Terrace at the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Middle School at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Southbank. I have spoken to several of the students involved who greatly appreciated the opportunity and had a positive experience. Nominations have been submitted for the high school program that will take place at the end of September. Parents will receive a notification directly from SHEP and it will be up to you as whether or not you choose for your son to participate. We have had a good number of students representing Terrace in these programs over the years and the feedback is always positive.

As we approach the end of term, could I please ask that students keep an eye on their lesson timetables and notify their Music/Speech & Drama teachers in advance of any absences related to in class assessment. Most of our teachers are employed on a casual basis with teaching portfolios spread across multiple schools. Early notification of such absences will assist them in making the most of their time and ensuring your sons’ lessons are keep up to date. This week is the final week for you to make changes to enrolments for Music and Speech & Drama lessons before billings are processed for next term. Please fill in the appropriate form on the Terrace App (Culture | Music) and email to or print and return to the Music Dept. office.

Please check the Terrace App and Parent Lounge regularly as this is where information regarding various events (see the list below) will now be published. As events are approved and posted to the Parent Lounge, you will be sent an email advising the name of the event, including the Event Memo, to check and you will be required to give a response regarding attendance. Event Memos will also be available through the Terrace App in Culture|Music.

Holiday Workshops (full schedule also available in the Terrace App)

  • USA Marching Band, Monday 19 June, 9am – 3pm, Tennyson Playing Fields
  • USA Music For All Summer Symposium Auditions, 9am – 12pm, Room 3.20
  • Red Big Band Workshop, Tuesday 20 June, 9am – 12pm, MU2
  • Black Big Band Workshop, Tuesday 20 June, 9am – 12pm, MU2
  • 1st Percussion Ensemble Workshop, Tuesday 20 June, 12pm – 3pm, Room 3.20/1
  • Percussion Ensemble 2 Workshop, Wednesday 21 June, 9am – 3pm, Room 3.20/1
  • Percussion Ensemble 3 Workshop, Wednesday 21 June, 12.30pm – 3pm, Room 3.20/1
  • USA Jazz Combo Workshop, Wednesday 21 June, 12pm – 3pm, MU2
  • USA Concert Band Rehearsal, Thursday 22 June, 9am – 12pm, Room 3.20/1
  • USA Choir and Strings Rehearsal, Friday 23 June, 9am – 12pm, Chapel of the Holy Family
  • USA Tour, 26 June – 8 July