Director of Music | Mr Brad Esbensen

As the end of the year approaches and we begin planning for 2018, could you please notify the Music Department ASAP of any enrolment changes to your son’s lessons for 2018. Students currently enrolled in the program will have their lessons automatically roll over. During this week and early in the new year, you will be receiving information regarding lessons and ensembles.

Following the auditions and placement of students in ensembles, all those involved in our premier ensembles would have received an invitation to attend the 2018 Music Camp. There have been some changes to the usual run for camp for 2018 due to increasing numbers of students involved in the program. The full schedule is available on the Terrace App. The camp is a great opportunity for our musicians to engage in several days of intensive rehearsals to hone their skills and to develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie within their ensembles. Please respond to the Parent Lounge request by the due date as numbers need to be finalised with the camp site before the end of term.

There will be some changes to our Music Staff in 2018 with Mr Julian Wade (Piano) leaving us to resume full time studies and Miss Amanda Tio (Double Bass) taking on an increased teaching load outside of Terrace. I would like to thank them both for their dedication and inspiration to our students during their time here at Terrace, they will be missed. I would like to welcome Mr Michael Manikus (Piano) who will start with us in 2018. Michael is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium and ACU and brings a wealth of experience as a nationally and internationally recognised performer and youth worker.

Congratulations to the following students on their recent AMEB Exam results: Tom King Koi (Year 10) Grade 4 Flute (Honours); Will Ames (Year 6) Grade 1 Flute (Credit); D’Arcy Long (Year 9) Grade 1 Theory (High Distinction).

Finally, I would like to let you all know that I will stepping down as Acting Director of Music from the start of 2018. It has been a difficult decision and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead and work with a great team. I would like to thank our musicians and their families for their commitment to Terrace Music in 2017 and wish you all a safe and happy Christmas break. I look forward to catching up again in 2018.

Please see below for the list of Term 1 events for 2018. Remember to accept tour notifications as they are sent through Parent Lounge and check Event Memos(available through the Terrace App).

Term 1 2018 Events

  • Music Camp: Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 2018: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Terrace Jazz Orchestra, Waterford Soloists, Waterford Strings, Terrace Choir, Red Thunder Drumline, First Percussion Ensemble.