Director of Music | Acting Director, Mr Jan Hewerdine

On Friday morning 2 February, we held our first Terrace Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. We had a great turnout and the boys did an admirable job sight-reading their first full orchestral work. This group replaces the Terrace Chamber Orchestra and is geared towards a larger string group coupled with select Middle School aged wind and brass players.

Congratulations and a huge thankyou to our Terrace Choir and Liturgy Band for the inspirational music that supported the Opening Mass and Year 12 Induction, which was held at the University of Queensland on Friday 2 February. A special thank you to Mrs Debattista and Mr Esbensen for preparing the music for this special event.

Last Sunday, the Callan Red and Black String ensembles spent the day in workshops and rehearsals at Waterford Place, under the direction of our string department. The Red Concert Band also workshopped on the Sunday, focussing on new concert repertoire and committing to memory music for the ANZAC Day parade.

Students in Years 11 and 12 who participate in our premier ensembles are eligible to receive honour pockets. The conditions for receiving an honour pocket are set out on p.151 of the student diary. Please read these carefully and ensure that you understand the qualifications required to receive an honour pocket. Students may check their attendance percentage with their ensemble director at any time throughout the year. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal for any reason, please notify your ensemble director via email.

All music students are reminded of the importance of attending to regular and purposeful practise, both privately and in ensembles. An essential tool of the trade is the trusty pencil, 2B or not 2B… Taking note of difficult passages and suggestions from your band director will help foster improvement rather than waste time repeating mistakes.

Between Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 February 2018, the Young Conservatorium will be holding their annual Jump In Day. Jump In Day is open to choral and instrumental school aged children of all levels. This is a free event. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Young Conservatorium on or 3735 6247.

GPS Centenary Music Showcase is on Thursday 22 February 7-8.30pm at the Qld Performing Arts Centre.

GPS reaches its centenary this year, providing a special opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the GPS spirit of fellowship. The GPS Centenary Music Showcase is a day of music making culminating in performances by students from all nine GPS schools in choir, symphony orchestra and concert band ensemble. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) will host the Centenary Showcase featuring the hugely popular work, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performed by a massed choir of 300 voices and an orchestra of 100 players, conducted by Maestro Andrew Mogrelia.

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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 Music and will no longer be emailed separately.

Please use the Parent Lounge to ascertain whether your son is specifically involved. Some events are only for specific participants.

Term 1 Events

  • GTOBA Mass, Terrace Choir, Sunday 11February, 9.30-10.15am, Chapel of the Holy Family
  • GPS Music Showcase, Thursday 22 February, Music Dept. Select musicians and singers - please check the Parent Lounge
  • Chamber Music Concert, Wednesday 28 February, 6-7.30pm, Edmund Rice Theatre, Waterford Place
  • ANZAC Day Marching Band (SWE and Red Thunder Drumline), Saturday 3 March, 8.30am-6.50pm, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival

Holiday Workshops

  • ANZAC Day Marching Band, Monday -Tuesday 9-10 April Timings TBC