Director of Music | Mr Jan Hewerdine

Congratulations to the violin section of the Waterford Soloists, under the direction of Mrs Domenica Kelly, for their performance at the Scholars’ Assembly on Tuesday. 

All ensembles are now underway. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music Department


The Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the inaugural State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Middle School - South-East Queensland from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 May 2020; to be held at the Queensland Conservatorium's South Bank campus. SHEP provides an opportunity for middle school (Years 6-9) wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers from south east Queensland, under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Nominations will be made by students’ instrumental teachers. 

Talkin' Jazz

For students who are looking for avenues to learn about jazz, I would like to point you towards the Talkin’ Jazz programme for high school students. For more information please visit  or email

Instrument protocols

A letter went out recently to all Years 5 and 6 families regarding protocols in storing instruments at the College. In an effort to help you manage the storage of your musical instrument when you arrive at school, can I ask you to do the following please:

  • If you play either flute, clarinet or oboe, please keep your instrument in your school bag.
  • If you play trumpet, trombone, euphonium, alto/tenor saxophone, bassoon, violin, viola or cello, please store these instruments at the start of the day in room MU2, which is located in the Music Centre. The shelving is clearly marked.
  • Please refrain from using your classroom bag racks (and walkways) to store your instruments. The chances of the instrument being stolen are high.
  • Additionally, we ask that you do not leave your instrument in the walkways of the Music Centre.

Terrace App

A reminder that the Terrace App is used to store and disseminate information such as the Music and Speech and Drama handbooks, the weekly rehearsal schedule and event memos for performances. There will still be some information found on the College website, but it will be of a more general nature. 

Performance and workshop notifications are emailed via Parent Lounge and will be used to ascertain who will be attending performances and for roll marking. Could I ask that you respond promptly to these notifications as we use this information, among other things, to generate rolls and book transport (when applicable). 

Please keep in mind that it is expected that all members of an ensemble participate in all performances, but we understand that from time to time there may be circumstances that prevent attendance. If you are declining a tour, could you also please inform the ensemble director and cc 

Finally, as these notices only go out to parents, could you please discuss the event with your son to ensure that he has the details entered in his calendar. You and he will be able to view the Event Memo via the Terrace App. Links to Parent Lounge will be mentioned in this Terrace News article as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music Department

A full list of each term’s events is included at the end of this article and will be updated as required. This list will contain a basic outline of each event with more detailed information being sent directly to those involved via the Parent Lounge.

Term 1 events

  • Sunday 15 February - Strings Workshop 
  • Thursday 27 February - Chamber Music Concert 
  • Saturday 7 March - Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 
  • Tuesday 17 March - TPA Meeting 
  • Friday 27 March - Terrace Jazz Night 
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 14/15 April - ANZAC Day rehearsals