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22 November 2017

After such a busy year with rehearsals, concerts and competitions, we come to the last 10 days of school, and still there are rehearsals and performances for some of our ensembles.

Christmas Service/Farewell Assembly

As part of the Christmas Service and Farewell Assembly, the three String Ensembles will be combining to provide Christmas themed music.All members of Junior Strings, Vivaldi Strings and Corelli Strings are reminded their final rehearsal is on Wednesday morning before school.

Primary Choir and Secondary Choir will have their final rehearsal on Tuesday morning before school, finalising items for the 4-6 Awards Evening (Primary Choir), the Christmas Service and Farewell Assembly.

Junior Singers will play a very special part in the Christmas Service, as they sing songs to tell the story of the Nativity.Details

North Lakes Christmas Carols

A reminder to families that The Lakes College will once again have choirs performing at this local community event, this year being held on Sunday 3 December. Members from Miss Robertson’s Primary Choir (Year 4-6) and Mrs Johnston’s Secondary Choir will be performing Christmas songs that they are preparing for the end of year Christmas Service and Assembly. In order to provide the organisers with accurate performer numbers, could families please accept/decline for this performance on Parent Lounge.The Carols event will again, be held at North Lakes Town Common, Little Burke Street, off Endeavour Boulevard.The North Lakes Carols will start at 3pm, with TLC singing at 5:10pm.

Primary Instruments – all need returning

All Primary students have been reminded by their instrumental teacher to return their instruments this week, so a full audit can be conducted.Those students who have requested to keep their instruments for the Christmas holidays will have it returned to them, after being checked off by their teacher.

Year 3 Instrument Selections

Year 3 families are reminded to return their Instrument Selections letter, with their preferences numbered on the letter.These letters are to be returned to Miss Robertson.All instruments for next year’s Year 4 students will be ordered over the Christmas break and handed out in the first weeks of the new school year.

Year 1 and Year 2 Violin Selections

As part of the Communications email last week, Year 1 and Year 2 families were asked to make selections regarding the optional Violin Program for 2018.Thank you to those families who have already been online and made selections through the Google form.For those families who are yet to do so, can I ask you to click the link below and complete your selections for your child in 2018.

Year 1 – Violin Selection for Year 2, 2018 – click link here

Year 2 – Violin Selection for Year 3, 2018- click link here

Secondary Instrumental Music Program

As part of the Communications email, the Music Department shared with Year 6 and Secondary families an exciting new program.Following on from our strong Primary Instrumental Music Program, from 2018 we are introducing the Secondary Instrumental Music Program offering secondary students the opportunity to participate in small group instrumental lessons.Further details can be found in the information letter in yesterday’s Communication Email.

Year 6 to 11 Secondary Instrumental Music Program (SIMP) - click here If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


8 November 2017

Primary Music Extravaganza

Tomorrow evening we will be holding our first Primary Music Extravaganza, where our Year 4 and 5 students will all perform on their instruments in small groups. The evening will start at 5:30pm in the hall. With the array of instruments including trumpets, trombones, clarinets, saxophones, percussion, cellos and violins there will quite a selection of music. Further details will be emailed home to families of Year 4 and 5 early in Term 4. This is another wonderful opportunity to allow our students to share their Music learning at TLC with their families and friends. In the lead-up to their Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs the following day, it would be beneficial for Year 3 students and families to attend the Primary Music Extravaganza, so they can see and hear the instruments they will be seeing the following day.

Year 3 Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs

This Friday will see all of our Year 3 students participating in the Instrument Demonstration and Try-Outs as they start the process of selecting instruments for 2018. All Year 3 students will sit through a demonstration of all the instruments available, before working through a trial process – trying out each instrument to see which one best suits them. At the end of the day, each student will receive a personal letter to take home which will indicate the instruments they had most success with during the tryouts. Students will need to number these instruments in order of preference before final groupings are determined by the Instrumental Music staff. A letter with all details is included in the Communications email sent to families.

Secondary Instrumental Music Program

As part of the Communications email, the Music Department shared with Year 6 and Secondary families an exciting new program. Following on from our strong Primary Instrumental Music Program, from 2018 we are introducing the Secondary Instrumental Music Program offering secondary students the opportunity to participate in small group instrumental lessons. Further details can be found in the information letter in yesterday’s Communication Email.

Year 6 to 11 Secondary Instrumental Music Program (SIMP) - click here

North Lakes Christmas Carols

A reminder to families that The Lakes College will once again have choirs performing at this local community event, this year being held on Sunday 3 December. Members from Miss Robertson’s Primary Choir (year 4-6) and Mrs Johnston’s Secondary Choir will be performing Christmas songs that they are preparing for the end of year Christmas Service and Assembly. In order to provide the organisers with accurate performer numbers, could families please accept/decline for this performance on Parentlounge. The Carols event will again, be held at North Lakes Town Common,

Little Burke Street, off Endeavour Boulevard. The North Lakes Carols will start at 3pm, with TLC singing at 5:10pm.

Aeolian Music Academy

Aeolian Music Academy are welcoming another new tutor with guitarist Owen van Larkins joining the team: Inventing ground-breaking techniques and complex compositions, Van Larkins is hailed world-wide as a leading composer and guitarist in fingerstyle earning him magazine covers, a coveted spot on the CandyRat Records roster, endorsements and praise from the world's leading artists in the genre, including Andrew White, Phil Emmanuel and Strictly Ballroom's Antonio Vargas.

He started out experimenting on an egg-slicer at just ten, and now, at 33, Van Larkins is at the forefront of the fingerstyle guitar revolution in Australia, soon to release his 4th studio album, Cinder Moon and feature in a world-first fingerstyle guitar movie.

Defying the eye when playing his energetic melodies, harmonies, percussion and bass with just 6 strings and a chunk of the finest carved wood, Van Larkins doesn't sing. He doesn't play drums. And there's no loop pedal. After all, why do any of that when he can make his acoustic guitar do it all?

Transforming what we traditionally consider a classical guitar style with musical influences like electronic, psy-trance and 70s funk, it's no surprise that Van Larkins is spearheading this musical revolution.

To see Owen in action, here are a couple of links:

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they guitar lessons with Owen, or voice, piano, drumming, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music

wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au



25 October 2017

Secondary Instrumental Music Program (SIMP)

As part of the Communications email families received yesterday, the Music Department shared with Year 6 and Secondary families an exciting new program. Following on from our strong Primary Instrumental Music Program, from 2018 we are introducing the Secondary Instrumental Music Program (SIMP) offering Secondary students the opportunity to participate in small group instrumental lessons. Further details can be found HERE

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

It’s nearly two weeks since all our ensembles competed at the St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular and all groups should be pleased with how they performed.

In a very strong competition, Primary Concert Band received 2nd and with only ten members, our band was smaller than the trumpet section of the winning band. Congratulations also goes to Rowan Lee, for receiving the full scholarship for the Bel Canto Summer School, nominated by the adjudicator. Junior Concert Band relished the opportunity to perform in their first competition, and for some of the students it was their first performance ever, having only joined band towards the end of Term 3.

Saturday morning saw our three string ensembles and Dolcissimo Quartet compete in the String Section. Of the eight string groups to perform, four were from TLC, and Junior Strings and Vivaldi Strings were the only primary groups in the section. In his closing remarks, the adjudicator mentioned how important it is to play with good intonation (playing in tune), and for such young groups, he awarded Junior String Ensemble and Vivaldi Strings Encouragement Awards, acknowledging their good technique and encouraging them to keep working hard. At the end of the section he spoke with Miss Hansen and Mrs Johnston, commenting on how wonderful it is to have a school with such a strong strings program with ensemble opportunities available for students across all year levels.

Saturday afternoon Secondary Concert Band were in for a long afternoon, as the program ran late but those of us who stayed to the end of the section heard some wonderful playing from some very large concert bands. This was the first year we had taken Secondary Concert Band to this competition and they enjoyed being able to perform to an appreciative, musical audience.

My thanks goes to the instrumental staff for giving up of their time to allow our ensembles to participate in this competition. With seven ensembles participating over the two days we were second only to St Columban’s with the number of groups performing, and we’ll certainly return again in 2018.

Primary Instrumental Extravaganza

On Thursday 9 November, we will be holding our first Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, where our Year 4 and 5 students will all perform on their instruments in small groups. The evening will start at 5:30pm in the Hall. With the array of instruments including trumpets, trombones, clarinets, saxophones, percussion, cellos and violins there will quite a selection of music. Further details will be emailed home to families of Year 4 and 5 early in Term 4. This is another wonderful opportunity to allow our students to share their Music learning at TLC with their families and friends. In the lead-up to their Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs the following day, it would be beneficial for Year 3 students and families to attend the Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, so they can see and hear the instruments they will be seeing the following day.

Year 3 Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs

On Friday 10 November our Year 3 students will start the process of determining their instrument selection for 2018. All Year 3 students will sit through a demonstration of all the instruments available, before working through a trial process – each student will have a go at playing each instrument type in order to make the most suited instrument selection. At the end of the day, each student will receive a personal letter to take home which will indicate the instruments they had most success with during the tryouts. Students will need to number these instruments in order of preference before final groupings are determined by the Instrumental Music staff. A letter with all details was included in Communications Day yesterday for all Year 3 families.

North Lakes Christmas Carols

The Lakes College will once again have choirs performing at this local community event, this year being held on Sunday 3 December. Members from Miss Robertson’s Primary Choir (Year 4-6) and Mrs Johnston’s Secondary Choir will be performing Christmas songs that they are preparing for the end of year Christmas Service and Assembly. All details have been emailed out to choir families, with a request for students to accept/decline through Parent Lounge so we can determine exact numbers.The Carols event will again, be held at North Lakes Town Common, Little Burke Street, off Endeavour Boulevard. The North Lakes Carols will start at 3pm, with TLC singing at 5:10pm.

Aeolian Music Academy

Aeolian Music Academy are welcoming a new tutor: Jake Tomlins will soon be taking students for drums and percussion lessons. He has been teaching for over 10 years, studying under drumming giants such as Dave Elitch (The Mars Volta, Justin Timberlake) Bob Oliver (John Farnham) and Paul Hudson (Queensland Conservatorium of Music). After finishing his Bachelor Degree in Music, majoring in production, he toured within the USA, traveling and playing through Nashville, Memphis and New York City.

In the coming years, Jake plans to make a name for himself as a session musician working with industry professionals, making a living through his passion. Jake believes a high standard of drumming can be achieved through dedication to practice, as well as developing and maintaining a love and passion for creating music and perpetually challenging your craft.

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be theypercussion and drum lessons with Jake, or voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form. http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


11 October 2017

Popstars! The 90’s Musical

Miss Fitzgerald, Miss Aleckson and I had the pleasure of auditioning the cast members as the first step in our Secondary Musical. All students who came along are to be congratulated for auditioning.For some, singing in front of people is a little nerve-wracking, but there was a wonderful atmosphere around the room as they were put through their paces. Students will receive an email outlining the cast list, along with a reminder of the dates for rehearsals.

A reminder that there will now be three weekend rehearsals in Term 2, 2018:

  • Saturday 14 April – 9am-3pm (this is the last Saturday of the Easter break)
  • Sunday 29 April – 12pm-7pm (this is a week earlier than initially advertised, due to the Labour Day long weekend at the beginning of May)
  • Sunday 27 May – 2pm-7pm (this date hasn’t changed)

Rehearsals will commence on Monday 23 October with rehearsals running each week until 20 November. However, there will not be a rehearsal on 16 November due to the Year 7-12 Awards Night. The rehearsals during Thursday Afternoon Sport will not commence until 2018.

Performances are:

  • Thursday 31 May
  • Friday 1 June
  • Saturday 2 June

A number of students who auditioned were also interested in participating in the Kokoda Challenge, which, unfortunately clashes with the Saturday performance. Arrangements can be made so students can be involved in both. Students are asked to speak with Miss Aleckson.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

With only a few sleeps left, all our ensemble members are gearing up in readiness for this competition.Both our Primary concert bands will compete on Friday, with Secondary concert band and all string ensembles participating on Saturday. For further details, please refer to the letter emailed out last week.

Friday 13 October

Primary Concert Band and Junior Band will be travelling to St Columban’s by bus.Students will need to meet Miss Sellick at 8am, for the bus to leave on time at 8:30am. Students will return to class by 12noon. For those families wishing to travel to St Columban’s to watch the students perform our scheduled times are:

Saturday 14 October

All string ensembles will perform on Saturday morning. Families are reminded they will need to make their own way to the venue.

Secondary Concert Band will be performing on Saturday afternoon, with families needing to make their own way to the venue.

There are a small number of families who need to login into Parent Lounge to ‘accept’ for this competition, so conductors are aware who will be performing on the day and who will be absent.

Primary Instrumental Extravaganza

On Thursday 9 November, we will be holding our first Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, where our Year 4 and 5 students will perform on their instruments in small groups. The evening will start at 5:30pm in the Hall. With the array of instruments including trumpets, trombones, clarinets, saxophones, percussion, cellos and violins, there will quite a selection of music. Further details will be emailed home to families of Year 4 and 5 early in Term 4. This is another wonderful opportunity to allow our students to share their Music learning at TLC with their families and friends. In the lead-up to their Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs the following day, it would be beneficial for Year 3 students and families to attend the Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, so they can see and hear the instruments they will be seeing the following day.

Year 3 Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs

On Friday 10 November, our Year 3 students will start the process of determining their instrument selection for 2018. All Year 3 students will see a demonstration of all the instruments available, before working through a trial process – each student will have a turn at playing each instrument type in order to make the most suitable instrument selection. At the end of the day, each student will receive a personal letter to take home which will indicate the instruments they had most success with during the tryouts. Students will need to number these instruments in order of preference before final groupings are determined by the Instrumental Music staff.A letter with all details was included in the Communication Day email that was sent yesterday to all Year 3 families.

Upcoming Choir Performances

The end of the year always means many choir performances for our choirs at TLC. Please note the following in family diaries:

Monday 13 November
Year 7 – 12 Awards Night; Secondary Choir

Wednesday 15 November
Year 12 Valedictory Service; Secondary Choir

Thursday 23 November
Prep – Yr 3 Night of Celebration; Junior Singers and Singing Club

Tuesday 28 November
Year 4 – 6 Awards Evening; Primary Choir

Wednesday 29 November
Farewell Assembly & Christmas Service; Secondary Choir & Primary Choir

Sunday 3 December (5:00pm)
North Lakes Christmas Carols; Primary Choir and Secondary Choir
(Details regarding the North Lakes Christmas Carols are yet to be send out to families, however, we would like the date noted in family diaries)

All students should know which songs they are learning for the various events. If you have any questions regarding upcoming events, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s choir conductor.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au.

Wendy Johnston
Director of Music
wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au


13 September 2017

Primary and Secondary Musicals

Congratulations to all students involved in the primary musical, The Wizard of Oz. It was a most wonderful production, which looked stunning and the music from the singing and the band was inspiring. The amount of work put in by students and staff, especially Mrs Deb Ellison, Mrs Rachel Ashworth and Miss Shannon Sellick, needs to be applauded. It was very special to play in a live band with Miss Robertson, Miss Hansen and some of our Secondary students, along with some wonderful musician friends of Miss Sellick’s. I’m sure it’s an experience that our Secondary musicians will remember for years to come, as will all the performers on stage and the helpers back stage.

But there’s no rest for some as we now look towards the Secondary Musical. Applications have been received from quite a number of students now putting their hands up to be involved in the Secondary musical, which will be Popstars! The 90’s Musical. The performance dates are in late May/beginning of June 2018. If there are any students who are still considering putting in an application, they must speak to Mrs Johnston or Miss Aleckson before the end of term.

Those students who have nominated to be in the cast will be auditioning on Saturday 7 October, at their nominated time (10:30am or 1:00pm). All students who audition will be given a role in the musical. The audition panel of Miss Aleckson, Miss Fitzgerald and Mrs Johnston will have the onerous task of determining who will be cast into which roles. Some students may be disappointed about not getting their desired role, however, we strongly encourage all students to take part in the musical in the role they are allocated: we need all of you to ensure we have a fabulous, fun time producing Popstars!

Since the information letter went out there have been some changes to weekend rehearsals in 2018.

There will now be three weekend rehearsals:

  • Saturday 14 April – 9am-3pm (this is the last Saturday of the Easter break)
  • Sunday 29 April – 12pm-7pm (this is a week earlier than initially advertised, due to the Labour Day long weekend at the beginning of May)
  • Sunday 27 May – 2pm-7pm (this date hasn’t changed)

Rehearsals will commence on Monday 16 October. The rehearsals of a Thursday afternoon during Thursday Afternoon Sport will not commence until 2018.Students will still need to attend a Thursday Afternoon Activity in Term 4.

Twilight Music Recitals

Congratulations to the Secondary Music students who performed last Thursday evening at our Secondary Twilight Music Recital. Those of us in attendance were delighted with some beautiful music and very special performances.

The Primary Musical Recital, which is on this Wednesday afternoon, will see a multitude of Primary Music students performing, some for the first time in front of a live audience. It is a joy to be able to offer our students opportunities such as our Twilight Music Recitals, where they can develop their performance skills and confidence on stage.

My thanks to the support from Aeolian Music Academy for their continued sponsorship of our recitals, to all the Music tutors who have prepared students for their performances for the last two recitals, the Senior Executive for their continued support of the Arts and the wonderful Music staff at The Lakes College.

St Columban’s Concert Band Spectacular

Last week we received the confirmed performance times for our ensembles who are participating in this competition.A detailed information letter is being emailed home to families of our ensembles, including a map of the venue.

Friday 13 October

Primary Concert Band and Junior Band will be travelling to St Columban’s by bus.Students will need to meet Miss Sellick at 8am, for the bus to leave on time at 8:30am. Students will return to class by 12noon. For those families wishing to travel to St Columban’s to watch the students perform, our scheduled times are:

Saturday 14 October

All our string groups are performing on Saturday morning. Families are reminded they will need to make their own way to the venue.

Secondary Concert Band will be performing on Saturday afternoon, with families needing to make their own way to the venue.

A reminder to families to login into Parent Lounge to ‘accept’ for this competition, so conductors are aware who will be performing on the day.

Music Scholarships Auditions

Thank you to those students and families who have submitted Music Scholarship applications. A ‘Confirmation of Audition Letter’ will be sent over the coming weeks with further details, including the nominated audition time. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Music Scholarship Auditions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Primary Instrumental Extravaganza

On Thursday 9 November, we will be holding our first Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, where our Year 4 and 5 students will all perform on their instruments in small groups.The evening will start at 5:30pm in the Hall. With the array of instruments including trumpets, trombones, clarinets, saxophones, percussion, cellos and violins, there will quite a selection of music. Further details will be emailed home to families of Year 4 and 5 early in Term 4. This is another wonderful opportunity to allow our students to share their Music learning at TLC with their families and friends. In the lead-up to their Instrument demonstration and try-outs the following day, it would be beneficial for Year 3 students and families to attend the Primary Instrumental Extravaganza, so they can see and hear the instruments they will be seeing the following day.

Year 3 Instrument Demonstration and Try-outs

On Friday 10 November our Year 3 students will start the process of determining their instrument selection for 2018. All Year 3 students will sit through a demonstration of all the instruments available, before working through a trial process – each student will have a go at playing each instrument type in order to make the most suited instrument selection. At the end of the day each student will receive a letter to take home which will indicate the instruments they had most success with during the tryouts. Students will need to number the instruments in order of preference before final groupings are determined by the Instrumental Music staff. More details about the demonstration and try-outs will be sent out closer to the date in Term 4.

Aeolian Music Academy

For any enquiries for private music lessons, be they voice, piano, guitar, violin, woodwind or brass please contact AMA via email learn@amacademy.com.au or click the link below to complete an online enrolment form http://www.amacademy.com.au/enrolment-form

If you have any questions or queries regarding anything Music related at TLC please don’t hesitate to drop me an email.

Wendy Johnston
D
irector of Music
wjohnston@thelakes.qld.edu.au