High School Orchestras

Tuesday 4 August, 2009
High School Orchestras Picture

Orchestra @ Wikipedia

Well, our very own high school orchestra draws ever closer. So to entice your musical taste-buds I have left seven great examples of high school orchestras form the United States for you to enjoy.

Please leave a comment if you find any good Aussie high school orchestra videos and leave a comment telling us which orchestra you liked best!

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New Trier High School Orchestra, Illinois USA
“The Rakoczy March” by Hector Berlioz from “The Damnation of Faust”

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Moanalua High School Symphony, Hawaii USA
“The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini

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Lassiter High School Orchestra, Georgia USA
“Zou-San” (Little Elephant) by Keiko Yamada

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Central Davis Junior High School Orchestra, Utah USA
“Symphony No. 12” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Stephen F. Austin High School Symphony Orchestra, Texas USA
“Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt

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Minnetonka High School Orchestra, Minnesota USA
“The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Milton High School Orchestra, Georgia USA
“Pirates of the Caribbean” by Hanz Zimmer

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Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)

Saturday 25 July, 2009
Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart @ Wikipedia

I love Mozart’s Requiem! I’ve posted the Introit, Kyrie and Dies Irae below for you to listen to.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor” (K. 626) was composed in 1791 and was Mozart’s last composition. It was commissioned by the aristocrat Franz von Walsegg for the funeral of his wife, Anna. Von Walsegg secretly commissioned the work so he could pass it off as his own. Unfortunately, Mozart died before completing the composition. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, secretly asked Franz Xaver Süßmayr to complete it so she could receive the final payment from von Walsegg (no doubt to help recover the debts Constanze inherited from her late husband).

So here’s the composition… that Mozart began to write but died before completing, that von Walsegg tried to pass off as his own, that Süßmayr finished without von Walsegg finding out, and that Constanze earned all the money from!

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“Introit” and “Kyrie” by W. A. Mozart from “Requiem Mass in D minor”

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“Dies Irae” by W. A. Mozart from “Requiem Mass in D minor”

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Here’s the text with translation underneath each section…

Introit

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion
Et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem
Exaudi orationem meam
Ad te omnis care veniet
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis

translation

Grant them eternal rest, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them
You are praised, God, in Zion
And homage will be paid to You in Jerusalem
Hear my prayer
To You all flesh will come
Grant them eternal rest, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them

Kyrie

Kyrie, eleison
Christe, eleison
Kyrie, eleison

translation

Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

Dies Irae

Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet saeclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla
Quantus tremor est futurus
Quando judex est venturus
Cuncta stricte discussurus

translation

Day of wrath, day of anger
Will dissolve the world in ashes
As foretold by David and the Sibyl
Great trembling there will be
When the Judge descends from heaven
To examine all things closely

Click here for the full Latin text with English translation.

Wow! Now that’s a song to hear at a funeral!

Sydney Tertiary Music Courses – Open Days 2009

Tuesday 14 July, 2009

I thought it would be good to list some open days at tertiary institutions that run music courses in Sydney, for those interested in going to university/college in 2010. Open days are free and you might just find a fulfilling future doing something you actually love! Have you watched the above video on Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University yet?

So here’s the list in order of date…
oooCurrent dates are in bold
oooOut-of-date events are crossed out

1  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Sunday 29th March 2009
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

2  SAE

School of Audio Engineering Sydney Institute Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Sydney – possibly more but their site is ridiculous
Degrees: Diploma in Music Production or Bachelor of Audio Production
Details: Call 02 9211 3711 any time for a tour
Date: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Address: 55-57 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9211 3711

3  AICM

The Australian International Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses in Rozelle
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music Performance
Date: Saturday 20th June 2009
Address: 114 Victoria Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02 9637 0777

4  AIM

Australian Institute of Music Open Day
Overview: 2 courses (6 majors) in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Audio Engineering or Entertainment Management
Date: Saturday 22nd August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Address: 1-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9219 5444

5  The Con

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 10 courses in Sydney
Degrees: Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Bachelor in Music, Opera or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Cnr Bridge Street and Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9351 1222 (General Enquiries)

6  USyd

The University of Sydney Arts Music Unit – Sydney Uni Live!
Overview: 3 courses in Darlington
Degrees: Diploma and Bachelor in Music or Arts
Date: Saturday 29th August 2009
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Address: Sydney University Darlington Campus, Cnr of City Road and Cleveland Street, Golden Grove/Darlington NSW 2006
Phone: 1300 362 006 (Sydney Uni Helpline)

7  UWS

University of Western Sydney Open Day
Overview: 1 course in Penrith
Degrees: Bachelor of Music
Date: Sunday 30th August 2009
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Details: Open Day Expression of Interest Form
Address: UWS Parramatta Campus, Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere NSW 2116
Phone: 9852 5222 (General Enquires) / 1300 897 669 (Course Enquiries)

8  UNSW

The University of New South Wales Open Day
Overview: 5 courses in Kensington
Degrees: Bachelors in Music, Education, Arts and/or Science
Date: Saturday 5th September 2009
Address: Cnr Anzac Parade abd High Street, Kensington NSW 2052
Phone: 02 9385 1844 (Student Recruitment)

9  Club Mac

Macquarie University Open Day
Overview: 1 course in North Ryde – possibly more but no clear list of courses
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Contemporary Music Studies
Date: Saturday 12th September 2009
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109
Phone: 02 9850 7111 (General Enquiries) / 02 9850 7314 (Undergraduate Enquiries)

10  JMC

John Martin Cass Academy Open Day
Overview: 6 courses in Surry Hills
Degrees: Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor in Audio Engineering or Popular Music Performance
Date: Saturday 19th September 2009
Time: Sessions at 10:30am or 1:30pm
Details: Online Registration Form
Address: 41 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 8899 / 02 9212 4801

Hope that gave you plenty of options! Leave a comment if you have any questions, additional information or reviews from any open days…

Champagnat Day Music Performance

Friday 12 June, 2009
Champagnat Day Music Performance

St. Marcellin Champagnat @ McNamara's Blog

Year 11 and 12 boys performed superbly for the Champagnat Day music performance afternoon on 5th June 2009. Here are some clips of their performances for you to enjoy…

Zion: Story of My Life – Frankie J
Declan, Blake, Albert & Darren: All the Small Things – Blink 182
Louie & Declan: Talking Bird – Death Cab for Cutie

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Reggie, Andrew, Tim, Paul & Joseph: This Love – Maroon 5
Clarence: Europa – Santana

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Reggie, Tim, Andrew, Paul & Joseph: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Dean: Europa – Santana (improvised)
Louie, Declan, Blake & Darren: Always Where I Need To Be – The Kooks

State Funeral of Professor Chris O’Brien AO

Thursday 11 June, 2009
State Funeral of Professor Chris O’Brien AO

Professor Chris O’Brien and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

~ click on picture above for 60 Minutes interview ~

Our school choir, along with Year 11 and 12 boys and the St. Ignatius College Choir, sang at the state funeral of Professor Chris O’Brien AO (Office of the Order of Australia) at St. Mary’s Cathedral today.

It was a touching and moving tribute to a wonderful and dedicated man. His two sons and daughter were a testament to his great character in giving stirring and awe-inspiring speeches. We were blessed as a school to have one of our old school captains, Chris O’Brien, speak so passionately to us in June last year, where he urged us to become “men of steel”.

The choir sang a beautiful collection of 13 songs, including “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”, “Crimond – Psalm 23”, “Here I Am, Lord”, “Be Thou My Vision” and their own solo item “Ancient Words”.

Here is a clip of Chris from Sky News in March this year. May his determination, optimism, dedication and compassion inspire you also…

Triple J Unearthed High 2009 Competition

Friday 22 May, 2009
Triple J Unearthed High 2009 Competition

Click for JTV: Unearthed Video

The Triple J Unearthed High competition is on again! Entry opens 20th May 2009 and closes on 31st July 2009.

To become a famous rock star, all you have to do is…

  1. Write an original song
  2. Record your original song
  3. Sign up as an artist on the Unearthed High Signup Page
  4. Upload up to 3 original songs
  5. Make sure the “‘Unearthed High” checkbox is ticked under the competitions section of your artist profile

Competition Details

How to Enter Details

Official Unearthed High Website

Mothers and Sons Mass 2009

Saturday 9 May, 2009

Attention choristers for Monday night!

Click here to view the “Ensembles – Choir” page which contains YouTube clips of the songs we are doing

Music Ensembles for 2009 …Vote Again!

Thursday 30 April, 2009


Hey boys, I thought I’d repost this without password protection to see what results might come of it. Please select which of the following ensembles you may be interested in joining for 2009 onwards.

Happy voting!

TED Talks You Must Watch!

Friday 24 April, 2009

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event in Britain where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. Here are some talks from the website on music, creativity and education. If I find any more later I will add them. But for now, you must watch these videos… (follow “Link to page” so you can toggle to full-screen)

Sir Ken Robinson on “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
Link to page

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Benjamin Zander on “Classical Music with Shining Eyes”
Link to page

Vodpod videos no longer available.Click here for another excellent speech by Benjamin Zander (it’s similar in places but just as amazing)

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James Burchfield on “Sound Stylings by a Human Beatbox”
Link to page

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Evelyn Glennie on “How to Listen to Music with Your Whole Body”
Link to page

Vodpod videos no longer available.

ANZAC Day Tribute 2009

Friday 24 April, 2009

ANZAC day honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who have fought and died in war since the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 during the Great War (World War I). ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April 1915. There is nothing glorious about war and we should avoid it at all costs. But on ANZAC day we pause to remember those who fought and died for the tremendous freedoms we have gained. Music plays an important role in our reflection and connection with others on this day.

Bugle calls feature prominently during ANZAC day ceremonies. The Last Post signals the end of the day of fighting. Reveille means “wake again” in French and is played at the beginning of the day. On ANZAC day, The Rouse is usually used instead of Reveille as it is shorter. The Last Post is played to symbolise those who have died in battle, a minute’s silence reflection is broken by The Rouse which symbolises the dead rising to new life. Click here to see the bugle call melodies.

Here is a very touching ANZAC tribute with Amazing Grace played by the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, and The Last Post by Peter Tiefenbach & Stuart Laughton.