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Music News - Newsletter Issue 8 2020

Music is Life


An apparent truth has been yet again revealed to the students and staff in the Music Centre.  Music, and its performance, has both a healing quality and also the power to move us.  Through this year’s many disruptions our usual performance opportunities have been limited, but when students finally did have the opportunity to play music to an audience, their demeanour brightened, their attitude improved and they once again found “that” which had been missing form their lives.  Music really is amazing.


Students broadcast on national radio

Congratulations to year 12 music students Dylan and Kynan who have had their latest single Blackened Crown played on Triple J. The 2 Special Interest Music (SIM) students alongside SIM alumnus Tyler, are part of an up and coming four piece metal band called SIGNALS. What an achievement!


Special Interest Music student Emilie (Emerauld) recently joined Peter Goers on ABC radio in the ‘new and upcoming talent’ segment.  Emilie played an acoustic version of ‘What Can I say’ and a cover of ‘Skinny Love’.  Emilie released her single, ‘What Can I Say’ earlier this year on Triple J unearthed.  Congratulations Emilie!



Competition winners

Congratulations to year 12 music student, Hayley, who has won a position in the grand-final of the song writing competition, 'Listen Up Music'. She competed as a semi-finalist and will now be flying to Sydney to represent South Australia. She performed alongside fellow year 12 student Sione Latu at The Rhino Room and wowed the judges with her elegant lyrics and sweet harmonies. Good luck Hayley!



Earlier in the month jazz choir 6G entered the inaugural Southern Stars Showcase run by the ANCA (Australian National Choir Association). They wowed the adjudicators and were awarded GOLD and the Special Judge’s Award from Anita Wardell.  Congratulations 6G! 


A big couple of months for concerts!

We are always proud of our students’ achievements and our ensembles represent the high level of musicianship attained by students in the music program. A number of ensembles missed out on performing earlier this year, including defending winning titles in Generations in Jazz, the Adelaide Eisteddfod, and even performing live with the State Opera of South Australia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.  However, term 3 and term 4 looked much brighter for performance opportunities as favourable conditions in South Australia enabled us to provide our students with a number of performance opportunities. Although our usual performance venues were unavailable, we were fortunate to move the Town Hall Concert, year 12 Concert and the Elder Hall Concert to the Forge theatre.  A huge thank you to Sarah MacCulloch who supported these concerts with her fabulous lighting skills and Forge know-how. With limited and socially distanced seating, the audience were privileged to hear fantastic concerts by our co-curricular ensembles.  The performance program and an extraordinary number of performance opportunities continue to be a fundamental feature of the special music curriculum.


I thank the music faculty for their dedication to the music program and extra time they commit to the ensembles providing musical opportunities for students culminating in a month of artistic excellence.


Not the Town Hall Concert

Not a Monty Python sketch, but this year’s major school music event Marryatville: Return to the Stage was held at the Forge.   This concert featured the senior co-curricular ensembles directed by MHS music faculty and instrumental music staff, Rob Chenoweth, Amelia Monaghan, Paul Stacey and Dave Winnall.  We would like to thank the instrumental music staff who work directly with our students to achieve fantastic educational outcomes.



Year 12 concert

Featuring our year 12 stage 2 solo performance class the students played to an audience of family and friends.  The students performed a stunning evening of repertoire ranging from mesmerising instrumental solos, exquisite vocal solos and a lively performance by a jazz group.  We are proud of what this cohort has achieved and wish them much success in their final exams.

Music concert

On Wednesday of week 3 the junior co-curricular ensembles performed at the Forge. The event was broadcast live on You-Tube in order for all of the school community to share in the music. We would like to thank Director of Nathan Burgess, our IT department and volunteer camera crew who worked hard to ensure the broadcast was a success with over 120 people tuned in the for live-stream. 


At the concert we presented the music awards for outstanding achievement in music performance.  We congratulate the following students:


Flute Ensemble - Alicia Marcoionni

Girls’ Choir - Ellie Foulkes

Junior Choir - Hannah Durand                                

Guitar Ensemble - Isaac Seager

Junior Orchestra - Thomas Brennan                     

Jazz Strings -Tim Shephard

Boys’ Choir - Mitchell Kingston                              

Concert Band II - Daniel Brideoake

Studio Strings - Leona James                          

Big Band III - Guy Milchem and Nestor Bettison Estrella

Outstanding Contribution and Service to Music - Gabriel Csizmadia


Music students perform at the year 12 farewell and presentation

Once again our music students presented a professional performance at the recent year 12 Farewell and Presentation.  The band, Back Pocket Grove featuring Solomon Young (’20), Kris Mann, Kallan Francis, Dylan DiPalo (’20) and Kynan Mallia (’20) played a repertoire of jazz to welcome the audience.  Alyona Kutayeva’s stunning rendition of New York State of Mind was a hit, her warm colours and emotive story telling encapsulating the audience. This was later followed by Alex Lee performing the jazz standard All of Me, demonstrating the versatility and beauty of the trombone.


Music Captains

Thank you and farewell.



The music faculty would like to thank the music captains of 2020: Shanna Goh and Alex Lee.

Their work and commitment has been greatly appreciated by the staff and students.  They have represented the music students and the faculty well despite the tribulations of this year.  We wish them the best in their future endeavours and their life as musicians.


We would like to congratulate the music captains for 2021:

Claire McCann and Ethan Schembri (both pictured centre) and vice-captains Tim Shepherd (left) and Gabriel Czismadia (right).





Live-Stream - New Music Concert – 17 November 2020

Featuring music from some of MHS’s finest composers and writers.

Details coming soon…