The music program at Marist College Ashgrove has a strong influence and presence within the College. All students from Years 5 to 12 are encouraged to be involved in a variety of ensembles, encompassing many standards, musical styles and genres. Over the last thirty years Marist Ashgrove has been at the forefront of Music Education in Queensland, with students successfully participating in numerous performances, national and international tours, camps and competitions, as well as playing a vital role in the cultural and liturgical life of the College. The co-curricular program runs in conjunction with an extensive and nationally recognised curricular music program, involving many students from Years 5 to 12. In 2018 there have been five classes of Senior Music, including a class of Music Extension; with some students auditioning for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and other tertiary music institutions.
Old Boys of the College have gone on to perform, record and compose professionally, both nationally and internationally in a variety of genres and ensembles. Some of these include the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, The Paris Opera Orchestra, Nigel Kennedy, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Ten Tenors, James Morrison and rock group Ball Park Music. There have also been multiple Queensland Music Award and Aria Award nominees and winners.
Concerts are held regularly throughout the year at the College’s Draney Theatre, as well as other venues across South East Queensland. Over the years, these concerts have also featured groups from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the Voices of Birralee as well as ensembles from other schools. In the last two decades, the department has toured to Far North and Western Queensland, Sydney, (performing in the Sydney Opera House), Melbourne, Western Queensland, Fiji, New Zealand and China.
Tuition is provided by a group of approximately 20 dedicated and talented teachers, many of whom are distinguished performers in their own right. Part-time and full-time members of the music staff provide group and private lessons each week on the following instruments:
- Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon & Saxophone
- Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium & Tuba
- Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass
- Percussion (Tuned & Untuned)
- Guitar, Piano, Harp, Organ and Voice
- Electronic Music & DJ
For more information about taking instrumental music lessons click here for the instrumental handbook
For more information about our Music Ensembles click here
To view the latest Concert calendar click here