QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY AND QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AUDITIONS
Congratulations to Year 12 students, Andrew Franguo (classical voice), Joshua Betts (popular music), Parker Asnicar (Jazz Trombone), Spencer Wallace, Jesse Henley & Joe Witzerman (Music Technology), who all have been accepted into highly competitive courses at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology.
2018 has been another outstanding year for Co-Curricular Music at Marist College Ashgrove, with a year full of opportunities for boys to participate in a wide variety of musical genres in contrasting settings. The College’s choirs, bands, orchestras and small ensembles produced some outstanding music, collaborating with some of Queensland and the world’s premier musical ensembles. Highlights of the year have included the Blue & Gold Concert, involving many members of the Ashgrove community, old boys and members of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as well as our collaboration with the Voices of Birralee and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from New York City.
Over the summer holidays, Mrs Jennifer Hutchinson resigned after ten years of dedicated service to the College’s Music Department in the Music Executive Officer role. Early in the year, we were happy to announce Mr Enrico Le Mura being appointed to this position, continuing on from the successful legacy that Jennifer had established over her tenure.
As usual, the musical year commenced with the traditional music camp over the first weekend back at school, this year held at Mapleton. Only a few weeks later performances were already underway, including the Inaugural Mass, Champagnat Trust Lunch, the Autumn Concert and the Marist and Birralee Combined Choral Concert. In early March, members of the College’s Music Staff and Chamber Choir attended an open rehearsal and concert with the acclaimed King Singers at the Queensland Conservatorium - Griffith University. The highly acclaimed ensemble performed a mix of ancient, contemporary, classical and popular music, all delivered with pinpoint precision. It was also a pleasant bonus for our current students to reconnect with several old boys who are currently studying at the Conservatorium. Term 2 highlights included groups performing in the May Ensembles Concert, Winter Concert and the Liturgy Choir performing at the Mother and Son Mass and Ashgrove Anzac Day Commemoration Service. In May, Big Band 1 was invited to perform as part of the Brisbane Big Band Festival with over 500 musicians of every age performing at the festival over five days. It was such a privilege to be involved with the boys doing the College proud.
The Semester concluded with our leading ensembles performing in our Blue & Gold Concert. This year’s concert included a number of highlights with a focus on our outstanding Year 12 students. Parker Asnicar performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Concerto for Trombone, Ciaran Kennedy performed Faure’s Elegie for Violoncello and Orchestra - Op. 24 and Joshua Betts performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and Cello in A major, joined by Ciaran Kennedy. Additionally, some of our younger students featured, with Jeremy Vanderbyl and Henry Wienert producing a mature performance of Metheny’s In Her Family.
In Term 3, Marist musicians were involved in a variety of musical performances and projects across Brisbane. The junior musicians excelled performing in a night of entertaining music at our very own Chapel Concert. Big Band 1 and Big Band 2 both received a Silver Award in the Essentially Ellington Big Band Festival, hosted here at Marist. Finally, the Cathedral Concert, held at St Stephens, which highlighted the talents of our choral and strings students, including an outstanding solo vocal performance by Year 12 student Andrew Frangou.
The annual Marist Jazz Night featured our three jazz ensembles in an intimate concert with special guest Wilma Reading. Reading, is an internationally acclaimed artist, with career highlights including touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and performing on the Johnny Carson Show. Our final concert for Term 3 featured the college’s wind bands and percussion ensembles, featuring works by Brian Beck and Erik Morales. To conclude the term, it was great to see many Marist musicians being selected again for G.R.I.P.P.S. and the State Honours Ensemble Program.
Term 4 saw the boys prepare for the annual Grandparents’ Day Concert, Soiree and Graduation, with a mix of collaborative performances throughout each of these events. Finally, Symphony Orchestra members concluded the performance year with a special performance at Secondary Prizegiving.
Special thanks to Mr Enrico Le Mura who has done an outstanding job in maintaining the smooth running of a vibrant and busy music department. The full-time teaching staff; Miss Rhiannon Fenn, Ms Alison Braidwood, Mr Darian Johns, Mrs Catherine Wasserman, Ms Megan Harmston, Mrs Samara Marinelli and Ms Janelle Lee Long - who have selflessly given much of their time and talent to the development of the Music Department here at Marist, their help is most appreciated and invaluable. As always, the part-time teaching staff; Mr Andrew Ball, Mrs Carmen Hooper, Mr Caleb Colledge, Mr Aaron Jansz, Mr Craig Parry, Mr Oliver Boyd, Mr Jamie Kennedy, Mr Laurent Dubois, Ms Rachel Andrews, Ms Nicole Tait, Ms Alexa Murray, Ms Melanie Stewart, Mr Samuel Vincent, Mr Douglas McRae, Mr Sean Flynn, Mr Tony Vandermeer and Mr Joseph Rabjohns - who have continued to bring their great talents to the department, their input has been invaluable.
Finally, a heartfelt thanks to all of the students and especially the Year 12 Class of 2018, who were involved in the Music Department this year. Without their dedication, talent and enthusiasm which they have displayed in rehearsals, concerts and competitions throughout the year, the successes that we have enjoyed would not have been possible. It has truly been a blessing to work with such outstanding young men and boys.
Mr Andrew Butt
Head of Music