As always, there have been a number of events on the music calendar, which have provided our gifted and talented students with a range of opportunities to develop and display not only their musical skills, but also their remarkable ability to work cooperatively- demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities. Ensembles camp, Bandfest and Musicale have provided students with a platform upon which they could enhance these skills.
“Musicale”- the school’s annual concert, turned out to be very successful indeed. The show commenced with a performance by the intermediate band, who had only recently won a gold award at ‘Bandfest’. With their polished performance, it was not hard to see why they had achieved such an accomplishment. Musicale also included performances by other regular school ensembles such as the string ensemble who once again produced a captivating performance with their smooth and diverse repertoire, the vastly improved stage band, the choir who produced an excellent rendition of the song ‘I Believe’, the soulful Uke Club and the concert band who also won gold at ‘Bandfest’.
Also worth mentioning are the student initiated ensembles, such as the orchestra who continue to produce some fine performances due to the motivation of some talented year 11 music students- Kenneth and Atkins Fan, and Dylan He who have recently become the driving force behind this unit. Other performers who are to be commended on their invaluable contribution include; Tom McDougall, Rikki Arendesn, Adam Robey and Jackson Fisher.
It was pleasing to see so many old boys returning to the school to either perform with or in some cases even rehearse our ensembles, or simply showing their support for their fellow Techies by being a part of the audience. Of course, the concert would certainly not have been so successful without the help of the STHS sound & lighting team and our two fantastic comperes Vincent Yuan and Leo Guo.
All students, teachers and parents who were present at Musicale would have to agree that they were treated to some high-quality instrumental and vocal skills, and all the ensembles are looking forward to their next gig.
Shane Gamage and Julie Ryan
Performing Ensemble Coordinators