Music

The Hunters Hill High School Extracurricular music program is the result of the collaboration of Hunters Hill High School Parents and Citizens music coordinators and the Hunters Hill High School Creative and Performing Arts Department.

The ensembles play an active part in the school calendar and perform at Open Day, Variety Night, Music Soiree and Presentation Days plus Eisteddfods, competitions and other external events.

The Music Program offers a range of dynamic ensembles for students to participate in, representing the school with pride and promoting excellence in music education. All ensemble directors are talented and experienced music professionals. The Music Program is not-for-profit and fees cover the cost of tuition, music, performances and festival participation. Parents are invoiced each semester, and students in more than one music ensemble are only charged for one group.

Fees

Fees are $600 per year for any number of music ensembles (excluding guitar) with a 20% discount given to siblings.

Instrument Hire

Instruments can be hired from the school at a minimal rate to allow students to commence learning an instrument. The students and their parents will need to find a suitable tutor and commence lessons outside the school. The CAPA staff and Music coordinators can help with suggestions for tutors. Students can join in the Concert Band when they reach basic proficiency with the instrument.

The Concert Band

The Concert Band is the programs core music ensemble. The band is directed by professional percussionist, composer and highly skilled music educator Robert Oetomo. The Concert Band includes flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, low brass, bass guitar, drums, keyboard and auxiliary percussion. The band plays an engaging repertoire from movie scores to great arrangements of modern and classic pop and rock pieces. The group performs at school and local community events, as well as festivals and eisteddfods. Students should be able to read music, playing their instrument with an intermediate level of proficiency. It is expected that students will continue to practice and receive private tuition outside the school.

Rehearsals for the Concert Band are held on Thursday mornings in the theatrette from 7.20 – 8.30am.

Stage Band

The Stage Band is an advanced ensemble of student musicians under the direction of highly experienced professional saxophonist and music tutor, Stephen Schafer. The band play an exciting repertoire focusing on jazz and funk arrangements. Entry to the Stage Band is via audition. Students in Year 7-10 who audition for the Stage Band must also be members of the core Concert Band. The group performs at school and local community events and music festivals. In 2019, the Stage Band received a prestigious Gold Award at the Australian Band & Orchestra Festival.

Rehearsals for the Stage Band are held on Thursday afternoons in the theatrette from 3.30 – 4.30pm.

Strings Ensemble

The String Ensemble caters for violin, viola, cello and double bass players from intermediate to advanced level. The group is directed by accomplished professional viola player and innovative music tutor Ben Haire. The ensemble performs a dynamic repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary genres. The group represents HHHS at school and local community events including the Hunters Hill Council Carols in the Park, as well as music festivals and eisteddfods. In 2019 the String Ensemble received a Gold Award at the Australian Schools Band and Orchestra Festival, as well as a Highly Commended award at the Sydney Eisteddfod, both outstanding achievements.

Rehearsals for the String Ensemble are held on Wednesday afternoons from 2.20 – 3.10pm.

Junior & Senior Percussion Ensembles

The HHHS P&C Music Program has two excellent percussion ensembles catering for a range of skill and experience levels. Both groups are directed by professional percussionist, composer and highly skilled music educator Robert Oetomo. Robert teaches exciting and energetic pieces using body percussion, different drums, marimbas, vibraphones and other percussion instruments. Students are required to purchase and bring their own sticks, but mallets are provided where required.

The Junior Percussion Ensemble is comprised primarily of year 7 and 8 students. The ability to read music is not compulsory. The ensemble is known for its fantastic performances at school events including Variety Night and the Soiree. The group also participates in the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Rehearsals for the Junior Percussion Ensemble are held on Tuesday mornings in the theatrette from 7.20 – 8.30am.

The Senior Percussion Ensemble is comprised primarily of students from years 9 and above who have acquired the skills and experience to learn more challenging repertoire. This accomplished group has been selected three years running as the featured performers in the prestigious Ryde Schools Spectacular, performing exceptional pieces on the Concert Hall stage of the Sydney Opera House. The group features at school and local community events, including the Moocooboola Festival, where students have impressed audiences with their compelling ensemble playing. The group achieves excellent results in the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Rehearsals for the Senior Percussion Ensemble are held on Wednesday mornings in the theatrette from 7.30 – 8.00am

Vocal Ensemble

The Vocal Ensemble is open to all students from years 7-12 with an interest in ensemble singing and performing. Under the direction of qualified music degree graduate and former Vice Captain of HHHS, Brittany Roulston, the group greatly enjoys learning contemporary pieces, focusing on breathing, vocal and performance technique. Students do not need to read music. Notable performances for the Vocal Ensemble include the HHHS Variety Night and Soiree, as well as local events including the Moocooboola Festival.

Rehearsals for the Vocal Ensemble are held on Monday mornings in the theatrette from 7.30-8.30am.

Community Collaboration

The Hunters Hill High School P&C Music Program partners with local groups including the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra and local feeder primary schools, to provide exciting playing and performing opportunities for students. Additionally, the school liaises with both Hunters Hill and Lane Cove Councils to arrange ensemble performances at events such as the Moocooboola Festival and the Hunters Hill Carols in the Park. Our students represent Hunters Hill High School at these events with pride and a strong sense of school and community spirit.

Further Information

Should you have any questions please email us at music@hhhspandc.org.au

The music and dance enrolment form can be downloaded here.