Toowoomba Grammar School

Performing Arts

MUSIC

The Senior School offers several Vocal Ensembles from the large scale choir to smaller A Cappella groups, including the well-respected, admired and enjoyed Grammarphones. All of these ensembles perform at school events and functions as well as in local, national and international tours, festivals and competitions. Private vocal tuition is available from expert musicians, skilled in a diverse range of styles and genres. The Instrumental Program at Toowoomba Grammar School caters for boys of all backgrounds and experience levels. The core ensembles provide the opportunity for every boy to participate in group music-making without having to audition. Enrichment ensembles, including the Big Band, R’n’B Band and String Trio, are audition-based and provide advanced players with the chance to extend themselves within the ensemble setting. Boys who have a particular interest in other genres of music are encouraged to form their own groups. Rehearsal space and time can be made available to support these initiatives.

Toowoomba Grammar School offers tuition at all levels for voice and a wide variety of instruments, and there are many opportunities for students to take their discipline to the highest level. The School has a Director of Performance who oversees the boys’ co-curricular involvement in Music and Drama. The School can offer all boys a quality instruction program and dedicated professionals of the highest calibre. Many boys have gone on to achieve individual success at Eisteddfods, been accepted into national and international programs, and excelled at awards from AMEB 8th grade to L. Mus and Trinity College certificates.

Instrumental / theory lessons are based on a half-hour lesson and are scheduled on a rotational basis to ensure the boys have flexibility in their timetables. Instrumental hire / loans can be provided to beginning students on occasion. All boys who learn an instrument are expected to participate in the School ensemble program.

The School’s ensembles have performed regularly both domestically and internationally including the New York Choral Festival, Disneyland Schools Spectacular, Hawaii Pan Pacific Bands and Choral Festival (USA), the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland) and the Bratislava Youth Arts Festival Slovakia

Director of Performance: Mrs Natalie Otto

Teacher in Charge Music: Ms Wendy Evans


Drama

Drama (Toowoomba Grammar Acting Academy – TiGAA) is accessible to all boys in Years 7 – 12 and aims to develop active participation in a wide range of theatrical and dramatic activities, including Improvisation, Scripted Plays, Theatre Sports, Comic Theatre and Physical Theatre. The students present two productions each year and biannually perform a Musical either with students from the local girls’ schools or as an open-cast show. Added to the on-stage experiences, skills are also developed in set-design, construction, stage management, lighting and sound design..

Teacher in Charge Drama: Mrs Eylece Blaikie


Musical Productions

Musical performances are arranged every second year at the School and are arranged in collaboration with Fairholme College, a neighbouring girls’ school. Auditions are held for character roles and boys are also encouraged to participate in backstage or technical support roles. Information regarding these performances are advertised to the School community through the Director of Performance.

Director of Performance: Mrs Natalie Otto

 


 Please click on this link to sign up for all Music and Drama Co-Curricular activities. Details for each group can be found below.

 

Activity Activity Details Participation Expectation Schedule Contact
Music – Choir Treble Voices No audition required. Unchanged voices only. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Natalie Otto

Director of Performance

n.otto@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Choir Senior Voices No audition required. Changed voices only. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Ms Wendy Evans

Teacher-in-Charge, Music

w.evans@twgs.qld.edu.au

Music – Choir Grammarphones Auditioned Choir. Places for 2019 are now closed. Please join Years 7 – 9 Voiceworx or Senior Choir to be considered in 2020.

Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year.

Rehearsal Mrs Natalie Otto

Director of Performance

n.otto@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Band/Instrumental Big Band Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 3 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mr Gavin McKenzie

Big Band Director

g.mckenzie@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Band/Instrumental Wind Orchestra Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 3 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mr Gavin McKenzie

Wind Orchestra Director

g.mckenzie@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Band/Instrumental Wind Ensemble No audition required. Students are expected to be Grade 1 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Natalie Otto

Director of Performance

n.otto@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Band/Instrumental RnB Band Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 3 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mr Jonathan Willis

RnB Band Director

j.willis@twgs.qld.edu.au

Music – Band/Instrumental RnB Too Band Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 1 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Natalie Otto

Director of Performance

n.otto@twgs.qld.edu.au

Music – Strings Vivace Trio Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 3 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Ms Teresa Brix

Vivace Trio Director

t.brix@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Strings String Orchestra No audition required. Students are expected to be Grade 1 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Ms Teresa Brix

String Orchestra Director

t.brix@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Woodwind/Brass Saxophone Trio Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 3 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Melissa Buchholz

Saxophone Trio Director

m.buchholz@twgs.qld.edu.au

Music – Woodwind/Brass Clarinet Ensemble Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 2 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Melissa Buchholz

Clarinet Ensemble Director

m.buchholz@twgs.qld.edu.au

Music – Woodwind/Brass Saxophone Ensemble Auditioned Ensemble. Students are expected to be Grade 2 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Melissa Buchholz

Saxophone Ensemble Director

m.buchholz@twgs.qld.edu.au

Music – Woodwind/Brass Brass Ensemble No audition required. Students are expected to be Grade 1 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mrs Elizabeth Crook

Brass Ensemble Director

e.crook@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

Music – Guitar Guitar Ensemble No audition required. Students are expected to be Grade 1 AMEB (or equivalent) or higher. Students are to attend all rehearsals and performances for the whole year. Rehearsal Mr Josh Meppem

Guitar Ensemble Co-director

j.meppem@twgs.qld.edu.au

Mr Steve Beezley

Guitar Ensemble Co-director

s.beezley@twgs.qld.edu.au