Queensland Eisteddfod

20 April 2018

Over the Easter Holidays Year 11 student, Isabel Lanigan competed in the 125th Queensland Eisteddfod in Ipswich. The Youth Sections are for 16 to 20-year-olds, which meant that Isabel (15 turning 16) was the youngest competitor in all her sections and was competing against some second-year university music students. Competing in five solo sections over the three days, Isabel's results were very impressive.

  • 1st  - Music Theatre (Youth 16-20 years)
  • 2nd - Sacred Solo (Youth 16-20 years)
  • 3rd - Ballad (Youth 16-20 years)
  • Highly Commended - Young Ladies Solo (16-20 years)
  • Highly Commended - Australian Composer (16-20 years)

Isabel recently appeared in the Empire Theatres' production of The Pirates of Penzance and is hoping to study Musical Theatre at university.

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State Honours Ensemble Program - Darling Downs

20 April 2018

This weekend, Friday 20 to Sunday 22 April 2018, Queensland Conservatorium, in partnership with The Glennie School, is pleased to present SHEP - Darling Downs. SHEP provides an opportunity for secondary school wind, brass, percussion, string and voice students to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence with their peers under the leadership of a team of eminent conductors from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Mr Bryan Hurdley will lead the Wind Ensemble, Mr Mark Sullivan the String Ensemble and Dr Anthony Young the Vocal Ensemble.

Over 180 students including 29 Glennie students will be involved in Intensive rehearsals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday concluding with a Grand Finale Concert at 1:00pm on Sunday 22 April at The Glennie School Assembly Hall.  Entry to the Grand Finale Concert is via gold coin donation and all are welcome to attend.

Students from fifteen Schools will attend this prestigious program:

  • Centenary Heights State High School
  • Chinchilla Christian College
  • Dalby State High School
  • Downlands College, Toowoomba
  • Fairholme College Toowoomba
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosaville
  • Harristown State High School, Toowoomba
  • Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields
  • Saint Mary’s Catholic College, Kingaroy
  • St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba
  • The Glennie School, Toowoomba
  • Toowoomba Anglican College (TACAPS)
  • Toowoomba Grammar School
  • Toowoomba State High School
  • Warwick State High School

SHEP Darling Downs is one of thirteen music programs run through Queensland Conservatorium’s Open Conservatorium - in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville. These occur alongside the Pacific Honours Ensemble Program in Seattle and the Australian Honours Ensemble Program - the national program; showcasing the breadth and depth of artistic talent being nurtured by teachers, parents and schools throughout Australia.

 

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SHEP Darling Downs

22 March 2018

At the end of the first week of Term 2, 38 Glennie girls will participate in the Darling Downs SHEP, hosted at Glennie. Over 180 musicians from across the region will descend over the weekend to rehearse and create some wonderful music. There will be a public concert at the Assembly Hall at the conclusion of the weekend.  All welcome!

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Choirs getting ready for Eisteddfod

22 March 2018

On Monday, 16 April, there will be additional rehearsals for all girls in choirs (excluding G minor choir) to prepare for the upcoming Eisteddfod. Schedules have been emailed to parents and girls involved. Girls are encouraged to learn the words of all their Eisteddfod songs over the holidays.

 

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Holiday practice

22 March 2018

With three weeks of holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity for students to catch up with some practise on their instruments (or singing)!  Recommended daily practice is different for each age group and level:

  • Beginners - 15 - 20 minutes per day, 5-6 times per week
  • Intermediate - 30 - 40 minutes per day, 5-6 times per week
  • Advanced - 1 hour+ per day, 5-6 times per week

Consistency is the key for improvement and every bit will aid development of skills. Practice can include: note reading, playing small sections at a time, singing the melody, clapping the rhythms, playing with accompaniment, listening to the song being played by others and learning words (if applicable).

 

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Glennie girls showcase artwork at the Glennie Fair

9 March 2018

The Arts Department team created a showcase of girls artworks, especially for the Fair. The vivid colours and range of individual pieces on display were a pleasure to see and proved quite popular with visitors to the Fair. Well done team and great work girls!

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Lunchtime concert at Junior Years

9 March 2018

Girls in the Junior Years were treated to a lunchtime concert at the blue court on Wednesday as part of a series of concerts being organised by the Year 12 Arts Committee. Performing publicly can be daunting at first, and we would like to especially congratulate the Year 7 girls for performing in the concert.

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Xpression Performs

2 March 2018

This week on Thursday Xpression performed at the Grammar welcome concert, which featured everything from Grammar’s instrumental ensemble to their choirs. On this night, Xpression sang two songs; Ubi Caritas and an Indian raga called Dwijavanthi. This was a beautiful performance for the start of the year, and the girls and boys all had fun singing.

The evening was a huge success, and it was lovely to listen to all of the other ensembles’ amazing music. After such a good start everyone is very excited about the rest of the year. Thank you very much to the conductors, Mrs Evans and Mr Roche-Kelly.

Isabella Morgan, Year 12

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SHEP - Darling Downs

23 February 2018

Congratulations to the following girls who were successful in gaining a place in this year’s SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program), being hosted at Glennie from 20 to 22 April:

Emma Anderson, Isabella Apalais, Alice Armytage, Kartia Chin, Alice Dent, Celine Dixon, Harriet Dummett, Georgina Dummett, Ellaryn Gilbert, Kate Healy, Gabby Kleidon, Sarah Lamshed, Isabel Lanigan, Harper Lanigan, Emily Lawrence, Lauren Lester, Rheanca Lincoln (reserve), Olivia McLevie, Georgia-Lee Meise, Anli Morgan, Isabella Morgan, Anyela Naumann, Lucy Nicholls, Katelyn Nicholls, Lilias O’Connor, Gracie O’Shea, Jess Page, Sarah Park, Isabella Shelton, Amelia Tranter, Jade Verbelen, Gabby Waterfall and Keeleigh Wise.

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Xpression Performs

23 February 2018

Next Thursday, members of Xpression will be performing at the Welcome Concert in the Assembly Hall at The Grammar School.  The concert starts at 7:00pm and all are welcome.

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A wedding at Music Camp?

16 February 2018

A group of 140 students and staff spent the weekend at the Sunshine Coast for the annual music camp. As is now a tradition at camp, we had choir rehearsals in the pool to keep cool in the extreme heat. Bowling night was a hit with girls dressed all in white, glowing under the UV lights at the centre. Games night was run by the Year 12 Arts committee and combined all ages in some fun activities. Rock awards for Middle and Senior Years girls was a highlight, with girls dressing to the theme of "LOVE". We even had a few mock weddings!

Rehearsals did play a major part of the weekend, with all groups progressing significantly with their new music over the few days. The buddy sections within instrument groups were a great opportunity for Junior Years girls to work with the secondary girls and to also see what can be achieved with time and effort. We are hoping to keep these buddy pairs going throughout the year.  

Congratulations to the Year 12 Arts Committee on their organisation of events over the weekend and congratulations to staff for their enthusiasm and commitment to the improvement of our Glennie girls.

Click here to view the photo gallery.

Mrs Sharon Gilbert
Head of Department Performing Arts

Photo credits: Mrs Gilbert, Mrs Hawthorne and Mr Warren

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Meet our new Concert Band Conductor

2 February 2018

We are very happy to introduce you to our newest member of the Performing Arts Centre who will be conducting the Glennie Concert Band.

Jayne Davidson is the Co-ordinator of Specialist Teachers at Toowoomba Grammar School, Junior School. In her current position she teachers classroom music and conducts numerous instrumental ensembles, including the Junior School Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble and Chamber Wind Ensemble. In 2017, Jayne was the GPS Concert Band Conductor for the GPS Music Day of Excellence, held at Nudgee College.

Jayne holds a Master of Music from the University of Queensland, where she majored in Instrumental Conducting and Classroom pedagogy and curriculum in the F-9 classroom. During this study she also had the opportunity to conduct the Queensland Youth Wind Symphony. She has conducted research in the area of curriculum implementation, and is a published author in the Australian Journal of Music Education. Prior to completing a double degree in Music and Education, Jayne completed a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) at the University of Newcastle.

Jayne is a passionate educator who has focussed her teaching on developing classroom programs based on a combination of Kodaly and Orff approaches which support and enhance school instrumental programs.

Welcome, Jayne! We hope you enjoy working with our Performing Arts students.

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Welcome Miss Mair

2 February 2018

Ballet has commenced for another year at Glennie with Junior Years girls excited about their lessons.  Madame Mills introduced dance tutor Miss Emily Mair to the eager Glennie ballerinas today.  Miss Mair trained at Joffrey Ballet, a world-class ballet studio based in Chicago. Her experience will be a welcome addition to the Ballet program at Glennie. Please make her feel welcome when you get to meet her.

Click here to see a mini clip of the first lesson of the year.

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The Great Sculpture Mystery

2 February 2018

We have a mystery that needs to be solved. Jasmyn Bloodworth created a sculpture as part of her Visual Arts studies and it was on display in various locations around the School over the past few years. It was such a fantastic sculpture that is was moved around so everyone could enjoy it. Sadly, last year it went missing. We are sure it is still at Glennie, but nobody knows where. Can you solve the mystery?

Please contact Mrs Gilbert gilberts@glennie.qld.edu.au

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The Glennie Jazz Orchestra is born!

2 February 2018

The Performing Arts ensemble touring Sydney this year will be the newly formed Glennie Jazz Orchestra. This group will start rehearsals next. They are going to be busy preparing for their debut at the Sydney International Music Festival in July this year. There are still some positions available for girls in Year 7 to 12. Please contact the Performing Arts Office for details. pac@glennie.qld.edu.au

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Music Camp

2 February 2018

Performing Arts students will depart for Music camp next Friday. They will spend the weekend at the Sunshine Coast participating in over 20 hours of rehearsals, some water fun, bowling night, rock awards and a games night.

The "what to bring" camp list can be found in the Arts pages on the Portal. Any music student who still wishes to attend is more than welcome. You can register by completing the form in ePack.

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Ensembles

25 January 2018

All ensembles will start in Week 2 for girls in Years P to 12, except for Middle Years Choir, Senior Years Choir, String Ensemble and Concert Band, which will start in Week 3. A change to note for G minor students is that rehearsal for this ensemble is now on Tuesday mornings at 7:45am, instead of Wednesday as in the past.  

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Music Camp

25 January 2018

There are still places available for Music Camp and, we encourage all girls in the following ensembles to attend:

  • Junior Years: G major Choir, Junior String Ensemble, Junior Concert Band
  • Middle and Senior Years: Middle Years Choir, Senior Years Choir, String Ensemble, Concert Band, Big Band, Adelphi Strings, Youth Orchestra, Youth Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.  

An information letter and enrolment form are available via ePack. Payment is now due for camp, and this can be completed via Main Reception or the payments page of the Glennie website.

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Extra-Curricular Lessons

25 January 2018

Lessons are still available for all students in the following areas: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Voice, Guitar, Drums / Percussion, Piano, Music Theory and Speech and Drama.  

More information and enrolment forms can be found on either the PAC page or ePack page on the Portal.

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PASA: Meeting change of time

25 January 2018

Our Parents and Supporters Association for the Arts is a group that meets once per term to offer support to the arts endeavours at Glennie. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, 1 February at 7.00pm in the Performing Arts Centre downstairs classroom, not 7:30 as previously advertised. If your daughter is involved in any arts activities at the School this year, we encourage you to consider attending these meetings.  

 

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Music Camp enrolment forms due

24 November 2017

Music Camp next year will be at the end of Week 3 of Term 1, so it is important to complete the epack forms early to secure a place. The following ensembles will be going to camp:

Junior Years:

  • G Major Choir, 
  • Junior String Ensemble,
  • Junior Concert Band

Middle and Senior Years

  • Middle Years Choir, 
  • Senior Years Choir, 
  • Youth Jazz ensemble, 
  • Big Band, 
  • Concert Band, 
  • Adelphi Strings  
  • String Ensemble

For girls in Years 7to 12, the theme for Rock Awards is "Love", so girls are encouraged to dress according to the theme, either individually or in groups. "White" is the theme for our ten-pin bowling night which involves all girls on camp from Years 4 to 12.

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Arts Committee Changeover Breakfast

17 November 2017

This week our incoming Arts Committee for 2018 had the pleasure of being served breakfast by the outgoing 2017 Arts Committee. The "book of knowledge" was handed over as were letters written from the old to the new. We thank the outgoing committee for all of their work in the Arts Department this year.

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Ballet Results

17 November 2017

The long wait is over! The after-school ballet girls were presented with their Royal Academy of Dance certificates and medals this week. 12 girls were awarded Distinctions, 20 girls received Merits and 22 girls received certificates and medals for their Class Awards. Samantha Nobbs gained the highest overall score of 92%.

Congratulations on your fine efforts girls!

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Music Camp themes announced!

17 November 2017

One of the first jobs of the 2018 Arts Committee was to decide on the themes for our annual Music Camp bowling night and rock awards.

For 2018, girls will be able to dress in an "all white" theme for our bowling night and, for Years 7 to12, to dress up in the theme of "Love" for the Rock Awards.

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Junior Arts Showcase

10 November 2017

The Junior Years Showcase, held on Wednesday night, was a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate the growth and achievements of our truly talented girls. The night was a culmination of hard work and commitment by the girls, their parents and the Junior faculty over the past year. We were all proud that the night was such a highlight and the buzz created will inspire us to aim even higher in 2018!

Congratulations to all the girls who won an award or performed on the night.

Special congratulations go to Amelia Tranter who was awarded the Major prize, Most Valuable Contribution to Junior Years Arts.

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