The Glennie Jazz Orchestra Sydney Music Tour wins Gold!

20 July 2018

The Glennie Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble consisting of students in Years 7 to 12, had two days of rehearsal during the holidays before travelling to Sydney during the middle week of the holidays to attend the Australian International Music Festival. This is the fifth time that Glennie has attended the Festival, having previously been awarded Bronze and Silver awards. This year, the girls worked very hard and performed extremely well achieving a Gold award.

The Festival certainly has an international feel, as it featured 28 ensembles with over 1,000 delegates from The United States, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, New Zealand, The Czech Republic and Australia. We attended concerts at The Sydney Opera House and The Angel Place Recital Theatre to enjoy performances from students, adults and semi-professional musicians. The standard of performance was very high across the ensembles.

Glennie performed at Darling Harbour twice, the Manly Corso and we presented our Adjudicated performance in the Sydney Town Hall.  The girls enjoyed an outstanding workshop with Colin Touchin, a member of the Festival Faculty. He gave the girls a great deal of feedback, which they embraced allowing them to further improve during the week.

Glennie was the highest scoring Jazz ensemble and the only one to win a Gold award. The average age of our ensemble is Year 9, so the future certainly looks bright.

The girls represented themselves and the School with integrity and respect and displayed a great deal of courage on an international stage.

Thanks must go to Mrs Leanne Wisley, Mrs Kaye Broadfoot and Mr Wisley for attending the tour and supporting the girls throughout the week.

In total, the girls presented four performances in four days, attended one workshop with the faculty specialist, two exchange rehearsals with two different New Zealand Schools, and rehearsed and performed as part of the Mass Choir performance at the Final Concert. Well done to all involved.

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Morning tea performance hits right note

20 July 2018

After winning GOLD at the Sydney International Music Festival, the Glennie Jazz Orchestra performed their award-winning arrangement for Glennie girls and staff to enjoy on Tuesday.

Enjoy a video of their performance. 

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Teapots galore

20 July 2018

Our Year 9 artists excelled in their 'Functional Ceramics Unit' last term. Take a look at these teapots produced for their end of term assessment.

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Little Frogs

21 June 2018

In the last workshop for the term, the Year 10 Dance girls welcomed Sue and Shirley Thònell. As a family, they lived for many years in Sweden. They are fiercely proud of their Swedish heritage and were happy to share their culture with us, focusing on Summer Solstice celebrations and folk dancing.

Shirley wore her national dress which was handmade by her mother for her 21st birthday. We learnt some simple folk steps and danced around a Maypole to traditional folk music - played on a record and record player! The girls also learnt a fun children’s dance that almost every person in Sweden knows, Små grodorna ("The little frogs").

This was a special visit for Mrs Budden also as Ms Thònell is a close friend of hers whom she met in her previous teaching position.

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Years 4 and 5 Play-off!

21 June 2018

This week the Year 4 and 5 girls participated in the hotly contested Instrumental Program Play-of.

The Year 5 girls performed in the following groups: Strings with Mrs Vicki Bravery, Strings with Miss Brix, Percussion with Mr Ian Dixon, Brass with Mrs Lorraine Fuller and Woodwinds with Mrs Christine Kleidon.

In the Year 5 Program, the girls form larger ensembles within each of the instrumental families with the focus being to learn the skills necessary for playing in a concert band, orchestra or string ensemble. These groups performed pieces they have been working towards performing at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod after the holidays.  

The Year 4 performed in groups. Mrs Bravery’s two Cello groups and a Viola group; Miss Brix’s, two Violin groups and a Viola; Mr Ian Dixon’s percussion group; Mrs Lorraine Fuller’s two Trumpet groups and a group of Trombones and Mrs Christine Kleidon’s Silly Saxophones, Classy Clarinets and Flirty Flutes and Piccolo!

Both concerts were enjoyed by some eager parents and our guest adjudicator was Mr Jason Wisley. Mr Wisley gave some great encouragement to the girls and helped spur them on to keep up the effort needed to succeed in the future. Both winning groups from this week will feature at a Junior Years Assembly next term.

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AMEB Online Orchestra

21 June 2018

On Wednesday, over 100 musicians from the Middle and Senior Years participated in a recording and filming session for the AMEB Online Orchestra.

AMEB is celebrating 100 years of leadership and commitment to music education this year and has a few programs on offer. The Online Orchestra is a collaborative orchestra made up of Australians playing from wherever they are around the world. Individuals, schools and community groups record their part to Waltzing Matilda and each video will contribute towards a final video presentation of the work. The final video will be released later in the year with a presentation on the big screen at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Glennie boasts an impressive Performing Arts Department, and to be given the chance to come together as a massed orchestra and choir, with the girls’ skills and talent on full display, was a unique experience. We look forward to seeing the video. Thank you to all the girls who participated and to the staff for their support and co-operation.

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Sing Out

15 June 2018

On Wednesday, our G Major Choir joined with nearly 450 students from schools around Toowoomba to participate in the biennial Sing Out workshop and concert at the Empire theatre.

The program consisted of choral workshops with guest conductor Mr Paul Holley. However, the highlight of the festival was the spectacular Sing Out Concert with the G Major Choir performing under Mrs Bravery and then conducted by Mr Paul Holley for the massed choir performance.

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Jazz Orchestra is heading to Sydney

15 June 2018

Last week we shared the story of the girls travelling to Sydney but we now have some of their rehearsal videos ready for your viewing pleasure.  They sound wonderful.

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Year 3 Clarinets Victorious!

15 June 2018

The Year 3 Instrumental Program held the Semester 1 Play-off on Tuesday with the clarinet players winning the privilege to play on the Final Assembly next Tuesday.

Each of the groups; Strings with Mrs Vicki Bravery, Strings with Miss Teresa Brix, Brass with Mr Jacob Finlay and Woodwind with Mrs Christine Kleidon performed a variety of pieces showcasing their progress in Semester 1. The girls will swap to a different instrument in Semester 2.  

The concert was well received by the audience of parents and Year 2 students.  Guest adjudicator, Mr Jason Wisley, had lots of praise for the girls’ effort and the high standard of performances.

The Year 5 and Year 4 Instrumental Program students will perform in their Semester 1 Play-off next Wednesday and Thursday afternoons respectively.

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Musical Working Bee and Rehearsal

15 June 2018

On Sunday, Junior Years resembled a major workshop. Under the direction of Ms Andreas Elms, parents of the cast worked together to create costumes and props for the musical, Beauty and the Beast Jr, which is being staged in September at the Armitage Centre. You can see the images of the costumes displayed on the Music Room windows.  

Our sincere thanks go to all of the parents who worked so hard to produce many items. Thank you too, to the staff for their time and effort in supporting the girls.

While parents were busy at the working bee, the girls worked with Mr Finlay, Mr Griffiths and Ms Mills on refining their singing and acting skills.

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Glennie Features in the Toowoomba Municipal Band 9th Annual Toowoomba Hospice Concert

15 June 2018

Once again the annual fundraising concert for the Toowoomba Hospice and the Toowoomba Municipal Band will be held. This year the theme is Our Australia and features a guest performance by the Glennie School Choral Group, conducted by Miss Emma Kann and accompanied by Mrs Lorraine Fuller. They will be performing a wonderful arrangement of Botany Bay, and two contemporary choral pieces by Dan Walker, titled Out There and Road Poem.

The concert will feature many other well-known Australian classics, from Click Go The Shears and True Blue to You’re The Voice and I Still Call Australia Home. A highlight will be a combined choir piece, written by the late Harley Mead, a former Glennie Choral Conductor, titled This Golden Land.

Another featured choir will be The Toowoomba Choral Society Youth Choir, conducted by Glennie Music teacher, Mrs Vicki Bravery. This choir boasts several Glennie girls amongst its membership. Other featured groups are the Toowoomba Municipal Band (conductor Mrs Lorraine Fuller and member Mr Jacob Finlay), The Accidentals Vocal Ensemble, The Toowoomba Philharmonic Choir, Dance Central’s Velocity Dance Group (featuring Glennie Dance teacher Miss Lucy Panitz and students Mackenzie Dunn and Isabella Shelton) and the Galamaay Dance Troupe (a First Nations group).

Well-known Toowoomba performer Brendon Walmsley will be featured as soloist with the band, singing his own compositions and well-known Australian songs. The concert will be compered by radio personality David Iliffe, from ABC Radio Southern Queensland.

There will be a special Wine and Cheese soirée, from 6.30pm, before the Saturday evening performance this year. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday 23 June 7.30pm (wine and cheese soiree 6.30pm) and Sunday 24 June 2:00pm at USQ Arts Theatre.

Book through Artsworx 07 4631 1111 or artsworx.usq.edu.au

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Pre-Exam Performance

8 June 2018

On Monday some very excited Junior Years girls attended a special lunchtime concert held at the PAC. The guest performer was Year 12 student Hannah Smith who performed a selection of technically and musically advanced repertoire from her upcoming AMUS Exam on Cello. We would like to wish Hannah the best of luck as sitting the AMUS exam is a huge undertaking.

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Jazz Orchestra heads to Sydney

8 June 2018

Twenty-nine Glennie girls in Years 7 to 12 will travel to Sydney to perform at the Australian International Music Festival from 1 to 8 July. The festival, attended by up to 1,300 participants from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and the USA provides a fantastic musical and cultural experience for wind bands, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands.

Glennie Jazz Orchestra’s repertoire consists mainly of music from the swing era including Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich as well as Latin jazz and rock styles. They’ve chosen forty minutes of repertoire including songs made famous by artists including Michael Jackson, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Cole Porter and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Committing six months to rehearsals, the girls are proud of their collective sound and are polishing their stage presence in preparation for this prestigious event.

During their time in Sydney, the Orchestra will perform twice in Darling Harbour, once on the Manly Corso and at an adjudicated performance at Sydney Town Hall. The girls will participate in workshops led by world-class clinicians and benefit from the overall cultural experience.

Their impressive rendition of the iconic song Don’t Stop ‘Til We Get Enough is sounding amazing with the girls adding a little extra flair for an ending the judges and audience are sure to enjoy and remember.  July can’t come soon enough for this excited group of musicians.

 "This is the fifth time we have been fortunate enough to attend The Australian International Music Festival. It offers many opportunities for our students, and they always enjoy interacting with musicians from around the world and performing at some of Sydney's most iconic venues," said Mr Jason Wisley, Tour Musical Director, and Head of Arts at The Glennie School.

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Musical Working Bee

8 June 2018

This Sunday, 10 June, we will be holding a Junior Years Musical Working Bee for costumes, props and sets along with the rehearsal for the girls from 9:00am to 3:00pm. (Pizza lunch provided)

If you can assist with sewing, glueing, cutting or painting we would love to see you this Sunday.

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Sing Out

8 June 2018

The Junior Years G Major Choir will be involved in a choral festival called 'Sing Out 2018' at the Empire Theatre next Wednesday, 13 June, at 5.45pm.

Sing Out is a non-competitive Choral Festival for Upper Primary School Choirs, held once every two years, at Empire Theatre, in Toowoomba. Sing Out involves approximately 1,200 students from about 50 schools in the Darling Downs region. The day program consists of choral workshops with the guest conductor and individual choir performances. The highlight of the festival is the spectacular Sing Out Concert, which showcases individual choirs and culminates with a massed choir of every student involved.

If you wish to attend the concert, please note, that it is a ticketed event and you will need to purchase tickets through the Empire box office.

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Anglican Schools Music Festival Concert

1 June 2018

On Friday 18 June, Jessica Page, Alice Armytage, Celine Dixon, Kartia Chin and Isabella Apalais represented the school at the Anglican Schools Music Festival Concert held at QPAC in Brisbane. It was an early start for the girls as they had a full day of rehearsals followed by a concert that night. The concert was a resounding success and proved to be an extremely rewarding experience. The girls were able to work with students from all Anglican schools in South East Queensland under the direction of highly experienced conductors. This opportunity is offered every two years and we look forward to attending in the future.

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The Chronicle Junior Art Expo

1 June 2018

Junior Years girls Evie Archer, Chloe Archinal, Amelia DeClark, Palakh Garg, Demi Hardgrave, Georgie Hedge, Aalia Magzub-Colvin, Annesley Morgan, Hannah Paton, Amelie Powell, Meg Roper, Giselle Statham, Lara Thompson and Middle and Senior Years girls Natalie Bergen, Josie Fawckner, Charlotte Hall, McKoy Loomis have had artworks selected to go on display in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery as a part of the Chronicle Regional Junior Art Expo.

In two separate awards evenings, the  Junior Years girls and the Middle and Senior Years girls were presented with awards. Congratulations to McKoy Loomis who won the Culliford Prize for Open Drawing.  

Only 117 entries were chosen from the 600 submissions of work from students across the Toowoomba region. Congratulations to all of the girls who had works selected to be a part of this exceptional exhibition of student art. The girls’ artworks will be on display in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery for a month.

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Dance Troupe

1 June 2018

The Glennie Middle and Senior Years girls have started their very own dance troupe. Rehearsals are held on Thursday mornings from 7:30am in Manning Theatre and any girls wanting to join, with or without dance experience, are welcome. The girls are divided into smaller groups focusing on specific styles of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap and ballet. The dances are being choreographed and taught by senior students under the direction of Dance Teacher, Mrs Budden.

The Troupe is working towards a performance at the Middle and Senior Years Arts Showcase in Term 4. In future years it is hoped that students will be able to showcase their talents in the Eisteddfod and other events. Both staff and students are excited by the opportunity this new group brings to further the artistic endeavours of the School.

 

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Lunchtime Concert at Junior Years

25 May 2018

Girls in the Junior Years were treated to a second morning tea concert on the courtyard stage on Thursday 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 6 girls for performing in the concert.

Thank you to the Year 12 Arts Committee for holding this concert.

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Churches Together Dinner

25 May 2018

On Wednesday night the Senior Choral Group was invited to perform at the Churches Together Dinner in Dalby. This experience proved to be a highlight for the townspeople. The girls performed well and it was wonderful to see them performing in a different setting. Thank you to the girls for their efforts and a big thank you to Miss Kann and Mrs Fuller for conducting and accompanying the girls.

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Eisteddfod

25 May 2018

Well done to all of the Glennie students who performed in the first part of the Eisteddfod sections over the past two weeks. Glennie girls brought home a number of awards and prizes in the Singing, and Speech and Drama sections. Many of the Speech and Drama students competed for the first time and received high praise for their performances. Choirs from the Junior, Middle and Senior Years competed, sometimes against each other in the same section. The standard of performance from all competitors was very high and our girls achieved some fantastic results.

Congratulations to all the girls, staff and parents for their involvement in this year's Eisteddfod performances, and especially well done to Miss Kann, Mrs Bravery and Mrs Evans for their outstanding conducting and to Mrs Gordon, Mrs Kleidon, and the award-winning Mrs Fuller for their wonderful accompanying. Thanks to Mrs Hawthorne and Mr Finlay for their co-ordination and organisation of the event and to all of the staff who supervised during the weekend.

JUNIOR YEARS ENSEMBLES / GROUPS

  • Primary Vocal Trio / Quartet
  • Glennie Junior Years Quartet - 1st 
  • Primary School A GRADE CHOIR (minimum 17 voices)
  • G Major Choir - 1st
  • Primary School VOCAL ENSEMBLE (5 to 16 voices)
  • G Major Arpeggios - 1st
  • Primary School HYMN SINGING CHOIR 
  • G Major Choir - 1st 
  • Primary School SPIRITUAL SONG or GOSPEL CHOIR
  • G Major Choir - 2nd
  • Primary School MODERN CHOIR
  • G Major Choir - 1st 
  • Primary School Years P - 4 A GRADE JUNIOR CHOIR
  • G Minor Choir - 2nd
  • Years 1 and 2 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Bumblebees - 1st 
  • Year 3 Poem in Pairs
  • Disha Gowda & Sophia Kavanagh - 3rd 
  • Years 3 and 4 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Butterflies - 3rd
  • Years 3 and 4 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Dragonflies - HC
  • Years 5 and 6 Mime Group
  • Fireflies - 2nd
  • Years 5 and 6 Dramatisation of a Poem Group
  • Ladybirds - 3rd

JUNIOR YEARS INDIVIDUAL/DUETS/TRIOS

  • All Age Graded Piano Solo Grade 1 Standard
  • Mya Gilbert - 2nd 
  • Primary Piano Trio 
  • Dominique Wilkes, Mya Gilbert & Hayley Catlow - HC

MSY ENSEMBLES / GROUPS

  • Secondary SCHOOL CHOIR
  • Middle Years Choir - 3rd 
  • Secondary School VOCAL ENSEMBLE
  • Glennie Singers - 3rd 
  • Secondary School VOCAL ENSEMBLE
  • Choral Group - 1st 
  • Secondary School MODERN CHOIR
  • Senior Years Choir - 2nd
  • Secondary School FOLK SINGING ENSEMBLE
  • Choral Group - 3rd 
  • Middle SCHOOL CHOIR
  • Middle Years Choir - 1st
  • Middle School VOCAL ENSEMBLE
  • Glennie Singers - 2nd
  • Year 7 to 9 Mime Group
  • Group 1 - 2nd
  • Year 7 to 9 Mime Group
  • Group 2 - 3rd 

MIDDLE AND SENIOR YEARS INDIVIDUAL / DUETS

  • Year 8-9 Contemporary Commercial Ballad
  • Isabella Shelton - 2nd
  • Year 8 Music Theatre Solo
  • Isabella Shelton - 1st
  • Years 8 and 9 Contemporary Commercial Ballard Solo
  • Gracie O’Shea - 1st
  • Open Contemporary Commercial Vocal Solo
  • Gracie O’Shea - 2nd
  • Year 10 MUSIC THEATRE PERFORMANCE SOLO
  • Laura Hunt - 1st
  • Years 10 to 12 ROCK SONG SOLO
  • Laura Hunt - 1st
  • Years 10 to 12 CONTEMPORARY COMMERCIAL BALLAD SOLO
  • Laura Hunt - 2nd
  • Years 10 to 12 ROCK SONG SOLO
  • Celine Dixon - 3rd
  • Years 10 to 12 VOCAL CHAMPIONSHIP 
  • Isabel Lanigan - HC
  • Year 11 VOCAL (female) SOLO
  • Isabel Lanigan - 2nd 
  • Years 11 and 12 Duologue Pair
  • Robyn Lareman & Gabby Lawson - HC

Trophies and Awards

  • The Anne Thomas Trophy -The Glennie School 
  • Toowoomba State High School Trophy - The Glennie School 
  • The Eckert Family Trophy - Glennie  Junior Years
  • The Heritage Bank Shield - Glennie Junior Years
  • The James Cronin Memorial Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Barbara Broom Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Joy Hunter Memorial Trophy - Glennie Junior Years 
  • The Peg Russell Memorial Trophy for Best Accompanist - Mrs Lorraine Fuller
  • The Toowoomba Choral Society Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Friendly Society Dispensary Trophy - Glennie Junior Years
  • Toowoomba Grammar School Trophy - The Glennie School Middle Years Choir

Check out some of the trophies that we brought back with us!

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Eisteddfod

11 May 2018

The Toowoomba Eisteddfod began this week with over 80 girls competing in the  Speech and Drama, Piano, Vocal and Choral sections.

Good luck to everyone competing over the next two weeks.  

 

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Anglican Schools Music Festival (ASMF) Rehearsal Day

4 May 2018

Last Sunday, five Glennie girls travelled to Brisbane for the Anglican Schools Music Festival rehearsal day. The girls participated in either the Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble or Choir rehearsals and sectionals to prepare for the upcoming concert to be held at QPAC on 18 May.

Alice Armytage in Year 11 reported, “The Wind Ensemble was split between two locations (Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast) and even though not all participants were present, the sound was incredible. This experience was amazing, and I can’t wait until the performance day where we will again have an intensive day of rehearsals before performing onstage at the QPAC. I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing music in the future that they get involved with the Anglican Schools Music Festival.”

Kartia Chin in Year 9 said, “The Strings Rehearsal took place at St Margaret's School with more than 40 other strings players from various Anglican Schools. The experience was overwhelming but rewarding. The conductor was very colourful in the way he taught us resulting in an incredible sound from the ensemble and it sounded like we had been playing together for a long time.  I would recommend being part of this program if you have a passion for music and want to improve your playing.”

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AHEP & SHEP Queensland 2018

4 May 2018

Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 October. Closing date for nominations: 23 May 2018

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University is pleased to present the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) Queensland and the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October 2018 at the South Bank campus in Brisbane.

SHEP Queensland and AHEP provide an opportunity for secondary school (Years 7-12 inclusive) 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 internationally eminent Australian conductors.

AHEP is an extension of the extremely successful State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) which has been delivered in Queensland since 2001 and now includes 9 Regional, 2 South-East Queensland-based and 1 statewide program. In 2018 AHEP and SHEP Queensland will be presented in association with The Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference.

Nominations are sought from secondary school (Years 7 - 12) instrumentalists and vocalists for this activity.

  • Instruments: Placements are available for students studying violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion and voice (soprano-alto-tenor-bass). Please note that we do not accept nominations for drum kit, guitar, electric bass or piano.
  • AMEB or equivalent: Minimum level AMEB 4 for Instrumental students. Vocal students - AMEB or choral experience is expected. 
  • Successful students will be required to contribute a fee of $280 towards the cost of the program.

Please view the alignment guide for QLD Instrumental Music Curriculum to AMEB Levels
If you wish to nominate or require any further information please see the PAC office.

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SHEP Darling Downs

27 April 2018

Last weekend the Glennie School hosted over one hundred music students, from all over the Darling Downs area, to attend the annual State Honours Ensemble Program. SHEP is designed to offer students the opportunity to make music with other like-minded teenagers whilst gaining the experience of learning from expert conductors and industry professionals. It was a very successful weekend of music making and a wonderful opportunity to make new friends from across the region. The weekend culminated in a concert featuring the Choir, String Ensemble and Concert Band. The concert was of very high standard and was received enthusiastically by the audience members, congratulations to all the students involved!    

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