2022 is anticipated to be another exciting year at Cammeraygal High with the Ensembles Program continuing to grow and flourish. This year students will have even more performance opportunities and access to new ensembles, giving them the chance to explore different genres and instrument structures.
1. Concert Band Open for students who play brass, woodwind and/or percussion instrument. This will be facilitated by Jennifer Power, an accomplished conductor, teacher and performer.
2. Drum Group Open for students who play any percussion instrument, or who are interested in playing. This ensemble will be run by Heather Darvey, a percussionist, composer, teacher and performer.
3. Jazz Band Open to students who play saxophone, brass or rhythm section instruments. This group will focus on improvisation and small ensemble skills, and will be facilitated by James Raxworthy, an experienced guitarist and teacher.
4. Vocal Ensemble Open to students who love singing and are happy to experience various styles of music. The ensemble will be facilitated by Ann Boyle, an accomplished singer, arranger, choral and band director, and teacher.
5. String Ensemble Open to students who play orchestral strings – violin, viola, cello and/or double bass. This ensemble will be facilitated by Lidia Bara, an experienced violinist, orchestral player and tutor.
Rehearsal times and fees for these ensembles are as follows:
1. Concert Band | Friday 7:30-8:30am, Pacific Hwy Campus Rm A401 | Fee - $350pa
2. Drum Group | Monday 7:30- 8:30am, Pacific Hwy Campus Rm A401 | Fee - $150pa
3. Jazz Band | Thursday 7:45-8:45am Pacific Hwy Campus Rm A401 | Fee - $150pa
4. Vocal Ensemble | Monday afternoon 3:40- 4:40pm West St Campus DG56 | Fee - $150pa
5. String Ensemble | Monday 7:30-8:30am Pacific Hwy Campus A403 | Fee - $350pa
Students will need to pay individually for each ensemble. These ensembles are run on a pay-to-participate basis, and payment of these fees is necessary for a student's participation. The cost of each ensemble covers sheet music purchases and copyright licences as well as access to rehearsal and performance equipment, and other costs associated with the running of an ensemble.
Students may join an ensemble on either campus, however they will need to travel to their timetabled campus in time for Roll Call if participating in a morning ensemble or promptly after Period 5 if in an afternoon ensemble. Please note that students will make their own way to and from either campus without teacher supervision.
Participation in the Ensembles Program is a wonderful opportunity that will be extremely beneficial for students, not only for their development as musicians, but as leaders and representatives of Cammeraygal High School.