Performing Arts Update Term 2 Week 7

Wednesday, 08 Jun 2022

What a busy fortnight our Performing Arts students have had with the Eisteddfod underway. We have had excellent representation across Music and Drama so far, with Dance happening as I finalise this newsletter article. I attended as many sessions across the sections as I could and was so proud of all BDC students. They performed with confidence, great preparation and on the schools days, they represented the college with pride. Congratulations to all students who entered any of the sections in the Eisteddfod. And thank you to the teachers that supported you along the way. For results so far, please see below:

PIANO

Thank you to Liz Jameson and Bonnie Nilsson (two of our piano teachers) who entered students in the piano sections of the Eisteddfod. There were a lot of extra hours given to these students to prepare them for their performances. Thank you!

Piano Solo - 7 years and under

  • 1st place - Theo Williams (year 2)
  • 2nd place - Dev Chavan (year 2)

Piano Duets - 8 years and under

  • 1st place - Claude Taylor and Lance Benson (year 3)

Piano Solo - 9 years and under

  • 1st place - Callum Walraven (year 3)
  • 2nd place - Claude Taylor (year 3)
  • 3rd place - Sofia Bravo (year 5)
  • Highly Commended - Lance Benson (year 3)

Piano Solo - 9 years and under - Baroque or Classical Period solo

  • 1st place - Claude Taylor (year 3)
  • 2nd place - Callum Walraven (year 3)
  • Highly Commended - Lance Benson (year 3) and Sofia Bravo (year 5)

Piano Solo - 12 years and Under - Novice Solo

  • 1st place - Oliver Day (year 5)

Piano Solo - 12 years and under

  • 3rd place - Sophia Walraven (year 5)

Piano Solo - 12 Years and under - Baroque

  • 1st place - Sophia Walrven (year 5)

Piano Duets - 10 Years and under

  • 1st place - Sophia Walraven and Sofia Bravo (year 5)

Piano Solo - 15 years and under

  • 1st place - Joshua Walraven (year 8)

Piano Solos - 15 Years and under -Music from a Musical, Film or Television

  • 1st place - Hannah Gallagher (year 8)

Piano Solo - Preliminary grade List A:

  • 2nd place - Lance Benson (year 3)

Piano Solo - Preliminary and Grade 1- list B:

  • HC - Lance Benson (year 3)

Preliminary and Grade 1 - List C:

  • 2nd place - Lance Benson (year 3)

Piano Solos Grade 2,3 and 4 - List A:

  • 1st place - Sofia Bravo (year 5)
  • 2nd place - Hannah Gallagher (year 8)
  • HC - Felix Benson (year 5)
  • HC - Claude Taylor (year 3)

Piano Solos- Grade 2,3,4  - list B:

  • 1st place - Sofia Bravo (year 5)
  • 2nd place - Callum Walraven (year 3)
  • 3rd place - Claude Taylor (year 3)
  • HC - Felix Benson (year 5)
  • HC - Rhu Graham (year 4)

Piano Solos - Grade 2, 3 and 4 - List C

  • 1st place - Sofia Bravo (year 5)
  • HC - Felix Benson (year 5)

Piano Solos Grade 5, 6 and 7 - List A

  • 1st place - Julius Taylor (year 7)
  • HC - Amelie Howard (year 8)
  • HC - Sophia Walraven (year 5)

Piano Solo Grade 5,6 and 7- List B

  • 1st place - Julius Taylor (year 7)
  • HC - Connor Nathan (year 8)

Piano Solos 5,6 and 7- List D

  • 1st place - Amelia Howard (year 8)
  • HC - Connor Nathan (year 8)

Piano Solos Grade 8 and above - List B

  • Tilley Howard (year 11)

Piano Solos Grade 8 and above -List D

  • 1st place - Joshua Walraven (year 8)
  • 2nd place - Tilly Howard (year 11)

Piano Championship Section - 12 years and under

  • 1st place - Sophia Walraven (year 5)
  • 2nd place - Callum Walraven (year 3)
  • HC - Claude Taylor (year 3)

Piano Championship Sections - 16 years and under

  • 1st place - Joshua Walraven (year 8)
  • 2nd place - Tilly Howard (year 11)
  • HC - Julius Taylor (year 7)

Major Awards

Open Piano Championship

  • Helen Nevell (BDC Alumni)
  • 16 Years and Under Piano Championship :
  • Joshua Walraven (year 8)

12 Years and Under Piano Championship :

  • Sophia Walraven (year 5)

Most Promising Baroque:

  • Julius Taylor (year 7)

12 Years and Over Encouragement Award:

  • Amelie Howard (year 8)

12 Years and Under Encouragement Award:

  • Rhu Graham (year 4)

12 Years and Under Highest Aggregate in any 3 Sections :

  • Sofia Bravo (year 5)

13 Years and over Highest Aggregate in any 3 sections

  • Helen Nevell (BDC Alumni)

DRAMA

Individual Performance Monologue A:

  • 1st place: Kiara Searle
  • 2nd place: Emily Hodges
  • 3rd place: Emily Biltris

Individual Performance Monologue B:

  • 1st place: Eibhlin Keefe
  • 3rd place: Imogen Grebert
  • HC: Kate Clerkin 

Individual Performances Monologue C:

  • 1st place: Teo Ross

Best Individual Performer overall:

  • Eibhlin Keefe


SCHOOLS CHOIR

Primary Schools Year 3-6 Choir (max 50 students)

  • 3rd place - Primary Performance Choir

SCHOOLS INSTRUMENTAL

Year 7 Drama

The Year 7 students have been enjoying drama this year. As part of the course, they had to complete a research task this term. Students were to research the use of comedy in Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, Commedia dell’Arte and Slapstick and present their findings in an interesting way. The students were creative with their findings, either submitting a project or an online presentation including podcasts, short films, Minecraft worlds and Scratch coded content. You can see some of their amazing work below. Well done year 7!

Stage 1 Performing Arts

We have been fortunate enough to have Mrs Corey Lewis teach some of the Stage 1 music classes this term while Ms Muelenbroeks is on leave. 1T have been learning about the musical concept Pitch this term and have been exploring this on music instruments including the glockenspiels. You can see the concentration on their faces in the video below:

Year 1 also love Dance. They are fortunate enough to be able to use our beautiful dance studio for their classes. You can see the enjoyment in their faces in the video below:

INSERT 1E DANCE VIDEO

Zoya Dryburgh

Congratulations to Zoya Dryburgh (9) who was successful in gaining a place in the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) for violin. She attended the program last weekend at Griffith University and said she learned a lot from attending.

Congratulations Zoya!

Australian Honours Ensemble Program

Congratulations to Marisol Taylor (10), Campbell Scott (9) and Olivia Hoare (9) who auditioned and successfully gained a position in the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) to be held at Griffith University in September. This is a wonderful opportunity for our top musicians to be part of tutorials and rehearsals with tutors from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. We look forward to hearing about their experiences in Term 4.


Tutor Spotlight - Georgie Chorley

Georgie Chorley is our amazing brass tutor. She loves all things brass and teaches all brass instruments. Read all about her below:


My name is Georgie Chorley.

I’ve been teaching Brass at BDC for the past 5 years since moving to the mid north coast. 

I have taught as a studio teacher in NSW for the past 13 years.

I studied a bachelor of classical trumpet, and spent my early years playing in and around Sydney, before becoming a regional freelance player. 

I have two main original bands which I tour and perform with, as well as play regularly at the local Jazz haunt, The Spareroom Sawtell.

Although I love the classical genre, my real love is Jazz and alternate. In the past couple of years I’ve formed  brass ensembles and a rock band here at BDC. 

This year, I’ve teamed up with Bass teacher Danny Stitt to begin the Jazz Ensemble, 

Thursday lunchtimes in the Music block. 

There is wonderful support here at BDC; nurturing all students in different music programs, and it’s ever evolving! 

When it comes to 1:1 teaching, I want to find out what each student enjoys about music, and I always try and cater to their passions whether that be sitting exams, composing, performing, or simply wanting to learn pieces that they feel connected to. 

I really love what I do, and I’m always up for a chat about all things Music. 

Come and say hi to me on Thursdays. 

Coffs Harbour Music Society Concert Series

The 2022 Coffs Harbour Music Society Concert Series has been released. The program is amazing! The first concert is Adam Herd on Friday 17th June at 7:30pm at Lecture Theatre D CHEC Campus. Adam is originally from Coffs Harbour and has travelled the world as a pianist. This will be an amazing concert.

Tickets for this concert as well as subscriptions for the whole series can be purchased on the Coffs Harbour Music Society website:

www.coffsmusicsociety.com.au

And even more exciting news - Adam will be coming to BDC to run a workshop with our pianists. Numbers are limited so please book to secure your place. Details regarding booking to come soon.

Secondary Assessments due

The following tasks are due for Performing Arts subjects in the coming weeks:

Week 8 (13th - 19th June)

World Options Just Music - Composing and Improvising - Final Concert

World Options Just Drama #2 Playbuilding / Theatre Sports - Playbuilding Performance

Year 11 Dance - Presentation of Dance Performance

Year 11 Music 1 - Topic 2 Viva Voce

Week 9 (20th - 24th June)

World Options Contemporary Dance - Dance Composition

World Options Just Drama #1 - Major Work Due

Year 11 Drama Class Production - Production in class

Upcoming Events for your diary:

  • Friday 10th June - Schools Dance Eisteddfod - 10am at CHEC
  • Tuesday 14th June - Year 3 Strings Semester 1 concert from 5pm in the Theatre
  • Wednesday 15th June - Adam Herd songwriting masterclass at BDC from 3:30pm in M1
  • Friday 17th June - Music Society Concert 1 - Adam Herd from 7:30pm at CHEC
  • Monday 20th June - Year 11 Drama Productions from 5:30pm in the Theatre
  • Wednesday 22nd June - World Options Showcase
  • Thursday 23rd June - Brass Recital Evening from 4:30pm in M1
  • Friday 24th June - Foundation Day

Rebecca Day
Head of Performing Arts