Ensemble levies are payable, and prerequisites apply for membership in the Performance Music Ensembles.
The Senior School Ensembles are College Singers, Chorale, Boys’ and Girls’ Choruses, Senior Strings, Wind Orchestra and Big Band. The College ensembles are designed to challenge and extend students musical horizons and provide enjoyment for participating students through rich and diverse learning experiences.
Students attend regular rehearsals and give scheduled performances throughout the year at the College, and at other external venues and eisteddfodau.
Students who participate in their chosen ensemble/s for a full year are eligible to receive awards and/or certificates.
Entry Requirements and Conditions
It is a prerequisite for membership of instrumental ensembles that students undertake tuition on the instrument/s which matches their specific ensemble’s requirements (see Music Tuition above.) e.g. If you are wishing to join Symphonic Band as a percussionist, choose Percussion Tuition to learn both tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments (not just drum kit). If you are wishing to join Jazz Ensemble as a guitarist, choose a Guitar Tutor who will teach your child conventional notation (not just tab etc.)
Students who are members of choral ensembles only, may wish to consider undertaking voice tuition to best develop and acquire personal and ensemble singing skills.
Entry into all Senior School ensembles is by audition (and/or review if a continuing student). Other than in exceptional circumstances, auditions occur late in Term 4 or early in Term 1.
An Ensemble Agreement Form (which acknowledges the Terms and Conditions of participation) and the Music Calendar of Events (showing commitments for the whole year) are distributed in week 2 or week 3 of Term One. Students and parents are asked to sign and return a copy of this form to the Performance Music Department by the advised due date.
It is recommended that students participate in no more than three ensembles each year, in order to contribute effectively and avoid over-commitment.
Successful students must accept the need for teamwork, understand their personal responsibilities, and be punctual and well prepared for all rehearsals and performances.
Successful students are required to honour their signed Ensemble Contract for the whole year and commit to the Calendar of Events.
COLLEGE MUSIC / PLAYS
Redlands College produces College musicals and plays alternately. Participation in these performances is open to all students of the Middle and Senior schools. These activities provide students with a unique opportunity to experience the performing arts as well as learning new skills to build self-confidence.
Some of the most recent performances include; Westside Story (2009), Arabian Nights (2010) and Oliver! (2011).
The College does not participate in Saturday sporting competitions; sporting teams train during school hours. Training for some sporting teams is available before or after school. Other co-curricular sport opportunities available to students of the Senior School include Volleyball training and Running Club.