It has been a very exciting week for the choir program! On Monday, the choirs participated in the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod at the Logan Entertainment Centre. All of the students gave a fantastic performance and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to perform to students from other schools and connect with our community more broadly. Each of our choirs were accompanied by the wonderful Michelle Farley, to whom we give a big thank you. All choirs scored highly in their reports and were given some great feedback.

The Foundation Choir received a Highly Commended place for their ‘nice ensemble sound and polished performance’. They handled their props very well and showed great flexibility in adapting their staged piece to fit an unfamiliar space, without the opportunity to rehearse in the venue before the performance. The students were commended on their ‘confident opening, phrasing and harmony singing’. The adjudicator congratulated the group on a ‘wonderful sound for such young voices’. Well done to Michael, Brianna and Milan, who sung a trio section to open the second piece. Michael’s well played ‘off-beat’ clave part received a special mention in the report. A big congratulations to this choir, who were the youngest in the section (that was for students in Prep to Year 6).

The Joyful Sound Choir was awarded the high mark of 47/50 for their first song, Nane, Nane, which was a traditional song from the Torres Strait Islands. The students were commended on their ‘nice performance of some very tricky part writing’. The choir gave a confident and meaningful performance and it is wonderful to have received such a high score as a result of this. It has been fantastic to see the hard work and commitment of students in the Joyful Sound Choir, who have had a very busy schedule of performances around the theme of ‘service’ this year.

Further to their eisteddfod performance this week, the Year 3 students transitioned into the Joyful Sound Choir on Campus 2 and are having a great time being mentored by singing friends in Years 4-6. The choir also had the opportunity to work with a member of the Torres Strait community in a workshop of Baba Waiar. This is a traditional hymn from the Torres Strait Islands that has been shared with the choirs by the family of the composer, Miseron Levi. It was such a privilege for the students to work directly with Alimah Davis, who has provided the song to be notated and then sung by the choirs. The Joyful Sound Choir and students from our Torres Strait Island community enjoyed learning more about the pronunciation of the Kala Lagaw Ya language and specific techniques of singing cultural repertoire from the Torres Strait. They are looking forward to sharing this song, along with their eisteddfod performance with you at the Community Fair.

On Monday evening, our secondary choir, One Voice, was awarded a first place in their section at the eisteddfod. They were congratulated on ‘a wonderful opening section that set a great atmosphere’ and commended on their use of vocal techniques and part singing. A special mention was given to our percussionists, Sofia and Maya, who accompanied both pieces. Well done to Scarlett and Bethany, who performed a duet at the beginning of the second piece. It is always wonderful to see One Voice in full flight on the stage. The students demonstrate a strong commitment to the story of each song they sing, along with a spirit of excellence in their performances. It is wonderful to see such a strong team giving glory to God through their vocal talents.

Bravi to all of our choirs!

Hannah Grigg
Choir Director

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