A broad range of musical events and ensembles provides exceptional opportunities for girls to explore and grow their musical competence and participation. Our Arts program is designed to encourage students to participate as beginners in any activity of choice. Our musicians are able to be extended at the very highest of levels.
This choir involves students in Year 2 and 3, and builds on skills from entry levelparticipation.Itisanintroduction to choral skills and focuses on development of a choral program. Rehearsalsoccurafterschool.
Middle School Choir
The choral program extends students to refine their singing skills as a group. Students learn to sing in three parts and perform together. This choir is non-auditioned for Year 8 and 9 students.
This choir involves students in Year 4 and 5. The choir rehearses before school. Girls develop further choral skills, including an introduction to harmony, having progressed from Junior Choir.
This is a non-auditioned choir and involves students in Year 6 and 7. The choir rehearses before school. Students participate for the whole year and learn choral and musicianship skills to prepare for performance.
Senior Choir is a non-auditionedchoir that allows senior students(Years10,11,and12)theopportunitytolearntosingandinteractwithothers.
An auditioned choir, extending students in choral skills and performance. Chica Vocé is a close group of girls who share a love of singing from various genres and perform challenging repertoire. Guest presenters are invited to workshop with the choir. The choir rehearses before school and at a lunch period. Students in Chica Vocé are expected to participate in the appropriate year level choir. Chica Vocé can be used by students when selecting SACE subjects in Year 11 and 12.
Chica Vocé focuses on a higher level of skill than the equivalent year level choirs and is a sound training ground for students interested in auditioning for ChanterElle.
An auditioned choir, extending students in choral skills and performance. ChanterElle is a close group of girls who share a love of singing from various genres and perform challenging repertoire. Guest presenters are invited to workshop with the choir. The choir rehearses before school and at lunch period. Students in ChanterElle are expected to participate in the appropriate year level choir. ChanterElle can be used by students when selecting SACE subjects in Year 11 and 12.
This group of girls are exemplary ambassadors for the School when attending out of school events due to the calibre of their singing and their excellent presentation.
Junior String Ensemble
The Junior String Ensemble is a direct outcome of the Year 2Curriculum String Program, and gives students the opportunityto play in an entry level ensemble. Participation provides students with the opportunity to perform in front of their peers in a non- threatening environment, which builds confidence for further progressioninmusicalabilities.
Senior String Orchestra
The Senior String Orchestra displays playing at AMEB Grade 3/4 level and performance. Participation can qualify as aSACE ensembleperformance unit. Students are auditioned for a position in this orchestra.
Intermediate String Orchestra
Students in this ensemble are an AMEB Grade 2 level and above. Students participate and perform in a group with similar standard string players and perform at school events and the ABODA competition.
Junior String Orchestra
This orchestra provides a great opportunity for the girls to participate and perform in a group of similar standard string players. They perform at the String Concert and ABODA.
Senior String Quartet
The Senior String Quartet is a small auditioned chamber ensemble for students who are highly accomplished in playing their instrument. The ensemble performs at numerous events throughout the year including award ceremonies, annual strings concert and assemblies.
ABODA Band & Orchestra Festival
A highlight for students in our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools is the ABODA Band and Orchestra Festival. Each year, Walford enters 9 ensembles into this local festival. The two Big Bands, three Concert Bands and three String Orchestras prepare their chosen repertoire and the set work to play for adjudicators who are specialists in their area. Students enjoy the challenges of preparing for this festival each year.
Generations in Jazz
This event is a national festival that takes place in Mt Gambier each year. High school students from more than 100 schools compete in the Stage Band Awards and Vocal Ensemble Awards. There are daily concerts that take placein the big top pavilion. The competition day has many venues dotted around the paddocks of ‘The Barn’ to allow more than 5,000 students toperformtheirjazzcharts.Walfordembracesthiswonderfulweekendbyenteringour two BigBandsandonevocalensembleinto this outstanding event.
Bands and Orchestras
Big Band 1
Big Band 1 displays a high level of playing and performance. Participation can qualify as a SACE unit. Students are auditioned for a place in Big Band 1. Rehearsals take place before school, with sectionals held during a lunchtime. Students in this band must also participate in a Concert Band or other ensemble.
Big Band 2
Students must participate in a Concert Band to participate in this ensemble. Big Band 2 provides the students with an intermediate level training environment. This ensemble caters to students who are playing beyond entry level and not yet advanced to Big Band 1 level. There are a limited number of positions available.
Students work alongside other students, developing their improvisation skills with an instrumental tutor. Participation is by invitation.
Intermediate Concert Band
Students are invited to audition for the band after consultation with their instrumental teachers and the conductor of the Concert Band. The Intermediate Concert Band rehearses before school each week for the entire year. Students participate in the annual Ensemble Concert and ABODA competitions in Term 3 each year.
Senior Concert Band
Senior Concert Band offers students an opportunity to play, rehearse and performwithinahighlevelensemble. Students are auditioned for a position in this band. Rehearsal occurs before school. Participation can qualify as a SACE unit.
This is a training concert band open tostudents at beginner level. This ensemble provides entry level students with the opportunitytoplaywithothers and build their skills for the upper level bands in the School.
Senior Orchestra is for the most advanced students who play an orchestral instrument. Participationinthisorchestrais by invitation.
Students can enrol in private music lessons across a wide variety of instruments.
(alto, tenor, baritone)
Walford offers a range of Performing Arts options for students each year. Opportunities that are offered vary each year. These may include a Showcase production involving Walford students from Years 7 to 12, a combined Musical Production with St Peter’s College or a Walford Musical Production.
These productions focus on developing students’ performing skills in singing, dancing and acting. There are also opportunities for students to be involved in backstage activities such as costuming, audio and visual.