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Music Information for 2018

Senior Music Students

On Monday 19 February our Yr 11 and Yr 12 students attended the ENCORE Concert at the Sydney Opera House to listen to the exemplary performances and compositions of the 2017 HSC music students from NSW.  Hopefully this valuable experience will motivate our current HSC senior music students to develop a strict practice regime and inspire the budding composers amongst the group.

Meet the Music

Senior music students will attend the first concert in the Meet the Music series at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday evening.   The SSO will collaborate with the acclaimed drumming ensemble Taikoz to present a program of wonderfully varied music.  They will hear everything from the sound of a single drum and the haunting tones of Japanese flutes to the richness of the full orchestra and the thunderous taiko drums.

Year 7 Band Day

A special BAND DAY will be held for all Year 7 students who play band instruments this coming Sunday, 25 February from 11.00am to 4.00pm.  Student will enjoy sectionals with our specialist music tutors, fun activities and a concert performance for parents and carers to complete the day.  Lunch will be provided.  All Year 7 students have been emailed an expression of interest form outlining the days activities.  If you haven’t already enrolled, there is still time! Please complete the online form.    CLICK HERE


Music Supporters Meeting

The Waverley College Music Supporters Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 28 February at 5:00pm.  This meeting will be held on the lower level of the Performing Arts Centre.  Please come along and show your support.  The Showcase Concert on 25 May will be one of the topics to be discussed along with plans for the exciting year ahead for the Music Supporters Group.  New members always welcome!

Those parents unable to attend this particular meeting who are interested in assisting are welcome to email:


College Ensembles Rehearsal Schedule – Term 1

Before School


College Choir – Anne Fahy Senior Jazz Band  Senior School -Alexander Lee Cliff Goodchild Concert Band – Dan Williams Waterford Concert Band – Junior School – Dan Williams Music Tour Guitar Ensemble – C. Balkizas
Waterford Beginner Band – Junior School – S. Pinter Junior Jazz Band – Senior School – Toby Armstrong


Chamber Strings – Danita Harris Senior Percussion Ensemble – James Waples Brass Ensemble – Senior School – Dan Williams Guitar Ensemble – Chris Balkizas
After School


Tour Choir – Senior School – A. Fahy & M. Rollins Matthew Coorey Concert Band – Yrs 7 & 8 – (3.30-5pm) Dan Williams Cadet Band
Music Tour Concert Band – S. Pinter & C. Balkizas


String Ensemble

Exciting news for Waverley string players!  There is a string ensemble starting in 2018.  The group is open to violin, viola, cello or double bass players at all levels.  Enjoy playing a range of musical styles for string ensemble including pop, classical, folk and jazz.  NEW REHEARSAL TIME:  1:00pm (lunchtime) Mondays in P14.


Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble will meet every Tuesday at lunchtime in the Recital Room under the instruction of Mr James Waples.  If you are interested in joining please come and speak to any of the staff in the Music Faculty.


Instrumental Programme

We have a vibrant instrumental programme with 22 private music tutors teaching a wide variety of instruments.  Private Music Lessons will commence in week 3.  Parents of students wishing to take up instrumental lessons will need to complete the Private Music Tuition form. For further information on private music tuition, including fees and the application process, please CLICK HERE.

Important Dates

Thursday        22 Feb            Meet the Music Concert – Yr 11 & 12

Sunday           25 Feb            Yr 7 Band Day

Wednesday    28 Feb           Music Supporters Meeting, 5:00pm.


Band Program

 Waverley College Band Program is strong enough in numbers and continued musical growth to promote two bands in the Senior School.  These two bands are called the Senior Concert Band and the Matthew Coorey Concert Band.

By creating a senior band and a junior band students are provided with the opportunity to concentrate on challenging music, expanding instrumental techniques, exploring various styles of music and in each rehearsal, will be fully focused on working together.

Any students unsure which band is most suitable please contact the Music Faculty.  All questions regarding the Waverley College Band program can be directed to Mr Dan Williams.  Contact the Music Faculty or email

Rehearsal times are available to download below.


2018 Choir & Rehearsal Schedule Download

Rock Bands 2018

Waverley College is offering an exciting new extra-curricular ROCK BAND program as part of the music ensembles under the tuition of Sean Windsor.

The first meeting of the ROCK BANDS was held this week.  ROCK BAND students will commence group tuition on Monday 26 February.  Timetables have been sent to students already enrolled by email.

The program will offer students the opportunity to form a group, learn songs, write and arrange their own material, perform and record their own music.   For further information and the application form use the download below:


Rock Band Application Form Download

College Choirs

Waverley College has two choirs – the Waverley College Choir and the Chamber Choir.  All students are welcome to join the Choirs.

Rehearsal times are available to download below.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Mrs Anne Fahy on or come along to one of the rehearsals.

Other Music Groups

The College also offers students the opportunity to practice and play in other musical groups:

  • Jazz Band
  • Cadet Band
  • Junior Brass Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Rock Bands
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Strings Ensemble
  • Senior Percussion Ensemble
  • Waterford Concert Band

Rehearsal times are available to download below.

Private Music Lessons

Private music lessons are available to all students from Year 5 to 12. Extending timetabled music study with private tuition on a specific instrument is strongly encouraged. Lessons are held in the Performing Arts Centre by external tutors, and instruction is available in a large range of instruments, theory, voice and composition.

Students wishing to take up instrumental lessons need to complete the Private Music Tuition form.

To access this form, please CLICK HERE

Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that they attend each music lesson or ensemble rehearsal. Timetables for the term have been shared on Google drive with the students.  In the event of a student absence, excursion or examination commitments, the following guidelines apply:

Student Absence

A student will forfeit the lesson if the tutor has not been given at least 24 hours notice of an absence. Makeup lessons can only be provided when 24 hours notice has been given. Note that the parent/ guardian should speak directly to the tutor.

Tutor Absence

Where possible, pupils will be notified in advance of a tutor’s absence. A new lesson time will be negotiated in the case of unforeseen illness which cannot be notified in advance. If it is not possible to reschedule the lesson then the cost of the lesson will be credited to the student.

Excursions, Examinations & Class Tests

A minimum of 48 hours notice is required to reschedule a lesson. A student’s failure to notify the Music Faculty will incur the cost of the cancelled lesson. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the tutor of excursions, examinations and class tests and must tell them as early as possible.

Please advise in writing if a student wishes to cease lessons at the end of this Semester to

European Music Tour 2018

2018 European Music Tour – Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals for the European Music Tour commence in week 2.  Guitar Ensemble will commence on Friday 2 February at 7.00am.  A reminder that attendance is compulsory for all students participating in the Tour.  Please CLICK HERE  for the link to the rehearsal schedule.


European Music Tour Rehearsal Schedule

7.25AM-8.30AM  European Music Tour Jazz Ensemble 7.00AM-8.30AM European Music Tour Guitar Ensemble
3.30PM-5.30PM European Music Tour Choir – All Students 3.30PM-5.30PM European Music Tour Concert Band    (Recital Room)


Sunday Rehearsals  – Terms 1 & 2

11 March       11.00am – 4.00 pm

8 April           11.00am – 4.00 pm

27 May           11.00am – 4.00 pm


Important Calendar Dates for Term 2 2018 – please put in your diary

25 May           7.00 pm         Showcase Concert

22 June          6.00 pm         European Music Tour Farewell Concert

28 June          9.25 pm         European Music Tour Departs