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WGC Music

Music will show you what to do with your life.
It is necessary to know facts, but music will enable you to see past facts to the very essence of things – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Music at WGC

The Wellington Girls’ College Music Department is a lively part of the school. Some of our co-curricular groups combine with our brother school, Wellington College, and all are directed by staff members or experienced musicians from outside the school. Music Associates (senior students) take student leadership roles within each group. In 2018 we are producing the musical Anything Goes.

Our Music Groups

This large all comers’ choir rehearses weekly and works towards The Big Sing Regional Choral Festival, the Extravaganza in alternate years, and Prize Giving. It sings music from a variety of genres, in 2 and 3 parts.

Director: Nicola Sutherland (HOD Music)

Rehearsals:  rehearses at WGC on Thursdays before school and at lunchtime.

Membership Fee: $40.00 per annum

Teal Voices is a group of auditioned more experienced singers and is open to girls in Years 10 – 13.  It also works towards The Big Sing Regional Choral Festival, Extravaganza in alternate years, an annual soiree and Prize Giving.  This 25 voice choir also accepts engagements to sing at other events in and out of school, and sings a large and varied repertoire, sometimes collaborating with the Wellington College Chorale.  Auditions for 2013 have already taken place but students new to the school who would like to be considered should see Ms Sutherland in Week 2, or email nicola.sutherland@wgc.school.nz to arrange an audition.

Director:  Nicola Sutherland (HOD Music)

Rehearsals:  rehearses at WGC on Tuesdays 4.00 – 6.00pm.

Membership Fee:  $170.00 per annum

 This is an SATB choir which is a cooperative venture with Wellington College and is an auditioned group.  The choir works towards The Big Sing Regional Choral Festival, the Extravaganza, and the annual soiree.  Auditions for this choir are open to all year levels and will be held in February.

Directors: Michael Fletcher (DOM Sacred Heart Cathedral) assisted by Nicola Sutherland (HOD Music WGC) and Katie Macfarlane (HOD Music Wellington College)

Rehearsals: Thursdays 4.15 – 5.45pm at WGC and Wellington College alternately.

Membership Fee:  $150.00 per annum

Our orchestra combines with Wellington College in terms 1 – 3.  The combined orchestra has approximately 80 members, and each school is also capable of performing individually.  Orchestra members need to be around Grade 2/3 level to be ready to join.  The orchestra works towards a concert for primary schools, the Extravaganza in alternate years, an annual soiree, and Prize Giving.

Director: Michael Joel

WGC liaison: Paul Maskill (Arts Co-ordinator)

Rehearsals: rehearses on Wednesdays 4.15 – 5.45pm at WGC and Wellington College alternately.

Membership Fee:  $150.00 per annum

Our concert band also combines with Wellington College for some performances, notably the concert for primary schools, the Extravaganza and an annual soiree.  Some years it attends the National Concert Band Festival.  This group is for wind (woodwind and brass) players, guitarists, keyboard players and drummers.

Director: Peter McClymont (with Simon Brew when the bands are combined)

Rehearsals: rehearses Thursdays 4.15 – 5.45pm at WGC and Wellington College alternately.

Membership Fee:  $150 per annum

Auditioned chorus and possible quartets

Rehearses: Wednesdays 8.00 – 9.30am at WGC.

Membership Fee: $75.00 per annum