All MEP ensemble rehearsals have been cancelled until further notice. This decision has been made in light of the updated social-distancing guidelines and the prohibition on all non-essential activity across the state from Tuesday 24 March.
At this stage we are planning to set up Google Classrooms for all our ensembles so that the students can stay engaged with their learning. We will be sending more information about this in the coming week.
Please check with your instrumental or vocal tutor to see how this may affect private tutorials. We have advised the tutors to work online as much as possible.
In the meantime, stay safe and well. There will be plenty of time for practising and working on your chops, so I can’t wait to see you all again soon.
Important information about fees for 2020.
For those parents wishing to use your $100 CK voucher in 2020, you need to submit the voucher by Friday February 28th to firstname.lastname@example.org
The $100 will then be deducted off your fees.
Please include in your email all the following information for each Creative Kids Voucher:
1. Student’s name exactly as it appears on the Creative Kids voucher.
2. Student’s date of birth
3. Creative Kids voucher number
Thank you to all the parents, students, tutors and MEP volunteers who assisted to yesterday’s kick-off meeting.
Some of questions that were answered then:
- The MEP program is approved for the NSW Creative Kids Voucher 😀
- Rock Band rehearsals (weekly) are during class time***.
- The String ensemble is a “classical” string ensemble – with violin, viola, cello and double-bass. A classical guitar may be considered – on audition only.
- New students are welcome to join the RoseVox choir, Percussion ensemble, Junior Concert Band and String Ensemble this week. There is no formal deadline for joining – the earlier the better. If unsure – go in and give it a try. Calendar here.
- The MEP Tutors provide their (weekly) lessons at school – during classes ***. You are free to take lessons with other tutors outside of school of course.
- If you play guitar in a rock band and want to join the concert band as your CORE ensemble – you must pick (and learn with a tutor) another instrument suitable for ensemble playing. The Bass is the most obvious choice for guitar players (but not the only one).
- The MEP can loan a few instruments (bass/guitar and of course drums and keyboards…) for practice at the school – but you must have your own at home.
- There is a limited number of scholarships available to encourage students to pickup a LOW Brass instrument. (Sousaphone, Trombone etc). Contact Murray for more details.
- If you haven’t done it yet – please fill out the Expression of Interest Form. This is also for returning students please.
*** Rock band practice and school-approved tutoring sessions are organized with a “permutation” schedule so that students do not miss repeatedly the same subject. The school administration is involved to manage the roll-call impact.
New students, please fill in the Expression of Interest form found on our forms page.
Existing students, rehearsals for Junior Concert Band, Junior Stage Band, Senior Concert Band, Senior Stage Band, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble start February 3rd.
Rehearsal schedule as per last year and MEP students to return to 2019 bands and ensembles. Murray will communicate any changes from then.
MEP Information Night is on Monday February 10th at 6.30pm in the School Hall. Parents/carers and students welcome.
Thank you to everyone who participated or attended our end of year performances. 2019 has been a rewarding year with a successful band tour, gold and silver awards in the NSW band festival, our jazz ensemble receiving second place and an impressive 96% at the Sydney Eisteddfod, and all our rock bands and a number of our ensembles impressing audiences at Festivilion.
If you or your child attended Festivilion, please fill in the short survey below.
See you in 2020.
Congratulations to all our MEP performers for their brilliant performances on Saturday 16th November. Rose Bay SC literally rocked the Pav with our rock bands taking over the amphitheatre, our jazz ensemble, The Middle Men, performing in the Seagull Room, and our choir, Rose Vox, delighting audiences inside the courtyard.
A big thank-you to parent Merran Hughes, who organised much of the day including our involvement. And thanks to all the parents who volunteered on the day and to Sean Windsor, Mel Forbes, Scott Wright, Cassy Darvall and Murray Jackson, and our roadies, year twelve students, Finnbar Brennan, Travis Jenkin-Broadie and Will Connor. Finally, thanks to Waverley Council and Harris Farm for their support.
Our end of year rock band concert will be held as part of Festivilion at the Bondi Pavilion on Saturday 16th November. The fun starts 10am and will be running until late.
Thanks to the generous support of Harris Farm, we are holding a bbq to feed the hungry hoards, so come hear the bands and help us raise some much needed funds.
Your help would be much appreciated if you could join us on the BBQ roster – you can sign up there https://signup.com/go/uiCrgGU