Junior string, brass and woodwind players attend workshop day!

On Wednesday the 25th of November many LPHS juniors attended the Dunedin-wide Itinerant Music Teacher workshop day, held at Queen’s and King’s High Schools.

When students arrived, they joined other Year 7 to 10 students from all over Dunedin (from both high schools and intermediates), got tuned up and set up ready for the big day ahead. The string workshop was held at Queen’s high School, and was led by the string itinerant music teachers.

This string orchestra was made up of violins, violas, cellos and double basses. The wind/brass workshop was held at King’s High School, and was led by the wind and brass itinerant music teachers. This concert band was made up of a huge range of instruments, including flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

The morning was spent rehearsing the pieces of music. Some pieces were quite straight forward, while others were more complex. Students learnt skills such as playing together as an ensemble (for many this was the first time they’d played in an orchestra/concert band), following a conductor, keeping in time with the rest of the orchestra and tuning. 

To conclude the day, everyone’s hard work paid off as they took to the stage at the King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre, performing confidently to a crowd of students and parents. The string group performed first, and the concert band performed second.

Well done to all students involved for your hard work leading up to this workshop day, and for the day itself. And a big thank you to the itinerant music teachers who taught and conducted throughout the day, and made sure that everything ran smoothly. LPHS itinerant music teachers Ms Brusse, Mr Clamen and Mr Cornish were part of this team.

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