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15

spring 2015

Music

Anna R Year 10

Tell me about your first

involvement with music?

I first went to Mini Maestros

as a young child and from

then on my interest in music

grew. When I was seven

I began to play the violin; at

eight I started to play the

piano and when I was nine

I began to learn the flute.

What is your favourite instrument?

I don’t have a favourite instrument out of my three

and, in addition, I thoroughly enjoy singing, both in

Madrigals and in other choirs.

What is your highest level of achievement?

In July this year I sat for my Grade 8 AMEB exams on

piano, violin and flute. I also enjoy auditioning for

external programmes, such as the Australian Youth

Orchestra and the Symphony Australia Conductor’s

Programme. I play at local eisteddfods and last year

I won the Fred and Lisl Loewenstein prize for Modern

Piano at the B’nai B’rith Eisteddfod.

Tell me about your favourite piece of music.

I enjoy playing all music and I sing pretty much all

the time.

What does being involved with music at Ruyton mean

to you?

Through being part of Ruyton Music, I find that it helps

improve my ensemble performance. It is really

stimulating and fun to be a part of the music groups.

I enjoy playing in groups because of the social aspect,

however I do enjoy solo performance.

Who has been a role model for you?

I haven’t been ‘inspired’ by any specific person as such,

I just aspire to be as best as I can be.

What other co-curricular activities are you involved in?

I mainly participate in music. I am part of Madrigals,

Choirs of Ruyton and Peelers, in terms of singing. I lead

the flute sections in Henty and Senior Wind, and play

violin in Senior Strings. I also enjoy Drama and have

been part of the Senior School musical, and have been

involved backstage for the Senior play. I am part of the

Year 10 DAV debating team and the Sustainability and

Ruytonian Committees.

Elizabeth S Year 12

Elizabeth was selected to perform at Top Class in the

Season of Excellence Concerts.

Tell me about your first involvement with music?

I was around six years old when I started playing the

violin and began music lessons.

What is your favourite instrument?

I love playing the violin, piano, and guitar but I regard

myself as a violinist. As far as singing is concerned,

I can’t sing to save my life, but it’s still fun to do!

What is your highest level of achievement?

I would say that passing my Licentiate for violin in 2013

was pretty awesome for me. It meant no more violin

exams to worry about for the rest of Senior School!

Tell me about your favourite performance or your

favourite piece of music.

I’ve never actually considered what my favourite

performance or music to play is. Music such as

Ziguernweisen

by Sarasate or

Nigun

by Ernest Bloch

is my current favourite because of the difficulty of the

pieces themselves. When I learn new pieces, during

that time, they are my favourite because I get the

chance to find and play my interpretation of the piece.

Performances are just a way for someone to show an

audience their interpretation of the music, so favourite

performances are when I can accurately show an

audience my version of the piece.

What does being involved

with music at Ruyton mean

to you?

Music at Ruyton is

interesting. Performing

in different groups is an

awesome experience, and

the different styles

provide a great

opportunity to learn

different techniques. Solo

performances are also

great, as it is a way for us

to show others how hard

we have worked.

What other co-curricular activities are you involved in?

I tend to lean more towards the musical activities. At

Ruyton I am involved in Henty Orchestra, Senior Strings

and Choirs of Ruyton, as well as the musicals held with

Trinity. Outside of Ruyton, I am currently a member of

the Melbourne Youth Orchestra which is an awesome

group to be a part of.

Lara T Year 5

Tell me about your first

involvement with music?

My first involvement with

music was when I was two.

Mum took me to Mini

Maestros each week to sing

and play musical

instruments, such as the

maracas, bells, drums and

lots more! I started learning

to play the violin in Prep.

What is your favourite instrument?

I play the violin and I really love it! I love it because you

have to concentrate on so many things, such as your

fingers, the bow and the music all at once. It stretches

my brain!

What is your highest level of achievement?

My highest accomplishment in music so far is my

Grade 4 AMEB exam.

Tell me about your favourite performance or your

favourite piece of music?

My favourite piece of music I have played is a song

called

Chiquilín de Bachín.

I love the song because it

has a sad but lovely story behind it and you can really

feel the music when you play it. I played it in my Grade

two exam and in front of Assembly because I loved it

so much.

What does being involved with music at Ruyton mean

to you?

Being involved with music at Ruyton gives me a chance

to play in ensembles, meet people and be a part of lots

of eisteddfods. I prefer playing in a group because it

makes me feel less nervous and I have more fun.

Who has been a role model for you?

My teacher, Natasha, inspires me because she has

played in many orchestras and seems to know

everything and gets every note in tune. I also admire

Year 12 girls, Semee P and Elizabeth S who played in the

large ensemble concert. I could not keep my eyes off

them; their fingers were like a spider crawling very

quickly up the strings.

What other co-curricular activities are you involved in?

I am involved in Ruyton swimming and netball,

gymnastics, Mini Mads, Paganini, Stringlets and

creative writing.