Co-Curricular Music

​Mt St Michael's College encourages students to become aware of the power music has to touch the human spirit.

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons are available, including Voice, Speech and Drama, Theory of Music and all instruments of the woodwind, string, brass and percussion families. Students are able to be prepared for external examination such as AMEB and Trinity College.

Membership in most groups at the College is open, at the discretion of the Music Director. Students will be invited to join particular groups based on information regarding their skill levels obtained from their instrumental teacher. Membership in the MSM Singers, Senior Strings and the Chamber Music Program is by audition, usually held in Week 1 at the start of the year.

Music groups at the College participate in a range of performances throughout the year.

  • Music Camp
  • MusicFest 1 and 2 (All Groups Concerts)
  • Spirit of the Arts Festival
  • Chamber Music Soirees
  • College events such as Awards Night, Art Exhibitions, Liturgies
  • External competitions and events such as QLD Catholic Colleges Music Festival
  • External occasions such as Catholic Education Week, community liturgical events

For all the latest information on the Mt St Michael’s College Music Events Calendar – Please click here

Detailed information on the Co-curricular Music program may be found in the following documents:

Email enquires may be directed to music@msm.qld.edu.au

Instrumental & Vocal Lessons

Mt St Michael's College is able to offer private instrumental and vocal lessons in the following subjects:

Strings Woodwind Brass Other
Violin
Piccolo
Euphonium
Piano
Viola
Flute
French Horn
Singing
Cello
Clarinet
Trombone
Drums
Double Bass
Oboe
Trumpet
Percussion
Guitar – Acoustic
Bassoon
Tuba
Group Percussion
Guitar – Electric
Saxophone
Theory of Music
Guitar – Bass
Speech and Drama

Students may undertake individual tuition in one or more instruments. Shared lessons are offered only if a suitable partner to share the lesson is available and authorised by the instrumental teacher and Director of Music. NOTE: Some instruments cannot be offered as shared lessons. Group percussion lessons are available on demand with 4 students required for each group.

The College does have a limited number of musical instruments for hire.

Email enquires may be directed to music@msm.qld.edu.au

Music Support Group

The Music Support Group provides valuable assistance to the Music Department with the organisation of concerts, music camps etc., within a fun, sociable environment that provides a great networking opportunity for like-minded parents.

This group formed in 2009 and meets approximately 6 times a year. Meetings are held in the Music Classroom, Ionian Centre, at 6pm and the meeting dates are published in the College Calendar.

Please email msg.ashgrove@gmail.com for all enquiries.

Choral Program

College Choir

The Mt St Michael's College Choir is a non-auditioned group with members from Years 9-12.

The Choir has achieved a high standard of musicianship in previous years and successfully toured interstate as part of the Mt St Michael’s College Cultural Tour. Smaller vocal groups for special community and liturgical events are often drawn from this group.

The Mt St Michael’s College Choir is always an enjoyable and inspiring group to be in, and new members are always welcome. Participation in the choir is recommended for all instrumental students in order to develop their aural musicianship and ensemble skills.

Year 7-8 Choir

Year 7-8 Choir is a great way to start your co-curricular life at the College. Filled with your favourite songs from movies and musicals, rehearsals often include fun music games and dance moves.

Any Year 7 or 8 singers are invited to come along, chat to the Conductor, Ms Ruani Dias-Jayasinha, and give the choir a try. No previous singing experience is needed.

MSM Singers

This auditioned small vocal group is usually comprised of older and more advanced singers of the College Choir.

They learn more challenging vocal repertoire, including often singing “a capella”. Their exciting performances are often enlivened by choreography and costumes, and the group is in demand as guest artists for College and community events.

The best preparation to achieving membership in the MSM Singers is consistent participation in choral part singing, either in the College Choir or external choral organisations. Private vocal lessons are recommended but not required.

Audition Details

Students in Years 10-12 may attend the audition which will be held on the second Wednesday of Term 1, between 3:15pm-5pm approx. Material to be presented for audition is a chorus of an own choice song, and a set canon.

Sheet music and audition requirements will be given out at the College Choir Rehearsal on the previous Tuesday afternoon at 3:15pm-4:15pm. Set canon will also be taught at this rehearsal. Audition requirements will also be posted on the intranet and Music Noticeboard.

Middle School Vocal Ensemble (MSVE)

This auditioned small vocal group is designed for singers in Years 8-9.

The repertoire is a little more challenging and the use of choreography and dramatic action enables the students to achieve greater performance confidence.

The best preparation to achieving membership in the MSVE is consistent participation in choral part singing, either in the 7-8 Choir, College Choir or external choral organisations. Private vocal lessons are recommended but not required.

Audition Details


Students in Years 8-9 may attend the audition which will be held on the second Tuesday of Term 1, between 4pm-5:30pm approx. Material to be presented for audition is a chorus of an own choice song, and a set canon.

Sheet music and audition requirements will be given out at the College Choir Rehearsal on the previous Tuesday afternoon at 3:15pm-4:15pm. Set canon will also be taught at this rehearsal. Audition requirements will also be posted on the intranet and Music Noticeboard.

Concert Band

The Mt St Michael’s College Concert Band is a mixed instrumental ensemble that contains woodwind, brass and percussion instruments as well as percussion and drum kit. Occasionally the Concert Band joins with the String Orchestra to form the MSM Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Mr Michal Rosiak, this group plays a diverse range of repertoire and performs at various College and external functions, such as ANZAC and Remembrance Day.

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble has been a great success since its inception. Their varied repertoire is a mixture of soft rock and pop arrangements, Spanish folk-style and Classical items. Acoustic guitar are played and both strumming and finger-picking techniques are utilised.

Music includes both traditional staff notes, and Guitar TAB for chords and Bass Guitar. The group caters for all levels of learners from absolute beginners to more experienced musicians.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble regularly wow MSM audiences with their prowess. They have discovered a whole new world of repertoire access to the vast cultural riches of African hand-drumming, Japanese “Taiko” drumming techniques, and various other non-Western styles which they learn mainly by ear and through structured improvisation.

Students need to apply to the Music Director to join this group. While the group is non-auditioned, typically students in the group are also taking individual or group percussion lessons. However, the group may be suitable for other intermediate level instrumentalists such as piano players who just love to feel the rhythm and the beat or who are wishing to improve their rhythmic skills.

String Program

String groups perform at end of semester concerts and liturgies, as well as further afield at the QLD Catholic College Festival, as well as occasional interstate tours.

String Ensemble

The String Ensemble is a medium-sized string chamber group of intermediate level players of violin, viola, cello and double bass, sometimes supported by piano. Repertoire is mainly classical and light popular arrangements.  String students from Years 7-12 from beginner to intermediate level technique are welcome to join String Ensemble. Placement auditions will be held at the start of each year. Material to be presented for audition is a section of an own choice piece, and a scale.

String Orchestra

The String Orchestra is a larger string ensemble of intermediate to advanced level players of violin, viola, cello and double bass. Repertoire is a mixture of classical and light popular arrangements.  String students from Years 7-12 from intermediate to advanced level technique are welcome to join String Orchestra. Placement auditions will be held at the start of each year. Material to be presented for audition is a section of an own choice piece, and a scale.

Senior Strings

Senior Strings is an auditioned group of more advanced players (usually Grade 4 AMEB or above) who perform both Classical and Baroque repertoire as well as modern arrangements, with and without a conductor.

Students in Years 9-12 may attend the audition which is held at Music Camp. Material to be presented for audition is a section of an own choice piece, and a scale, as well as a brief “sight-reading” excerpt given a short time prior to the audition. Audition requirements will also be posted on the Intranet and Music Noticeboard.

Senior Strings is open to students in Years 9-12.

Chamber Music Program

According to the needs and skills of students, from year to year the Co-Curricular Music Department will support 2-3 smaller chamber groups such as string or wind quartets, jazz trios or quintets, etc.

These groups are designed for especially advanced, keen and hard-working students who want the challenge of a smaller and more soloistic approach to ensemble playing. These groups are often required to provide background music for College events such as Art Exhibitions, and sometime for Conferences and cocktail events for associated Mary Aikenhead Ministries Organisations.

Groups that may run depending on student abilities and interest could be:

  • String Quartet
  • Cello Quartet
  • Flute Quartet
  • Guitar Quartet
  • Clarinet Quartet
  • Woodwind Quartet