Music

The Music program at St Peter’s Girls combines all the right notes, fostering a passion for performance and music in all of its forms. Over half of our students play an instrument or learn voice. The Music Department runs more than 20 co-curricular ensembles with over 300 girls participating in weekly rehearsals.

Music truly is part of the fabric here at Saints Girls.

Music co-curricular activities at St Peter’s Girls:

Instrumental Tuition
In addition to music lessons offered as part of the curriculum, private music tutors can provide individual or group tuition for students focusing on jazz performance and/or contemporary/classical depending on the instrument:

String
Bass Guitar
Cello
Double Bass
Guitar / Electric Guitar
Viola
Violin

Woodwind
Clarinet
Flute
Oboe
Saxophone

Brass
Euphonium
French Horn
Trombone
Trumpet
Tuba

Other
Drum Kit*
Piano*
Recorder
Tuned Percussion
Voice*

*Jazz performance and/or classical/contemporary offered with these instruments

Additional instruments may also be offered, depending on tutor availability.

Lessons take place during school time on a rotation basis and every effort is made to minimise disruption to other schoolwork. Lunchtime, before and after school lessons can be requested, with senior students given first preference.

All of our girls are welcomed and encouraged to join our music ensembles to further their skills and experience the joy of live performance.
Choirs
Junior Choir; Concert Choir; Chamber Choir; Vocal Quintet; Junior Jazz; Enchanté
Strings
Junior Strings; Intermediate Strings; Senior Strings; String Extension Group; Junior Orchestra.
Ensembles
Junior Percussion; Intermediate Percussion; Senior Percussion; Guitar Ensemble; Clarinet Ensemble; Flute Ensemble; Saxophone Ensemble.
Bands
Chapel Band; Concert Band; Stage Band; Developmental Band; Rock Band
Features and Programs on the Music Calendar
> Music Camp involving 80 students from Years 5 – 12
> Day camp for junior and middle string students
> Generations in Jazz
> String Week - performances, workshops and twilight concert
> Musical support at Chapel Services and other School events
> School Piano Eisteddfod and evening recital
> Biennial School Musical
> Year 5 Production
> Percussion Ensemble performance
> Annual Cabaret Concert showcasing all ensembles
> Annual Music Concert featuring 160 performers including an Old Scholars' choir and band
> Biennial Sisters of the Church Music Festival, bringing together our Sister Schools from around the country
> Thursday Club performance – extension program for Jazz vocalists and instrumentalists
> Year 2 Extension Recorder group
> ABODA Strings and Band Festival


St Peter’s Girls facilitates various other concerts, services, workshops and competitions, allowing our vocalists and instrumentalists to experience the thrill of performing while enhancing their understanding and appreciation of music. In December, our musicians come together for our traditional Carols in the Cathedral, bringing the School year to a spirited and moving crescendo.

St Peter’s Girls has been enjoying an electric run of success in Music. 

In 2019, our talented students had a remarkable showing at the annual Generations in Jazz music festival in Mount Gambier, winning the Division 2 Vocal Ensemble and the Open Small Vocal Ensemble categories. In addition, our Stage Band came 2nd in their division against 28 other schools. Indeed, Saints Girls was the top SA girls' school in every division we competed in.

Our Music girls also shone at the ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association) SA School Band and Orchestra Music Festival. The School's Senior Strings, Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band all received Gold awards, and our Development Band was crowned overall winner in the Novice Band section.

Music performance extends well beyond competitions, with the School's epic Winter Concert now an annual highlight. 

Our ‘Saints in Style’ show wowed the crowds on a spectacular evening in May as our talented Music students teamed up with acclaimed Old Scholars including world-renowned violinist Sophie Rowell.

The 2018 Winter Concert featured guest Artists in Residence Emma Pask (from The Voice) and Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire) in a night of phenomenal jazz alongside our girls.

Another fixture on the calendar is our annual Choral Night, involving all 400 Middle and Senior School students. For audiences, it is a spectacle to behold, as the girls sing and dance their way throughout the evening, competing against each other in the four Houses. It’s a night where the vibrant culture of St Peter’s Girls is on show for all to see.

The Music curriculum at St Peter’s Girls is comprehensive and diverse. Music is embraced by all year groups and we provide a coordinated academic pathway for girls who wish to continue studying music throughout their senior schooling.

Subjects available:

  • SACE Stage 1 Music
  • SACE Stage 2 Music: Ensemble Performance
  • SACE Stage 2 Music: Music Studies
  • SACE Stage 2 Music: Solo Performance

The programs aim to grow confidence and competence among solo and ensemble performers. Aural, theoretical, composing and arranging skills are refined as students gain a deep and historical understanding of music.

At Saints Girls, Music is much more than just a subject, it is a constant companion.