Performing Arts

The College offers a range of Performing Arts subjects and electives including Music, Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies.

In Years 7 and 8, Music and Drama are offered as compulsory subjects and the study of Dance is offered as part of their Health and Physical Education studies. Every Year 7 student learns a musical instrument as part of our innovative Year 7 Instrumental Music Program.

In Years 9 and 10, students are able to choose Music, Dance and Drama as part of their elective studies.

In Years 11 and 12, Music and Theatre Studies are currently offered in the VCE curriculum with Dance available to prospective students in the near future.

Students also have the opportunity to perform in a variety of co-curricular activities including Dance and Drama Evenings, theatrical productions, plays, assemblies, liturgies, excursions, guest teacher workshops, Open Day, lunchtime concerts and classes, street theatre festivals, Student Wellbeing Drama Festival (GPAC), Geelong Dance Showcase (GPAC) community events and Mosaic Awards Evening (Costa Hall).

The College proudly stages a full-scale school musical every two years, performed in the Playhouse Theatre of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

  • Music

    Music

    In Music, students discover the diverse genres, styles and cultures represented by music. They make music by engaging in performing, composing, arranging and improvising.

    They develop their musicianship skills through aural perception, analysis and study of music language.

    The Music department encompasses many facets of life at Saint Ignatius College.

    • Classroom music
    • Liturgical music
    • Musical productions
    • Vocal ensembles
    • Flute Ensembles
    • String Ensembles
    • Rock Band
    • Jazz Band

    • Concert Band
    • Instrumental Tuition
    • Concerts/Soirees

    These are part of its broader social importance. Each has its own special distinction, which marks itself both within and outside the Saint Ignatius community.

    The Benefits of a School Music Program

    Through participation in the Music program, students are guided to develop a love of Music. Students are encouraged, via the pursuit of excellence, to achieve their personal best through the development of self-discipline.

    Students are challenged to stimulate and develop their aesthetic awareness and explore their creativity. Students will face the future with a global view of music as an international language, through a varied curriculum including exposure to music technology.

    Classroom Music

    Classroom Music is compulsory in Years 7 and 8. From Year 9 onwards Music is an elective. VCE units 1,2,3 & 4 Music Performance are part of the Years 11 and 12 program for those wishing to undertake Music.
For Units 1 & 2 there is no prerequisite standard but to complete Units 3 & 4 a student must be of at least AMEB grade V standard.

    Instrumental Music and Public Speaking

    Private Tuition

    The music faculty of Saint Ignatius College offers private tuition for students who may show interest in a particular instrument or voice. Students taking music lessons are withdrawn from class during school time on a rotational basis.

    The school has instruments available for hire for the following:

    • Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet,
Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone)
    • Brass (Trumpet, Trombone and French Horn)
    • Drums
    • Piano/Keyboard
    • Guitar and Bass Guitar
    • Voice (Contemporary and Classical)
    • Public Speaking

    Junior Orchestra ‘Mini Maestros’

    The Mini Maestros is suited for Years 7 and 8 students who
have completed the
Year 7 Instrumental Classroom Program and or those who have been learning their instrument for a minimum for six months. The students build on their instrumental and performance skills in a friendly environment. It is a great way for junior students to gain the level of experience needed to progress to the Senior Orchestra.

    Senior Orchestra

    The Senior Orchestra is for experienced students who have been learning their instrument for two years or more. The students rehearse on a weekly basis and hone their playing skills across a wide repertoire of music. They have many opportunities to perform throughout the school year.

    Choir (Junior and Senior)

    The College Choirs consists of dedicated students from Year 7 to Year 12 who are versatile across a range of music genres and actively perform both at the College and in the wider community. They rehearse each week to refine their ability to harmonise, read music and sing as unified group. The students also have the opportunity to progress to featuring in solo singing roles.

    AMEB/ANSCA Examinations

    Students are encouraged to sit for AMEB or ANSCA examinations in Theory and/or Practical. Prescribed fees for these examinations are to be paid in advance.
A written report outlining progress will be issued at the end of each semester. Lessons are generally undertaken for a full year.

  • Drama

    Drama

    In Drama, students develop their acting skills and apply them both in improvised and scripted drama for both theatre and television.

    Individually and collaboratively, students write scripts and direct each other in works of their own and those of established playwrights. Students will also critically evaluate their own work and other performances using drama terminology identifying themes and issues within a variety of performances.

    Theatre Studies

    In VCE, Theatre Studies offers students passionate about all aspects of the stage a chance to reveal their individual strengths in roles such as actors, directors, designers, theatre technologists and theatre administrator/managers. They produce theatre for a live audience and hone their stagecraft skills in the process to better understand theatre and its practices. They intensively study play scripts from the past to present day.

  • Performance

    Performance

    Students also have the opportunity to perform in a variety of co-curricular activities including Dance and Drama Evenings, theatrical productions, plays, assemblies, liturgies, excursions, guest teacher workshops, Open Day, lunchtime concerts and classes, street theatre festivals, Student Wellbeing Drama Festival (GPAC), Geelong Dance Showcase (GPAC) community events and Mosaic Awards Evening (Costa Hall).

    The College proudly stages a full-scale school musical every two years, performed in the Playhouse Theatre of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

    Dance

    In Dance, students explore a range of dance styles and refine their technical skill. They use their bodies expressively to choreograph movement to communicate meaning and perform to audiences. They view and evaluate the work of prominent choreographers.

  • Debating

    Debating

    Purpose:

    To help develop the whole person and, in particular, to pursue our mission to produce leaders, Debating is an important part of Saint Ignatius College’s co-curricular program. As Jesuit William J. Byron, SJ. explains,

    Even in this “age of the image” and in the boundary less world of cyberspace, the Jesuit high school student meets schoolmasters and activity moderators every day who impress upon their charges the importance of the spoken and written word. Using words well on paper or aloud is a special goal of Jesuit education. If education of leaders (Jesuit schools are clear about having that as a mission) is to be effective, it begins with an acknowledgment that the world moves on words and numbers. Literacy and numeracy belong in the tool kit of the leader”

    Excerpt from Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit with Friends and Colleagues 

    by William J. Byron, SJ.

    This year Saint Ignatius students will continue to be involved in the Debaters Association of Victoria Competition in both the senior and junior divisions. Skills gained through being part of the debating team include the ability to work within a group, problem solving, independent learning and of course the ability to speak in a public domain.

    Our students look to develop:

    • Commitment towards enhancing the role of debating at Saint Ignatius College.
    • Growing confidence within the area of debating.
    • Excellence within the area of public speaking.
    • Dedication towards debating preparation throughout the year.
  • Events

    Up Coming Performing Arts Events

    Saint Ignatius College Instrumental Showcase

    Tuesday August 6th 2019 at GPAC Drama Theatre 7pm.

    To book tickets go to GPAC: Find a Show: www.gpac.org.au/find-a-show/

    Saint Ignatius College showcases the College instrumental and vocal ensembles, bands, duets and solos.

    This annual concert displays the dedication and talent of our amazing students and music staff!

    Adults $18
    Concession $14
    Students $12
    Family (2 adults and 2 children) $55

    Approximate running time: 135 Minutes no interval.

    Instrumental Night Flyer PDF

    Saint Ignatius College Vocal Night

    Monday 12th August at 6.30pm at the Potato Shed.

    Showcasing our student's talents and songs to parents and friends of the College.

    You will hear our Vocal Ensembles, Duets and Solos perform a range of musical styles from Country & Western, Pop, Musical Theatre to Classical.

    We are so proud of the enthusiasm and vocal development of our students this year.

    Come along and be inspired - “Music is Food for the Soul” .

    Saint Ignatius College Vocal Night Flyer PDF

    Public Speaking Students present: ‘Daring Greatly’

    August 15th 7 to 8pm in the Saint Ignatius College Art Gallery.

    The evening’s title is ‘Daring Greatly’ which is a topic inspired by a speech given by the American President, Theodore Roosevelt and more recently a re-created quote by author Brene Brown, who also published her latest best seller titled ‘Daring Greatly’.

    Brene was inspired to write this novel after being shamed online for being openly vulnerable. Students have been challenged to think about just what ‘Daring Greatly’ is to them.

    This presentation will run for approximately an hour and will conclude with a supper.

    Performance is an important aspect of Public Speaking, and this evening will be a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase the skills they have acquired over the year.

    'Daring Greatly' Public Speaking Night Flyer PDF

The Performing Arts Instrumental Teachers.

The College has very experienced and talented Instrumental Music teachers who are featured here.

  • Tania Grant

    Tania Grant is a highly sought after and experienced voice teacher, choral director and musical theatre vocal director in Geelong. She studied at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in Classical Voice and has 13 years voice teaching experience. Tania has worked, studied and attended professional development conferences in many places all over the world and at home including; NYC, (New York Voice Centre) Stockholm, Scotland, (Kristin Linklater) London, Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart. She holds a Bachelor of Music and has undertaken postgraduate studies in Voice at the VCA and NIDA and has recently commenced her Master of Arts/Voice Pedagogy at the University of Wales/Voice Workshop UK. She has extensive experience in accent work and the Estill Voice Method as well as an abundant performance CV. She is a passionate pedagogue first and foremost and she believes singers should never stop learning and has made a commitment to be a life-long learner about the voice. Tania’s thirst for knowledge has led her to many professional development opportunities over the years and in 2020. Along with completing qualifications at the Berklee Conservatory in Boston and attending the NATS and Fitzmaurice virtual conferences; (USA) Tania was also a presenter at the recent ANATS National Conference where she presented her paper ‘Brain Development in the Adolescent Female and its impact on singing education’. Most recently Tania has chosen to undertake the inaugural Vocal Health Education Vocal First Aid Course, which is a UK based initiative. Tania has a proven track record in preparing students for VCE Voice (classical and contemporary,) AMEB and ANZCA Classical, Musical Theatre and Singing for Leisure examinations and works with both professional and non-professional singers.

    Tania has worked on many musicals including: Les Miserable, Sweet Charity, Cats, Urinetown, Heathers, Big Fish, Company, Evita, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls and All Shook Up to name a few.

    Tania has a private voice studio and is at the helm of several secondary school choirs and vocal ensembles, she is an active member of ANATS, NATS, VASTA and the AVA. She has experience as an adjudicator and masterclass presenter and enjoys working on community singing and theatre projects such as the Geelong Summer Music Camp and The GSODA Theatre Collective. In April 2018 she married husband Alistair and in June 2019 she became a Mum to her beautiful little boy Percy.

  • Teresa Duddy

    Teresa is a performer and educator in Opera and Theatre in Australia and abroad. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Arts from the University of Melbourne, a Masters of Opera Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts USA and is currently completing her Masters of Teaching at Deakin University. She is a grant recipient from the Tait Memorial Trust, Opus 50 and the Opera and Arts Support Group.

    In addition to performing as a singer and actor, Teresa currently develops and delivers music programs in disadvantaged schools throughout Victoria, leads a number of community choirs, and teaches private voice lessons.

    As a performer Teresa has worked in opera and theatre in Australia, USA, and Europe. International performances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar and Clorinda in La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Whilst living in the USA Teresa worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus for two years under the baton of conductors including Riccardo Muti and Pierre Boulez. Since returning to Australia in 2012, Teresa’s performances have included Cindy and Wendy in Contact! (as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Naomi in Cinderella with Gertrude Opera, and the role of Lady Thiang (covered and performed) in Opera Australia/GFO’s national tour of The King and I. She has performed at Mofo Festival in Tasmania performing the work of uk composer Mira Calix, and toured the role of Sharon in Master Class with Left Bauer Productions. Roles with Victorian Opera included Rose (understudy) in What Next?, Cathy in Little Deaths, Madame Mao (understudy) and a chorus member in Nixon in China, a member of the dance ensemble in Maria De Beunos Aires and ensemble member in Sweeney Todd. Since completing her formal voice training Teresa has enjoyed performance opportunities in opera, music theatre, cabaret, experimental theatre, oratorio and recital settings. She has also worked as a featured actor in television commercials and theatre.

    Teresa brings together her extensive experience as a performing artist and educator to utilise her creativity for social change to teach meaning as much as method and to harness her voice in a larger context.

    www.teresaduddy.com

  • Adrian Montagnese

    Having studied Classical Piano (8th Grade) and Theory (5th Grade) (AMEB) throughout his formative years, Adrian has continued on through his musical journey through styles such as: Jazz, Pop, Funk, Soul, RnB and Rock, to name a few, through TAFE study (AdvDip of Music) & tertiary study at Monash University (BMus) under the tutelage of some of Australia’s finest Pianists: Steve Sedergreen, Tony Gould, Marc Hannaford and Sam Keevers (all important figures in the Australian improvised music scene).

    Adrian has gained extensive experience as an in demand performer playing regularly around Melbourne at venues such as The Forum Theatre, The Enmore Theatre, Max Watt’s, Federation Square, The Waiting Room (Crown), Sky Bar (Crown), Melbourne Recital Centre, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Paris Cat Jazz Club, RnBabe (Guy Sebastian Band), Golden Monkey Bar, Howler, 303 Bar and The Night cat, as well as various corporate functions (Australian Grand Prix, Australian Open Tennis, TED Talks, TV Broadcasts) and weddings across Australia, to name a few.

    Adrian has toured and travelled, attending master classes, recording and performing extensively both internationally and around Australia with various original groups including NLUKE, KAIIT, Miiesha and Mayfield, across all major venues. These groups have seen Adrian perform at leading music festivals such as: Strawberry Fields, Golden Plains, Jungle Love, Big Sound, Laneway, White night, Splendour in the Grass and The End of the Line. Adrian was also invited to perform at the prestigious Melbourne International Jazz Festival in 2011 as part of the Jazz Futures concert series with International post rock/jazz artist Jim Black and in 2012 as part of the “Metlink Muso’s” performing in the main train stations in Melbourne. Adrian’s playing and collaborative style reflects his diverse musical upbringing, collaborating and creating music that reaches all cultures with no boundaries.

    In addition, Adrian’s 14yrs of teaching experience is a reflection on what the music industry offers today. Adrian strives to tailor individual lessons to suit each individual student. Adrian’s philosophy is to provide a sense of enjoyment through practical learning, self-awareness, self-confidence and musical expression. As a music teacher, what Adrian teaches goes beyond musical concepts, notes and skills. Adrian aspires to provide the best skill-sets adaptable, not only to learning an instrument, but also to key aspects of life development.

    Furthermore, Adrian continues to develop ways in which his pupils receive the most creative, holistic and modern approach to piano in the 21st century, using current pedagogy methods and being a part of International Piano Teaching Inner Circle membership groups where discussions take place regularly on the progression of music teaching for today and the future. He has also maintained distinction averages for examinations among all his students as well as accompanying them for university entrance exams, VCE exams and AMEB exams. Adrian continues to use mentors to further his skills as an educator as well as remaining current in the music industry as a performer, continuing to receive piano lessons from teachers internationally.

    In conclusion, there is an undeniably special relationship between a teacher, a student, and the art of music. Adrian’s music teaching provides a self-awareness, self-expression and confidence that a student will carry with them for life. Lessons that hold well beyond the music sheets. Here, you will find that the art of teaching is as important as the art of music for Adrian Montagnese. For more info head over to Adrian Montagnese’s website & social pages:

    www.montandco.com.au 

    www.instagram.com/montandco

    www.facebook.com/montandco

  • Erika Turner

    Erika has been singing and teaching for many years, starting off as a Classical Singer which was her focus while she was completing a B. Ed-Mus. As well as presenting many Classical Recitals, she also pursued her passion for Musical Theatre. During this time, Erika was teaching a significant number of secondary school students who were showing great interest in contemporary vocal styles. In answer to this, she commenced studying contemporary vocal production and absolutely loved it. As Erika’s journey progressed, becoming even more drawn to contemporary voice and musical theatre, she decided that she had to pursue it seriously. Erika went on to complete a Musical Theatre course at the National Theatre in St Kilda and by the time she was presenting her graduation showcase performance, “Use What You’ve Got”, Erika had already started rehearsals for “Topol’s Fiddler on the Roof” at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne. Following on from this were many corporate gigs, Cabarets, singing in a Jazz Band, doing keyboards and vocals in a Covers Band, a few more shows, VCE assessing, adjudicating eisteddfodau, conducting masterclasses and teaching.

    Erika is happy to help you prepare for an exam (AMEB, VCE) or an audition, or give the skills to just sing for the joy of it.