Tag Archives: String Orchestra

Let’s Create – Not Replicate

This year, in our Captivate String Orchestra, we have achieved much in the performance of the Brandenburg Concerto # 3, 1st movement (abridged). This is a significant achievement for a combined string orchestra with mainly upper primary students that have … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Primary School Christmas Roadshow 2014

The strings program commenced at St Andrew’s Primary School in 2009 and was one of the first classroom strings programs implemented in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Parramatta. Since 2009, all children in year 3 learn a stringed … Continue reading

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2014 Captivate Strings Chamber Concert – St Finbar’s Catholic Church Glenbrook

On Sunday November 9th 2014, our Captivate String Orchestra, Parramatta Marist High Chamber Orchestra and our Captivate Staff Chamber Orchestra performed works by Caccini, Bach, Purcell, Smetana, Dvorak to a very appreciative and sizable audience in the beautiful setting of … Continue reading

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Reflecting On & Celebrating Our Music Learning – What has worked in 2014?

It’s the first week back of term 4 and already we have had a rehearsal of the Captivate String Orchestra – as usual, the Penrith/Mountains Orchestra on Tuesday at St Mary MacKillop Primary School Penrith and the Blacktown/Kellyville Orchestra at … Continue reading

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Captivate Strings – the How, What & Why

I am frequently asked the question: “What is it that motivates your students so much about music and performance in the Captivate Strings Program?” (Catholic Education – Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney) In fact, I often ask myself this very … Continue reading

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Captivate String Orchestra Places 1st in Penrith Eisteddfod

Last Thursday 22nd August, the Captivate String Orchestra performed at the Penrith Eisteddfod and gained 1st place in the High School Orchestra section with 96 marks. The Captivate String Orchestra was formed in the term one school holidays in 2011. … Continue reading

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Captivate Strings Workshop – 2013

On Saturday 4th May, about 40 members of the Captivate String Orchestra gathered at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, Marayong. We also had 6 members of our Captivate strings team including 2 new specialist teachers, Miss Grace Vassallo and Miss … Continue reading

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Music Making is an Adventure best shared.

Thought I would share the Introduction with you from the “String Things Level 2” This is the teaching method used in the classroom and small groups across 14 Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney. Authored by … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean

The Captivate String Orchestra performing “Pirates of the Caribbean at the end of year Captivate Strings Concert at St Finbar’s Catholic Church in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains – students from Catholic Schools – Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney. Nearly … Continue reading

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