A highlight for the Vocal Ensemble was their participation in the national Generations In Jazz music event held in Mount Gambier. A report about this exciting event follows. I’d like to congratulate students for their outstanding conduct throughout the trip and their energy and commitment in preparing for the Vocal Awards performance. A huge thank you is extended to Vocal Ensemble Director, Ms Seager and accompanist Mr Birch. A special thank you to Ms Miltenoff for planning and organising our participation in this event.
Janice Leahy – Deputy Principal/Head of Music
From the 5th- 7th of May the Playford International College Vocal Ensemble once again competed in Generations in Jazz, a music festival and competition held in Mount Gambier.
Upon arriving in Mount Gambier students had the opportunity o explore the area by going for a walk down the Umpherston Sinkhole. After spending some time exploring, staff and students attended a welcome concert at the James Morrison Pavilion in Mount Gambier. The concert featured various Jazz soloists and ensembles including; James Morrison, Ross Irwin, Gordon Goodwin and Jazzmeia Horn. The concert was inspiring for both staff and students and was a fantastic start to the weekend.
On Saturday the Vocal Ensemble competed in the Division 3 Vocal Ensemble Awards competition singing two pieces, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square” and “My Boat.” They performed for an audience and were adjudicated by Luke Thompson and Olivia Chindamo, both who are very well respected Jazz vocalists. All students performed to a very high standard. All students should be extremely proud of the work they put into their performance. After competing we listened to a range of other Vocal Ensembles and Stage Bands. This was a great learning opportunity for all students.
On Saturday evening staff and students attended a second concert. This concert included the same performers as the Friday evening it also included the winning division 1 ensembles from 2016. The concert was absolutely outstanding and gave the students the opportunity to listen to some world class Jazz Soloists and Ensembles.
On Sunday morning we travelled back to the James Morrison Pavilion where students participated in a vocal workshop run by Luke Thomson and Jazzmeia Horn, discussing various vocal warm-ups and techniques. They also worked with students to explore improvisation and singing in the Jazz style. After the workshop we began the bus trip back to Adelaide.
All students should be commended for the way they presented themselves and behaved over the course of the weekend and we look forward to continue working hard and performing in the Jazz style.
Rachel Seager – Vocal Ensemble Director