Rose Bay Secondary College’s New String Ensemble

A new era for String musicians at Rose Bay Secondary College!

MEP is excited to announce the appointment of a new String Ensemble director, Andrea Ng.

All violin, viola, cello, double bass players and anyone who would like to play a string instrument are welcome to come and experience our new string ensemble.

No need for previous MEP membership.

Where: Tuesday mornings from 7.50am to 8.50am in the music rooms.

Andrea is currently the director of the Woollahra Public School String Ensemble. We are lucky to have her now overseeing the Rose Bay Secondary College’s MEP’s
new String Ensemble initiative.

She is very experienced in conducting and establishing string ensembles, coaching
Chamber ensembles and has a fantastic reputation in private tuition.

Andrea is introducing an exciting repertoire exploring accessible classical music and more contemporary musical genres.

Andrea is also offering private violin and viola lessons, from absolute beginners to
advanced players. She is also willing to tutor Cellist.
All enquire to Andrea Ng at or Rosey at

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For the last two years, the MEP program has been running with a small deficit.

This has come about because we have taken several opportunities to expand the program (more rock bands, a second percussion ensemble, a string ensemble) which were not costed out at the time we set the fees.

We don’t regret doing this – the point of the program is to encourage as much participation in music as possible. And we’ve been able to afford it, as we’ve built up a healthy reserve from fundraising over many years. But we clearly can’t carry on like this indefinitely.

Also, the rates we pay to our conductors have not been increased for several years, and are below those paid by similar school programs. Our conductors are the lifeblood of what we do, and there is a feeling amongst parents that we need to increase conductors’ fees from next year.

At the next MEP meeting, we will have a discussion about setting the MEP fees for next year, taking into account our already increased costs, and a proposed increase in what we pay our conductors. One suggestion is that we start charging students different amounts depending on which and how many ensembles they participate in. We have always resisted this in the past, but it may prove a fairer way of going about things.

We ask for as many people as possible to come to the next MEP meeting, to contribute to this discussion


Clive Hopkins MEP Parent Convenor

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Presenting The Royal Australian Navy Band

We’re excited to announce the The Royal Australian Navy Band are playing in our school hall on 27 August.

Navy Band Doors open 6:15 for sausage sizzle, cake stall, drinks and snacks
Concert starts at 7pm

$10 family entry

Proudly supported by our own Senior Concert Band

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School band festival – how it all went

A fantastic effort from the MEP concert and stage bands at the NSW School band festival  – – two bronze awards for the concert bands, who were playing up a grade from last year, and two silvers for the stage bands. Congratulations! MEP director Murray Jackson reports that he was very pleased with everyone’s attitude and commitment on the day and that the quality of the performances just goes to show that if all students adopted a regular practise routine, a great standard could be achieved.

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Let’s support Murray (and great recordings of superb original music)

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A group that Murray plays with has launched a pozible campaign to raise funds for a live recording project. The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra  is one of Australia’s pre-eminent large jazz ensembles, and in this project it applies its skills to the music of trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler. Listen to the music, read about the project and donate to help it come to fruition right here.

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Stephan Schafer – upcoming gig

Another gig not to miss – this one featuring the MEP’s clarinet/saxophone tutor Stephan Schafer, who promises a night of inspiring, interesting music. Find more information and buy tickets here.

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MEP director Murray Jackson in performance

Don’t miss two upcoming opportunities to hear MEP director and saxophonist Murray Jackson in performance as part of The Tundra Ensemble, the vehicle for a unique cycle of compositions by drummer/conductor Jason Isaac. Over a 4 year period, Jason was a participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, where he studied many of the masterworks of the orchestral literature whilst continuing to perform and record Jazz and Contemporary music. The inevitable cross-pollination resulted in an eclectic cycle of compositions with serious formal consideration that also give the ensemble room to mould and create in real-time through improvisation.

 Foundry616 – Thursday July 16 – info and tickets here

Camelot Lounge – Sunday August 9 – info and tickets here

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