Music Program

"Our flourishing St Patrick’s College music program includes a broad range of men with varied talents, abilities, personalities, passions – and certainly senses of humour! These young men love to make music together.  They are growing in their understanding of how important each musician is in an ensemble, and how to appreciate and acknowledge the contribution of the others. This is the true joy of being a musician." 

Mr Kane McNally - Co-Curricular Music Coordinator

The aim of the performance program is the development of student's musical, social and personal awareness through participation in instrumental music instruction, ensembles, rehearsal and performance. It is not seen as an end in itself but rather as something that will add significantly to the quality of life both now at school and later in life. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of musical ensembles and musical activities, allowing them to experience the joys of music making and to stimulate their interest in music.

Young men entering the College in any year level from Year 5 to 12 have the opportunity to participate in the College Instrumental Music program. Students are offered tuition on their individual instrument and as part of a small band. Our program follows the A.M.E.B curriculum and students will have the opportunity to sit for examinations in their chosen instrument.

The Co-curricular Instrumental program is in addition to the compulsory Years 5 and 6 music program that allows all students to study a particular music instrument during their class lessons. Co-curricular music allows students to join one or more of the many music groups available at St Patrick's. Our music department includes over 250 students receiving music tuition, 15 ensembles, 316 ensemble members, and 12 staff and tutors. 

Our ensemble and vocal groups have the opportunity to perform at a variety of major functions and events at the College each year along with festivals and competitions. 

Some highlights from the program during 2018 included:

  • Queensland Catholic Music Festival: Our best year to date with our 13 ensembles winning 6 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze awards. An exceptional achievement!  
  • Bramble Bay Music Festival: We achieved a College record, with 64 musicians from Years 5-7 participating in the festival choir, string orchestra, and concert band across four days of workshops. Our young men joined over 400 students from local primary schools culminating in the finale concert at our Christian Brothers Auditorium, with over 1200 parents and friends in the audience.  
  • Over 60 St Patrick’s College musicians achieved grades in Trinity College and Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) syllabuses in brass, woodwind, strings, guitars, piano, percussion and voice. A new College record! 
  • State Honours Ensemble Program: The Queensland Conservatorium of Music runs ensemble programs for outstanding musicians. This year, 64 students were selected in the State’s top ensembles across each of the primary, middle school and open categories.  
  • Australian Honours Ensemble Program: Congratulations to Tobias Batson (Year 12) and Rex Fonacier (Year 7) for their selection in the Australian Honour Ensemble Program. These young men were acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to this national level ensemble program.