Strings

The Mowbray Strings Program has been in place at Mowbray Public School for 18 years, growing from a very small handful of students to more than 80 students today.  Children from Year 1 can enter the program, where they learn to play an instrument, read music, participate in an ensemble and develop an appreciation of music.

The rapidly growing Strings Program offers four ensembles: Super Strings, Junior Strings, Chamber Strings and Camerata. As part of an ensemble, the students have the chance to play with and listen to their peers in a fun and relaxed environment. This provides great motivation as well as socialisation across year groups, often leading to strong friendships.

  1. Our Strings Ensembles
    – Ensemble Rehearsal Times
  2. Strings Events
  3. How to Join Strings
    – Instruments
    – Guidelines
  4. Volunteer Strings Committee

Mowbray Strings

1. Mowbray Strings Ensembles

Super Strings (Beginners)

Commences in Term 2 during the first year of learning an instrument. Musicianship is fostered as children master their new instrument, learn to read music and play music together as part of an ensemble.

Junior Strings (Intermediate)

Junior Strings will take graduates from Super Strings. This is a transitional ensemble, to prepare students for our advanced ensemble, Chamber Strings.

Chamber Strings (Advanced)

After one to two years in Junior Strings, students graduate into Chamber Strings. Children remain in Chamber Strings until they are at the standard required to graduate to Camerata.

Camerata (Senior)

Camerata is Mowbray’s elite Strings ensemble. Entry to Camerata is open to students who have shown strong commitment to the Strings program and who are of a certain standard.

Ensemble Rehearsal times 

Ensemble When Leaders
Camerata Strings Mon 7:45 – 9am Will Hansen
Junior Strings Tue   7:45 – 9am Will Hansen
Chamber Strings    Wed 7:45 – 9am Will Hansen
Super Strings (Terms 2-4) Fri 7:45 – 9am Will Hansen

2. Strings Events

Each year the string ensembles have wonderful opportunities to perform on stage in the School Hall during special school events and at a recital evening. Senior ensembles may participate in variety of local Eisteddfods and the String Festival of Instrumental Music.

  • Kickstart – is an annual day where music students can ‘kickstart’ their music appreciation at Mowbray.  It is a short day of tutorials and rehearsals but it is very beneficial for new music members to become familiar not only with playing in an ensemble, but also with their musical colleagues.  (March)
  • Weekend of Music (WOM) – is an annual, intensive weekend event of tutorials and rehearsals for Band and Strings students.  It also includes some fun activities for the kids and a concert for families and friends, at the end!  There is no overnight stay involved.  (June)
  • A Music Tour – is held every three years for senior members of the Band and Strings ensembles.  This ensures all music students participate in a three day tour of an area in Australia. In the past, some locations have included Maroochydore, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Bathurst/Orange and Tumut.  It is a fun few days of performing at various school locations and music conservatoriums, sharing the love of music with others and giving students the opportunity to perform live.  (October)

3. How to Join Mowbray Strings

An annual fee is charged for participating in each ensemble to cover costs of the conductor, performances and competitions. This is adjusted annually to ensure it remains affordable. Students will need to have a private tutor (charged separately), in addition to weekly Strings rehearsals.

There will be opportunities to join the String Ensembles toward the end of each year. Please contact us.

Instruments

Mowbray Strings students can either purchase or hire their instruments. Violins, Violas, Cellos and Doublebasses are available for hire through the Strings Program for a fee. If you require more information, please contact us.

Strings Guidelines

Read the latest Strings Guidelines.

4. The Volunteer Strings Committee

The Mowbray Strings sub-committee is a voluntary group of parents who meet once per term to manage the running of the program. They are in constant communication via email.   The Strings sub-committee comprises the following roles:

  • Convenor
  • Treasurer
  • Camerata Strings Coordinator
  • Chamber Strings Coordinator  
  • Junior Strings Coordinator
  • Super Strings Coordinator (Terms 2-4)
  • Communications (Newsletter, emails)
  • Instrument Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator (Strings)

For more information about the Strings Program or if you would like to be involved in the Strings Committee please contact us