The MHPS strings program provides an opportunity for Middle Harbour students of any age and varied ability to play string instruments in a group.
Through the program, we aim to provide a high standard of tuition and performance whilst instilling a life-long love of music in the children. We hope to give children confidence in their own abilities and to respect each other’s abilities. We focus very much on working as a group, with every member taking responsibility for their own part.
Rehearsals are every week in MHPS school hall.
Fri 7.45am to 8.45am – Senior
Thu 7.55am to 8.45am – Junior
We have two (2) dedicated music conductors for our strings ensembles.
Ms Kathryn Crossing is the lead conductor for the Senior group. She is trained as a classical violinist and has a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and ATCL and AMusA performance Diplomas and oversees the Strings Program.
Ms Rachel Miller conducts our Junior group. She has been involved with many string ensembles at nearby schools, lives locally and has a wonderful reputation for hard work, results and is seasoned with the eisteddfod scenario.
How the program is structured
Our strings program is divided into two sections of violin and cello to cater for different abilities and to balance the dynamics of the program. Each section will need strong players to lead the section and, depending on the piece of music, the Conductor will ask the children to change sections/parts. Many of the accomplished violin players will then be able to play all sections.
Prior to joining the Senior group, children must be a Grade 2 AMEB level. The preference for joining the Junior group is for all children to be able to understand/read music and have some experience playing their chosen instruments. In conjunction with the strings program, your child will need to have private music lessons – most frequently the teacher will teach either/combination of Suzuki or AMEB methods. A list of teachers is available upon request.
Most children in the Strings Program own their own instruments and often look to sell their old ones when they grow out of them. The school has a few violins and cellos which, subject to availability, may be rented. We are also ALWAYS excited to receive any second hand violin/ cello instruments from the school community to maintain a good supply of hire instruments. Please use Contact form, or contact the Strings Coordinator directly if you are interested in renting or donating instruments.
One parent will be nominated each week to attend the entirety of a rehearsal. If you are unable to be present on your rostered day, please find a replacement and inform the Strings Coordinator. At each session the parent-on-duty organizes the children to set up, mark the attendance.
The Strings Program is run entirely by parents and volunteer roles include the Coordinator, Treasury, Fundraising and helping with the Classical Cocktails Event, Music Festivals, Music Camp & Music Workshop. A teacher from the school acts as a Liaison for the Strings Program.
We ALWAYS need new volunteers as we only can run with the help of parents. Contact the Strings Coordinator.
Since 2013, the strings program has been very fortunate to have a main sponsor – Mosman Numberworks. Their generosity helps us with fees, costs to compete in music festivals, awards, music camp, music workshop, social outings etc.
A sponsor can come from anywhere and any amount is greatly appreciated. We provide brand exposure throughout the year.
The fees include the Music Camp (usually held in May) and are quoted on a per annum basis. All fees are due in ADVANCE of commencing rehearsals.
If fees are not paid – your child will not
be able to participate in the program.
Please contact the Strings Coordinator – Rachel Boden at email@example.com