The Music Department encourages students to widen their horizons by learning a musical instrument or training their voice. The discipline, team spirit and pleasure both given and received are obvious benefits from being involved in musical activities.
Carmel’s musicians are able to take their skills beyond the music lesson and meet together in all manner of music groups from choirs to orchestras and chamber, jazz and barbershop groups to rock bands. The standard of performance achieved by pupils here is evidence enough that this work is invaluable both educationally and socially.
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- ‘Carmini’ – Carmel and Rosmini Colleges Choir
- Jazz Band
- Junior String Ensemble
- Liturgy Band
- Carmel Senior Choir
- Flute Choir
- Junior Choir
- The Carmel Orchestra
Term 1 was a busy one with both the Carmel Orchestra, Senior Choir and Carmini preparing for the annual Stations of the Cross liturgy at St Joseph’s church. This is a combined event with Rosmini College and it is always a joyous experience to be part of this moving and spiritual liturgy.
During Term 1 the Year 10 Music class wrote songs for the Lion Foundation “Peace” Songwriting competition. Aisling Geoghegan’s song, “Eye of the Storm”, made it onto the Finalist’s album. As part of the prize she had her song professionally recorded at the Depot Sound Recording studio in Devonport. You can hear her song on spotify HERE
Term 2 saw both the Carmel Senior Choir and Carmini perform at the Big Sing. The standard of singing at these competitions is extremely high, so it was good to get some recognition for all the hard work that goes into preparing for this event. Alongside this both choirs had the opportunity to perform at the Rosmini Music Showcase, the Carmel Music Department Showcase and Senior Prizegiving. Later in Term 2, Year 8 student, Ece Dalgic, took out a range of awards at the West Auckland Performing Arts Competition. Ece walked away with the “Pae Tawhiti Scholarship Award” for showing particular promise in singing. She also gained 3rd place in National/Folk, 2nd place in Sacred solo, 3rd place in Song in costume and 3rd place in Vocal solo.
At the beginning of Term 3, a huge contingent of Carmel students entered the Starlight Talent Showcase. This year there was a wide range of different talents being demonstrated and Carmel students took out 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. First place was Vivian Xu; Second place, Dads are Cool and Third place, Skyler Anderson (Carmel College Head Girl).
Term 3 also saw the Music Department putting on its annual Music Groups Showcase, NCEA Performance Evening and Year 7&8 Showcase. At the Music Department Showcase there were performances from the Carmel Orchestra, Flute Choir, Clarinet group, Jazz Band, Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Carmini. This year the showcase was sold out and more seating had to be added to accommodate the Carmel community. In week 10, our NCEA music students also held their second performance evening showcasing their solo and group performance pieces they have been working on this year. With 25 items from rock and pop through to classical and music theatre, there was something for everyone’s music tastes. The performances can be viewed via the the Carmel Music Department youtube page: www.youtube.com/CarmelMusicDeptNz
Later in Term 3, Year 12 music student, Calli Romano, also achieved success when her song, “Chasing You”, was accepted into the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition. As part of the prize she had her song professionally recorded at the Depot Sound Recording studio in Devonport. You can hear her song on the link HERE. All performances/recordings from 2023 can be accessed via www.linktr.ee/CarmelCollegemusicdept