Bratislava Music Agency
841 06 Bratislava 4
Since its foundation in 1881, Caulfield Grammar School has grown to become one of Australia's most renowned and influential coeducational day and boarding schools. Widely recognised and respected for its innovative learning programs, Caulfield Grammar School continued its strong tradition of innovation by being the first Australian School to establish an International Campus, for its own students. Supported by over sixty specialist teachers, the Music curriculum comprises of classroom music lessons from Pre-Prep to Year 8. The classroom program is based on the philosophical principles of Kodaly – whereby all students have an instrument…. their voice! The co-curricular program is comprised of fifty ensembles, ranging from orchestras, bands and small ensembles - to auditioned chamber orchestras, stage bands and choirs. More than seven hundred individual private music lessons are taught each week and there are in excess of fifty informal and formal concerts, including the cross campus biennial School Concert held at Hamer Hall; and regular international tours. Music Scholarships also offer opportunities for all and enhance the music culture within the school. The School has two high level, auditioned Wind Ensembles that rehearse separately at our two senior campuses. Our touring Wind Ensemble is comprised of students from both Wind Ensembles and provides our students with another experience that fosters friendships and the sharing of music across our whole school and into the global community. The touring Wind Ensemble rehearses in addition to our campus-based ensembles. The touring ensemble is directed by Mr. Simon Brown (Head of Brass) and Mrs. Karen Bouyer (Head of Woodwind), having a combined 60 years of conducting and teaching experience. For the ensemble, the opportunity to travel and share our music with the wider world is indeed a privilege and something that we are very much looking forward to.
Mr Bill Simmons – Chamber Choir Bill commenced his studies in music in the early 1980s, completing a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University while working as a part-time primary music teacher at Brighton Grammar School, where he later became Head of Junior Music. He then studied his Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, in Piano (honours), completing his degree in 1990. Bill studied Voice with Afro Poli, completing Australian examinations to 8th Grade, and conducting with Robert Rosen. In 1989, Bill moved to Melbourne Grammar School, where he was Director of Music at Wadhurst (Middle School) for nine years, before become Director of Music at Woodleigh School in Baxter. After a break from teaching, where he worked as State Director of Music (Queensland) and National Music Director for the Australian Youth Choir, Bill took up his present position at Caulfield Grammar School (Caulfield Campus) where he has worked for the past twelve years. At Caulfield, Bill has developed engagement in choral music, prepared for numerous concerts and events and competed regularly in competitions and festivals, winning the Open Choral section of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod twice, and placing in the top four of various sections of the national ‘Generations In Jazz’ in Mt Gambier three times. Throughout his career, Bill has been guest conductor/workshop presenter with many organisations, including Royal School of Church Music Summer School, the University of Queensland Kodaly Summer School, Musica Viva Schools Outreach Program, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Schools Programme and The Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Bill has trained choirs for international groups both in Australia and overseas, working with many groups such as the Philadelphia Boys’ Choir and Men’s Chorale, the English Chamber Singers, the Long Island Youth Orchestra, the Royal Ballet and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Bill’s commercial choral work has included recording, radio and television appearances, television commercials and ceremonies at major cultural and sporting events both in Australia and overseas, such as the Davis Cup, the Australian Open, the AFL Grand Final, the Seven television network's Good Friday Appeal, Christmas Carols with the Channel Ten network, and Channel Nine's ‘Carols by Candlelight’. Bill has been an adjudicator at festivals and competitions, including the Royal South Street Eisteddfod. He is a member of the Australian National Choral Association and the Kodaly Music Educators Institute of Australia.назад на список ансамблей