Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

School Choirs

Students at MAS have access to the Festival Choir  in years 5-7.

The Festival Choir is run by IMS Music teacher Deb Schwartz. The choir learns the repertoire of the Adelaide Festival of Music and selected students perform at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The MAS Concert Band and Choir were out and about on Friday December 8, playing concerts at Yorketown Area School, Minlaton District School and Ardrossan Area School as part of their annual Yorke Music Tour. 
Despite the tight time schedule, we played a full programme at each school, with both the band and choir performing well in the varied conditions. 
The Concert Band performed selections from its 2013 programme as well as some Christmas favourites. Our vocal version of 'Little Talks' proved popular with all the schools.
The Choir dressed up to perform 'Socks and Jocks' and 'Stand Together', both from the 2013 Festival of Music programme. At AAS the choir was joined by the Ardrossan Festival Choir and the two groups sang together, in perfect harmony!
A big thank you to Nixon's buses for our transport, to Community members Malcolm Kinch, Di Morgan and Helen Stocking for your support, to the band members from the school's we visited and to the schools for helping us set the tour up. Thanks also to our roadie and DJ Jesse Lawler for organising the PA system.
Well done Mrs Schwartz for organising another opportunity for our students to demonstrate their musical skills to a wide and diverse audience.
Presentation Night 2013 on Tuesday December 10 was standing room only with the Performing Arts Centre filled to capacity and beyond. The audience was entertained in the lead up to the opening by the MAS Concert Band performing a selection of songs from their 2013 repertoire.
At 7pm Year 11 student Brooke Smith made the Acknowledgement of Country and the Festival Choir and Concert Band gave stirring performances. Principal Andrew Gravestocks spoke of the past year and highlighted some of the many events, opportunities and achievements of our school, from interstate and international travel, to growth in test results, reduction in behaviour management and the growing sense of community and desire to excel. He farewelled a number of staff, highlighting the extensive careers of primary teachers Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman, both of whom retire this year.

Read more: Presentation Night 2013

Our annual Christmas Assembly drew a record crowd of parents and families who gathered on Wednesday December 11 in the PAC to celebrate the end of the year with the R-7 students.

With nearly thirty items on the programme, the afternoon was packed with singing, dancing (well done Miss Norman!), jokes, plays, student-videos, music performances, the 5/6 Band and the Festival Choir. 

Father Christmas made an appearance, courtesy of the local police and helped us present the Classroom Christmas Door competition.

Thank you to all the families who attended and supported their children, thanks to the PA crew for coping with a technically difficult programme and thanks to Debbie Schwartz for her support and help throughout the day.



We held our annual Music Concert in the performing Arts Centre on Thursday, October 24 with a wonderful crowd and a full programme.
The evening slipped quickly by, with items from the school Concert Band (inc. Les Miserables, Wicked, Skyfall), the Festival Choir (inc. Stand Together, Take a Bow), the Junior Choir (inc. Old Time Rock 'n' Roll), the 5/6 Band (Bunyip Blues) and items from small ensembles and soloists.
We paid tribute to our three Year 12 students (Maddie Briggs, Amy Nankivell and Anneliese Moloney) and our retiring Festival Choir accompanist, Diane Wheare.
The evening was warmly received and truly showcased our talented students conductor Debbie Schwartz and the whole of the music staff.
We also received this letter from visitors to the area:
On Tuesday this week we made an unplanned stop in Maitland to shelter from the wild windy weather. Yesterday afternoon we were enjoying a walk around the town & noticed a sign at your school advertising the 2013 Music Concert.  We decided it might be nice to attend, which we subsequently did.
We want you to know that last night's performance has been one of the highlights of our holiday - we thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was wonderful to see the young people displaying their musical talents, no doubt largely due to the encouragement, training and leadership given them by yourself and the other school staff and helpers involved in the school's musical program.  We were impressed with the way the evening program was so well organised and conducted - despite the minor inevitable "hiccups" which may have occurred.  It was great to see such a variety of talent on display, including that of some quite young children.
The printed program (handout) was very impressive - we have never before seen a similar document of such a high standard. 
Debbie, we would like to especially commend you on your involvement with last night's programme, and for the wonderful work you are obviously doing within the school's music program.  Keep up the good work. Thanks again to you, your colleagues and the students for a wonderful evening.
Regards, Len & Sue Fittell
The Festival Choir is reaching the business end of their rehearsals.  Conductor Debbie Schwartz and accompanist Di Wheare are impressed with their progress and it's been a delight to overhear the choir rehearsing on Monday afternoons in the PAC. The photo on the cover of the newsletter was one of many we took last week to send to Adelaide for display during the concert. 
Tickets for the performance will be available soon. If you've attended before you know what a treat it is. And if you haven't, this might be a good year to experience the talent, enthusiasm and delightful singing of our primary students.

Tuesday September 11 was show night at the Adelaide Festival Centre for our Festival Choir.

Over a magic two hours, the choir, along with 300 students from 24 different schools, entertained an appreciative audience with music, dance and drama, demonstrating once again the talents of our students and their teachers.

Read more: Festival Choir 2012


Magic Millions

On Tuesday the 21st of August 24 students from years 5-7 attended the Festival of Music Choir rehearsal at Magic Millions, Adelaide. It was an early start to the day with students meeting in the bus bay at 6:15am but this didn’t stop our MAS students from shining on the day! 

Read more: Festival of Music: Magic Millions Rehearsal

On the 21st of September seventeen members of the Maitland Festival Choir performed at the Adelaide Festival Theatre . Over 350 students performed 14 songs from memory with choreography and two part harmony. The program featured a commissioned work ‘The Tales’ by Robyn Habel which was based on Fairy Tale characters who‘s message was ‘Tell your own story’.

Each member of the choir had to wear a bright coloured t-shirt with black pants and black shoes. The coloured shirts looked amazing on stage. Congratulations to Ionah Warrior who was chosen to perform a solo. Ionah performed the Spoken Rap of ‘Gundalla -We Dance’; she spoke the ‘Wongatha language’ confidently and beautifully and made all Maitland Audience members very proud. Well Done Ionah!

Thank You to all the Parents who took the time to take the students down to Adelaide for this amazing event. A huge Thank You would have to go to our wonderful choir trainer Belinda Wundersitz who takes the time each week to come in and rehearse the choir. She makes it so enjoyable to be in. Many thanks to Mrs Hector for supporting and managing the choir. She does this so well and it is great to have her involved.

Well done everyone who has been involved in this fun event and I encour­age next year’s Year  5, 6 and 7s to join in the Festival of Music program.

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