Performing Arts

Overview

Oxford Falls Grammar School is highly regarded as a leading Independent School in the area of Performing Arts. The number of students involved in our extra-curricular Performing Arts Program exceeds 700, which represents two-thirds of students in the School.

The following opportunities are offered and, due to their extreme popularity, places are subject to availability:

Junior School

  • Years K–2 Keyboard Club during school time
  • Years 1–6 Dance classes before and after school
  • Years 3–6 Drama Class before school
  • Years 3–6 Music program includes Concert Bands, Choirs, Guitar and Bass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, Stage Bands, and Woodwind Ensemble. Music tuition is available on most instruments during school time. International Music exams are hosted annually at the School.

Senior School

  • Dance classes before and after school including two Eisteddfod classes, by audition only
  • Drama and Theatresports® classes before and after school
  • Music program includes Acoustic Guitar Ensemble, Bass Ensembles, Concert Band/Marching Band, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pop and Rock Band, Show Choir, Stage Band/Jazz Band, and Woodwind Ensemble. Individual music tuition is available on most instruments during school time. International Music exams are hosted annually at the School.

For any enquiry please email Performing Arts.

Music

Band Program

Our Concert Bands perform at the Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival, ANZAC Day March in the Sydney CBD, swimming carnivals, Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) Festivals at The Concourse in Chatswood, ANZAC Day ceremonies and our Annual Recital Night. The Concert Bands have annual workshops with leading Australian bands, including the Royal Australian Navy Band, Australian Army Band Sydney and the NSW Police Band. 

Throughout the year, our Stage Bands perform at the Manly Jazz Festival, NSSWE Jazz Festival and community Jazz nights. On occasions, they perform with vocalists and soloists from the Vocal Tuition program. The Stage Bands have an annual workshop with jazz legends such as John Morrison and Jackie Cooper.

Both Concert and Stage Bands perform at many School functions.

Please see the Band Program FAQs for further enquiries.

Vocal Tuition Program

Our Junior School Choirs perform in a traditional choral format. The Senior School Choir performs as a show choir incorporating choreography, performance skills and solos, which are auditioned for. All choir students participate in our annual Vocal and Performance Workshop which have included guest artists such as Prinnie Stevens and Tim Moxey from The Voice.  Our choirs perform regularly at School events and have occasionally performed for official functions such as the NSW Business Chamber Dinner.

Percussion Program

Students in the Percussion Program perform as a percussion ensemble and a drumline. The drumline participates in the Australian Percussion Eisteddfods, performs at School sporting events and tours with the Concert Band. As a leading percussion music program we have hosted public percussion workshops with industry professionals such as Scott Johnson from the Californian Blue Devil Marching Band.

Rock and Pop Program

This program is for bass players, guitarists, keyboardists, percussionists and vocalists. Guitar and Bass Students have the opportunity to perform in Bass Ensembles and Guitar Ensembles. 

Rock Workshops are held annually and have featured rock legends including Australia’s top session guitarist Peter Northcote.

Here’s what some of our guest tutors had to say following the 2014 Rock Workshop:

"It was a really enjoyable day and I hope the kids got something from the experience. It's a very impressive music program at the school. Congratulations to all involved." Gordon Rytmeister, Drummer from The Voice band

“You and your staff should be extremely proud of the fantastic job you are all doing there. It was an absolute joy to be a part of this wonderful musical event.” Mark Costa, Head of Academic Studies, Australian Institute of Music

Participation in a Rock and Pop band is available by audition.

Music Tuition and International Music Examinations

Our School has one of the largest music tuition studios in Sydney with over 400 students weekly receiving private music tuition during school hours in our music studios. 

Students sit the International TRINITY music exams on traditional instruments, and Rockschool International exams on contemporary Rock and Pop instruments including vocals.

Examiners are flown out from the UK for an entire week in Term 4 to assess the students on their individual exams. Both exam syllabuses are 
recognised nationally and internationally. Students reaching Grade 8 or above on their instruments can apply for HSC bonus points when applying to university.

Music Ensembles

Training Band, Junior Concert Band, Senior Concert Band, Junior Stage Band, Senior Stage Band, Woodwind Ensembles, Junior Percussion Ensemble, Senior Percussion Ensemble, Debut Bass Ensemble, Junior Bass Ensemble, Intermediate Bass Ensemble, Senior Bass Ensemble, Junior Guitar Ensemble, Intermediate Guitar Ensemble, New Guitar Ensemble, Senior Guitar Ensemble, Infants Choir, Junior Choir, Senior Show Choir, Keyboard Club, Pop and Rock Band

For further information please email Performing Arts.

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Dance

Curriculum Dance is an artform that promotes creativity, self-expression, fitness and awareness of self and others in reflecting the world around us. Students from Years 9 to 12 may choose Curriculum Dance as one of their elective subjects. Students experience traditional through to contemporary and modern dance techniques. It is not an expectation that students should join as professional dancers, just that they have a love of movement and are prepared to develop skills and techniques in dance to elevate them towards being creative and highly expressive people.

Dance is offered as an co-curricular activity, with a variety of ensembles for students from Years 1 to 12. These ensembles include:

  • Years 1 & 2 Mixed
  • Years 3 & 4 Girls
  • Years 5 & 6 Girls
  • Years 5 & 6 Girls Lyrical
  • Years 3 & 4 Hip-Hop Boys
  • Years 5 & 6 Hip-Hop Boys
  • Senior Hip-Hop (Years 7–12)
  • Contemporary Eisteddfod Troupes (by audition)
  • Jazz Eisteddfod Troupes (by audition)

Performances include the annual Dance Showcase, School assemblies and Eisteddfods.

Annual dance workshops are held for Curriculum and Extra-Curricular Dance Students and have featured choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance.

For further information please email Performing Arts.

Drama

Curriculum Drama is offered as an elective subject in the Senior School for Years 9 to 12 and as co-curricular pursuit from Year 3.

Curriculum Drama students experience training through theatre history, improvisation, text analysis, practitioner acting theories, film acting, playbuilding, presenting skills and production presentations. It is an extensive subject that has an equal focus on the practical and academic pursuits of theatre and drama in preparing young people for careers in the performing arts and in gaining life skills to carry them forward into all sorts of vocations that deal in communication and presentation.

Our co-curricular Drama groups meet together each week under the instruction of highly trained and experienced teachers before and after school. Students enjoy the multifaceted aspects of acting and theatre whilst building confidence and developing creativity.

The Drama groups include: Years 3 and 4 Drama, Intermediate Drama for Years 5 to 8 and Theatresports® for students in Years 8 to 11.

School musicals are a regular feature of our Drama Program and combine acting, singing, music and dance for students from various Year groups depending on the chosen musical.

An annual Drama workshop run by the National Institute of  Dramatic Art (NIDA) is held with staff from NIDA and the combined curricular and extra-curricular Drama programs. 

For further information please email Performing Arts.