Somerville Intermediate boasts a robust music advancement programme that aims to meet the diverse needs and interests of the entire student community. Music groups rehearse both during lunchtimes and also during some afternoon classroom sessions – we allow some class time for rehearsals for two reasons:

  • There are too many groups to fit in only during lunchtimes
  • Somerville recognises the importance of rehearsal time as part of a student's integrated curriculum at school

Music Advancements available in 2015

School Choir

This is the schools' largest performing group, usually approximately 100 students.
No audition is required.

School Orchestra

This is a semi-traditional orchestral structure of strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and two pianos. A suggested level of performance is between Grades 2 and 3; however, students with less experience are strongly encouraged to meet with Mrs Field to discuss options. This group is NOT suitable for massed groups of keyboard players.

SomVoices (advanced choir)

Auditions are held early Term 1. This group is limited to between 20-30 members.

Ukulele Band

This is a TEACHING group – no prior experience is necessary at all. The ukulele band is an excellent opportunity for year 7 students to learn an instrument.

Guitar Ensemble

At present, this group is for students who ALREADY PLAY GUITAR. The aim of this group is to give guitar players an opportunity to continue developing existing guitar skills in a small group situation with players of similar experience.

Chamber Groups

The small performance groups are designed to meet the need of advanced classical musicians. Audition required.

Keyboard Ensemble

The aim of keyboard ensemble is to give an opportunity to the many keyboard players who would like to further develop their skills. Students are usually paired with another of similar ability for duets.

Rock Band

In 2015 they will be one school rock band of both year 7 and 8 students (due to rehearsal time restraints). Entry is strictly by audition – auditions are be held early in term 1.