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 2018

School Choir

This is our full school choir and the expectation is a full year commitment. We perform at numerous assemblies, Grandparents Day, Somerville Festival, this year's showcase production in term 3, APPA Festival, and prizegivings. The school choir rehearses weekly on a rotating schedule that alternates between lunchtimes and class time, in recognition of the important role this performance group place in some many Somerville events.

Orchestra/Stage Ensemble

This group includes instrumentalists who are ready to perform as part of a group. The stage ensemble has enjoyed playing a range of classical and popular music, arranged specifically for the instruments that we have available. Stage ensemble rehearses once a week and performs at assemblies, Grandparents Day, Somerville Festival, this year's showcase production in term 3, prizegivings, and other special events that arise.

Ukulele Band

Ukulele band is a teaching group, providing opportunity for all students to be part of a performance group with very little or no prior experience. This group also serves as an extension of the year 7 music program that includes practical ukulele work. Ukulele band performance for assemblies, Grandparents Day, Somerville Festival, this year's showcase production in term 3, and other special events that arise.

Rock Bands (audition required)

There are two rock bands: year 7 and year 8. Both bands prepare for Bandquest (Term 3) and the year 8 rock band often accompanies choirs for Somerville Festival. This year, both rock bands will have an opportunity to perform as part of the showcase production in term 3. 

A Capella (audition required)

SomVoices is the school a capella choir. Entry is strictly by audition. This group performs for Grandparents Day, this year's showcase production in term 3, and other special events that arise.

Buskers Group (audition required)

This is a group of musicians who will be rostered to provide live music at Kawhe Hui (the school pizza cafe) each Friday. This is an exciting opportunity for small groups and soloists to share their talents as part of an integrated project with the Food Technology classes.