San Sisto College has an Music Program with outstanding instrumental teachers and band conductors to assist in the musicianship development of each student.
CONCERT BAND - SSC Concert Jazz
This band is for players of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments with limited opportunities for keyboard, guitar and bass guitar players, across Years 7–12. This ensemble plays standard concert band repertoire as well as Jazz scores. The SSC Concert Jazz Band is conducted and directed by Mr Adrian Moran
SAN SISTO COLLEGE CHOIR – Veritas Voices
The choir is made up of girls from Years 7 –12. This ensemble is not auditioned, with the emphasis being on the enjoyment and sense of achievement created by regular rehearsals and performances. All students are encouraged to join the choir to develop their musical skills and build new friendships. All instrumental students are especially encouraged to be members of the choir as it contributes positively to the development of aural skills and notation reading. Veritas Voices is conducted and directed by Dr Daniel Jess.
STRING ENSEMBLE – Siena Strings
The String Ensemble consists of students from Years 7 – 12 who are able to play a string instrument – violin, viola, cello or double bass. The ensemble works on varying repertoire and performs regularly in the College. Siena Strings is conducted and directed by Miss Annie Silva.
FLUTE ENSEMBLE – Finnegan's Flutes
This smaller ensemble offers our flautists the opportunity to hone their skills and to focus on their tunefulness and harmonic balance. Flautists may choose between this ensemble or our concert band with many of our students electing to be in both. Finnegan's Flutes is conducted and directed by Ms Stephanie Moran.
Our clarinet players may choose between joining the clarinet ensemble or our concert band, however the majority of our existing students elect to be in both. One of the main benefits of being in a small ensemble is that closer attention and knowledge of the instrument can be provided from the conductor whose expertise lies in that particular instrument. The Clarinet Ensemble is conducted and directed by Mr Pierce Hurne.
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE – Mother Lilia Percussion Ensemble
The percussion ensemble uses tuned (xylophone, glockenspiel, timpani), untuned instruments (drum kit, snare drum, cymbals), auxiliary instruments like cowbell, rain-maker, triangle and body percussion to play interesting and contemporary pieces of music. This group welcomes any student involved in the program who can read music. Piano students may consider joining the ensemble as playing a tuned percussion instrument, such as a xylophone, is an extension of their skills. The Mother Lilia Percussion Ensemble is conducted and directed by Miss Gabriella Gigante.
ADVANCED VOCAL ENSEMBLE - Vox Angelicus
This specialist group of singers are chosen after an audition process. Students who are advanced vocalists and performers are selected to rehearse and perform exciting a Capella pieces of music. The group focuses on singing in harmony, developing performance concepts as a group and stage presence. Please note, members of this group must also be committed members of Veritas Voices. Members are usually selected from Yrears 9 to 12. Vox Angelicus is conducted and directed by Dr Daniel Jess.
CONTEMPORARY BAND - The Oranges
The college contemporary band is an auditioned group whose repertoire is based on popular and rock music which is selected by the group. It offers guitar students, other instrumentalists and vocalists the opportunity to play in a small ensemble. Members are usually selected from Years 9 to 12. The Oranges play at a variety of school and community events and is coordinated by Mr Michael Anderson.
LITURGICAL ENSEMBLE - Seignadou
Music is an integral part of our college liturgical celebrations and Seignadou leads our College on these such occasions. The ensemble supports the congregation and student body during liturgies, masses and assembles as well as being a part of our performance program. Members are usually selected from Years 10 to 12. Seignadou is conducted and directed by Mrs Jodi-May Hart.
Tuition in instrumental and vocal music is offered at San Sisto College. Students can elect to have individual or shared tuition in a number of instruments and the choices available are outlined below.
Students may elect their lesson to be either: