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State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP)

Back LtoR: Brooklyn Ivory, Brendan Kolb, Mitchell Pearce, Zale Ivory
Front LtoR: Lauren Raitelli, Corrin Johnston, Clara Hutton, Keagan Flynn
Last weekend, eight of Ayr High's best music students joined 200 fellow musicians and singers in Cairns for a three-day workshop with some of the finest conductors in the state.  The workshop proved most valuable in allowing us to develop our playing and performing skills and techniques. The program also allowed us to perform in large and impressive ensembles with the vocal group numbering some 55 performers and the woodwind band numbering 90 musicians.  However, the experience for both groups in performing in these large-scale ensembles proved challenging at times when having to work out your role and place in the piece.  For the most part, it was thoroughly enjoyable, as we interacted with fellow musicians and performed under the guidance of well-renowned conductors.
Sunday’s concert marked the culmination of our three days of hard work and allowed us to finally perform and show off all we had learnt. The Vocal section performed five pieces - The Cloths of Heaven, An Die Musik, Adoramus Te, Feel it Still and The Cuckoo, all of which received much deserved praise from the audience for the vocal talents of the group.  Talent was further emphasised by two of the five pieces being spoken in German and Latin.  The Woodwind band performed four pieces - Choreography, Rippling Watercolours, Variations of a Shaped Note Tune and Into the Arctic.  The band, like the choir beforehand, received much praise from the audience for the rich sounds produced and the quality of the playing. The experience that SHEP offered our performers was beyond all expectations, leaving us with fond memories and improved techniques from our time up in Cairns.
Students in the Choral ensemble were: Community Vice Captain Brendan Kolb, Macquarie House Captain Mitchell Pearce, Clara Hutton, Brooklyn Ivory and Lauren Raitelli.
Students in the Wind ensemble were: Cultural Vice Captain Keagan Flynn, Zale Ivory and Corrin Johnston.