Performing under the stars at Uluru. Singing with world-class professional choirs and orchestras at top Sydney recital halls. Performance tours overseas – these are all usual activities for student musicians at Santa Sabina College.

Under the artistic direction of acclaimed music teachers Mr Timothy Chung, our Artistic Director and our Artistic Director Emerita Mrs Karen Carey, the College has a very active and vibrant Music Department, located in our historic Holyrood House.

We seek to inspire a love of music, creativity, quality music making and a vibrant performance culture in a positive, inclusive environment.

Students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability are offered engaging and innovative, high-quality music education and a range of activities to develop musicality, confidence and self-esteem.

The Music program is divided into three areas:

The Music Department is well resourced with a variety of performance, tutorial and rehearsal spaces and a wi-fi enabled music technology laboratory. Audio/visual equipment, listening desks, Mac computers with software including Garageband, Sibelius, Cubase, Auralia and Musition, smartboards, a range of instruments including acoustic & electric guitars and percussion are available for students to develop their music skills, creativity, composition and performance.

The College contracts tutors to teach students a number of instruments. Piano, keyboard, voice, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and all orchestral percussion including tuned, untuned and drum kit. The Private Tuition program at the College is extremely popular with over 230 students learning an instrument of their choice. This program assists in continuing to build the level of musicality of the ensembles at the College and contributes to the experience of music making beyond the classroom. There are a large number of Instrumental ensembles and choirs, and a variety of smaller ensembles to accommodate student interest, needs and abilities.

There are a variety of performance opportunities at the College for ensembles, choirs and soloists. These include the Festival of Music, music concerts, soirees, recitals, external eisteddfods, festivals, Liturgical celebrations and College assemblies.

Have a look at this exceptional performance by the College Symphony Orchestra featuring soloist Catherine Zhang (Year 9) performing Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 in G Minor, Op 26, first movement: