Penrhos College Orchestra
Penrhos College, Perth, Western Australia was founded in 1962. Located in a wonderful setting on an old pine plantation, the College has developed a reputation for its vibrant and diverse music program, currently under Director of Music, Jane Alderson. The Penrhos College Orchestra is an ensemble formed especially for the 2019 Europe Music Tour. It consists of around thirty non-auditioned musicians from the College’s Wind and String Orchestras between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, and rehearses once a week. Both the Penrhos Wind and String Orchestras perform regularly at College and community events. In 2018, the Wind Orchestra was awarded ‘Outstanding’ and the String Orchestra was awarded an ‘Excellent’ in the ‘A’ division at the ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association) Festival. The String Orchestra toured to Europe in 2016, where they were awarded Third Place with Excellent Success in the Orchestra category at the Tenth Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. The Penrhos College Orchestra is conducted by Jane Alderson. Thrilled to participate in the Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna, the 2019 European tour will also see the choir perform in Salzburg, Prague, Ljubljana, Venice and Milan.
Jane graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts (double major in Music and English) and a Bachelor of Music Education (Hons). Her teaching career began at Perth Modern School in 1989 working with the music scholarship program and she has also taught at Methodist Ladies College, John Forrest Senior High School, and Rossmoyne Senior High School. In addition to her teaching, she has been invited to be guest examiner and adjudicator at several school examinations, festivals and eisteddfods and guest lecturer for Music education students at the University of Western Australia. Jane has also directed and accompanied numerous choral and instrumental ensembles, has been involved with several interstate and international tours and performed as a chorister with Collegium Musicum for 10 years. Jane worked for the School Curriculum and Standards Authority between 2007-2017 as a Moderation officer, Curriculum and Assessment Officer, Chief examiner and Chief marker and the Principal consultant for Curriculum (Music) across P-12. In addition to her work developing and managing Curriculum and assessment materials at the Authority, she was also involved with the formation, implementation and marking of the Monitoring Standards in Education Music tests in 1996, assisted with the writing and compilation of work samples for the Arts Student Outcomes Package in 1997, and was commissioned by ASME to write the Year 12 TEE Set Works Analysis booklet in 2008. She wrote the Early Adolescence Scope and sequence documents for music, collaborating with primary staff to develop the 4-10 document to assist with the implementation of the Curriculum Framework and was selected as one of two writers for the first phase of writing for the Australian curriculum The Arts (Music). In 2015, Jane was a joint WA winner of the ASME Education for Life award 2015 for her support of and contribution to Music Education in WA. In 2018, Jane took up the role of Director of Music at Aquinas College, and in 2019 will take on the role of Director of Music at Penrhos College.
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