Xavier College Symphony Orchestra

Xavier College Symphony Orchestra


Founded in 1878, Xavier College is an independent Catholic school belonging to a worldwide network of over 3450 Jesuit educational institutions. The Jesuit tradition of education, established over 450 years ago by St Ignatius Loyola, seeks to develop fully rounded individuals who lead their lives according to the example of Jesus Christ.

At Xavier we pride ourselves on providing a quality education in every aspect of life – intellectual, spiritual, moral and social, ensuring that all our students achieve their highest potential. Music is one such area that enriches the intellectual, physical and spiritual development of our students. Through music, Xavier students have many opportunities to develop their musical talents as soloists and ensemble players in our numerous orchestras, concert bands, choirs, jazz bands and chamber ensembles.

Our 2016 music tour will be our second European music tour and will involve musicians from 13 to 17 years of age. The Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Greg Carey will commence their tour in Ljubljana in Slovenia where they will work with renowned conductor Slaven Kulenovic, followed by performances and workshops in Austria and Czech Republic.

Previous international tours have included visits to China and the USA.


Greg Carey

Greg Carey


Greg Carey graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts in Music majoring in piano performance. A recipient of the Gwen Nesbitt prize, he studied with Alexander Semetsky and Roy Shepherd – a student of Alfred Cortot - before completing a Diploma of Education which launched his career in music education. He studied conducting with Robert Rosen and Professor John Hopkins OBE. He has extensive experience as: a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, a teacher of early years to tertiary levels, choral and orchestral conductor and music administrator.

Greg has always been a passionate advocate for quality music education, serving as Head of Instrumental Music at The University High School before taking on the role of Director of Music at Xavier College. Together with 50 plus music staff at Xavier College, Greg overseas a vibrant music program involving some 900 instrumental lessons and 56 music ensemble rehearsals each week.



Celebration Program


Franz von Suppe (1819 - 1895)   Light Cavalry Overture
Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)   Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, 3rd Movement Op 26
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)   Waltz No 2 from Jazz Suite No 2
Anton Dvorak (1841 - 1904)   Slavonic Dance No 8, Op46



Additional Concerts Program


Kit Turnbull (1969)   A Castle Fanfare
Franz von Suppe (1819 - 1895)   Light Cavalry Overture
Peter Warlock (1894-1930)   Capriol Suite movements 1, 2, 4 and 6
Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)   Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, 3rd Movement Op 26
Denes Agay (1911-2007)   FIve Easy Dances No.1, 2 and 5
Trad. arr. by Nick Breeze   Down by the Riverside
Sea shanty. arr. by Nick Breeze   What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor
Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906-1975)   Waltz No.2 from Jazz Suite No.2
Anton Dvorak (1841-1904)   Slavonic Dance No.8 Op46