Symphony orchestra class for students

By John Lewis

More than 80 music students from across the Shepparton district joined a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra masterclass in Mooroopna yesterday.

Students from Tatura, Murchison, Mooroopna and Mooroopna Park primary schools formed a huge orchestra under the baton of young MSO players as part of the Heinze Music Program delivered by the Fairley Foundation.

The primary students were instructed on timing and listening skills before some were given a chance to conduct the four MSO musicians in a short musical performance.

Mooroopna music teacher Lindy Tennant teaches years 5 and 6 children at Mooroopna Primary School trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, clarinet and drums then brings them all together in a band rehearsal each week.

Ms Tennant said students from smaller schools west of the Goulburn River also get together once a month to play.

“But we thought this was a great opportunity because the MSO is coming here to play next month,” Ms Tennant said.

Foundation chief executive Amanda McCulloch said the philanthropic organisation helps with instrument hire and transport.

Foundation trustee Anna Turnbull said the Heinz Music Program was proving a valuable resource for small schools west of Mooroopna.

“Exposure to music enriches the lives of young people - it improves their literacy and numeracy skills and helps families come together for performances,” she said.

“It could be life-changing for some of these kids to be exposed to the talents of these MSO players,” Ms Turnbull said.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs at Riverlinks Eastbank on Thursday, October 3, followed by a special concert for children on Friday, October 4.

More details at www.riverlinksvenues.com.au