A word heard many times at The Piano last night as a new music programme that will foster musical talent was launched by Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.
The Stellar Music Programme will give talented musicians the opportunity to study and practice music at a high level while also accessing all the academic, sporting and creative opportunities available at Rangi Ruru.
With a large number of current and former Rangi Ruru music scholars present, and a Cultural Concert performance immediately following the launch, the breadth and depth of talent was obvious.
Dame Malvina Major is the Patron of the new programme and was the special guest at the launch last night. She says Rangi Ruru is to be commended on the Stellar initiative.
“I am thrilled to endorse the Stellar Music Programme which will nurture and develop the talent of outstanding students,” she says. “A programme like this inspires students to do their best and strive to achieve excellence. Having access to like-minded musicians, who are leaders in their field, is incredibly valuable, helping a student to grow their musical talent. Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is to be commended on this initiative.”
Details of the programme were presented to parents, alumni and students last night, by Rangi Ruru’s Director of Music, Janet Kingsbury. She says the school’s current music programme is held in very high esteem and the Stellar Programme will only add to it.
“Stellar will create further opportunities for the musically gifted current and new students,” Janet Kingsbury says. “We already work with creative and forward thinking musicians who are leaders in their field and we want to grow that.”
Following the official launch, the school’s Cultural Concert in the main auditorium showcased some of the outstanding musical talent at Rangi Ruru this year including recent gold and silver medal winners from the Chamber Music nationals and Southern Jam competition.
Former Rangi Ruru music scholar Amy Ga Hee Lee, who left school at the end of 2014 is one of New Zealand’s finest young pianists and now studies Medicine in Auckland. She was at the Stellar launch and Cultural Concert and said the opportunities she had at Rangi, opened doors beyond just education.
“At Rangi Ruru I had opportunities that not only nurtured my development as a musician, but also challenged me to help shape who I am today,” she said last night.
Principal Dr Sandra Hastie says Rangi Ruru is on a mission to deliver an innovative school music programme within a personalised learning environment.
“The Stellar Programme will give girls the opportunity to study and practice music at a high level while also accessing all the academic, sporting and creative opportunities available at Rangi Ruru,” she says.
Stellar Music Programme
Launched last night (18 August), the Stellar Music Programme has a vision to nurture and grow exceptional musical talent.
Rangi Ruru will deliver an innovative school music programme within a personalised learning environment. Stellar Scholars will have the opportunity to foster life-long learning and engagement in and through music while benefiting from the full academic, sporting, creative and cultural based programme offered by Rangi Ruru.
The Stellar Music Programme will:
Offer a number of new music scholarships and grants
Enhance the current music programme with further opportunities to learn through additional workshops and masterclasses
Invite local, national and international talent to mentor and inspire
For further information on the Stellar Music Programme or Scholarship opportunities, contact Director of Music, Janet Kingsbury on +64 3 983 3735 or email@example.com
Itinerant Music Programme at Rangi Ruru
Tuition in a wide range of instruments (including orchestral, rock and jazz instruments), keyboard (piano, jazz piano, electronic keyboard and pipe organ), voice (both classical and contemporary) and composition is available to all girls.
Specialist and well regarded music teachers tutor on a one-to-one basis and the programme supports and enhances both our curricular and co-curricular music programmes. Speech and drama lessons are also offered as part of this programme.