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music Grand Finalists The following six months saw each musician working tirelessly to proceed through the rounds of the competition, Harrison Collins (SAC 2011) and Jonathan Chan (SAC 2011). with the following boys earning the title of Grand Finalists for the year. Fr Christopher Willcock SJ Preliminary – 1st Grade: Francis Bolster, Nick Crott Instrumental & Vocal Competition and Alex Tsang. David Arena, James Armstrong and2nd Grade: 2011 Ryan Lee. Fwith musical offerings, many of which are musical Liam Irving. Patrick Chambers, Keefe Ip and Marcel de Vera, Harry Hickey and3rd Grade:4th/5th Grade:r Christopher Willcock SJ is an inspirational musicianand composer who has provided the Aloysian Family staples of our masses today, for many years. Considered Leo Pucci. to be amongst the most prolific and frequently published 6th/7th Grade: William Hughes, Marcus Paxton and Catholic liturgical music composers in the world, Fr Willcock Ricky Zhang. SJ studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 8th Grade/Open: Jonathan Chan, Rohan Hora and and continued his studies in composition at the University of Vincent Tsang. Sydney under the guidance of famous Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Vocal Junior: Charlie Blomfield, Liam Crisanti and Nicholas Paton. Fr Willcock taught at the College in the early 1970s and has lectured at the Jesuit Theological College in Melbourne Vocal Senior: Jonathan Chan, Harrison Collins and for some time. We have been blessed in recent years Dominic Scarf. to have Fr Willcock, the Patron of the College’s annual A panel of five adjudicators Mr Jeremy Curtin (SAC Instrumental & Vocal Competition, preside over the Grand 2003), Mr Thomas Fienberg, Ms Lindy Montgomery, Mr Final of the competition. In 2011 Fr Willcock passed on his Christopher Oxley (SAC 2004) and Mr Andrew Quinane apologies and sends his support for our musicians from The were faced with the unenviable task of awarding one United States where he currently holds the Gasson Chair at musician from each section the Major Prize for that section. Boston College, guiding his students through both the Music Each contestant received a certificate to signify their and Theology Departments at our Jesuit brother institution. participation as a Grand Finalist in the competition. The 2011 Fr Christopher WIllcock SJ Instrumental & With very little separating the contestants in the Grand Vocal Competition was a great success, both in terms of Finals, the adjudicators deliberated for the better part of 20 the quality of music produced by all participants, as well minutes in order to conclude on the prize distribution for as the inclusive nature of the competition which this year each section. I am proud to report has enjoyed it’s greatest number of We congratulate the following musicians for their participants in the competition’s eight year history. achievements in taking out the major prizes for 2011. On March 1, the competition commenced with Francis Bolster (Year 3, 2011, Violin) in the preliminary musicians from both Junior and Senior Schools meeting in – 1st Grade section; James Armstrong (Year 5, 2011, The Bellarmino to perform in the first rounds of heats. With Flute) in the 2nd Grade section; Patrick Chambers (Year 5, a large number of students participating, an extra round of 2011, Piano) in the 3rd Grade section; Harry Hickey (Year heats was carried out to cater for the entrants. 8, 2011, Guitar) in the 4th-5th Grade section; William St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 59


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