Friends of Music

Friends of Music at the 2016 Night Markets

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) Friends of Music is a small group of parents, alumni, guardians and friends interested in supporting the work of the School’s Music Faculty. The group generally meets four times each year to map out its activities, which change according to the needs of the Faculty.

Recently, the group has run ice cream, gelato and music instrument stalls at the Welcome Picnic, P&F Fete, catered for external music groups using the CGGS Hall, conducted soirées in the Music Centre Recital Room and developed a page on the School website where families can advertise or purchase music instruments or bundles of music for sale - link here.

Friends of Music has raised more than $25,000 over the past few years which has been used to purchase items such as performance attire and choir robes, a drum kit for the Recital Room, a beautiful piccolo as well as a 34-string Salvi lever harp. Support in the Junior School has taken the form of group tuition on some of the more unusual instruments (such as tuba and French horn) as a part of developing musicians for orchestral and band places in the Senior School.

The Friends’ contribution has ranged from support for the Gabriel Singers’ participation in a major choral event in New York City in 2014 and in 2016, portable PA equipment has been purchased for use at both Junior and Senior School events. Friends of Music members are currently fund-raising for an additional grand piano for the Recital Room to allow students and teachers to play together and to extend the sophistication and ensemble dimension of piano repertoire in the School.

The Friends also provide for a number of annual music awards for both Junior and Senior School years. If you are interested in assisting with CGGS Friends of Music activities, please contact the group convenor, Vikki Templeman, at music@cggs.act.edu.au