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, students, alumni, guardians and friends interested in supporting the work of the Music Academy through fund-raising for discretionary acquisitions.

Fundraising takes the form of operating canteen, sausage sizzles and bake sales at Music Academy Events, held throughout the busy music year. The Friends of Music has raised considerable funds over the past few years to purchase items such as choir robes, a drum kit, a piccolo, a 34-string Salvi lever harp, portable PA equipment for outdoor events and sponsoring the Brass Instrumental Opportunities Programme (IOP). The IOP program supports students in the Junior School to take up tuition on some of the more unusual instruments ( e.g Tuba, French Horn, Oboe and Bassoon) as a part of developing musicians for orchestral and band places in the Senior School.

In 2016, the Friends of Music donated a large amount to help in the purchase of a new grand piano for the Junior School Hall, and in 2017 new timpani were purchased along with support from CGGS’ Parents and Friends Association.

The Friends provide for a number of annual music awards for both Junior and Senior School years. The Friends have also developed a page on the School website where families can advertise to buy or sell music instruments or bundles of music.

In 2018/19 plans are already in place for sponsorship of an IOP for Bassoon and Oboe in the Junior School and an instrument 'buy and sell' event, to be held at the CGGS Fete. They have even catered for international guests – the Brigham University Wind Symphony.

The group generally meets 4-6 times each year to plan its support of activities which change according to the needs of the Faculty. If you are interested in assisting with CGGS Friends of Music activities, please contact the group secretary, Wendy Craig, at music@cggs.act.edu.au