Trinity College has a strong culture of music performance and academic music study.
Under the direction of Dr Robert Braham, the music department is located in the Brother O’Doherty Cultural Centre and includes an auditorium, several large rehearsal spaces and state of the art teaching rooms. The senior music room contains iMac technology used for composition, arranging and aural training.
Music is offered to students as a compulsory subject in Years 4 to 7, a classroom elective in Years 8 to 10 and an ATAR subject in Years 11 and 12. The classroom curriculum is strongly based on active learning principles aimed at teaching music literacy through the Kodaly concept and developing skills in performance and composition.
Junior school students attend a music class once a week where they are engaged through singing and rhythmic work, supported by the use of both pitched and non-pitched percussion.
Instrumental and Vocal Tuition
Instrumental tuition at the College begins in Year 4 with a compulsory string program in violin or cello; Year 5 for woodwind and brass, Year 6 for pipes and drums.
In the Secondary School, tuition can be undertaken in all woodwind, brass, strings and percussion instruments as well as piano, classical and contemporary guitar, pipes and drums and pipe organ. The College has a fine Baroque styled pipe organ in the chapel, a harpsichord and a Fazioli piano in the Braham Auditorium.
The college band program is a tiered structure of four concert bands; Junior School Concert Band, Wind Band; Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra. There is also a Middle School String Ensemble and Senior School String Orchestra as well as the Junior School String Ensemble program, two Jazz bands, a Pipes and Drums Band and many chamber ensembles for woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, classical and contemporary guitar.
The String Orchestra, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra are combined groups with our sister school, Mercedes College.
The Senior Chorale (Years 10-12) sings male repertoire and combines with the senior Mercedes College choir to form the Trinity/Mercedes Chorale. It represents the pinnacle of a large choir program at the College which includes two middle and upper Junior School choirs, the Middle School Chorale and vocal ensembles in the Junior, Middle and Senior schools.
Students attend weekly rehearsals for all ensembles as well as scheduled rehearsal weekends for instrumental ensembles or choirs.
Periodic music tours are undertaken with Secondary School students. The most recent tours have been to Brisbane in 2017 (Middle School Vocal Ensemble), Ireland and the United Kingdom in 2016 (Trinity/Mercedes Chorale) and the United States of America in 2013 (Senior Chorale, Wind Orchestra and String Orchestra).
Artist in Residence and Visiting Artist Program
Trinity runs an Artist in Residence Program which includes visiting performers and composers. These take the form of masterclasses with professional musicians and incursions/excursions in various musical styles. Visiting groups have included the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, National Boys Choir of Australia, Lark Opera, WA Opera, Kaboom Percussion, Magellan Piano Trio and the Australian Guitar Quartet. Recent visiting musicians include Professor Brian Finlayson (strings), Andrew Simon (clarinet), Sandip Burman (Indian classical music), John Morrison (jazz drummer), Jennifer Tham (choir), Professor Heribert Koch (piano), Jason Noble (concert band), and composers Paul Jarman and Dan Walker.
Trinity has been awarded the Zenith Award for most outstanding school at the festival for the past 13 years.
Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges
The festival occurs annually in Term 3. It involves all the music, dance and drama ensembles of the College participating in their respective sections as well as solo and duet performances.
Trinity has been awarded the Zenith Award for most outstanding secondary school in the festival for 13 consecutive years.