St Andrew’s
Catholic College, Redlynch Valley

A P-12 College celebrating each individual; promoting excellence in learning and teaching; and fostering active community participation.

Music Extra-Curricular


Our extensive Music events calendar may be accessed via the Parent Portal. 


All those who learn an orchestral instrument are encouraged to join an appropriate ensemble. Most musicians will be in more than one ensemble, allowing them to gain experience of different music, styles and instrumental combinations. Our Choirs rehearse regularly, and are involved in concerts and festivals during the school year. The year level bands rehearse during the school day, the Concert Band after school on Wednesday and our College Jazz Band on Monday after school. We also have several smaller ensembles that run throughout the week before school and at lunchtimes. The ensembles give regular concerts both in school and in a variety of other local venues. Community and Charity work is at the core of what we do on a daily basis.


There are regular concerts and frequent informal concerts given by students, joint productions with local community organisations such as Cairns Brass Band, Cairns Choral Society and in-house competitions such as Young Musician of the Year and Voice of St Andrew's.

In 2015 Head of Department - Music, Ms Maureen Cameron spearheaded the production of ANZAC Reflections honouring the ANZAC Centenary commemorating the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces in Anzac Cove in 1915.  With St Andrew’s playing a key role in bringing the event to fruition. 

In 2016 Ms Cameron also spearheaded the launch of The Gift of Music charity appeal. Part of this charity appeal was 3 concerts at ‘The Tanks’  involving school and community ensembles and choirs from across the region. All profits from the 2016 appeal were shared between our 3 supported charities: Rosies - Friends on the Street, St Vincent de Paul and Friends of Himalayan Children.


Each year, a number of professional masterclass days are organised by the St Andrew's Catholic College Music Department. Professional musicians perform for students at the College, and conduct instructive and educational sessions for the instrumental and vocal students at the school. Master Classes have included Russell Grey (UK), Lyn Williams OAM(Gondwana Choir),  Phillip Green (UK), Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble (USA), Brett Baker (UK), Southern Cross soloists (Au), Mark Walton, Annie Mitchell, Peter Axenford (Au), James Morrison, John Morrison, Jacki Cooper, CQU Big Band musicians, Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians. The list is growing and very impressive too!


This well-respected program brings together the finest young musicians, under the tutelage of a team of eminent international and national conductors, in a world-class environment. Its pursuit of excellence defines it as the highest quality performance avenue available to young ensemble-based instrumentalists outside of the Queensland Conservatorium and the Young Conservatorium.

For more information about this program please email: 


All students who have instrumental lessons at the College join one of our Ensembles as soon as they learn the first 5 notes. All students are actively encouraged to sing in one of the many choirs and projects at the College. We are very proud of our growing musical tradition at St Andrew's and boasts some of the most highly regarded instrumental staff in the area and beyond.


Our Music Committee is a group of dedicated music parents who support St Andrew’s Catholic College Music Department through fund-raising and assisting at events. 

The duties of this committee include helping at concerts (setting up and running canteens and selling tickets) as well as helping out with Sponsored Playing Day, Young Musician of the Year and whatever else is required. The committee has also been successful in securing grants for the Music Department in the past.

Head of Music

Maureen Cameron

Assistant Head of Music

Leanne McIntyre


Linda Gordon

Vice Chairperson

Joanna Pinchbeck


Rachel Stein


Anne Oliver

Assistant Treasurers

Jodi Cox

College Liaison Officer

Sue Hulme

Uniform Convenors

Rachel Stein, Kerry Newstead

Committee Members

Linda Gordon, Rita White, Janelle Owens, Jodi Cox, Na Young Lee, Amanda Garven

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