DCW Students, Junior Orchestra winners at Kilcoole Music Festival in 2014 pictured with their Orchestra conductor, Christine Steele.
Dominican College Orchestra
The Dominican orchestra is a group of very talented musicians. They have experienced an eventful year filled with music. The orchestra consists of the following instruments: violins, violas, cellos, double bass, clarinets, flutes, drums and harp. The girls meet with their conductor, Christine Steele, every Friday at lunch time for group rehearsals and throughout the day for individual lessons. The members of the orchestra are very dedicated and continue working hard on their own for the rest of the week, organising many early morning practices and after school rehearsals. The girls have really enjoyed all their performances this year and hope to carry their success forward next year. Outlined below are some of the significant performances of the 2014-2015 academic year.
The school orchestra was invited to perform in Collins Barracks, Dublin on October 4th 2014 as part of The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) Creative Engagement Exhibition. The ten members of the orchestra along with Ms Steele, our conductor and Ms Mynes (our brand new principal) headed off very early that morning on a bus filled with instruments, stands and quite a few nerves. This was our first performance outside the school and the many hours of hard work and early morning practices paid off. We played throughout the day for the principals, teachers, other students, parents and dignitaries. Minister Damien English was very impressed with our performance and mentioned us in his speech many times. During our breaks we enjoyed the other exhibitions which included art, crafts, theatre, film and looking around the museum. We really enjoyed our day out and received many lovely compliments about our music.
Emma Maguire, 3 Opal.