The NT Music Schools Ensemble program aims to improve and expand the musicianship of our students through regular opportunities to play with other students and perform publicly. Playing and performing with others is the most important way for students can develop and apply their skills learned through lessons and practice.
NTMS co-ordinates a number of combined schools ensembles at a range of locations, all of whom represent NT schools at numerous public events throughout the year. Our Ensemble program is open to all students from year 5 to year 12, though different conditions apply for entry into each.
Students wanting to participate in NT Music School ensembles need to contact the relevant ensemble co-ordinator and fill in a Permission to Attend NTMS Ensembles form. This form includes a media release clause, which allows the NT Music School to use photographs or video of student performance for publicity and/or marketing purposes. Please be aware that not giving permission for this to occur will, in some cases, prevent students from participating in public performances. Those families affected by this will be contacted by the relevant ensemble conductor prior to the specific event.
View Ensembles Policy here (This policy is currently under review)
Combined Schools Concert Band Ensembles – Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Instruments
Da Capo – this is our beginner ensemble for students who can play 5 notes. Rehearsing weekly. There are Da Capo ensembles in Darwin.
Apogee – this is our most advanced, flagship ensemble, rehearsing weekly at our Sanderson Facilities. This ensemble is for students playing at a high standard. This ensemble represents NT DoE at major events and functions, and forms the main body of the Beat Festival Orchestra.
Combined schools Choir, Percussion and Guitar Ensembles
Singchronicity – is our combined schools choir, entry is by auditions held annually. This choir rehearses weekly in Darwin and in the Palmerston and Rural area.
Pure Note - is our advanced vocal ensemble aimed at addressing the needs of our high end choral students.
Ritmico – our percussion ensemble, rehearses weekly after school, working on tuned and untuned percussion.
String Theory – Our classical guitar ensemble, available to Darwin and Palmerston students, rehearsing weekly after school.