Music and Performing Arts

St Patrick’s College has an extensive performing arts program. Our highly regarded music groups perform nationally and throughout the region and regularly enjoy a tour to Brisbane to compete in the Catholic All-Schools Music competition and to perform at the renowned ‘Ekka’ Show. All students are encouraged to participate in the College’s music program. Music is a compulsory subject in Years 7 and 8 and an elective from Year 9 to VCE. The Music Program is supported by committed staff and innovative programs to enhance skill development. St Patrick’s College is recognised as one of the leading music schools in Victoria having been regularly awarded prizes at the at the Melbourne Music festival and Royal South Street Competitions.

The College’s Performing Arts students perform a number of plays each year, enchanting audiences with both traditional and contemporary works, including an annual production with Loreto College. In 2020 the schools are combining to stage a performance of Matilda.

Students also have the opportunity to study drama as a subject from Year 7 to VCE level.


Download our Year 7 Band Information Booklet at this link.

Download our 2020 Private lessons application form at this link.

Download our Band Karate Flyer at this link.     

Selection of Instruments

Instrumental selection will be negotiated between student and teachers are will involve completing a Selmer test and the opportunity to try various instruments prior to formalising their selection on Orientation Day.

Students learn best when they have a keen interest in an instrument and every effort is made to provide them with their first preference.

It is important that each instrumental selection has a set number of members per band in order to maintain appropriate band colour and balance.

Each concert band class is comprised of the following instruments and students are to make their choices from (note that for student who currently learn one of the below instruments – French horn, oboe and bassoon may also be options based on application).

Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxopohone
Bass Guitar
French Horn



Art captures College’s culture

  Earlier this year, when the College sought to reinvent how it would manage the annual Flanagan Art Prize in 2019, it could not have envisaged the incredibly successful outcome which would emerge. After a decade of running the prize as an annual art exhibition, the College decided to instead look at arranging an artist-in-residence…


SPC in Concert a Musical Success!

SPC in Concert Review On Thursday August 15, the air was buzzing with expectation as the musicians of St Patrick’s College gathered to perform at the Wendouree Performing Arts Centre. The concert showcased the wonderful talents of the boys performing as soloists and in groups. This year, the theme of the concert highlighted great Australian…


SPC Music Bands Tour Local Primary Schools

St Patrick’s College Music Bands Tour Local Primary Schools St Columba’s Primary School, St Alipius Primary School and St Thomas More School were the performance venues for the recent St Patrick’s College Junior Music Tour. – There were 56 boys as part of the touring party that performed a 30-minute show at each primary school….


Royal South Street Saxophone Success

St Patrick’s College Music Department has had a wonderful finish to the solo competition at Royal South Street. Year 12 student Jesse Keem entered section 777 Sweet Reeds Woodwind Solo -“ 18 years and section 778 Sweet Reeds VCE Students Woodwind Solo. The sections require each competitor to perform an accompanied or unaccompanied work. Jesse…