'Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.' LaoTsu         

Music is vitally important for the general development of children, and the dedication of the music staff is testament to this. Providing engaging, fun and meaningful learning opportunities and experiences is core to what they do. Allowing students to also explore their own creativity and talents, music also aids academic development and any involvement in ensembles enhances social skills.

Students are supported by dedicated, professional instrumental tutors that are well known around the music scene in Hobart. It is with this breadth of variety that students can develop their skills in any genre or style of music they like. By enabling students to do this, they become more well-rounded and intelligent musically and academically. 

Music Department Staff

Director of Music: Mrs Jo-Anne Kemp

Music Support/Teacher/Instrumental tutor: Mr Daniel Sulzberger

Instrumental Tuition

Private instrumental tuition is offered by our highly experienced and respected instrumental tutors. A vast selection of instruments are offered and lessons occur weekly on a rotational basis. This is to ensure minimal disruption to core learning, but to also enable the students the flexibility to undertake instrumental tuition during school time. 

It has been shown around the world that students who undertake learning a musical instrument in some form, demonstrate a more highly improved academic outcome and focus to general learning, so parents – and students – are encouraged to undertake this opportunity where possible.

Boys can learn a variety of instruments that currently include:

  • Guitar (acoustic, electric & bass)
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Drums
  • Violin


  • Mr Daniel Sulzberger - Piano
  • Mr Jamie Pregnell – Guitar
  • Mr Andre Lobanov – Bass Guitar
  • Mr Derek Grice - Flute, Clarinet
  • Mr Jim Verrall – Trumpet
  • Mr Tom Robb – Drums, Percussion
  • Mr Craig Russell – Trombone, Low Brass
  • Mr Jed Adams – Clarinet, Saxophone

Borrowing of Musical Instruments

Students who learn a musical instrument either as part of the curriculum in Year 7 and 8, or who are having private instrumental tuition with our College tutors; are able to borrow instruments overnight from Monday - Thursday and over the weekend from Friday to first thing Monday morning. If students wish to borrow an instrument, they simply come to the music block at the end of the school day and see one of the Music Department staff who will sign an instrument out for them. It is important that the instrument be returned the following morning if borrowed between Monday and Thursday - and first thing on Monday morning if borrowing Friday afternoon - as instruments are shared amongst all music classes and not having access to them impacts on learning. If there are any questions simply make contact with the Music Department.

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

There are several co-curricular ensembles that occur here at St Virgil’s. Our dedicated staff bring a combined expertise of over fifty years performing and teaching experience and enthusiasm in developing the student’s skills in becoming the best musician they can. 

Stage Band
Monday afternoons from 3.20 pm – 4.20 pm

Senior Choir
Tuesday mornings from 8.30 am – 9.00 am

Concert Band
Thursday afternoons from 3.20 pm – 4.20 pm

If you are interested in being involved in any of the general ensembles (Big Band, Senior Choir, Senior Concert Band) as well as any of our smaller ensembles on offer (eg brass band, flute choir, saxophone ensemble, percussion ensemble, glee club) come and see any of the Music Department staff. If you are keen to be involved but there may be difficulties with transport, come and speak to us to see if alternative arrangements could be made.

Performance Opportunities

Assembly performance opportunities are regularly available to any interested students. Entrance and exit music, as well as a specific music item occur during each Prefect assembly. This is a wonderful way to show your skills to your peers, so come and see the Music Department staff to put your name on the list. 

Lunchtime concerts feature class ensembles and small rock groups. If you are part of a group that is keen, or you are interested in forming a group for performing at one of the lunchtime concerts, come and see the music department. 

All extra-curricular ensembles participate in the City of Clarence Eisteddfod, along with the annual Gala Concert. The music department is also developing opportunities for students involved in Stage band particularly, to undertake local and regional school tours, to further develop their performance skills. 

Upcoming Events and Communication

Information and important details for any Music Department event, such as the annual Gala Concert, involvement in the School Fair, eisteddfod details and so forth, will be distributed directly through EdSmart Broadcasts, The Star e-newsletter, College app notifications, the College’s social media accounts (Instagram and Facebook) and student notices that are read as part of the Pastoral Care time. If parents/carers or students do not receive relevant information, please make contact with the Music Department.