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On 8 September the Ormiston College OCTAVE ensemble consisting of Alena Olds, Chiara Gay, Emily Pearson, Molly Snaylam, Kyle Bryant, Matthew Garnett, Thomas Whyte and Fraser Todd,  made their way down to Melbourne in order to compete in the AUSACA 2017 Australian A Cappella Awards. This festival saw the best school a cappella groups from around the country battle it out to be crowned the AUSACA Australian A Cappella Champions.

The competition was fierce this year with De La Salle College Ashfield (NSW), Immanuel College – Vocal Jazz Blue (SA), Ormiston College – Octave (QLD), Scotch College – Soul Brothers (SA), Shelford Girls’ Grammar – SHE (VIC) and St Andrews Christian College (VIC) making it through to the School division finals and taking the stage at Adamson Hall, Wesley College on the Saturday afternoon.  

The OCTAVE group were stunning and wowed the audience with their set which consisted of their very own a cappella arrangements of “Redbone” originally performed by Childish Gambino, “Say Something” originally performed by Christina Aguilera and “Sorry” originally performed by Justin Bieber.

After much deliberation by the judges including world renown artists and performers, the places were announced and OCTAVE was awarded an impressive and very close second place to Immanuel College’s Vocal Jazz Blue and were followed in third place by Scotch College – Soul Brothers.

It has been such an honour to work with these talented students who not only represented their College with pride (and flair) but also their state. I’d like to acknowledge all the amazing support and assistance that Mr David Garnett gave to us on this trip. From helping with transportation to running about finding food for our hungry teens, giving helpful feedback and advice to the students, looking out for an ailing Dean of Music and generally being such a good humoured travelling companion to us all! Thanks for everything Dave! 

Follow this link to catch a glimpse of OCTAVE working the stage in Melbourne with their rendition of “Sorry”. https://www.facebook.com/Ormis...

Emma Dron
Dean of Music

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