Classical, a capella, instrumental, choral, rock... whatever your music style, Trinity has opportunities for all tastes in music.
As a resident student at Trinity you have access to a large range of musical activities and opportunities. Join the internationally acclaimed Choir of Trinity College Choir, the Trinity Tiger Tones, the Candystripes, or the band. Take part in music tutorials, talent nights and musical soirées, or make use of the dedicated practice rooms. The College provides an environment where all musical tastes, interests and abilities are embraced.
The Choir of Trinity College
The renowned Choir of Trinity College undertakes a busy program of rehearsals, performances, recordings and touring, both nationally and internationally. The main commitment of the Choir is to sing at the weekly service of Evensong each Sunday evening during term. Students must audition for a place in the Choir and be willing to commit to the schedule throughout the year.
Music clubs and societies
The Trinity College Associated Clubs (TCAC) Committee oversees four groups that contribute to the music opportunities available at the College:
Trinity College Music Society – organises musical soirées throughout the year, musical excursions and the intercollegiate Battle of the Bands
Trinity College Music Theatre Society – produces the annual College musical, drawing cast and crew from the College community, and developing the talents of budding musicians, costume designers, lighting and set designers and builders
Trinity Tiger Tones and the Candystripes.
Productions of the College Musical, in semester two each year, are generally at the Union Theatre, and recent productions have won numerous Melbourne University theatre awards.
Trinity Tiger Tones
The Trinity Tiger Tones is an extremely popular and accomplished all male a capella vocal group in the barbershop tradition. The Group was founded in 2006 and ever since, they have been singing, busking and showing off their dance moves at College functions such as Open Day and Community events, such as at BMW Edge Federation Square in support of I Ski for Tommy, and in concert at the University of Western Australia to support The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Unit. With a widely varied repertoire ranging from traditional barbershop to modern pop numbers, the Group performs at gigs across Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information or for a real taste, have a look at some of their recent performances.
The Candystripes is the a capella vocal group for women at Trinity. The Group also performs at many College functions and events in the wider community, such as The Supper Club in Darlinghurst to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Looking for more information? Check out the Candystripes on Facebook or take a look at some of their performances.
Instrumental and choral groups
Traditionally, Trinity’s resident students have formed a rock band to perform at College functions and compete in the intercollegiate Battle of the Bands. All students are encouraged to bring their instruments to College, use the music practice rooms and participate in jam sessions.
Students are also encouraged to be a part of Trinity folk groups, string quartets and instrumental trios and pursue their musical passion. Students can also join the Trinity Gents, made up of the tenors and bases of the Choir of Trinity College, or simply get together with other students for an informal sing along.
Performing during Formal Hall
Students with musical interests and abilities are encouraged to perform for the student body at Formal Hall by prior arrangement with Music Society.
Musical soirées and talent nights
The Chapel hosts a ‘Fresher Talent Time’ in the Chapel during Orientation week each year as students are settling into College life. Musical soirées and other talent events are also held in both the Chapel and the Junior Common Room at other times throughout the academic year.
Music practice rooms and extracurricular tutorials
There are six dedicated music practice rooms in a separate facility on the College campus and a variety of performance spaces and venues, including the Chapel. The College has two grand pianos, a harpsichord and a drum kit. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments and continue their music studies, maintain their practice, or creatively explore where their music might take them. Tutorials in introductory piano and guitar are conducted for resident students as part of the extracurricular tutorial program.
Juilliard Winter Jazz School
Trinity conducts a one-week residential program for high school students in the mid-year holidays. This popular event is directed by faculty from New York’s Juilliard Jazz School and attracts young musicians from around the world. The Juilliard Winter Jazz School at at Trinity creates an atmosphere of excitement and high energy, and adds to the breadth of musical experiences offered by the College.