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The St Mary’s College Music Department is carrying on the tradition of Dame Sr Mary Leo by providing opportunities for students to learn a musical instrument or participate in choral singing. Instrumental music is compulsory in Years 7 to 9 and all students learn to play an instrument, have a weekly lesson and participate in an ensemble. All years have the opportunity to sing as part of the Thursday programme.

The College has a range of extra-curricular ensembles, including orchestras, chamber orchestras, concert bands, and senior and junior choirs. More specialised ensembles are also available for those more experienced in playing their instrument. All musicians are welcome and encouraged to share their talent and be part of a music group.

Lyn Insley Music Trust – Instrument hire and fees

The following musical instruments (owned by the Lyn Insley Music Trust) can be hired through the St Mary’s College Music Department:

Instrument  Amount
Flute $145
Oboe $260
Clarinet $145
Saxophone $260
Trumpet $145
French Horn $260
Trombone $145
Violin $105
Viola $145
Cello $260


During Orientation Day, your daughter will be allocated an instrument by the Music Department. Confirmation will be sought if you have your own instrument or if you would like to hire one through the school. An email will be sent to parents confirming instrument details. If hiring an instrument, the fee will be added to your daughter’s school account and the cost will appear on her main school invoice, which you should receive at the end of each term.

SMC Choir News 

The St Mary's College Senior Choir took part in a recording project with Chelsea Jade through Radio New Zealand in Term 3. This was a memorable experience for our girls, and one which we were very proud to be part of.

Please click here to read the article, or check out the video below.