Active participation in all musical fields is encouraged at Sacred Heart. Music is the known and researched ‘brain development’ subject. It is made up of language, science, mathematics and practical fun performance, which all serve to increase the number of left and right brain cell connections.

There is a wide range of musical opportunities including bands for Junior and Senior students, jazz and concert bands, ukulele band, Junior and Senior choirs, String Group, Orchestra, chamber and ensembles,School of Rock and individual instrument and vocal tuition. The Music Institute now features for students in Years 7 to 9.

For more than 70 years the College has held the solo and group Walter Kirby Competition, which was established to promote music within the school. Legends and Showcase performances allow our students to perform to peers and family while the Smokefree Rockquest, and other similar competitions, promotes our students to the wider public.

Sacred Heart has enjoyed much success in the music field with the Finn Brothers, Dave Dobbyn, Bernie Allen, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich, Dr Joe Harrop and Massad Barakat-Devine numbering amongst our Old Boys.
Our current students continue this rich tradition of musical talent at the College.

Performance Opportunities
Premier Concert Band
Dunstan's Band
Sacred Heart College Chorale
Junior Choir
String Group
Chamber Orchestra
Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
Years 7, 8 and 9 Music Institute

The Music Department also provides outstanding instrumental and vocal tuition to our students via the Itinerant Music Tutors Programme. All our tutors are leading musicians in their own right, including Andrew Uren, who regularly performs on bass clarinet in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Piano lessons are offered by Miss Alice Kang on a private basis at $35 per half hour. Please contact the Music Department secretary at for further information.

Instrument Hire

If your son needs to hire an instrument, this can be sourced from the following suppliers. Please check that your household insurance will cover your hired instrument. Each music store can provide you with insurance cover should you need it.
KBB Music, 157 Manukau Road Epsom, Tel: 09 630 2577
Mainline Music Works, 219 Great South Road, Greenlane, Tel: 09 262 3419
ABI Music (brass and woodwind specialists), 10A Parity Place, Hillcrest, Tel: 09 443 5666
Violins can be purchased for $99 at Music Book (, Ph: 09 576 0040

Practice Times
Please see the timetable under the 'Resources' panel.

Music Department Staff, 2019

Mr Edwin Randell Head of Department
Ms Helen Klaassen         Teacher-in-Charge of Junior Music
Ms Julia Burdon Music Secretary

Itinerant Music Teachers 2019
Ms Mia Camilleri  Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Brass Trio Director
Mr Arther Close MUI Singing, individual singing lessons, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Orchestra
Mr Jono Tan Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Mrs Kathleen Tomacruz Guitar, Cell0, Jazz Combo Director
Mrs Maxine Cunliffe Cello, Year 7 and 8 String Institute Assistant
Mr Andrew Uren  Clarinet, Saxophone, Premier Concert Band, Year 7 and Year 9 Band Institute Director
Mr Alistair Deverick Drums 
Ms Lorna Wright  Flute and Year 8 and Year 10 Band Institute Director
Mr Rowan Uhe Guitar/Jazz Band, Guitar/School of Rock
Ms Gloria Tian Violin/Viola, String Institute, String Group, String Octet, Orchestra Assistant 
Ms Fiona Ferens Singing
Mr Alberto Santarelli Bass, Double Bass
Miss Akari Ouchi Oboe, Bassoon
Mr Sam Girling Percussion