The Music Department offers a wide range of musical experiences for every child.  Our aim is to be inclusive of all students and to provide enriching and exciting musical experiences.

There are a huge number of ensembles at the school led by a dedicated and experienced Music staff who rehearse each group for the busy calendar of Concerts that happen at the school and throughout Perth and overseas.

Our music groups include:

Choirs: Secondary Choir, St. Paul’s Chapel Choir, and Primary Choirs.

Bands: Senior Concert Band, Wind Band, Year 5 Bands

Orchestras: Sinfonia, Septissimo Strings, St Bede’s Strings, St Paul’s Strings

Jazz Bands: Jazz 1-3

Other opportunities: Organ Scholars, School Musicals, Big Night In Events, Interhouse Music Festival

Our Instrumental Staff form a fantastic group of dedicated teachers and talented musicians who provide the skills needed for hundreds of JSR Music students to be able to perform complex music at a high standard. At JSR students have the opportunity to learn the Bagpipe, Base Guitar, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Drum Kit, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Jazz Piano, Oboe, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Trumbone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Voilin and Voice.

For information on how to arrange instrumental or voice lessons, please pick up a ‘Making Music’ handbook from the Music Department or Administration.


St Paul’s Chapel Choir is made up of students and staff from John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School. The choir has toured the United Kingdom, the eastern states of Australia, and this state’s south-west, performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and produced recordings of Haydn’s orchestral mass, Missa Sancti Nicolai, and the Fauré Requiem.

The Chapel Choir sings the traditional Anglican office of Evensong each Tuesday with a regular Eucharist on Sunday mornings at St Paul’s, Mirrabooka. The  choir also sings in other Anglican parishes around the Perth diocese.

In 2011 the choir performed with the WA Symphony Orchestra in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Perth Concert Hall with the choristers forming the ragazzi choir.

On the 10th anniversary of September 11, the Chapel Choir gave a concert performance of the Duruflé Requiem. Neville Cohn reviewed the concert in The West Australian as “a profoundly meaningful –and very moving– contribution to the day… I cannot too highly praise the singing of St Paul’s Chapel Choir. Recently returned from a concert tour of Britain, where it sang at inter alia, Bath Abbey, Lincoln Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor, these finely trained singers responded to Durufle’s masterpiece with admirable discipline and beauty of tone.”

(Neville Cohn, The West Australian, 12 September 2011)

In July 2011, the choir toured the UK, singing at Bath Abbey, Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, Lincoln Cathedral, St George’s Chapel, Windsor and the Blue Coat School in Liverpool. Last month, the choir toured Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Wangaratta and performed at St Paul’s Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, St James’ King Street, Christ Church St Laurence and the Great Hall, Parliament House.

The choir was awarded First place in three choir categories (including the Open Choirs) at the Fremantle Eisteddfod in 2013. It has won the Open section for three years running.

Last year, the Chapel Choir participated in a master-class with Dr Jenevora Williams, singing teacher for the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral London UK, who had this to say of their singing:
“The young singers were extremely responsive and professional in the rehearsal. The sound they made was every bit as good as the best Cathedral Choristers in the UK.”

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Programme of Co-curricular Music Rehearsals

Tuesday 8.00am St. Paul’s Chapel Choir Mr Hugh Lydon
8.00am Jazz 2 Ms Diane Vrcic
  8.00am Jazz 3 Mr Hugh Lydon
  4.00pm Wind Band Ms Diane Vrcic
  5.00pm Choral Evensong, St Paul’s Chapel Mr Hugh Lydon
Wednesday 7.30am Sinfonia Miss Grace Gardner
  3.45pm Senior Guitar Ensemble Mr Travis Leggett
  4.00pm Senior Concert Band Mr Hugh Lydon
Thursday 8.00am Secondary Choir Mr Hugh Lydon
  8.00am Beechboro Primary Choir Mr Hugh Lydon
  8.00am Middle School Guitar Ensemble Mr Travis Leggett
  3.45pm St Bede’s Strings Mrs Lynette Swarbrick
  4.00pm Septissimo Strings Miss Grace Gardner
  4.00pm St Paul’s Strings Mr Christophe Karas
Friday 7.30am Beechboro Guitar Ensemble Mr Travis Leggett
  9.00am Mirrabooka Primary Choir Mr Hugh Lydon
  12.30pm Flute Ensemble Mr Bernie Barz
  4.00pm Jazz 1 Mr Hugh Lydon
Sunday 9.30am Sung Eucharist – Chapel Choir

St Paul’s Chapel

Every Sunday (except 5th) during term

Mr Jonathon Bradley