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Instrumental Music Program

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The Instrumental Music Program (IMP) is the largest co-curricular program in the school involving over 320 students from Year 7 to Year 12, across fourteen ensembles.





The IMP caters for a range of musical abilities and styles and at present includes over a third of all students from Years 7-12. IMP ensembles rehearse weekly, and contribute to over 90 performances each year. Other IMP activities include in-school instrumental tuition, a music camp, recordings, and international tours. A variety of ensembles exist within the program from Symphony Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles and Choirs.  The IMP is well established and is run by a sub-committee of the P&C. Itinerant music tutors provide expert tuition and the Bands, Orchestras and Choral ensemble are conducted by visiting music directors. 

The program has brought significant accolades to the school over three decades. The IMP provides students with a well-rounded musical education through practical co-curricular musical activities, and a musical appreciation which will enrich the rest of their lives. Students are encouraged to be involved in the IMP irrespective of their musical experience.

Welcome to the IMP

To  view a video introducing the IMP to new Fortians, and to see performances by the Concert Band and Philharmonic Orchestra  CLICK HERE


CLICK HERE to view the IMP Membership Handbook. It provides detailed information about the program and should be your first stop to answer any general IMP questions. 

Registration form

CLICK HERE to register for the IMP in 2024.

Calendar of events

CLICK HERE to view the IMP online calendar. Members are encouraged to subscribe to this calendar. 

Rehearsals and tuition

IMP ensembles rehearse weekly, before and after school, and at lunchtimes Students have the option to learn their chosen instrument at school. Through rehearsals and individual tuition, IMP members are taught by a team of Sydney’s finest music educators and performers.

CLICK HERE to view the IMP Rehearsal Timetable 

Absence notification 

CLICK HERE to notify the IMP if you will be absent from a rehearsal or event. 

Contact: Mr Matthew Manchester
IMP Coordinator and Director of Bands