Performing Arts

Cast and crew of 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'
Knox Pipes and Drums performing at Knox Gala Day
Orchestra for the musical 'Bye Bye Birdie'
Knox Battle of the Bands
Production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Knox Performing Arts Centre (currently under construction, opens 2019)
Knox Theatre Ensemble's 'Macbeth'
Knox Barbershop

Extensive music, drama and performance activities are offered at Knox to expand and challenge students in all year groups. Every boy has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, play in a band, take part in a drama production or learn technical skills through the Knox Academy of the Performing Arts.

Learn an instrument

We believe every Knox boy should have the opportunity to explore their musical skill through learning an instrument of their choice, and experience the fun of playing in ensembles. We offer private lessons for over 30 different instruments.

Star in a musical or drama production

There are opportunities for boys to be the lead, join the chorus, work backstage or operate the lights and sound. Musical and drama productions are held at the Senior School every year and feature girls from local schools. Hugh Jackman and Hugo Weaving started out in Knox performances.

Musical ensembles and bands

Boys are encouraged to join our wind ensemble, jazz band, big band, rock band or play in the pit for the annual musical. Our music groups tour overseas, play at the state and national band championships and participate in the annual Sydney Eisteddfod. Experience a world of different music styles.

Sing and be heard

Boys can sing their hearts out with our extensive choir and curriculum music programs. Our choral groups sing all types of musical styles.

Knox Pipe Band

Established in 1946, the much loved Knox Pipe Band plays at commemorative events such as the Anzac Day Parade in Sydney and participates in competitions across Australia. The Senior School Pipe Band practices two mornings a week and is open to all boys.

Contemporary music studies

Each year, boys are invited to form bands and audition for the opportunity to play in front of the entire school in the Knox Battle of the Bands. Student-based rock, pop and contemporary bands can also rehearse each week with guidance from a staff member.

Work behind the scenes

Under the guidance of industry experts, boys can be a part of our student Tech Crew, which operates the sound, lights and technical equipment for the School’s musical and drama productions.

>> Visit the Knox Tech Crew Vimeo channel

Further Reading Suggestions

Cadets: Find out more about our 800-strong Cadet Unit.


Clubs and Co-curricular: Learn about our co-curricular opportunities like Computer Club, Debating and Future Problem Solving.