Workshop for Conductors and choir leaders – Mark O’Leary

Mark O’Leary’s Choral_secrets_workshop

Mark O’Leary has been producing outstanding results with primary, secondary and tertiary age choirs for 30 years, and in this workshop, he will share some of the secrets to his success.

Topics covered will include planning and implementing great rehearsals, creating choral programs that singers will want to be part of, giving inexperienced singers confidence, getting your choirs to sound good, teachings songs effectively and an introduction to choral conducting.

Suitable for leaders of choirs of all ages.

Download the workshop flyer here.

Mark O’Leary OAM is one of Australia’s most active choral conductors, widely respected for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi youth choir and Gondwana Voices. With these ensembles has produced thirteen CD recordings, toured all states and territories of Australia and made sixteen international tours to Europe, South Africa, North America, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Samoa. Mark has presented many workshops on choral music education throughout Australia and internationally and is a regular guest conductor at choral festivals. Mark is a Churchill Fellow, an Honorary Life Member of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to choral music and education in the 2018 Australia Day Honours list.

Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm Venue: Caulfield Park Pavilion, 265/267 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North Victoria Cost: $150 per person (inc. GST) Morning Tea included, BYO Lunch
Online bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/XQUT

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Sing with the Millennium Chorus 2018

Community Service Announcement—Choir opportunity Melbourne

The Boîte Melbourne Millennium Chorus 2018—Join now!

Singing in groups isn’t just great fun, more and more evidence is showing that choral singing is good for our minds and bodies as well. If you’ve always wanted to experience the joy of singing in a group but haven’t had the opportunity before, here’s your chance to be part of an extraordinary choir.

Enrolments are now open for the 21st Boîte Millennium Chorus—and the great news is, there’s no age limit, and no auditions. It’s a welcoming and diverse choir of up to 300 people, who will attend three full-day rehearsals with a professional choir director and musicians, before the concert on Sunday 12th August at Melbourne Town Hall.

Every year The Boîte (pronounced “bwaat”) runs this mass choir project with a different musical theme, exploring and celebrating Australia’s rapidly changing cultural landscape. This year features songs from the exquisite ‘Mission Songs Project’, which explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music and connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song tradition into the 21st century.

Jessie Lloyd launched the Mission Songs Project CD and concerts in 2017 to widespread acclaim. Her extensive research, musical training and family connections, and Indigenous background (as well as her persistence!) made her uniquely placed to uncover a precious part of our history… secular songs that were sung after church, and that explore the day to day life of the  mission days across Australia, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.

Jessie is Artistic Director for the Boîte Millennium Chorus this year, and choir director is Jess Hitchcock, an emerging Indigenous artist who tours with Jessie Lloyd and the Mission Songs Project as well as with Deborah Cheetham’s Short Black Opera.

Joining the choir

Fees

Full price for Melbourne metro choir members is $199. Discounted fees are offered for concession card holders (not seniors), under 25s, families, regional members (100km or more from Melbourne CBD), and Boîte members. This covers rehearsal materials (printed songbook and digital audio song parts), three full-day rehearsals in Melbourne, the concert, commemorative t-shirt.

More information, registrations: Susan Wright, The Boîte, (03) 9417 1983
susan@Boîte.com.au

www.boite.com.au/boite-millennium-chorus/

Rehearsals

July: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, 10.00am-4.00pm

August: Saturday 11th, 10.00am-4.00pm

Venue: Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Concert

Sunday August 12th, 2.30pm

Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street, Melbourne

Mount Gambier Eisteddfod: Final call for entries

A reminder that entries for the 2018 Choral and Vocal division of the Mount Gambier Eisteddfod close on 16th June 2018, don’t miss out on this great vocal performance opportunity! **NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED**

We are proud to welcome back the internationally acclaimed Will Conyers as adjudicator this year.

We have made some great improvements to sections available – introducing this year ‘Song and Dance’ Categories for soloists!  Check out the full schedule as attached, or at  http://www.backstageinc.org.au/choral-division

Choral and Vocal Division – Backstage Incorporated

www.backstageinc.org.au

Mt Gambier Eisteddfod Choral competition is modern and traditional work for large and small choirs, including special sections for school choirs.

Remember, we no longer require sheet music for the majority of sections (see C&V rules for specifics).  All singers still have to register at the desk for each session or you will be considered withdrawn.

This year we will run from Friday to Tuesday (depending on entries) 27th – 31st of July at Wehl St Theatre.

See www.stardom.com.au for schedule and entry details.

Have you ever thought about sponsoring a section with a prize or trophy?!

We are looking for sponsorship (no matter how small or large!) Please contact me if you are interested or know someone who may be!

Hannah Morrison

Director, Choral & Vocal Division of the Mount Gambier Eisteddfod

Geelong Harmony Chorus croons into fourth place in national titles

Geelong Harmony comes fourth in national competition

Geelong Harmony has returned home from the Sweet Adelines Australia national a cappella competition in Hobart on 19 May with medals for fourth place in a field of 23, and third place in the medium chorus division of 13.

The chorus received a total score of 592 points from four International judges in categories of sound, expression, music, and showmanship.

‘We are excited and proud to have received our highest score ever, and to make an improvement of 39 points on our score at last year’s competition’ said Musical Director Alex Morris.

‘Our 35 singers gave heartfelt, energetic and entertaining performances of our two contest songs, winning us a well-deserved spot among Australia’s top five choruses for 2018.  This is an amazing feat for us, placing us well ahead of several larger choruses.’

The top five place getters performed in a special showcase on Saturday night at Wrest Point, with Geelong Harmony singing Alex Morris’ four-part arrangement of ‘Constant Craving’ by K. D. Lang.

You can catch Geelong Harmony perform their contest package on17 June as part of the Western District Choral Festival at the SPACE, Geelong Grammar, 2-5.00pm. Tickets are $10, including afternoon tea.

The Geelong Harmony a cappella women’s chorus rehearses every Monday night at the Western Heights Uniting Church Hall, 31 Douglass Street, Herne Hill, 6.45 to 10.00pm. New members are welcome. For more information visit www.geelongharmony.com.au, call the Membership Manager on 0406 666 737, or email contact@geelongharmony.com.au

Some photos from Sneak Peek a couple of weeks ago.

Three barbershop quartets

For the Joy of Singing the Classics: Opera Choruses

Around 50 singers enjoyed an afternoon singing the classics under the able direction of Daryl Barclay with the help of Hugh Davidson, accompanist.

The music was challenging – with all parts needing to divide (in one case, within two choirs).  With opera, the chorus play many roles.  This afternoon the chorus were asked to play peasants, matadors (and their molls), pilgrims, country bumpkins and courtiers.

With many choruses sprinting along at allegro, even English words were a challenge.  However, undaunted, the group attempted Italian for choruses of Verdi, but reneged on trying Russian for Tchaikovsky.

Thanks to Daryl and Hugh for an afternoon of enjoyable singing.  Thanks also to Anne Pilgrim, who devised the concept of Singing the Classics as a chance for singers to attempt repertoire that is outside of their choirs’ usual scope.  The series is sponsored by The Geelong Chorale.

The second For the Joy of Singing the Classics for 2018 will be on June 10th, when Allister Cox (director of The Geelong Chorale and a G & S veteral), will conduct singers in an afternoon of choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan light operas.