ASTRA CHOIR

ASTRA CHOIR

Information current as at FEBRUARY 2012

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO BOX 365, NORTH MELBOURNE VIC 3051

Gabrielle Baker, Manager, (03) 9326 5424 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: info@astramusic.org.au

Choir's Website: www.astramusic.org.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The Astra Chamber Music Society is primarily a concert organisation for choral music and contemporary performance, presenting an annual subscription season in Melbourne; concerts are centred on the work of the Astra Choir, and bring together a characteristic blend of new music with unusual repertoire from the past; from the choral medium, with all its huge variety of repertoire and spatial possibilities, Astra programs branch out to instrumental performances from guest artists, and to interactions of live music with other media - electro-acoustics, movement and the spoken word

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: late 1950s

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 35 Desired: 40-50

Musical Repertoire: All time periods, ranging widely from mediaeval and Renaissance music through to Bach, 19th Century music, Schoenberg, electronic and post-minimal music from Australia, Europe and the USA

Musical Director: John McCaughey

No. of years in current post: since 1978

Previous musical experience: Conductor, composer, educator and organist

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Danceworks, Speak Percussion, Slave Pianos, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Australian and international composers

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - sight-singing, voice quality tests

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: No

Membership Fees: $30 p.a. ($15 conc.)

Ability to read music: Essential

Sight-reading ability: Essential

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday

Suburb: Fitzroy

Rehearsal venue: Eleventh Hour Theatre

Off-street parking: No

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Typically black trousers and coloured top (usually certain shades for each concert)

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 4 - 6

Av. No. of Performances/year: 4 - 6

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: North Melbourne Town Hall, Customs House, State Library Dome, Gasworks Theatre, Meat Market Craft Centre, Northcote Town Hall, Queen's Hall (Parliament House of Victoria)

Examples of musical pieces performed: Ballads from The Mother (Eisler), Brecht Choruses (Hufschmidt), Bach Contrapunctus I (Schnebel), Lux Aeterna (Ligeti), Stabat Mater (Scarlatti), Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (Bach)

Touring: Yes - Melbourne Metro Area

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Music Director, Manager, Board of Management which includes Choir representatives

Types of Committees: Planning - Artistic & Concert, Choir

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: No

 

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