AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CHOIR

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH CHOIR

Information current as at JANUARY 2013

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Head Office, 35 MATLOCK STREET, CANTERBURY VIC 3126

Chris Grey, General Manager, (03) 9836 2877 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: melbourne@niypaa.com.au

Choir's Website: www.niypaa.com.au/Australian_Youth_Choir/AYC_Home.aspx

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: Established in 1975, the Australian Youth Choir is committed to providing singers with a vocal experience that encourages them to excel as artists and develop into confident, accomplished performers; through carefully sequenced choral curriculum, the Choir develops the natural voice in a supportive environment that encourages teamwork, co-operation, communication and self esteem

Voice type: Children's/Youth

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 1975

No. of Singing Members - Currently: Several hundred throughout Victoria Desired: as many as wish to be involved

Musical Repertoire: Variety - sacred and secular; traditional choral repertoire and more popular songs

Musical Director: Bill Simmons

No. of years in current post: since 1990

Previous musical experience: Secondary schools throughout Melbourne currently at Caulfield Grammar

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Vienna Boys' Choir, Keystone State Boychoir, Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, Newark Boys Choir, English Chamber Singers, Passatempo, In Unitate

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes, through an audition appointment, 15-20 minutes long, students are auditioned in groups, aural/rhythm and singing activities

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Choristers pay tuition fees, between $450 - $610, depending on the Level of choir

Ability to read music: Not necessary

Sight-reading ability: Not necessary

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Varies according to suburb

Suburbs: Mt Eliza & Croydon - Monday evenings; Burwood - Tuesday evenings; Berwick, Cheltenham & Geelong - Wednesday evenings; Essendon & Rosanna - Thursday evenings

Rehearsal venue: Various, mostly local churches

Off-street parking: generally Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Choir Robe

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 3

Av. No. of Performances/year: 3

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Hamer Hall and Dallas Brooks Hall

Examples of musical pieces performed: not supplied

Touring: Yes - Overseas each year

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Australian Youth Choir (AYC), incorporated in 1975, is a division of the National Institute of Youth Performing Arts - Australia (NIYPAA), governed by a Board of Directors

Types of Committees: n/a

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes

 

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