BRIMBANK MULTICULTURAL CHOIR

BRIMBANK MULTICULTURAL CHOIR

Information current as at NOVEMBER 2008

 

CONTACT DETAILS

HUNT CLUB COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, 775 BALLARAT RD, DEER PARK VIC 3023

Veronica Gauci, Musical Director, 0418 139 005 (BH + AH)

Choir's Email Address: generationmusik@optusnet.com.au

Choir's Website: n/a

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: To develop an enjoyment of singing and an awareness of cultures through singing a culturally diverse repertoire including songs from those cultures within our local community

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2003

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 15 Desired: 25

Musical Repertoire: Variety of styles including world music, folk music, African traditional gospel, sing-a-long songs, musical theatre and Christmas carols

Musical Director: Veronica Gauci

No. of years in current post: since 2003

Previous musical experience: AMEB 8th Grade Piano and Theory, Church organist, Primary School music teaching and Choir Mistress (2004), private piano/vocal teacher for 25 years, provides singing tuition for various local schools when required, solo performer at various functions, workshop leader, conducts a singing group for a local Council

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Sing for Water, Melbourne International Arts Festival (2006), Brimbank Choral Festival "Choral to the Max" (2007) directed by Veronica Gauci, Choral Festival co-ordinated by Western Region Concert Choir (2008)

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - an informal audition to establish that prospective members can pitch notes and sing a melody/harmony

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Small fee paid on a term basis to the Council

Ability to read music: Not necessary

Sight-reading ability: Not necessary

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Monday

Suburb: Deer Park

Rehearsal venue: Hunt Club Community Arts Centre

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: All black with a multi-coloured scarf provided by the Council

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 1

Av. No. of Performances/year: 12

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Various Council activities, Watergardens Shopping Centre, Melton Festival, Brimbank Festival, Essendon Vision Australia, Brimbank Gardens Estate Park, Bunnings (Taylors Lakes), Bacchus Marsh and Melton Retirement Village and nursing homes

Examples of musical pieces performed: Ipharadisi (African traditional), Belle Mama (Torres Strait Islands), A Bre Kako (Macedonian), Ninni L'Tibkiex Izid (Maltese traditional), It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Duke Ellington), Bicycle Built for Two, Silent Night (in English, Dutch, Italian and Vietnamese)

Touring: No

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Choir is supported by the Arts and Culture Unit of Brimbank City Council

Types of Committees: n/a

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: No

 

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