CHOIR OF NEWMAN COLLEGE

CHOIR OF NEWMAN COLLEGE

Information current as at JULY 2015

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Newman College, University of Melbourne, 887 Swanston St, PARKVILLE VIC 3052

Gary Ekkel, Choir Director, 9347 5577 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: choirdirector@newman.unimelb.edu.au

Choir's Website: www.newman.unimelb.edu.au/college/choir

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The Choir of Newman College serves as the chapel and concert choir of Newman College, University of Melbourne

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2002

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 24 Desired:

Musical Repertoire: The core music is from the Sacred repertoire, with particular focuses on Early Music (Renaissance, Baroque) and 20th-century music; both secular and sacred music are performed in the Concerts of the Choir's own concert seriesl; the Choir sings a weekly mass on Sunday evenings

Musical Director: Dr Gary Ekkel

No. of years in current post: since 2002

Previous musical experience: Director of Schola Cantorum of Melbourne (1994-present), Director of Choral Music at St Michael's Grammar School (1996-present); Artistic Director of the Advent Festival (biennial, beginning in 2009)

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Tour of New Zealand with Affetto (2015); Concerts with Early music ensembles such as La Compania, Consort Eclectus and regular performances with the Newman Baroque Orchestra, an orchestra selected from the leading baroque musicians in the country; performances with Festivals such as the Ballarat Goldfields Festival and the Windfire Festival

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - Entry is by audition; all successful candidates receive a choral scholarship; details of the scholarships and the audition process may be found in the choral scholarship document at www.newman.unimelb.edu.au/applications/choral-scholarships

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: None

Ability to read music: Essential

Sight-reading ability: Essential

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 2

Usual rehearsal night(s): Thursday, plus Sunday late afternoons

Suburb: Parkville

Rehearsal venue: The Academic Centre, Newman and St Mary's College

Off-street parking: No

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Black tie for concert performances, choir gowns for services

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 3

Av. No. of Performances/year: 6

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Newman College Chapel, St Matthew's (Melbourne CBD), Auckland, Christchurch Pro-Cathedral, Ballarat Cathedral

Examples of musical pieces performed: World War 1 repertoire, including Lord, thou has been our refuge (Vaughan Williams), St Matthew Passion (Bach), 1610 Vespers (Monteverdi), concert featuring songs by Cole Porter

Touring: Yes - Regional Victoria/Interstate/Overseas

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: The Newman College Administration oversees the governance of the Choir

Types of Committees: n/a

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: This will depend on the amount and value of the items being borrowed

 

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