Information current as at FEBRUARY 2014



Mark O'Leary, (03) 9578 5459, 0418 327 426

Choir's Email Address: mark@yvm.com.au

Choir's Website: www.exaudi.com.au



Vision statement / Artistic goals: The choir's goal is to provide rewarding musical experiences for young singers and improve their musicianship skills through high calibre performances of excellent music; it supports Australian composers, especially young composers developing their craft; the choir seeks to build bridges with other organisations and further develop the choral arts in Australia; members are 18-28 years of age, and are music students at various tertiary schools or graduates from secondary school music programmes who want to keep singing with people of their own age group

Voice type: Children's/Youth (SATB)

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2007

No. of Singing Members - Currently: approx. 60 Desired: 70

Musical Repertoire: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st century, Australian, spirituals and some world music; the choir tries to commission and encourage new compositions

Musical Directors: Mark O'Leary

No. of years in current post: since 2013

Previous musical experience: Mark O'Leary is one of Australia's most active choral conductors, widely respected for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne which he founded in 1990, and as Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Voices, Australia's national children's choir since 1997; Mark is also the conductor of Exaudi Youth Choir; with Young Voices of Melbourne, Mark has produced nine CD recordings, toured all states and territories of Australia and made seven international tours to Europe, South Africa, North America, Asia and Samoa; Mark has special interests in Kodály teaching techniques, the development of excellence in children's choirs and Australian choral music; he presents many workshops each year on choral music education throughout Australia; Mark publishes Australian choral music for young choirs in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series, and his arrangements are performed all around the world

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Festival of Voices (Hobart), VCA Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra, Arden Crescent Concert Series, Victorian Music Teachers Association, University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, Birralee Blokes, Australian Society of Music Educators



Audition: Yes - contact the choir for an audition and to attend a rehearsal

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: $100 per term

Ability to read music: Desirable

Sight-reading ability: Desirable



Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Monday

Suburb: South Yarra

Rehearsal venue: Melbourne High School

Off-street parking: Yes



Performance Apparel: Women: black dress/skirt, black shoes and black hose with purple flower (provided); Men: black trousers, black shirt, black shoes with purple tie (provided)

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

Av. No. of Performances/year: 6

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Melba Hall (University of Melbourne), Hobart Town Hall, Melbourne Town Hall, Richmond Uniting Church, Monsalvat

Examples of musical pieces performed: Mass in G (Schubert), Regina Coeli (Mozart), I carry your heart with me (van Teinen), Ubi caritas (Durufle), Jauchzet dem Herrn (Mendelssohn), Waltzing Matilda (Philips), J'Entends le Moulin (Patriquin), Tshotsholosa (traditional), Mi'kmaq Honour Song (Adams), Red Earth (Leek), Jabula Jesu (Hatfield), Exsultate Justi (da Viadana), Choral Fantasia (Beethoven), Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), Festive Alleluia (Nickson), Wheatbelt (Grandage)

Touring: Yes - Melbourne Metro Area/Regional Victoria/Interstate/Overseas



Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Exaudi is run by Young Voices of Melbourne Inc, a not-for-profit Incorporated Association

Types of Committees: n/a



Own collection of music scores: No



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