GRACE NOTES SINGERS

GRACE NOTES SINGERS

Information current as at MAY 2016

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Jan Goodall, Musical Director, 9391 0696 (BH + AH)

Choir's Email Address: jegjek10@bigpond.net.au

Choir's Website: www.gracenotessingers.org

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The group's mission is to provide high quality musical experiences for young women in our community; they aim to offer an ensemble that will act as a transition from school choirs to adult, community choirs; the singers perform repertoire of artistic merit at the highest possible standard in a supportive, non-confrontational and enjoyable environment

Voice type: ALL FEMALE CHOIR (ranging in age from late teens to late 30's)

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2013

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 21 Desired: 30-32

Musical Repertoire: Wide variety of music styles such as classical, folk, show tunes, gospel and contemporary, with a particular emphasis on works by Australian composers

Musical Director: Jan Goodall

No. of years in current post: since 2013

Previous musical experience: Jan Goodall is a retired, class music specialist teacher and choir conductor; currently she conducts the Grace Notes Singers and the Victorian State Schools' Choir (VSSC); she was in charge of the massed 1000-voice choir at the State Schools' Spectacular in 2008 and 2010; in 2011, the VSSC sang at the Government House reception for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Highness Prince Phillip during their visit to Melbourne; Jan is a Kodaly music specialist and while teaching at Lowther Hall, formed the highly successful Festival Singers; Jan has adjudicated choral competitions, run choir workshops and facilitated a four week conducting course for teachers of school choirs; she has written a series of workbooks for use in Kodaly class music programs and although a Canadian, she has "called Australia home" for many years

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Joint concert with Essendon Choral Society; Lorraine Milne (Australian composer); Moonee Valley Brass

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - newcomers are welcomed throughout the year and are invited to join the group for half a rehearsal; if they still wish to become part of the choir, they will be required to do a short, solo audition to show voice quality, range and pitch; details will be provided but are likely to involve singing scales or other warm-up exercises and possibly a prepared song

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: $400 p.a.

Ability to read music: Highly desirable but not compulsory

Sight-reading ability: Desirable but not compulsory

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday

Suburb: Essendon

Rehearsal venue: Polish Catholic Church, Cnr Alma St and Aberfeldie Rd

Off-street parking: Yes/No

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: All black, red necklaces are supplied by the group

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 8

Av. No. of Performances/year: 8

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Eisteddfod by the Bay; Melbourne Eisteddfod, Polish Catholic Church; Moonee Valley Carols in the Park; St Johns Uniting Church; Broadmeadows Hospital

Examples of musical pieces performed: *Maiden Voyage (Lorraine Milne); Look to the Rainbow, from Finian’s Rainbow; *Towards Infinity (Paul Jarman); Followers of the Lamb (Nancy Grundahl); Johnny Said, “No!” (Vijay Singh); * denotes an Australian composition

Touring: Not at this stage

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Executive/Steering Committee formed of choir members

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes, if reciprocal borrowing arrangements were unsuitable

 

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