MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS (MSOC)

MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS

Information current as at DECEMBER 2019

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ABC Southbank Centre, 120-130 Southbank Boulevard, SOUTHBANK VIC 3006

Chorus Coordinator, (03) 8646 1103 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: chorus@mso.com.au

Choir's Website: mso.com.au/about-us/our-people/mso-chorus/

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus is the voice of the Orchestra's choral repertoire, and one of Australia's premier symphony choruses; the MSO Chorus is also committed to developing and performing new Australian and international choral repertoire

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Predominantly accompanied (by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

Year Choir formed: 1965 (then called The Melbourne Chorale), integrated into MSO in 2008

No. of Singing Members - Currently: approx 110 Desired: 200+

Musical Repertoire: Predominantly symphonic chorus repertoire from throughout the history of Western Art Music; occasional Chorus-only performances of a variety of classical repertoire; also music from motion pictures such as Harry Potter and Star Wars, backing singers for Barbra Streisand, Johnny Farnham, etc

Chorus Master: Warren Trevelyan-Jones

No. of years in current post: since 2017

Previous musical experience: Warren Trevelyan-Jones is regarded as one of the leading choral conductors and choir trainers in Australia; he is also Head of Music at St James', King Street, Sydney, a position he has held since relocating to Australia in 2008; Warren has had an extensive singing career as a soloist and ensemble singer in Europe; he is a co-founder of The Consort of Melbourne, and in 2001 co-founded Ensemble Plus Ultra; Warren is an experienced singing teacher and qualified music therapist

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: The MSO Chorus has recorded for Chandos and ABC Classics; it has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Barbra Streisand; the Chorus has performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the AFL Grand Final, and the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, and also performs each year as part of the official ANZAC Day commemorative ceremonies at the Shrine of Remembrance

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Nil

Ability to read music: Essential

Sight-reading ability: Essential

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1-2

Usual rehearsal night(s): Monday

Suburb: Southbank

Rehearsal venue: ABC Southbank Centre

Off-street parking: Yes (limited)

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Ladies and Gents - all black

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 15

Av. No. of Performances/year: 30

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Town Hall, Shrine of Remembrance

Examples of musical pieces performed: The performed repertoire is very diverse, and includes symphonic chorus staples such as Mozart Requiem and Handel's Messiah, new classical commissions, and also music from film concerts such as Harry Potter and Star Wars

Touring: Yes - occasionally to Regional Victoria

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: The MSO Chorus is run by the administration of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; there is also an 8-person Social Committee whose members are singers in the Chorus

Types of Committees: Social

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: No

 

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