MELBOURNE BACH CHOIR

MELBOURNE BACH CHOIR

Information current as at OCTOBER 2011

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Ros Smith, President, (03) 9939 0141 (BH + AH)

Choir's Email Address: mbc@mbc.asn.au

Choir's Website: www.mbc.asn.au/

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The MBC was formed in late 2005 by Sarah Benson to perform J S Bach's St Matthew Passion in 2006; the MBC is an occasional choir dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in choral performance and committed to donating to community, aid and charity organisations; they currently support St Vincent's Hospital's fundraising for its new Cancer Centre

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Accompanied

Year Choir formed: 2005

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 90 Desired: 80-130

Musical Repertoire: Oratorios and other sacred music with focus on works of J S Bach

Musical Director: Rick Prakhoff

No. of years in current post: since 2005

Previous musical experience: Rick Prakhoff is a freelance conductor with a repertoire of over 20 operas, operettas and musical theatre works along with an extensive orchestral and choral repertoire; Rick has conducted many professional and community orchestras and choirs in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: All productions have been mounted by the MBC; freelance orchestral musicians are employed on casual contracts for each performance; the MBC uses professional soloists for all productions

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - the MBC requires singers to undertake a brief audition to demonstrate their vocal ability, voice type, intonation and a good ear (this is tested by being able to sing back a played or sung phrase); this usually comprises attending a rehearsal early in the rehearsal period, and then singing a passage from that rehearsal for the audition; separate auditions may also be held with a required work such as a Bach chorale; applicants may also be asked to sing brief vocal exercises during the audition

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: No

Membership Fees: $70 p.a.

Ability to read music: Highly desirable

Sight-reading ability: Highly desirable

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Thursday

Suburb: Fitzroy

Rehearsal venue: Brenan Hall, St Vincent's Hospital

Off-street parking: Yes, Pay parking available, and also free street parking

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: All black

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 1

Av. No. of Performances/year: 1-2

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: All Saints Anglican Church (St Kilda East), St Paul's Cathedral (Melbourne)

Examples of musical pieces performed: Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat

Touring: No, but possible in the future

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Incorporated Association with committee of management

Types of Committees: as above

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: No

 

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