MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL SINGERS FESTIVAL

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL SINGERS FESTIVAL

Information current as at JUNE 2016

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO Box 465, ALBERT PARK VIC 3206

Jan Hamilton, Manager, 0419 337 283 (BH + AH)

Choir's Email Address: misf@schoolofhardknocks.org.au

Choir's Website: www.schoolofhardknocks.org.au/sohk/

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The School of Hard Knocks launched this Festival in 2010; Australia's most exciting singers' festival for choirs and individual singers presents more stunning opportunities to work with some of the world's finest conductors, composers, arrangers and musicians; it is held over the Queen's Birthday Weekend in June

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2010 as Melbourne Festival of Choirs, name changed to Melbourne International Singers Festival for the 2013 Festival

No. of Singing Members - Currently: MFC 2010 and 2011, 400 singers Desired:

Musical Repertoire: Various

Musical Director: Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Music Director

No. of years in current post: since 2010

Previous musical experience: Full details of Jonathon's professional career can be found at www.jonathonwelch.com

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Festival participants have come from a range of choirs across Australia and New Zealand; in 2016 the Festival welcomed its first choir from the USA

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: No

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Refer to the Festival's website for details

Ability to read music: Not necessary

Sight-reading ability: Not necessary

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: n/a

Usual rehearsal night(s): Rehearsals are run as part of the Festival

Suburb: Melbourne

Rehearsal venue: Deakin Edge (Federation Square), Melbourne Recital Centre, St Paul's Cathedral and Melbourne Town Hall

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Festival T-shirt for Festival massed choirs

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 1-2

Av. No. of Performances/year: 2-3, primarily during the Festival

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Melbourne Recital Centre, Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, St Paul's Cathedral

Examples of musical pieces performed: Festival Men's, Women's and World Music choruses; broad spectrum of excellent arrangements and genres, from popular to music theatre, classical, gospel, rock and world music

Touring: No

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Jonathon Welch, Artistic Director & Producer; Jan Hamilton, Manager

Types of Committees: n/a

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: No

 

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