MELBOURNE GAY & LESBIAN CHORUS

MELBOURNE GAY & LESBIAN CHORUS

Information current as at OCTOBER 2017

 

CONTACT DETAILS

GPO BOX 813, MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Choir's Email Address: secretary@mglc.org.au

Choir's Website: www.mglc.org.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus is guided by three core objectives: to strive for musical excellence, to provide a safe and supportive environment for our members, and to provide community outreach to the LGBTIQ+ and wider community

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: 1990

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 90+ Desired: Presently no upper limit

Musical Repertoire: Ranges from traditional choral music to contemporary, gospel and show tunes; accompanied by various instruments and some choreographed movements

Musical Director: Drew Downing

No. of years in current post: since 2015

Previous musical experience: LET IT BE: The Songs of Lennon & McCartney (Director/MD, 2017); THE FULL MONTY: The Broadway Musical (Director, StageArt, 2017); A SUPER BRADY CABARET (Writer/Director/MD, StageArt, 2015); REBEL (2015 Greenroom Award Nomination - Best Original Songs); GREASE 2: LIVE ON STAGE (MD/Writer, StageArt, 2012 and 2013)

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Victoria Chorale, Petrunka, Melbourne Voices, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire, Adelaide Singers, Wollongong Lesbian & Gay Solidarity qUoir, Brisbane Gay & Lesbian Choir, Melbourne Rainbow Band, Brisbane Pride Choir, Gay and Lesbian Singers of Western Australia, Gay and Lesbian Singers Waikato, The Glamaphones Wellington, Gay and Lesbian Singers Auckland

YOUTH CHORUS "shOUT Youth Chorus"

shOUT Youth Chorus is a "chorus within a chorus"; shOUT Youth Chorus strives to provide young people between 18 and 29 with a fun, safe and friendly environment in which to develop their singing skills

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: 2005

Membership Fees: Singing Member $168 p.a. (conc. available)

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes, a no-obligation open rehearsal, followed by an assessment which comprises short aural and rhythm exercises

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Singing Member $336 p.a. (conc. available); Associate (Non-Singing) memberships available

Ability to read music: Desirable

Sight-reading ability: Desirable

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday; in addition, sectional rehearsals held by arrangement

Suburb: Prahran

Rehearsal venue: not made public, please contact the Choir

Off-street parking: Yes, approximately 20 spaces

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Typically black shirt, black trousers or skirt, black shoes; occasionally costume based on concert theme

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 2

Av. No. of Performances/year: 8

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: local churches, libraries, hospitals, theatres, civic centres, outdoor festivals, city plazas, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Town Hall, ABC Iwaki Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria's Great Hall and Macarthur Gallery, Royal Exhibition Buildings, St Paul's Cathedral, Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Town Hall, ABC Eugene Goosens Hall (Sydney), Llewellyn Hall (Canberra), Elder Hall (Adelaide), Sydney Opera House, BMW Edge (Federation Square), The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Federation Square), Monsalvaat, and in Europe, Vienna's Karlskirche Cathedral and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw

Examples of musical pieces performed: The choir sings a diverse repertoire of anthems, show tunes, popular songs, world music, folk, gospel, jazz, carols, madrigals, classical, religious and contemporary works which may be accompanied or ‘a cappella’

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

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Committee of Management, comprising the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Musical Director, 2 Asst Musical Directors, Public Relations Officer, Sectional Leaders, Youth Chorus representative, Production Co-ordinator, New Member Co-ordinator

Types of Committees: Fundraising/Social, Administration/Management, Concert Production, Publicity, Music Programming, Sponsorship/Grants

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Considered upon request

 

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