MELBOURNE MASS GOSPEL CHOIR

MELBOURNE MASS GOSPEL CHOIR

Information current as at JUNE 2013

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Phil Heuzenroeder, Music Director, 0402 812 428

Choir's Email Address: phil@mmgc.net.au

Choir's Website: www.mmgc.net.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir considers itself to be Victoria's hottest community gospel choir; the huge sound of 80 voices singing foot stompin', hand clappin' Black gospel music, is balanced with the finest of vocal harmonies; MMGC sings traditional, popular and contemporary gospel

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2008

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 80 Desired: 80, but places do come up regularly

Musical Repertoire: Wide range of gospel music from Africa to African-American, Pacific Islands to popular, and from traditional to contemporary styles

Musical Director: Phil Heuzenroeder

No. of years in current post: since 2008

Previous musical experience: Music Director of Melbourne Singers of Gospel choir for 6.5 years, including recording of CD, several season of gigs at The Famous Speigeltent, Federation Square, Vodafone Arena, collaborations with Kate Ceberano; numerous community-based gigs, development of choir soloists, etc; Music Director of Naked Male acapella quartet 2000-2004; wide range of gospel singing workshops for general public and established choirs around Victoria, led gospel stream at Boite Daylesford Singers Festival 2008, Co-Music Director of Melbourne Millenium Chorus 2007

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: n/a

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes, an informal audition wuth the Musical Director

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: $15/week

Ability to read music: Not necessary

Sight-reading ability: Not necessary

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Tuesday

Suburb: Carlton

Rehearsal venue: Church Of All Nations, 180 Palmerston St

Off-street parking: No

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Black, purple and/or red

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: Varies

Av. No. of Performances/year: 4

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues:

Examples of musical pieces performed: People Get Ready, Oh Happy Day, extensive range of African, African American and popular gospel songs

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

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Choir is run under auspices of Auspicious Arts Projects Inc

Types of Committees: n/a

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: No

 

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