MELBOURNE YOUTH CHORALE

MELBOURNE YOUTH CHORALE

Information current as at AUGUST 2016

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO BOX 818, BERWICK VIC 3806

Rebecca Attwood-Frew, Artistic Director

Choir mobile: 0417 722 449

Choir's Email Address: manager.myc@gmail.com

Choir's Website: melbourneyouthchorale.com.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: Melbourne Youth Chorale is a community enterprise and its role is to share the gift of music with young people through choral practice, participation and performance; the choir harnesses the transformational power of choral music to develop confident and well-rounded young people; they are dedicated to enriching children's lives by developing choral artistry in a stimulating, caring, and fun environment

Voice type: Children's/Youth - 3 Treble ensembles and an SATB ensemble

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 1986 (as Berwick Childrens Choir and later Berwick Youth Choir)

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 30 in Senior (Jones/Heriot) Choir, 30 in two training choirs (Dunlop and Heffernan) Desired: 40-50 in Maggiore, no particular limit for training choirs

Musical Repertoire: MYC sings classical music from all periods, folk music of many cultures, and quality arrangements of popular music; the choir sings both sacred and secular music; the choir keenly promotes Australian compositions; music is chosen in keeping with Kodaly's dictum that only music of the highest quality is suitable for children

Musical Director: Rebecca Attwood-Frew

No. of years in current post: since 2011

Previous musical experience: TBA

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Toronto Children's Chorus, Southend Girls Choir, Zelman Memorial Orchestra, Young Voices of Melbourne, Victorian Boys Choir, Eltham East Primary School, Da Capo Singers, Australian Rosny Children's Choir, Bendigo Youth Choir, Geelong Youth Choir

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - All new children are welcomed into the choir; children are auditioned for placement in the most appropriate group for their age and ability; Choristers are assessed regularly to ascertain vocal and musical development, and are promoted to the next group when considered ready

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Term fees - Heffernan $142.50, Dunlop $165, Jones/Heriot $285, tuition fees include weekly term-time rehearsals and Annual camp

Ability to read music and sight-reading ability: These skills are taught by the choir - some ability is essential for choristers wishing to enter Jones or Heriot, but not necessary for training choirs

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night: Wednesday - Heffernan Choir 4:15-5:00; Dunlop Choir 4:30-6:00; Jones Choir & Heriot Choir 5:15-7:45

Suburb: Berwick

Rehearsal venue: Music Department, St Margarets School (enter from St Margarets Lane)

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Uniform lent by the choir for Senior Groups, rehearsal uniform (owned by choristers) for training choirs

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 3

Av. No. of Performances/year: 5 for training choirs, 10-15 for Jones/Heriot Choirs

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: In Melbourne: Huntingtower Auditorium, Olympic Torch Relay, RACV Country Club, St Johns Southgate, St James (Pakenham), Dandenong Town Hall, St Andrews (Brighton), Como House, Montsalvat, Rosanove Auditorium, Crown Casino, Berwick Anglican Church, Monash Religious Centre, Berwick Church of Christ, Berwick Performing Arts Centre, George Jenkins Theatre; On tour: Duomo, Durham Cathedral, Newcastle Conservatorium, Hobart City Hall

Examples of musical pieces performed: Sound The Trumpet (Purcell), Reel A Bouche (Dalglish), Hippity Hoppity (Kodaly), Hold Fast Your Dreams (Brunner), Laudate Dominum (Mozart), The Water of Tyne (Neaum), Blue Skies (Berlin/ Puddy), Water Under Snow Is Weary (Wessman), Dry Your Tears Afrika (Williams)

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

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Board of Management

Types of Committees: Sub-committees for fundraising, uniform, special events as required, other areas as required from time to time

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes

 

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