NATIONAL BOYS CHOIR

NATIONAL BOYS CHOIR

Information current as at MARCH 2015

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Peter Casey, Artistic Director, (03) 9872 4480 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: office@nationalboyschoir.com.au

Choir's Website: www.nationalboyschoir.com.au

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: Committed to choral excellence, love of singing, life skills and leadership development

Voice type: All Male Singers - vocal production is based on the traditional European bel canto style

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: 1964

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 180 Desired:

Musical Repertoire: Wide variety from a capella to major works with Melbourne Symphony, also commissioned works and fully staged children's operas, musical comedy, art songs, folk songs

Musical Directors: Peter Casey and Philip Carmody

No. of years in current post: since 1988 and 1997 respectively

Previous musical experience:

Peter Casey - a graduate of Melbourne State College with a voice major, Peter sang with the Victoria State Opera Chorus and performed in many of their major productions; he understudied several roles and sang the role of Spoletta in a school's performance of Tosca; for Opera Australia he has performed in Lohengrin, Turandot, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Pelleas et Melisande, Beatrice and Benedick, and he was one of the Apprentices in The Meistersingers of Nuremberg; in concert he has sung as a soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Pierné's The Children's Crusade for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's choir for their performance of Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art at the Melbourne International Festival; Peter is an accomplished choral conductor, having studied with Robert Rosen, and he was appointed Music Director of the NBC in 1987; he has led the Choir on several overseas tours, including three concert tours of the United States, two tours of Japan, two tours of Europe and tours of New Zealand and China; Peter has prepared the Choir for many performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and directed the children's chorus in a performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony at the Exhibition Building in 2001; in 2010 he conducted the offstage boys chorus for performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, and in recent years he has prepared the boys chorus for the Lord of the Rings trilogy MSO concerts

Philip Carmody - is Director of Music at Melbourne Grammar School where he directs the Chapel Choir whose repertoire is drawn principally from the cathedral tradition; Philip has also directed the NBC on the soundtracks of Showtime's television adaptation of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet and Chris Lilley's Angry Boys and Ja'mie Private School Girl; Philip has twice been awarded the Music Theatre Guild's Musical Director of the Year - firstly for Whitehorse Music Theatre's Man of La Mancha in 1998, and CLOC's A Little Night Music in 2000; in 1999 he was Musical Director for Whitehorse's The Secret Garden, in 2004 Lés Miserables and in 2007 their season of Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Philip composed the score to the pantomime Aladdin, commissioned by The Catchment Players, which has been performed professionally; in 2010 Philip was guest conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Choir in a program of sacred a cappella works and the Duruflé Requiem; for a number of years he has been a guest presenter/conducting tutor at the ACCET (Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training) Summer School and is in frequent demand for workshops and adjudication; Philip is on the staff of organists at St Francis' Lonsdale Street

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Major works with Melbourne Symphony and Melbourne Chorale

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - generally at the age of 7 or 8, and possessing a good musical ear

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: Training Choirs $800 p.a.; Performing Choir $1400 p.a.

Ability to read music: Desirable

Sight-reading ability: Desirable

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 2

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday - Training Choirs; Friday and Monday Performing Choir

Suburb: Ringwood

Rehearsal venue: own venue

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Formal uniform, formal robe, Black and White formal, Rehearsal uniform

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 2

Av. No. of Performances/year: 20

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Melbourne Concert Hall, Robert Blackwood Hall

Examples of musical pieces performed: Gloria (Vivaldi) (with SATB men), works by Bach, Perosi, Mendelssohn, Mulholland, Stephen Leek

Touring: Yes - Regional Victoria/Interstate/Overseas

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Incorporated Association administered by a Board, Office Manager

Types of Committees: Fundraising, Library, Wardrobe, Transport, Staffing Assistance

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes

 

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