ST FRANCIS YOUTH CHOIR

ST FRANCIS YOUTH CHOIR

Information current as at AUGUST 2016

 

CONTACT DETAILS

St Francis’ Church, 326 Lonsdale St, MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Rhys Arvidson, Musical Director, (03) 9639 4560 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: rhys.arvidson@blessedsacrament.com.au

Choir's Website: www.stfrancismelbourne.org.au/stfrancis/default.cfm?loadref=84#St_Francis__Choir; also www.facebook.com/stfrancisyouthchoir

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: To provide musical leadership for the 6pm Mass at St Francis' Church each first Sunday of the month from March – December; to provide opportunities for young people, including international students, to develop their singing and liturgical music experience in a friendly, supportive environment; to provide social activities for the group

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 2006

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 30 Desired: 34-36

Musical Repertoire: The choir sings a varied selection of liturgical music both traditional and contemporary; for concert performances they also perform secular music including jazz and pop

Musical Director: Rhys Arvidson

No. of years in current post: since 2013

Previous musical experience: Rhys Arvidson completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium majoring in Pipe Organ performance; during this time he served as an Organ Scholar at Christchurch Cathedral, Newcastle and sang in the Cathedral Choir; in addition to accompanying the Cathedral Choir, Rhys was Accompanist for the Conservatorium Choir, the University Choir, and was a member of the award-winning University of Newcastle Chamber Choir; after relocating to Melbourne in 2008, Rhys has been busy as a church organist, choral accompanist, chorister and instrumental teacher; he was a member of the St Patrick's Cathedral Singers 2008-09; Rhys has been an organist at St Francis' church since 2008 and was accompanist for the St Francis Youth Choir 2011-13; in 2013 Rhys became Director following the retirement of Marilyn Brown

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: St Francis' Choir, The Julian Singers, All Saints Youth Choir (Fitzroy), Melbourne Samoan Choir, ACU Student Choir

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - basic pitch-matching, etc

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes - 80% Concerts: Yes - 80%

Membership Fees: $20 p.a.

Ability to read music: Desirable

Sight-reading ability: Desirable

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday

Suburb: Melbourne CBD

Rehearsal venue: St Francis' Church Monastery Hall, 326 Lonsdale St (access via Little Lonsdale St)

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: All black, Women - a blue scarf (provided), Men - a blue tie (provided)

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 12

Av. No. of Performances/year: 12

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: 'Seasons of Love' Charity Concert (2015), Sacred Music Appreciation Night, All Saints (Fitzroy, annually), various Masses

Examples of musical pieces performed: Mass settings by Willcock, Proulx, Jenkins and Buc; pieces by Chilcott, Stopford, Rutter, Lauridsen

Touring: Yes - Melbourne Metro Area/Regional Victoria

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Committee with Manager, Secretary, Treasurer and several choir members

Types of Committees: as above

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes

 

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