THE KEYTONES CHOIR

THE KEYTONES CHOIR

Information current as at FEBRUARY 2013

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Rose Capp, President, (03) 9531 7034, Email: rosecapp@netspace.net.au

Maria Martin, Secretary, 0400 559 867, Email: maria.martin@live.com.au

Choir's Website: www.keytoneschoir.com

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: The Keytones Choir was originally formed as The Nurses Choir of Victoria in 1997 for nurses together to sing, have fun and debrief; the choir has developed significantly over its 15 year history, and in recent years has opened its membership to the general public; the choir now numbers 40+ members from diverse backgrounds and professions; while striving for an increasing level of professionalism, the choir's emphasis remains on having fun singing in a group; the KeyTones perform regularly in and around Melbourne and have participated in interstate festivals including The Festival of Voices in Tasmania

Voice type: SATB

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: 1997

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 40 Desired: 50 (max), currently recruiting tenors and basses only

Musical Repertoire: Everything from classical to modern, jazz, music theatre, gospel, traditional African arrangements, Broadway standards

Musical Director: Jane Murone

No. of years in current post: since 2004

Previous musical experience: Jane Murone completed her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the Australian Catholic University where she studied both piano and voice; during her university years, Jane studied conducting under Roger Heagney (OAM) and Dr Geoffrey Cox, and was a Choral Scholar with the Australian National Youth Performing Arts Group; other studies have included an Orff-Schulwerk program and various conducting seminars; since completing her degree, Jane has worked at a number of schools as a piano teacher and accompanist, and as a choral trainer for a wide range of choirs, including the Australian Children's Choir, and various school and community-based choirs, with participants ranging in age from 2 to 80 years; Jane is also involved with local amateur musical theatre and is a voice trainer and chorus leader in annual productions at St Gabriel's Theatre Group in Reservoir; Jane currently works privately as a piano teacher, choral conductor and accompanist; she was appointed Musical Director of the Keytones in March 2004 and finds the commitment and enthusiasm of the choir inspirational

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Sophie's Voice, Melbourne Boys' High School Singers, Australian Children's Choir, Trades Hall Choir, Arcapella, In Concert with Roma Waterman, Espero, Suara and Squawkestra

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: No - potential choir members should just have a desire to sing and a lively sense of humour!

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: No, but members are required to attend weekly rehearsals in the weeks leading up to a performance Concerts: No

Membership Fees: $80 per semester ($50 for unwaged/student members)

Ability to read music: Desirable, but not necessary

Sight-reading ability: Desirable, but not necessary

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Monday

Suburb: Fitzroy North

Rehearsal venue: Melbourne City Mission Chapel, 472 Nicholson St (cnr Church and Nicholson Sts)

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Ladies - long sleeved black top and long black skirt or pants; Gents - black shirt and black trousers

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 1

Av. No. of Performances/year: 6-10

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: St Georges Uniting Church (St Kilda East), Atheneum Theatre and Swanston Street Church of Christ (City), Sophia Mundi Steiner School (Abbotsford), Telstra Dome, Moonee Valley Racecourse, Hawthorn Town Hall, Northcote Town Hall, Daylesford Town Hall, Hobart Town Hall, Salamanca Arts Centre (Hobart)

Examples of musical pieces performed: Movies and Musicals, eg. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, This Joint is Jumping (Ain't Misbehavin'), Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffanys); This is the Moment (Jekyll and Hyde), Celtic, eg. Danny Boy, Riversong, May it Be; Blues/Roots/Gospel/Jazz, eg. Sentimental Journey, People Get Ready, Down to the River to Pray; Pop, eg. Sounds of Silence (Simon/Garfunkel), Goodnight, My Angel (Billy Joel), Californian Dreaming (Beach Boys); Classical, eg. Cantique de Jean Racine (Faure), The Heavens Are Telling (Haydn), Gloria (Vivaldi), The Children's Mass (Rutter), Lacrimosa (Mozart Requiem); Traditional African, eg. Siyahumba, Mangwani Mpulele

Touring: Yes - Interstate

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee of Management

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Potentially

Hiring fees apply: Potentially

 

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