Information current as at JULY 2015



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Choir's Websites: Facebook page for Majellan Singers



Vision statement / Artistic goals: To provide an opportunity for women to develop their choral skills in a friendly and supportive environment; to perform at appropriate functions and events; to further members' and non-members' musical appreciation; to produce choral music at a high standard


Choir performs: Both accompanied & unaccompanied

Year Choir formed: 1990

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 15 Desired: 16-18

Musical Repertoire: The choir sings a wide variety of sacred and secular music, including spirituals, madrigals, and contemporary works

Musical Director: Bill Simmons

No. of years in current post: since 2012

Previous musical experience: Bill has extensive experience in music education, having been Director of Music at a number of schools in Melbourne; Bill is currently Choral Director at Caulfield Grammar School; other positions he has held include State Director of Music (Qld) and National Artistic Director with the Australian Youth Choir, Conductor with the Royal School of Church Music Summer School and the University of Queensland Kodaly Summer School; Bill has also been a workshop presenter at the Schools Outreach Program of both Musica Viva and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Bill has been an adjudicator at festivals and competitions, including the Royal South Street Eisteddfod; Bill has trained choirs for international groups both in Australia and overseas, working with many groups such as the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Mens Chorale, the English Chamber Singers, the Long Island Youth Orchestra, the Royal Ballet and the Vienna Boys Choir, for whom he has also guest conducted; Billís choral work has also included recording, radio and television appearances, television commercials and ceremonies at major cultural and sporting events both in Australia and overseas, such as the Davis Cup, the Australian Open, the AFL Grand Final, the Seven network's Good Friday Appeal, Christmas Carols with the Ten network, and Channel Nine's Carols by Candlelight; Bill is a member of the Australian National Choral Association and the Kodaly Music Educators Institute of Australia



Audition:Yes - sing a prepared piece; ear tests (approx Grade 4 AMEB)

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: No Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: $450 p.a.

Ability to read music: Essential

Sight-reading ability: Highly desirable



Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 1

Usual rehearsal night(s): Wednesday

Suburb: Ashburton

Rehearsal venue: Ashburton Uniting Church

Off-street parking: Yes



Performance Apparel: Black long-sleeved top, black slacks, black shoes, Choir scarf

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 4

Av. No. of Performances/year: 4

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Majellan Singers' annual concert at Armadale Uniting Church or similar venue; ANCA Community Choirs Choral Festivals; choral Eisteddfods such as Waverley and Boroondarra; performances at aged care facilities; choral@montsalvat in Eltham; Ashburton and Surrey Hills music festivals; Majellan Singers' Christmas Soiree; joint concerts with the Grainger Wind Symphony

Examples of musical pieces performed: Monteverdi motets (O Crux Benedicta; O Domine Jesu Christe; Surgens Jesus); Ave Maria (Holst); There is a Balm in Gilead (W Dawson); Away, thou shalt not love me (John Wilbye); In Winter Cold (William Byrd); To Be Sung on Water (Samuel Barber); Hvalite Gospoda s Nebes (D S Bortnianskii); Uluru Dreaming (Ruth Lee Martin); A Bunch of Thyme (Traditional arr. Michael Neum); I Canít Give you Anything But Love (Fields and McHugh arr. Kirby Shaw); Chindia (A dance at sunset) (Alexandru Pascanu); Natural Woman (Goffin, King and Wexler); Heaven Bound Train (Stephen Hatfield); Seal Lullaby (Whitacre); Fever (Davenport and Cooley); Fragile (Sting)

Touring: Negotiable



Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: The choir is incorporated and is run by an Executive comprising the Music Director, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Librarian and Treasurer

Types of Committees: Concert, Publicity



Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: Yes

Hiring fees apply: Yes



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