A Few More Words......

... of encouragement

You are never too young, or too old, to start singing!

Music is a wonderful form of art that all can enjoy, and making music is simply magical, especially with others. If you've never tried singing in a choir, perhaps now is the time to start. There are choirs in Melbourne with a wide range of musical standards, ranging from groups who regularly perform with a very high artistic standard in Melbourne's premiere concert venues, to groups whose main purpose is to create a welcoming social and non-threatening environment in which to explore songs. This Guide aims to cover both ends of the choral spectrum, and what's in-between.

If you can read music, that's a great bonus, as you can explore the written music of thousands of composers. If you can't read music, however, don't let that stop you from having a go, as many singers learn their music by ear.

Hopefully, this Guide will help you locate the choirs or vocal ensembles which meet your musical needs.


... of explanation

Some of the terms used to describe aspects of the choirs may require some explanation :

· "SATB" indicates that a choir sings in 4-part harmony, consisting of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass.

· "n/a" indicates that the information is either not applicable or not available.

· Some choirs maintain a minimum attendance policy, requiring members to attend a minimum number of rehearsals for adequate performance preparation, and/or to be available for particular performances.

· "Sight-reading ability" means that a person has the ability to sing a piece of music as they read it for the first time.

· Some choirs present not just one, but multiple performances of particular concert programs, so the Guide indicates the average number of concert programs and performances presented per year.

· Where hiring fees are indicated to apply for borrowed music, they have not been specified, since they would depend (for example) on the quantity of music borrowed. Instead, the interested reader is invited to contact the particular choir for further details.


... and of thanks

Many people have been responsible for this Guide being possible. The Editor would like to express ...

thanks to staff at Deakin University, for their encouragement and support of this project in 1999-2000;

heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the choir representatives who have agreed to participate and taken the time to supply the information you can now access in this Guide - without them and their assistance, this Guide would not have been possible.

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