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Choirs

Who doesn’t love to sing? Singing is one of the most accessible and joyful ways in which we can make music together.

Our Choirs cover everything from contemporary to classical ensemble singing. Participants learn to sing in harmony, whatever the genre and to take part in performances throughout the year.

Our Children’s Choir for younger aged children is led by Kate Whitworth. Members will enjoy exploring different styles of singing and repertoire – in harmony of course!

High school-aged children can choose between our Contemporary Youth Chorus, the Melodettes or sign up for a small jazz vocal group (the Hummingbirds).

There is also our non-auditioned community choir the Conchords, and or the more experienced singer the WollCon Chamber Choir.

Our latest addition is our Friday Morning Singing Group, for seniors, people living with dementia, carers and for anyone else who just loves singing but may not feel confident, or who may need some support to attend.

The Programs below are loosely listed in order of typical age appropriateness, from younger to older.
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Children’s & Youth Choirs

DAY & TIME

Tuesday from 4pm-5pm (Children's Choir)
Tuesday from 5pm-6pm (High School Students Choir)
Starting Term 1 - 2024

AGE GROUP

Ages 7-12 (Children's Choir)
Aged 12 and over (High School Choir)

FEE

$212 per 9 week term

TEACHER

Kate Whitworth

Our Children’s Choir is for primary school students in Years 2-6 (generally aged between 7-12 years), and will focus on vocal tone, a developmental sight reading program and unison and part singing.
Our Choir for High School students (Years 7-12) will take the next step in vocal repertoire and performance.
ALSO – anyone enrolling in the High School Choir can also attend the Contemporary Youth Chorus for free.

Participants will experience a fun, engaging and uplifting environment as they explore a broad repertoire of original and known songs, suited to the vocal range of the students.

The choirs will perform locally throughout the year.

Application is by audition or invitation.

The Melodettes

DAY & TIME

Recommencing TERM 2 2024

AGE GROUP

Ages 12-16

FEE

$212 per 9 week term

TEACHER

Trish Delaney-Brown

With a focus on jazz, contemporary and music theatre repertoire our Melodettes enjoy:

  • exploring a wide range of vocal colours;
  • fine tuning their ability to hold a harmony;
  • improving their vocal awareness and technique;
  • building confidence when reading vocal charts;
  • improving their pitch and confidence, and
  • stretching their musicality across a number of styles.

The Melodettes is for 12-16 year olds who would like to sing with others in 2 part harmony, performing at public concerts and recording projects. Music is provided, along with access to practice tracks.

This is an un-auditioned group, but a trial lesson is recommended.

Recommencing late 2023
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST are welcome – please email [email protected]

Contemporary Youth Chorus

DAY & TIME

Thursday 4.45pm-6.00pm

AGE GROUP

Ages 13-17 or by invitation

FEE

$212 per 9 week term

TEACHER

Trish Delaney-Brown

CYC is for students of high school age (13-17 yrs) who are interested in smaller group 3 & 4 part singing. This group is a natural extension of the Melodettes program and provides more challenging materials across a range of contemporary styles.

Led by Trish Delaney-Brown (WollCon Head of Vocals; Award winning songwriter and certified Estill Master Trainer) the Contemporary Youth Chorus (CYC) is your vocal skills and group singing boot camp!

Want to develop your range, flexibility and stamina?
Increase your understanding of how the voice works? 
Be able to hold your own in harmony singing?
Get creative vocally?

Not just a singing ensemble, CYC will start each rehearsal with a Vocal Skills session – consider it your weekly training session at the voice gym – before launching into repertoire drawn from jazz, contemporary and music theatre genres, fine tuning performance skills as the weeks progress. 

CYC rehearsal schedule:
4:45-5:15pm Vocal Skills – technical training and exploration of voice mechanics.
5:15-6:00 pm Repertoire and performance skills. 

If you want to understand your voice better, have an interest in harmony singing, want a practical and creative outlet for your singing … then CYC is for you.

This is an un-auditioned group, but a trial lesson is recommended.

Small Group Vocal Jazz Combo (Hummingbirds)

For really small, close harmony group singing check out Jazz Vocal Combo in our Small Group Lessons.

The Conchords

DAY & TIME

Thursday 6.30pm-8pm

AGE GROUP

Ages 16+

FEE

$100 per 9 week term

LEADER

Trish Delaney-Brown

WollCon’s Community Choir The Conchords is a weekly dose of all the happy hormones that come from community, connection and joining together in song! The focus is on a positive rehearsal atmosphere that encourages each member to let their voice ring, and to feel comfortable stretching themselves across a range of material that embraces pop and gospel tunes to jazz, folk and musical theatre in a safe, supportive and joyful space.

The Conchords regularly perform at WollCon events and arrangements are provided along with practice tracks.

This is an un-auditioned community ensemble.

WollCon Chamber Choir

Following the success of the 2022 Wollongong Messiah Choir, participants are continuing as a large chamber choir lead by Hayden Barrington. The Choir will be for more experienced singers who enjoy singing classical choral repertoire, and choral arrangements of songs.  It is anticipated that the Choir will sing in performances in and around Wollongong as well as taking advantage of opportunities to join other larger performances.

The Choir meet on Thursday evenings between 6:30pm and 8:30pm at UOW.

If you would like to be considered for future positions, please email [email protected]

 

Friday Morning Singing Group

Our Friday Morning Singing Group (don’t worry another name is pending!) started early 2024 and quickly became a warm, friendly, fun morning of singing with others. We would love more people to join us!

This is a great chance for anyone who just loves singing but may not feel confident, or who may need some support to attend.

We sing with no pressure, just passion!

The cost is just $100 a term for you and your support person (if needed). This includes tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards.

To register your interest please email [email protected]

 

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“I love the ‘aha’ moments that students get when they realise what it feels like to work with the voice rather than against it – the world of expression that opens up for them.”

Trish Delany-Brown

Head of Voice | Tutor: Youth Theatre Circus