More information specifically about NCS 2019.
The choirs at National Choral School, which are made up of young singers from across Australia aged 10-25, have an increasingly flexible structure, making the most artistically rewarding projects possible. There are a mixture of treble and SATB choirs based on age and ability.
$1,550. The all-inclusive participation fee covers accommodation and meals on campus, excursions, ground transfers, music and tuition.Please note that return transport from each chorister’s home to Sydney airport at the beginning and end of the season and travel insurance are not included.
Who can apply
Our choirs cater for singers aged 10 – 25; girls and treble boys and changed and changing voices as well as the more mature voices of the older singers. The standard of musicianship is high but we recognise that everyone has skills in different areas and varying levels of choral experience.
The Gondwana Conducting Academy enables choral conductors to take their skills to the next level. Participants also observe the artistic team for National Choral School, comprising the finest choral conductors from across Australia, gaining a rare insight into a range of repertoire, technique and training for upper primary through to mature semi-professional singers.
A feature of the annual National Choral School is Gondwana Composer School which offers an inspiring and formative experience for emerging composers. Over two weeks, composers become immersed in the highly idiomatic nature of writing for voices and vocal ensembles.
Leading Australian composer Dr Paul Stanhope once again shares his knowledge in this area guiding an intensive first week of the Gondwana Composer School. Those who attend the School are mentored throughout the entire creative process, including composition, revision, rehearsal, workshopping, performance at in-house concerts and recording.
Annie Kwok takes over for the second week of Composer School and she leads a new element of the choral experience with a special cross-cultural project. Kwok’s passion and love of youth choral music has seen her works performed at festivals in Adelaide, Toowoomba, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. A music teacher, Kwok has also been Composer-in-Residence for Young Adelaide Voices and the Sydney Children’s Choir.
Gondwana National Choral School 2019 is held at the University of NSW and runs from 7 - 20 January.
Application closing date for Composer School is 24 September.
2019 Audition Dates
Saturday 25 August Canberra Perth Rockhampton Sydney
Sunday 26 August Adelaide Darwin Hobart Melbourne Newcastle Sydney
Saturday 1 September Armidale Sydney Toowoomba
Sunday 2 September Cairns Sydney
A/V auditions for choristers who cannot attend in-person auditions must be received by 27 August.
Application & Audition Information
Nationwide auditions will be held in August and September 2017 (please see dates above). Auditions will be granted for all applications received and the audition is designed to give applicants a chance to demonstrate their singing ability and other musical skills. Everyone has strengths in different areas and we recognise this fact in the audition process. We expect applicants’ skills to develop from year to year and it is expected that older choristers will exhibit a higher standard of aural and sight singing skills.
AV Auditions are accepted from applicants from remote areas or those with a genuine clash with live auditions in their home town. Please select this option on the application form and we will send further details and instructions.
Please note that you will need to engage a facilitator (e.g. music teacher) to run and record the audition for you. Following your recording session you will need to upload your video to Google Drive, or send a thumb drive to the Gondwana Choirs office.
The final date for the receipt of all recorded auditions is 5pm, Monday 27 August 2018.
A non-refundable application fee of $50 (GST not applicable) is due with the submission of your application. Applications received without the application fee will not be reviewed.
All applicants (choristers, composer and conductors) will submit a recent headshot, the name and contact information for 1 referee, and a brief summary of their musical background (choral, instrumental, composing, conducting as applicable).
Composer School applicants are also asked to submit an example of their choral composition writing from the last 12 months to firstname.lastname@example.org
National Choirs Audition Preparation
Choristers will sing one song (preferably by an Australian composer) or an excerpt of a song lasting up to two minutes, from memory. Your song may be performed with or without live accompaniment (if required, applicants must provide their own accompanist). Recorded accompaniment is permitted for audio visual auditions only. Please do not sing a song you have sung previously to audition for Gondwana Choirs. You will also take an aural test including melodic memory, part-singing and sight-singing.
Successful applicants will be offered a position in the choir most suited to their voice type, age and musical development.
Please note: Composer School and Conducting Academy applicants do not need to attend an audition. Composers are required to submit a recent example of their choral composition writing.
Applicants are encouraged to utilise the following practice materials to prepare for their audition. These materials are based on last year’s audition, and will provide a good understanding of the process.
Practice Audition Materials-Treble Clef
Practice Audition Materials-Treble Clef-2
Practice Audition Materials-Bass Clef
Practice Audition Materials-Bass Clef-2
Venue - University of NSW
Gondwana Choirs partners with the University of New South Wales for National Choral School where participants are accommodated in the conveniently located and recently rebuilt Kensington Colleges, in modern single rooms with excellent recreational and catering facilities.
Ensembles will rehearse in a range of outstanding venues across the campus, all within a short walk of the centrally located accommodation.
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Gondwana Choirs is committed to ensuring access to its programs and strives to ensure that none of its participants are disadvantaged for financial reasons. Through the generous support of its private donors, Gondwana Choirs will provide a range of full and partial bursaries for National Choral School in 2018. These bursaries will support young musicians and their families who face financial hardship or circumstances that would otherwise prevent them from receiving the unparalleled choral training and personal and career development that the Gondwana Choirs program offers. Bursaries will be awarded in the form of a waiver or reduction in participation fees.
Applications may be made by either:
• A parent of a dependent student in Years K – 12 and Tertiary Study, or:
• An independent student aged 18 years of over