Mini Singers Year 1
Choristers must be at least 6 years old and in Year 1 at school. Choristers will remain in these groups for 1 year, then (in most cases) automatically progress to Mini Singers Year 2. We use songs and games to develop concentration as well as pitch and rhythm skills. No placement test is required.
Mini Singers Year 2
Choristers are in Year 2 at school. Choristers in these groups rapidly extend the skills developed in Mini Singers Year 1, learning to sing rounds and more complicated unison works. A basic knowledge of score reading is also introduced. No placement test is required.
Junior Training Choirs
Ruth McCall and Ben Van Tienen Choirs
Choristers are typically in Year 3 at school. Numbers are deliberately kept small so that choristers receive both the time and focus they need to improve skills in pitch matching, diction, rhythm and music reading.
Intermediate Training Choirs
Joseph Twist, Sally Whitwell, Michael Atherton, & Paul Stanhope Choirs
These groups are typically for children in Year 4 and 5 at school. Choristers focus on developing their aural and sight singing skills, whilst learning to create a more refined choral tone. All choristers study music theory and sight-singing both at home and in a weekly class as part of their weekly SCC rehearsal. The Intermediate Training Choirs also attend their first weekend residential camp.
Advanced Training Choir
The Advanced Training Choir focuses on developing advanced choral and performance skills and a strong emphasis is placed on the development of part-singing, improving sight-singing skills and accepting both musical and general responsibility within the choir.
Junior Performing Choir
This choir is for children with exceptional musical aptitude who display an inherent enjoyment of choral singing and a real desire and enthusiasm to make music. It is an extension group for choristers aged 9-14 and rehearses twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Senior Performing Choirs
Senior Choir (The Sydney Children’s Choir)
Senior Choir is a treble choir of girls and unchanged boy’s voices and is the ensemble recognised in the professional musical community as representative of the Sydney Children’s Choir. The Senior Choir has a very strong reputation, both within Australia and internationally, for being a choir of exceptional standards that performs interesting and demanding repertoire. This reputation has been gained through the hard work and complete dedication of choristers. Therefore, choristers are expected to work on music at home and make a real commitment to attend every rehearsal.
Young Men’s Choir
The Young Men’s Choir is an ensemble for boys with changed and changing voices. Most of the choristers in this ensemble have already been part of SCC but we welcome any interested young men. As each voice changes in a different way, we take care to guide choristers through this process. As the boys learn to use their new instruments, repertoire and performance opportunities are carefully matched to the ensemble.