Sydney Children’s Choir

 

The Sydney Children’s Choir is highly regarded for its unique performance style. Our open and honest style of musical performance is a reflection of our particular rehearsal techniques and of our respect for the young people we work with. Children are placed into the choir we feel is most appropriate for their level of musical and personal maturity. We aim to make each child feel challenged and happy.

Our Choral Training Program is based on the core values of our organisation: excellence, professionalism, creativity, accessibility and community. With these values in mind, we strive to develop each chorister’s skills in the following areas:

  • Choral Singing
  • Artistic expression and style
  • Professionalism (on and off stage)
  • Aural skills, music theory and sight singing
  • Composition
  • Movement

The development of these skills through our Choral Training Program leads to a wide range of positive outcomes for each individual chorister, including:

  • Leadership
  • Dedication, focus and commitment
  • Self-discipline and maturity
  • Increased self-awareness and self-confidence
  • A love of singing and music

Mini Singers

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, Ben Van Tienen, and Alice Chance 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.

Our SCC Fairfield Choir is open to all children from year 3 upwards who love to sing. Children from Western Sydney will receive musical training in an instrument they all own – their voice!  The choir rehearses on Tuesdays after school and is conducted by Joanna Brooke and Suzanne Sherrington.

Our vision is that the diverse cultures of Western Sydney should be celebrated by local young singers. In addition to our conductors, the choir works with talented artists, such as acclaimed oud player Martin Al Somery to explore music from a wide variety of musical cultures in a respectful way.

Choristers from different ensembles of the Sydney Children’s Choir program will attend rehearsals from time to time, creating links through their shared repertoire and working together as a choir.

Through the support of the Crown Resort Foundation, this program is offered at no cost to choristers and their families.

Our dedicated Community Projects Coordinator is working to expand the choir by building connections with community organisations and schools. Please get in touch to find out more: community@gondwana.org.au

When can I join Sydney Children’s Choir?

Choristers usually join the choir program at the start of the year, with applications and placement tests occurring at the end of the year and start of the school year.
Special audition dates are held throughout the year for new choristers. The beginning of Term 3 is the latest point in the calendar year to join the program.

Is there an Audition to enrol In SCC?

Choristers in Year 1 and 2 at school receive automatic placement into SCC. Choristers in Year 3 and above at school are asked to attend a placement test to find a place in a choir best suited to their age and skill set.

Where are rehearsals?

Rehearsals are split between:

    1. St Stephens Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
    2. University of Notre Dame Australia, 128-140 Broadway, NSW 2007
How much does the choir cost?

Gondwana Choirs is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on grants the Create NSW, sponsorship, performance income and chorister participation fees. 2020 FEES (per full year) Mini Singers $985 Junior Training Choirs $1100 Intermediate Training Choirs $1325 (+ camp $275) Advanced Training Choir $1385 (+ camp $275) Performing Choirs $1385 (+ camp  $365) Payment plans are available. We happily accept Creative Kids Vouchers and offer a sibling discount of $50 for each sibling.

Will my child study music theory?

Music theory knowledge and sight-singing are important parts of becoming an excellent musician and we strive for excellence in all of our choirs, no matter their age. This knowledge, along with an ability to sing music at sight will greatly enhance the skill and depth of musical appreciation of young musicians. These skills enable our choristers to participate in performances at a professional level. In the Junior and Intermediate Training Choirs, music theory and sight-singing are an integrated into weekly rehearsals. For Senior Training and the Performing Choirs, dedicated theory and sight singing classes complement the weekly classes.

How often will my chorister perform?

Performance is an integral component to the Sydney Children's Choir program. Choristers in the junior levels perform at in-house concerts for family and friends regularly. As choristers advance through the program levels, performing opportunities increase to include public concerts at City Recital Hall, such as Voices of Angels, to collaborations with visiting choirs (for example, the Vienna Boys' Choir), professional ensembles (Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra) and international and national touring.

Gondwana Choirs is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on grants the NSW Government, sponsorship, performance income and chorister participation fees.

2020 FEES (per full year)
Mini Singers $985
Junior Training Choirs $1100
Intermediate Training Choirs $1325 (+ camp $275)
Advanced Training Choir $1385 (+ camp $275)
Performing Choirs $1385 (+ camp  $365)

Payment plans are available. We happily accept Creative Kids Vouchers and offer a sibling discount of $50 for each sibling.

BURSARIES

Through the support of generous parents, individuals and organisations, Gondwana Choirs is able to provide financial assistance to some families in need.

Bursaries are awarded at the beginning of each year and cover all or partial cost of semester fees. Please note that bursaries do not cover the cost of camps or SCC uniforms.

To be considered for a bursary, children must be accepted into Sydney Children’s Choir and parents can demonstrate the need for financial assistance for their child to attend the choir. Please ask the SCC Manager for more details.

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