Sydney Children’s Choir

 

Patrons His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley

Gondwana Choirs is the leader in Australian choral performance, shaping the Australian sound through the creation and presentation of innovative new work, and providing opportunities to all talented young Australians through world class training by leading artists.

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:

    1. Choral Singing
    2. Artistic expression and style
    3. Professionalism (on and off stage)
    4. Aural skills, music theory and sight singing
    5. Composition
    6. Movement

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

    1. Leadership
    2. Dedication, focus and commitment
    3. Self-discipline and maturity
    4. Increased self-awareness and self-confidence
    5. A love of singing and music
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. Conservatorium High School, Macquarie St, Sydney
    2. University of Notre Dame Australia, 128-140 Broadway, NSW 2007

 

Monday: Conservatorium High School
Wednesday: Conservatorium High School & University of Notre Dame
Thursday: Conservatorium High School
Saturday: University of Notre Dame

When are rehearsals?

Rehearsals are after school and throughout the day on Saturday.

Monday: Advanced Singers 4.30-6.30pm
Wednesday: Junior Performing Choir 4.30-6.30pm
Mini Singers 4.45-6.15pm
Thursday: Senior Choir & Young Men's Choir 4.15-6.45pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm (see schedule for more detailed times)

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.

2018 FEES (per full year)

Mini Singers: $970
Junior Training Choirs: $1075
Intermediate Training Choirs: $1300 + camp
Advanced Training Choir: $1360 + camp
Performing Choirs: $1360 + camp

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.