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We are thrilled to bring you this fabulous array of interactive online musical courses presented on zoom . You may want to supercharge your aural and sight singing skills or learn about Historically Informed Performance Practice or try beatboxing, conducting, composing, Acehnese dancing or Songs from Broadway and many more. There is something for everyone and they are all presented by our leading Artistic team.
Browse the courses and pick your favourites from your age bracket. Everyone is welcome to enrol but class sizes are limited.

Start Date: week commencing 13 May 2020
Length: weekly over 8 weeks
Class Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: $156 per course +booking fees – only $19.50 per week

  • All class times are in Eastern Standard Time.
  • Download a pdf of the overall timetable.
  • Where a subject has multiple class times available they will be released in order only once the previous class is full. If all classes for a subject are full, a waitlist option will appear. Further classes may be added depending on demand, instructor availability and Gondwana Choirs discretion.
  • Each class requires a minimum number of students to go ahead. If that minimum fails to be reached all enrollees will be contacted and refunded directly.
  • If you have any questions about Gondwana Online please contact Georgia Ginnivan via email on georgia.ginnivan@gondwana.org.au
  • Gondwana Choirs is a Child Safe organisation. Read our policy here.
  • Gondwana Online is delivered via Slack and Zoom, and instructions will be sent on how to via email after purchase, with tech support available.
  • Successful participation in this interactive learning program requires reliable internet access.

Conducting for Choristers

with Lyn Williams


Class Time: Tuesdays 4.15pm-5pm (First class 19 May 2020), Tuesdays 5.15pm-6pm
Suitable Ages: 15-18
Lyn Williams will present an interactive course on the essentials of choral conducting and working with choirs at different levels. We will cover technical aspects including:
• Beat patterns and gestures,
• Staccato and legato beats
• Up beats and the anacrusis
• Dynamics
• Accents and syncopation
• Pauses, cueing
• Score preparation
• Rehearsal technique
• Repertoire
• Performance
• Working with an accompanist or with an orchestra
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About Lyn Williams AM

Since establishing the Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989, Lyn has completely transformed the choral landscape in Australia by harnessing the incredible musical and expressive power of young voices through her world-renowned children’s choirs: The Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices and the Gondwana Indigenous Choir. This has grown into the organisation, Gondwana Choirs, which puts the vocal power of young voices at the centre of its impressive and wide-reaching artistic program.
As a conductor, Lyn could have easily chosen to pursue a career working exclusively with the nation’s symphony orchestras. Instead, she forged her path to create the instrument of a children’s choir in Australia like no one had done before. Her approach was, and remains, premised on treating young people with complete respect as musicians. This is reciprocated by her singers being willing and able, through her choral training, to charter previously unknown artistic territory.
Lyn is in constant pursuit of the new and the exciting and draws interesting and meaningful connections between artists. In addition to her ongoing work with the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices, for the past ten years Lyn has been devoted to the creation and evolution of the Gondwana Indigenous Choir (GIC). Through Lyn’s support, the singers see choral music as an ideal vehicle for the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages and cultures. Lyn has developed strong relationships with Indigenous elders and cultural custodians across Australia and has brought together these cultural custodians with composers to create new works for the choir. This work would not be possible without Lyn’s artistic vision, cultural respect and integrity and this remarkable ensemble makes a unique contribution to Australia’s cultural life.
Recently, Lyn’s work with singer-songwriter Felix Riebl and the singers of Marliya (present and past members of the GIC) has resulted in the critically-acclaimed festival show Spinifex Gum, which has featured at almost every Australian arts festival, since its premiere at the Adelaide Festival in 2018. This work is political, challenging, and uplifting and evinces that our young Australians should be at the centre of our national discourse. Lyn conducts Marliya on their two albums – Spinifex Gum (2017) and Sisters (2019).
Lyn continues to maintain connections with professional orchestras as Music Director of several significant national events and as a trusted chorus master. She is frequently engaged to speak and lead workshops at international events such as Europa Cantat (2018) and Africa Cantat (2020).
Lyn’s choirs have shaped the course of thousands of lives, with alumni now performing in opera houses and concert halls across the world, completing ground-breaking medical research or as skilled and passionate leaders of non-profit organisations.
Lyn’s dedication and contribution to the Arts has been acknowledged on multiple occasions: with the Excellence by an Individual at the 2019 Art Music Awards; the Australia Council for the Arts’ prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 2017 for outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia in recognition of her lifework as founder and director of Gondwana Choirs; the Medal of the Order of Australia (2004); Member of the Order of Australia (2019). She is also a composer, winning the 2009 APRA-Australian Music Centre Vocal/Choral Work of the Year for her work A Flock of Stars.

What to Expect

Classical Solos and Duets

with Amandine Petit


Class Time: Tuesdays 5.15pm-6pm (First class 19 May 2020)
Suitable Ages: 10-14
Amandine’s favourite solos and duets from the Baroque and Classical repertoire. If you are a fan of beautiful melodies, inspiring harmonies, and want to enrich your knowledge of Baroque and Classical music, this elective is for you! A combination of solo arias to work on your vocal technique and duets to enrich and develop your choral expertise! Each song will come with a great piano accompaniment so that you will be able to practice at home.

About Amandine Petit

Amandine Petit completed a Masters degree in Musicology at the Université Marc Bloch and a Bachelor of Performance in Voice at the Conservatoire of Strasbourg (France) before moving to Australia in 2007. In France, she was a regular member of the Strasbourg Chamber Choir, the Choir of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the all-female vocal quartet, Sotto Voce. Since relocating to Sydney, Amandine has been in demand as a singing teacher and choral conductor. She is currently the Head of Training Choirs at Sydney Children’s Choir, choir conductor at Lycée Condorcet and International Grammar School where she also teaches voice. In 2017, she was Children’s Chorus Master for Opera Australia’s productions of King Roger (Szymanowski) and Tosca (Puccini).  She has conducted Junior Gondwana in 2018 and 2019. As a singer, Amandine sings regularly with the Sydney Chamber Choir and as a freelance soprano.

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Songs from Broadway

with Jordan Vassallo / Nicholas Gentile


Class Time: Tuesdays 6.15pm-7pm (First class 19 May 2020), Wednesdays 4pm-4.45pm
Suitable Ages: 10-14
Tread the boards of 42nd St and discover the magic of musical theatre. Musicals make us laugh and cry and have given us some of our favourite songs and choruses. Join theatre guru Jordan Vassallo to explore some classic Broadway hits and some less familiar numbers.
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About Jordan Vassallo

Jordan has been involved in many areas of the entertainment industry as a director, performer, master of ceremonies, producer, corporate performance coach and all-around theatre creative. Since studying at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA), Jordan has been fortunate to work across all genres from, musical theatre to music videos, TVC’s and event comparing.
As a multi-hyphenate Jordan has worked as a mentor for the Department of Education – Arts Unit, working specifically on the Solo Vocal Camp, the Drama Camp, PULSE and a Featured Artists Manager for 2017 and 2018 School Spectacular.
Jordan has directed for a number of Theatre companies across Sydney including, Packemin Productions, HMDS inc, Wenona, SMS, and Birdie Productions.  He has staged such titles as  High School Musical, Sweet Charity, Sweeney Todd, Joseph, and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Back to the ’80s, Mary Poppins, FAME, The Producers, Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Into the Woods and Mamma Mia.
Producing since 2015 Jordan has worked as Producer on Meet in the Sky (Filmclip), Annie, Calamity Jane, The Drowsey Chaperone, Pirates of Penzance, Oklahoma, Grease, and Into the Woods, also asAssociate Producer on Shrek- the Musical, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar for Packemin Productions.
In 2019, Jordan along with his wife Laura May Vassallo produced their first full-scale production under their company Bloom Creative Productions, Into the Woods starring 15 of Australia’s best musical theatre talent was performed at The Concourse Concert Hall in March 2019 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. Also in 2019 Bloom worked with the Department of Premier and Cabinet to produce a 500 strong community choir to perform at the 2019 Australia Day Celebrations in Sydney Harbour. In 2020 Bloom will be touring a School’s Incursion Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Laura May Vassallo.

About Nicholas Gentile

Nicholas Gentile has established himself as a fine talent in the music industry with shining testimonials concerning theatre, performance and composition. A proud graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Project, Nicholas has performed and studied around the world.
His BMM scholarship allowed Nicholas the opportunity to study conducting on the West End under Denise Ham and Colin Pettit on Les Miserables. In 2013, Nicholas travelled to Broadway through the Talent Development Project to work with composers such as Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, Godspell, Pippin) and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Aladdin), going on to perform in theatre venues around New York and Washington such as Don’t Tell Mamma and The Kennedy Centre. He was invited back as a student in the Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. Back home in Australia, Nicholas became the Chief conductor of the Sydney Girls Orchestra.
Nicholas was later invited back by the ASCAP Foundation, and has since participated in the development of new musicals as a performer and Musical Director under the direction of Stephen Schwartz.
Nicholas is the composer of La Creole, Together Apart, and a musical short film trilogy online (Identical, Devoted, Loving) starring Philip Quast. He has worked as a composer and orchestrator on various short films for international film festivals. Most recently Nicholas has been commissioned by Fine Music Australia to write a new Opera entitled Émile & Voltaire. His opera was developed in Italy in 2019 as part of the Puccini International Opera Composition Program and will premiere in Lucca, Italy in May 2020.
As a teacher Nicholas has designed the musical theatre curriculum for the Sydney Actors School and continues to teach musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music,  occasionally joining the staff at NIDA.

What to Expect

Aural Skills and Sight Singing

with Gondwana Choirs


Class Time: Level 1/2 Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:00pm, Thursdays 4:15pm-5:00pm
Class Time: Level 3/4 Tuesdays 5:15pm-6:00pm, Thursdays 5:15pm-6pm
Class Time: Level 5/6 Tuesdays 6:15pm-7:00pm, Saturdays 1:45pm-2:30pm
Class Time: Level 7/8 Tuesdays 6:15pm-7:00pm, Saturdays 12:30pm-3:15pm
(First class 19 May 2020)
Suitable Ages: 10-25
Much of your success as a young musician depends on your ability to hear and understand music accurately.  Gondwana’s developmental aural and sight singing course will assist you to recognise and reproduce pitches, intervals and rhythms as well expanding your melodic memory. It aims to assist you to sing a melody at sight from written music. In learning these skills you will be accelerating your ability to sing more complex choral music and super charging a possible musical career.
Use the self-assessment guide below to select your starting level. There will be flexibility to swap classes if you have not picked quite the right class for yourself.

Acehnese Songs & Dances – Beginner

with Suara Indonesia Dance


Class Time: Wednesdays 4.15pm-5pm (First class 13 May 2020)
Suitable Ages: 14-25
Acehnese song and dance has become an integral part of SCC / Gondwana repertoire over the past few years. Spectacular to watch and great fun to do, our friends from Suara will be teaching classes at 2 levels (beginners and experienced). Many of the songs are new to us. This can contribute to your fitness as well as your music in the week.
Anyone who has taken a Suara elective at Gondwana National Choral School before is considered experienced. Anyone else should enrol in the beginner class.
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About Suara Indonesia Dance

Suara Indonesia Dance Group presents an energetic mix of dance, body percussion and song unparalleled by any other performance group in Australia. With a blend of traditional and contemporary influences from their Indonesian heritage and Australian upbringing, Suara Indonesia Dance Group brings liveliness, originality and all-engaging performances to the stage every time. Prepare yourself to embark on a spectacular journey with this highly talented group as they share their story with you. Suara pushes the boundaries of popular culture, are engaging in fresh ways, and establish an authentic connection with audiences. Artistic director Alfira and choreographer Murtala preserve traditional and folkloric dances as well as create new works based on traditional movements. This dynamic duos’ traditional training has inspired the troupe to acknowledge the past as a way to comprehend and contribute to the present and future art form of dance.

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Acehnese Songs & Dances – Experienced

with Suara Indonesia Dance


Class Time: Wednesdays 5.15pm-6pm ( First class 13 May 2020)
Suitable Ages: 14-25
Acehnese song and dance has become an integral part of SCC / Gondwana repertoire over the past few years. Spectacular to watch and great fun to do, our friends from Suara will be teaching classes at 2 levels (beginners and experienced). Many of the songs are new to us. This can contribute to your fitness as well as your music in the week.
Anyone who has taken a Suara elective at Gondwana National Choral School before is considered experienced. Anyone else should enrol in the beginner class.

About Suara Indonesia Dance

Suara Indonesia Dance Group presents an energetic mix of dance, body percussion and song unparalleled by any other performance group in Australia. With a blend of traditional and contemporary influences from their Indonesian heritage and Australian upbringing, Suara Indonesia Dance Group brings liveliness, originality and all-engaging performances to the stage every time. Prepare yourself to embark on a spectacular journey with this highly talented group as they share their story with you. Suara pushes the boundaries of popular culture, are engaging in fresh ways, and establish an authentic connection with audiences. Artistic director Alfira and choreographer Murtala preserve traditional and folkloric dances as well as create new works based on traditional movements. This dynamic duos’ traditional training has inspired the troupe to acknowledge the past as a way to comprehend and contribute to the present and future art form of dance.

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Rhythms of the World

with Kerryn Joyce


Class Time: Saturdays 12.30pm-1.15pm (First class 16 May 2020), Saturdays 1.30pm-2.15pm
Suitable Ages: 10-14
In this 8-week series we will become familiar and fascinated with rhythm in space of time. Using our bodies as well as found objects, we will work on some of the fundamentals of rhythm as well as some basic polyrhythms. We will also delve into an exploration of rhythms of different cultures around the world including Indonesia, West Africa, Japan and those of our own home environment.
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About Kerryn Joyce

Kerryn joined Australia’s premier music ensemble Taikoz in 2001 and is regularly seen on stage as a taiko player, dancer, singer and shinobue player (Japanese side blown flute).
Kerryn’s highlights include premiering three Australian world premier concertos with Taikoz with three major Australia symphony orchestras: the Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras; also working with Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard on Kaidan: A Ghost Story and performing at Japan’s National Theatre as part of Eitetsu Hayashi’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.  She is also extremely excited about performing with the Musica Viva in schools program (approx. 20 years experience).
From 2008-2018, Kerryn was Taikoz’s Education Co-ordinator, establishing events and opportunities for school students to work with members of Taikoz.  She is a sought after performer and educator, taiko and percussion teacher and eisteddfod adjudicator.
Kerryn graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland, a Postgraduate Diploma from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and continues to extend her studies in Japan.

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Total Jazz Vocal

with Naomi Crellin


Class Time: Saturdays 12pm-12.45pm (First class 16 May 2020), Saturdays 1pm to 1.45pm
Suitable Ages: 15-25
Broaden your stylistic horizons with this jazz vocal elective. Taught by a vocalist who started her vocal journey in the classical realm before converting to jazz at university, Naomi will guide you through the technical and stylistic differences between the two mediums, focusing on some of the greatest jazz vocalists and jazz vocal groups. Learn new repertoire, be inducted into the foundations of jazz harmony, try your hand at scatting and perhaps even write your own jazz compositions. Jazz is a style of music with many rules, which are nearly all designed to be broken. Learn how to break them in a stylistically appropriate way, and liberate your voice in a fun, interesting and freeing environment.

About Naomi Crellin

Naomi graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice from the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide) and has been a member of many choirs, orchestras and ensembles throughout her career. In addition, Naomi has played a wide range of musical instruments including piano, cello and oboe. Beginning her vocal journey first in the Australian Girls’ Choir and then the Adelaide Girls Choir (now Young Adelaide Voices), she was a founding member of two vocal groups, wrote and arranged material for and produced albums for both groups and toured widely both within Australia and throughout Europe. She won the Young Australian Composer of the Year Award (1996) and Best Undergraduate Vocalist Award (2001) from the Elder Conservatorium. Naomi has also studied classical and jazz voice, conducting and jazz ballet, and has taught individual piano and vocal students, as well as directed many choirs and vocal ensembles. She is a much-sought after adjudicator and choral coach, both in Australia and internationally. After joining The Idea Of North in early 2002, Naomi quickly became a significant contributor to the group’s repertoire through her writing and arranging, and has been their Musical Director for many years. Her arranging skills are now renowned the world over, and she is regularly commissioned to arrange for other vocal groups both locally and internationally.

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HIPP Happenings – An Historically Informed Performance Practice Singing Course

with Anna Fraser


Class Time: Mondays 6.15pm-7pm (First class 18 May 2020), Thursdays 6.15-7pm
Suitable Ages: 15-25
HIPP Happenings is a comprehensive guide to Historically Informed Performance Practice for vocalists. This interactive singing course, supported by savvy vocal techniques and informative music theory, provides learning resources that encompass the Western traditions of vocalising from early chant practice to more contemporary vocal art forms. It will specifically focus on the exploration of more formalised vocal techniques of the Baroque period and aim to develop a sound classical performance technique for all participants to utilise in their own vocal performance. Many ancient sources of music are closely linked to the voice within theatrical representation, religious ceremony or oral traditions of folk music. HIPP Happenings presents an opportunity to study vocal music throughout the ages to better understand the historical development of vocal music, the nature of vocal expression and  the music of our own body. This course encourages active vocal participation. Weekly subjects of study include: HIPP Happenings (A Cappella Practices), Medieval Mash Ups, Renaissance Revelling, Folk Fancies, Baroque Bonanza, Tricks and Trills, and more!
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About Anna Fraser

Anna Fraser has gained a reputation as a versatile soprano specialising predominantly in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire. Anna is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and New England Conservatory (Boston) and furthered her studies in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program featuring as a soloist at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) under the direction of Richard Egarr and the late Antony Rolfe-Johnson. As a core ensemble member of the Song Company for over a decade, Anna has had the pleasure of performing in a myriad of traditional and exploratory programming expertly demonstrating the versatility and virtuosity of a cappella singing. Equally at home as a dramatist on the stage presenting opera and historically informed chamber music, Anna is a strong exponent in music education, particularly with Moorambilla Voices and Gondwana Choirs. Anna performs extensively with a number of Sydney’s professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera (since 2004 with notable roles in L’Orfeo, Dardanus, L’Ormindo, Castor et Pollux) and Cantillation; Sydney Chamber Opera (Dusapin’s Passion, Finsterer’s Biographica); Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Ironwood; The Acacia Quartet, Ensemble Offspring; Halcyon; Taikoz; Bach Akadamie Australia, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Salut! Baroque, Sydney Consort and Thoroughbass. Anna has collaborated with international ensembles such as period specialists The Wallfisch Band (Bach Unwrapped cantata programmes at Kings Place, London) and the New Zealand String Quartet (Adam Chamber Music Festival, NZ; Canberra International Music Festival).

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Beatboxing

with Connor Malanos


Class Time: Wednesdays 5.15pm-6pm (First class 13 May 2020), Thursdays 4.15pm-5pm
Suitable Ages: 10-14

Class Time: Wednesdays 6.15pm-7pm (First class 13 May 2020), Thursdays 5.15pm-6pm
Suitable Ages: 15-18

An introduction to the world of beatboxing – discover what’s involved, including:
• Technique Basics (How to learn a new sound)
• Beats and grooves of different genres (Sounds that fit the style)
• Standard Beatbox Notation (Transcription & writing for others)
• Building a routine (Beatbox composition)
• Foley Artistry/sound effects (Umbilical Brothers Style)
• Overtone singing (Why does it sound better in the bathroom?)
• Vocal Percussion for A Cappella (Real-world application)
• Looping (The huge potential of a 1-person-band)
• Multi-tracking a cover of a song (Virtual choir)

About Connor Malanos

A life-long vocalist and strong advocate for developing a wholistic approach to musicianship, Connor Malanos has been delivering beatboxing workshops for several years in Australia, for primary, secondary and tertiary students as well as accredited PDF workshops for teachers. Malanos finds beatboxing a fantastic tool to communicate complex musical concepts efficiently. It is a readily accessible way of demonstrating and performing a wide variety of sounds and the incredible diversity of tonal possibilities means that beatboxing can fit into a huge range of musical performance styles. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Connor Malanos has competed in the Sydney Championships, worked on production in other major beatboxing events, and is currently developing a documentary on ‘Beatbox Education’. In 2018, he recorded and produced an award-winning feature length documentary exploring the topic, and presented at the DAYTiME conference series in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, and Brisbane. In 2019 he beatboxed as a part of VIVID Sydney and in Chatswood, and at the beginning of 2020, he undertook a beatboxing tour in New Zealand to explore and help develop their local community scene, and to continue filming his documentary ‘Beatbox Education’.

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Soli Deo Gloria: Sacred Music Through the Ages

with Sam Allchurch


Class Time: Mondays 5.15pm-6pm (First class 18 May 2020), Thursdays 6.15pm-7pm
Suitable Ages: 15-25
The cantatas of Bach, the grand motets of Lully, the masses of Palestrina, the oratorios of Handel and Mendelssohn, the anthems of Vaughan Williams and Howells – explore the treasure trove of sacred choral music with Sam Allchurch. We’ll examine how the Reformation changed the way composers set text to music, how Palestrina came to be held up as the Prince of Music, and why Byrd’s masses were sung in secret, behind locked doors. The course will follow threads through countries, centuries and languages to understand the relationship between music and ideas. From well-known classics to obscure pieces, come to discover the stories behind some of the greatest music ever written.
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About Sam Allchurch

Recognised as a leading conductor of choirs in Australia, Sam Allchurch is Associate Artistic Director at Gondwana Choirs, where he works closely with Lyn Williams AM. He directs the Young Men’s Choir and works with Gondwana’s treble ensembles, having prepared them for performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia. Sam played a key role in presenting the Gondwana World Choral Festival in July 2019. In 2019, Sam Allchurch succeeded the late Richard Gill AO as Music Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir, and leads the ensemble in three subscription concerts incorporating music from the fifteenth century to today. In September 2018, Sam was appointed Director of Music of Christ Church St Laurence, where he conducts the choir which dates back to 1845. This choir sings music of the Anglican choral tradition within the services offered each week within the historic church, including high mass and choral evensong every Sunday and for festivals of the church’s year. Recent guest appearances include City Recital Hall’s Flash Mob Choir, Festival of Voices (2019) and the Combined Schools Music Festival (2017), Sam holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne and a Master in Music (Choral Studies) from the University of Cambridge. His studies in Cambridge with Geoffrey Webber and Stephen Layton were supported by a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Composing for Choirs

with Sally Whitwell


Class Time: Saturdays 3.30pm-4.30pm, Saturdays 10am-11am
Suitable Ages: 15-18
This course is designed for experienced choristers with a keen interest in composing for choirs. We’re going to focus in detail on choral composition technique through a variety of quick composition and song writing exercises, designed to get your creativity flowing. These are exercises that I use in my work as a professional composer, techniques I’ve arrived at by trial and error since I started composing just over a decade ago.
We’ll also be thinking a lot on why we compose, who we are composing for, what our work achieves in broader contexts. Every ensemble deserves to have the experience of working with composers on brand new works. It’s our job to make sure that the music we write for them fits their requirements, whilst also being expressively satisfying for all, composer, performer and audience. My hope is that by the end of this course, you will have an armoury of techniques and a bunch of ideas on which to draw. Then you can really start to build a repertoire of meaningful and compelling work to sing with all your excellent choir friends.
So, let’s get started. After all, you can’t edit a blank page.

About Sally Whitwell

Award-winning musician Sally Whitwell maintains a busy freelance career as pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. As a solo recording artist, Sally has four albums to her name. As a performer, she has recently appeared at the Perth International Arts Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, and in Los Angeles and New York City, performing the music of Phillip Glass with the composer present. Groups such as Gondwana Choirs, VOX, Moorambilla Voices, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Luminescence Children’s Choir, Hunter Singers and Woden Valley Youth Choir have performed Sally’s compositions.

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