Skip to main content

Pride Choir Workshop

Pride Choir Workshop

Fri 30 June - Sat 1 July  |  2-day workshop  | $235 / $205 concession*

Discover the power of music in this inclusive workshop experience with Sarah Penicka-Smith

Looking to find your voice? (aren’t we all!) Then this workshop is for you. In fact, this workshop is for everyone! We encourage folks of all genders and sexuality, experienced singers and absolute beginners to join us. If you or someone you know understands the power of singing for social justice and community – you are welcome!  

Come along to this two-day singing experience and share your journey through song in a joyful, inclusive community. No experience necessary! We’ll help you find your voice with songs that will demonstrate the power of music to break down walls and build community.  

Raise your voice alongside socially-engaged conductor Sarah Penicka-Smith.  During the workshop, the Pride Choir will rehearse for their inclusion in the Big Sing Bonfire event.  

Who knows where your voice may take you… 

Venue: The Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre and Federation Concert Hall 

Sarah Penicka-Smith

Versatile, perceptive, and a passionate advocate for music as a force for change, Sarah Penicka-Smith is a Western Sydney conductor with a socially-engaged arts practice, dedicated to giving a platform to artists whose voices are missing from the mainstage. Her positions include Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of River City Voices, and Associate Conductor for Willoughby Symphony. With her wife Melanie, she runs Pacific Pride Choir and the Lifehouse Volunteer Orchestra, and is developing an opera about soprano Yasmin Arkinstall, who lives with OCD. 

Workshop Suitability

Same Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning (SSAGQ), Gender Diverse (SSAGD), people of diverse gender and sexuality, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI), their friends, advocates and family. This is a wholly inclusive experience. No previous experience necessary. 

Workshop Fee

This fee will cover the cost of your music, festival accreditation and specially negotiated accommodation rates.  

*A Booking Fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out. All bookings are non-refundable. You can find the full Conditions of Sale here.

Accessibility Information

The Founders Room

Getting to the venue 

  • The Founders Room is on Level 3, 77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004 
  • accessible parking spaces are available outside ‘The Den’ on Salamanca Place. More accessible parks are located on Salamanca Place in a sectioned-off parking lot opposite the restaurant strip. 


Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues. 


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

  • The Founders Room is accessible on Level 3 via the lift located in the Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard. 
  • A ramp is present to provide access up 2 existing steps at the entrance to the Founders Room. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Salamanca Arts Centre.


Federation Concert Hall

Getting to the venue 

  • Federation Concert Hall is within Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 1 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • A drop off zone located at the front of Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, accessible from the far-right lane of Davey Street, just after Evans Street. 
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the Hotel Grand Chancellor carpark. To access this space, please drive into the drop-off zone and request valet park the car for you. More accessible parking can be found along Davey Street by turning into Dunn Place Carpark, on the right past Campbell Street, or turning into the Mures carpark, on the left past Campbell Street. 
  • Please follow this link for a virtual tour of the Federation Concert Hall Auditorium (titled Federation Plenary Hall). Please note that lighting designs will not be as featured in this tour at Festival of Voices events. 


Assistive Listening: info TBC 


Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues.


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

    • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
    • The Federation Concert Hall stalls are accessible from Ground level and the dress circle is accessible for wheelchair users via the lift at reception. 
    • Accessible bathrooms are available  

COVID – 19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a non-fixed seated venue. Seating will be positioned with sufficient space between participants. Please be mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully. 

Face Masks in 2023

Festival of Voices will continue to monitor the use of face masks and will seek advice from the Tasmanian Department of Health with updates provided to our participants and ticket holders.

Plan your trip

We are happy to recommend the following accomodation venues. Please reference Festival of Voices when booking.

Events and experiences are subject to change based on current health regulations.