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Australian Youth Choir Showcase

Australian Youth Choir Showcase 

6 July 2022  |  10:00 AM  |  Federation Concert Hall  |  $5

SHOWCASING EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG VOICES!

Join us for our inaugural celebration of youth choirs!  Open to the public at a major concert venue, this event was designed with seniors and school groups in mind.  Be inspired by the diversity and energy from some of Australia’s top youth choirs. 

Timed to suit the older members of our community, we specifically invite senior citizens and their carers to take advantage of this specially priced showcase.    

School groups are welcome and will be allocated blocks of prime seating following receipt of their booking. 

Young Voices of Melbourne

Young Voices of Melbourne was founded by Mark O’Leary OAM in 1990, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s finest choral programs for young singers. Its choirs are admired for their passionate performances, engaging repertoire and outstanding Kodály based music education program (Sight Singing School) which is now used in over 50 countries. 

Mark O’Leary OAM, Artistic Director 

Mark O’Leary OAM has worked with choirs of all ages for nearly 40 years. He is the Director of Young Voices of Melbourne which he founded in 1990 and has been Gondwana Voices’ Chief Guest Conductor since its first season in 1997. He has been on more than 45 national and international tours and has made 18 Cd recordings with Young Voices of Melbourne, Gondwana Voices and Exaudi. He publishes choral music for young singers in the YVM Choral Series and is the creator of the Sight Singing School website and books. He is a Churchill Fellow, an Honorary Life Member of Kodály Australia and was awarded an OAM for services to choral music in 2018. 

 

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Young Adelaide Voices

Young Adelaide Voices is a unique South Australian Choir School, catering for young boys and girls aged 5 to 35. 

This community based, not-for-profit organisation provides a world class choral education and performing opportunities within a friendly, positive and non competitive environment. 

Each of the six YAV choirs represents a stage of choral education based on learning to use the voice correctly, using Kodaly principles relating to aural awareness, musical theory, and sight singing.  

 

Christie Anderson, Artistic Director 

Christie Anderson is a singer and award-winning conductor and Artistic Director of youth choir school Young Adelaide Voices.  She is a founding member of the EVE vocal trio and in 2022 Christie embarks on a further exciting creative challenge as the new Artistic Director of the multi-award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers.  Christie has sung, conducted and presented in many festivals in Australia and around the world.    

As Artistic Director of YAV, Christie has developed a Composer in Residence and Commissioning program, a choir for young men and the WATU Youth Choir Festival, which has been supporting young singers between the ages of 12-19 from South Australia and nationally since 2015.    

Nationally, Christie is a regular guest conductor at the Gondwana National Choral School and has been guest presenter across Australia, including Festival of Voices, Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs and the Darwin Festival.  She and Aurora have recently been the recipients of a National Indigenous Music Award for their recording of The Djari Project with Galpu songman Guwanbal Gurriwiwi and Netanela Mizrahi. 

Internationally, she has won awards in San Francisco and Bratislava including an award for “Best Conductor of the Festival” and has been guest presenter at the Vox Mundi Festival in Timisoara, Romania, discussing Australian music for children’s and youth choirs.  

Recent Adelaide Festival highlights include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with YAV as Fairy Chorus, and The Pulse, with Gravity and Other Myths and her women’s ensemble, Aurora in 2021.  Christie received accolades for her direction of Aurora in The Pulse and her 10-minute improvisational vocal “flight” which became a pivotal part of the show.  Christie has recently completed the critically acclaimed world premiere season as Musical Director and Conductor of newly commissioned work Watershed, The Drowning of Dr Duncan, for Adelaide Festival 2022, with Adelaide Chamber Singers and music by Joe Twist.  2022 Christie continues her work with YAV and ACS, including WATU 2022 with guest composer and presenter Paul Jarman.   

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Young Voices of Hobart

Young Voices of Hobart is a youth choir directed by Aaron Powell. Founded in 2019, Young Voices of Hobart provides a fun and inclusive choral program with a strong focus on music education and regular performance opportunities. 

Musical Director:  Aaron Powell
Aaron has been working as a musical director, accompanist, teacher and conductor for choirs, musicals and special events for 20 years. Holding a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Piano and a Bachelor of Teaching, Aaron has worked at a variety of schools including The Friends School, Hobart College, Rosny College, Elizabeth College, The Hutchins School, Taroona High School, and St Michael’s Collegiate. 

Notable productions he has been Musical Director for include the Tasmanian Premiere performances of The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Aaron was also the musical director for the Theatre Royal’s 175th Anniversary Concert, the Myer Hobart Christmas Carols, Sisongke, and The Australian Rosny Children’s Choir. 

In 2007, Aaron toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Hobart based soprano Allison Farrow, accompanying on piano for her show I’m a Stranger Here Myself. In 2008, Aaron sang as part of the backing choir for Michael Crawford at the Derwent Entertainment Centre. He has also worked with Kate Ceberano, Keith Potger (The Seekers), Damien Leith and many more notable performers. 

As a performer, Aaron currently sings with Deep South Chorus, the quartet Four d’Fiesta, and Hobart’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble ThylaSing of which he is also the founder and musical director. Aaron also trains and directs the UTAS A Cappella Club. 

Aaron has a wide range of original compositions and arrangements available for purchase online, and is high demand for custom musical arrangements and choral workshops in Hobart and interstate. 

 

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TYO Tasmanian Chorales

TYO Tasmanian Chorales is the space for young singers within Tasmanian Youth Orchestras (TYO). The chorales are for young singers aged five to 25 and have a strong focus on technique and choral skills whilst being a fun and engaging environment. The TYO Tasmanian Youth Chorale (ages 11-25) and the TYO Tasmanian Junior Chorale (ages 5-10) both have many performance opportunities throughout the year and can be seen and heard around Hobart and across Tasmania. TYO Chorales sing, perform and develop great vocal techniques and friendships – a true foundation to choral artistry!
Conductor: Quin Thomson
Quin (Helen) Thomson is a classically-trained soprano (MMus, University of Melbourne), musical director and composer. During an eight-year stint in the Netherlands, incorporating regular performances with such outfits as Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the Netherlands Bach Society, the Egidius College and the Netherlands Radio Choir, as well as the study of Sonology (or technology-aided composition and digital signal processing) at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, Helen attracted Australia Council funding for their debut CD, meditatio / xv, incorporating their own compositions based on Gregorian Chant and Zen Meditations, featuring Grand Master of Shakuhachi Riley Lee and a found sound electroacoustic ‘third voice’ of Quin’s own design.

In Australia, Quin has sung with the Song Company, the TSO, Festival of Voices, e21, La Compania, Ludovico’s Band, Van Diemen’s Band, and Baroque / New Work ensemble Sequenza. Quin’s compositions have received support from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council and their compositions formed part of QTas Choir’s ‘Queer Narratives: Story to Song’ and ‘ReachOut’ projects; Timeless, an extended song cycle for Sequenza, toured as part of Ten Days on the Island in 2017. A Tasmanian Requiem, a major work for brass and vocal ensemble, premiered to high critical acclaim in April 2018. Quin participated in Creative Partnerships Australia’s 2017 Match program in order to fund the purchase of instruments for Sequenza ensemble, as well as gaining a place at the inaugural TSO Louise Crossley orchestral conducting workshops in 2018.

Quin has also been known to play the hurdy-gurdy and improvise ‘Gaudete’ verses live on radio.

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Duration: 75 minutes

Accessibility Information

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:  

  • TBC 

 

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

 

Language is no barrier in enjoying this performance. 

 

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 at this venue. 

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 theatre-style seated venue. 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.