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Corporate Choir Challenge

Corporate Choir Challenge

1 July 2022 Federation Concert Hall  |  Professional Teams and Organisations  |  Audience Tickets

WINNERS 2022

BEST CHOIR: The Tasmanian Law Society

BEST CHORALOGRAPHY: Tourism Tasmania

BEST COSTUME: University of Tasmania

BEST DEBUT: ABC News Team

Our Mission to get Workplaces Singing

 The Corporate Choir Challenge’s aim is to provide professional teams the opportunity to gather and rediscover the powerful benefits of group singing.

The age old practice of singing together has seen a rise in popularity across teams around the world and during Covid-19 it was common practice to have video singalongs from home offices. This form of musical connectivity is known to improve productivity, sense of wellbeing, collegiality and job satisfaction.

Festival of Voices are well versed in bringing people together through song. The Corporate Choir Challenge, piloted in 2019, rested in 2020, was relaunched in 2021 with enormous success. The 2021 winners were Habeas Chorus from the Tasmanian Law Society. Twelve choirs brought the house down at Federation Concert Hall with many participants discovering and rekindling their love of singing while strengthening relationships with colleagues through their shared experience.

The Corporate Choir Challenge is a combination of learning, development and performance, with all teaching and support provided by the festival. We invite your team/office/organisation or committee to create a choir, choose a song from our carefully curated selection, enrol in our coaching and rehearsal program (delivered by our dedicated choral coaches), and then present your song in front of the judges and a live audience on 1 July 2022 at the Federation Concert Hall!

What’s New in 2022

We will be increasing the opportunity for more choirs to participate this year, offering 15 choirs the chance to earn the coveted title of Best Corporate Choir. There will be more prizes, and a superb coaching program from our highly skilled Corporate Choir team led by Sarah Atkinson and Rachel Taylor Edwards.

Not only that we will be introducing three more categories;

  • Best Choralography
  • Best Costume
  • Best Debut – more chances to steal the limelight on the night!

Choirs will be asked to select their song at time of registration. You can select your top 3 choices and we will offer the first preference to the earliest registration. So – first in best dressed! A maximum of two choirs will be able to learn and sing the same song on the night.

 

Continued support for Hobart City Mission’s Winter Appeal

We are pleased to continue our fundraising efforts, supporting Hobart City Mission, our festival charity partner’s winter appeal. Choirs will compete not only for the different categories and overall winner but for top spot on the fundraising ladder.

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2022 REGISTRATIONS NOW CLOSED

Important Dates

  • Registrations open Friday 4 March 2022
  • Song choices will be available for selection on 30 March 2022
  • Registrations close on Friday 8 April 
  • Choir coaching and rehearsals begin 26 April 2022
  • Challenge takes place 1 July 2022

Who can register?

Any business can register to take part. We welcome office teams, government departments, frontline workers, tradies, councils, banks, politicians, hospitality workers, broadcasters, teachers – you can get creative and combine businesses. You need a minimum of 10 people to enter. We recommend no more than 30. Each choir also requires a Choir Leader who needs to be a natural organiser. A basic understanding of group singing is an advantage but we will provide the training required. Search out the singing champions at your work for a better chance of winning!

What to do next 

  1. Gather your Choir
  2. Proceed to registration process to pay fee
  3. Keep an eye on your email for communications from corporatechoir@festivalofvoices.com

Five Reasons Why Your Team Should Take Part

We’ve dug into the data from across the world; businesses who have encouraged and implemented staff choirs, have seen stronger employee recruitment and retention, enhanced employee engagement, increased teamwork and leadership skills. 

Registering for the Festival of Voices Corporate Choir Challenge is a really important step in looking after your collective health and wellbeing, while helping us raise funds for Tasmanian’s in need. 

1. Singing benefits your immune system by reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the Immunoglobin A antibody

2. It can forge social bonds in large groups and improves our broader social networks

3. It can enhance memory and improve mental health

4. It improves breathing, posture and muscle tension

5. Singing is 100% free!

But don’t take our word for it. Here is just a sample of the feedback we received from participants in 2021

As a large organisation, we don’t often have opportunities to get to know people in other areas of the business but we found a really diverse team of people put their hand up to be involved and in just over a month went from relative strangers to friends.”

“It was nice to have a positive reason to get together with colleagues we usually don’t work with. The singing and fundraising fostered a sense of community and pride amongst participants.”

“Staff and volunteers from all areas of the organisation were connecting, when we would not normally work together. There was lots of laughter and positivity, and I feel we have become much closer with the other people who were in the choir.”

“It made a significant improvement to members’ sense of connectedness, confidence and mental health at work – we have the stats to prove it too.”

Further Information

We will help you and your choir learn some of the basic key choral ingredients; from figuring out your voice type, to performance tips when you hit the Federation Concert Hall stage! We will meet online and in person, to ensure you are well prepared.

We’re here to help you find your individual and collective voice, sing your hearts out, and have lots of fun participating in what’s going to be a really fun, (ever-so-slightly) competitive choir challenge.

Sheet Music is supplied once you register, an accompanist is supplied for the competition but not for rehearsals. Our coach will accompany when she has her allocated time with you. Coaching support is also supplied for your choral leader.

So, get excited, convince your boss and register now! Your registration is all tax deductible 😉

For further information contact sarah.atkinson@festivalofvoices.com

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE 2023 CHALLENGE?

Email sarah.atkinson@festivalofvoices.com

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: 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 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.