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Corporate Choir Challenge 2023

Corporate Choir Challenge

Registrations Open 2 December 2022  |  Professional Teams and Organisations  |  $1500 per choir

Continuing our mission to get workplaces singing!

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

The age-old practice of singing together has risen in popularity across teams around the world especially during Covid-19 when it became common practice to have video singalongs from home offices. We know that this form of musical connectivity improves productivity, sense of wellbeing, collegiality and job satisfaction.

Festival of Voices has brought people together through song since 2005. 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 at the Federation Concert Hall!

In 2023 we are offering 15 choirs the chance to earn the coveted title of Best Corporate Choir. There is a superb coaching program from our highly skilled Corporate Choir team led by Sarah Atkinson, plus individual and overall prizes on the night.

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Five Great Reasons Why Your Team Should Take Part!

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!

 

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 Tasmanians in need. 

Five Categories - Five Winners

  • Best Overall Choir
  • Audience Favourite Choir
  • Best Choralography
  • Best Costume
  • Best Debut Choir

Interested in donating a prize?

Want to donate a prize?

In 2022 the following organisations and businesses generously donated prizes:

· Frida’s Paint and Sip

· Hobart City Mission

· Federal Hotels

· House of Dance

In return we will offer

  • Official recognition across festival communications
  • Recognition on the night
  • Recognition on winning printed certificates
  • Complimentary tickets to the Challenge AND select program events during the festival

Coaching Information

We will help you and your choir learn some of the basic key choral ingredients; from figuring out your voice type, how to rehearse, warm ups right through to honing your “Choralography” and performance skills before you hit the Federation Concert Hall stage! We support you online and in person, to ensure you are well prepared. Coaching support is also supplied for your choral leader(s).

Sheet music and recorded rehearsal tracks are supplied when your song choice is confirmed. We release all the songs at once to all registered choirs, an accompanist is supplied for the competition but not for your individual rehearsals. But, your Vocal Coach will have an accompanist with them for your 2 allocated workplace rehearsals and for the rehearsals and performance on stage.

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. Who can topple “Habeus Chorus” in 2023?

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

For further information contact sarah.atkinson@festivalofvoices.com

Important Dates

  • March 23 2023 Song choices announced

  • April 3 2023 Deadline to submit song choices

  • April 24 2023 Rehearsals begin

Supporting Hobart City Mission

Over the last few years we have raised $18,000 supporting Hobart City Mission, our festival charity partner’s winter appeal, and we are pleased to continue our fundraising efforts in 2023 for this very worthwhile charity. Choirs will compete not only for the different categories and overall winner but for top spot on the fundraising ladder too!

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. 

Winners 2022

BEST CHOIR: The Tasmanian Law Society – “Habeus Chorus”

BEST CHORALOGRAPHY: Tourism Tasmania – “Tourhythm Jazzmania”

BEST COSTUME: University of Tasmania – “Unitunes”

BEST DEBUT: ABC News Team – “The Choruspondents”

BEST CHOIR: The Tasmanian Law Society – “Habeus Chorus”

BEST CHORALOGRAPHY: Tourism Tasmania – “Tourhythm Jazzmania”

BEST COSTUME: University of Tasmania – “Unitunes”

BEST DEBUT CHOIR: ABC News Team – “The Choruspondents”

Tourism Tasmania returned to the Corporate Choir Challenge in 2022 as Tour-Rhythm Jazzmania, aiming to step up our vocal skills, sing multi-part harmonies, and incorporate some wonderful choralography! What ensued was a beautiful journey of stepping out of our comfort zones, trying something new, and embracing our collective creativity. The vocal coaching from Festival of Voices provided an injection of creativity and pushed us to extend ourselves.
The overall experience brought us together as a unified voice, and performing was exhilarating. We can’t wait for 2023!

Tourism Tasmania

The Corporate Choir Challenge gave me a great opportunity to meet, talk, sing and laugh with co-workers I’d never really spoken to. Now I have a group of people that have a common interest and a story together that we share! A year on we still talk about our outrageously sparkly costumes, and plan for what we can work on for next year to make our singing and performance even better! The support from FOV was so invaluable to get our team on board with being a little silly and stepping out of your comfort zone together, a truly amazing feat. Thank you!

Federal Group

Absolutely Brilliant!

Out of my comfort zone and laughing till my sides ached – we had so much fun and felt like superstars for weeks to follow!

Corporate Choir gave us the opportunity to team build with different parts of the business and learn about ourselves and our colleagues in a unique way, and we’ve all kept in contact since!
I’ll definitely be placing my name down for the next challenge and advocating having so much fun and the joy of giving back to community at the same time!

Beacon Foundation
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