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Young Tasmania Sings – 2023 Registrations

Young Tasmania Sings Registrations

Mon 3 - Wed 5 July  |  School & Youth Choirs  | $280 per choir*

Information & Registration for Young Tasmania Sings Choirs

We bring youth choirs together in a co-operative, non-competitive performance environment

Registrations close 3 March 2023 

Young Tasmania Sings will once again be held in Hobart over two nights in the last week of Term 2.  Participating choirs will join to form two combined choirs who will perform across two evenings. Choirs will participate in two workshop/rehearsal days leading up to their performance.  Each group will perform on one of the two concert evenings. 

In 2023, our venue for both rehearsals and performance will be Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall.   The choirs will sing six songs under the direction of special guest conductors Paul Jarman (NSW) and Claire Preston (QLD), and two of the songs will be accompanied by the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra.  The remainder of each concert program will consist of items by some very special guest youth choirs from around Australia, and the TYO. 

Singers in the Young Tasmania Sings combined choir should be in years 5 to 8, with unchanged voices.

Meet the 2023 Guest Conductors

Paul Jarman

Paul Jarman is a frequent guest to the Festival of Voices as a composer, conductor, clinician, presenter and MC extraordinaire!  Over the years, the festival has commissioned and premiered several works written or co-written by Paul. He has touched the lives of thousands of festival goers with his boundless and infectious joy and enthusiasm for all things choral music.  

Paul is most well known as a lyricist and composer of choral music, a world music multi-instrumentalist, and a facilitator of community inspired collaborations. Paul has written over 200 commissioned works for ensembles, festivals and events including Gondwana Voices, Sydney Children’s Choir, Birralee Voices, The Song Company, Boston City Singers, Rafiki Youth Choir, The Australian Boy’s Choir, The Hunter singers, Department of Education, Woden Valley Youth Choir and many more. His unique blend of melody and timeless poetry celebrates the human endeavour and has captured the imagination of singers and audiences worldwide. He has been commissioned to write music about some of the most inspiring people of our time including Jessica Watson, Terry Fox, Helen Keller, Ernest Shackleton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Pemulwuy and Mary MacKillop among countless others. 

Claire Preston

Claire Preston has worked extensively in Australia and North America specialising in developing young singers.  She has been Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, accompanist for Canada’s foremost professional choir, Elmer Iseler Singers and was Co-Founder of the award winning, Exaudi Youth Choir.  

Claire returned to Australia as Head of Choral Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she commissioned and recorded Australian music and collaborated regularly with the VCA Orchestra.  

Claire maintains an active career as a choral conductor and is in demand as an adjudicator for choral festivals and eisteddfods including New Zealand Choral Federation The Big Sing; Festival of Voices, Australian Honours Ensemble Program and Voices of Birralee.  She has been a regular guest conductor at Gondwana National Choral School and is delighted to be conducting in the 2023 season! 

Claire is Head of Music at Redeemer Lutheran College and in 2020 was awarded a scholarship through the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute. In 2021, Claire was honoured to receive a Leadership Award from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. 

Festival of Voices was a great way to make friends and interact with new people. The conductor was super funny and the warm ups and activities we did were very beneficial and exciting.

NinaParticipant, Young Voices of Hobart

It was a really enjoyable experience, the songs were great, it was a great experience to be part of a professional performance with an audience of people who aren’t just our own parents!

AstridParticipant, The Friends’ School

I was uncontrollably smiling by the end.

EvelynParticipant, New Town Primary School

The Tasmania Sings concert has become an annual highlight for my choir since they first participated in 2018. Preparing them for this has been made easy with the learning tracks provided and the choice of music has always been great. The joy on the faces of my students when they're rehearsing and performing, serves as a strong reminder of why I love doing what I do.

Peter EddlestonMusic Teacher and Choir Director, Albuera Street Primary School

If you run a primary or middle school choir in Tasmania, I can highly recommend that you participate in “Young Tasmania Sings”. I don’t know of a better experience you could give your young choristers, not to mention providing a valuable PD opportunity for yourself. The FOV source leading choral conductors who are incredibly inspiring to watch, totally engaging for the kids and the showcase performance at the end will be one of those special events that you and your students will never forget!

Jillian NortonMusic Teacher and Choir Director, St Virgil’s College
Register online for Young Tasmania Sings

Registration Information

The registration fee is $280 per choir, which is a fully inclusive fee covering the purchase and licensing of repertoire, working with professional conductors and accompanist, hire of the Federation Concert Hall and much more. 

The fee also includes one registration for a staff member to our Professional Development Day on Saturday 1 July. 

Any cost of travel and accommodation will be at the expense of each participating group. 

Participating choirs will receive copies of the selected repertoire, along with audio files to help learn the songs.  This material will be circulated to registered choirs early in Term 1, 2023. 

Singers in the combined choir should be in years 5 to 8, with unchanged voices.

Registrations will close on Friday 3 March 2023, or once all places are filled, whichever is sooner. Register early to ensure a place for your choir.  We will endeavour to program each choir on their preferred night. 

Young Tasmania Sings is a rewarding, satisfying and memorable musical experience for young choristers. 

*A Booking Fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out. 

Key Dates

Key Dates 

Monday 3 July

9.45am – 2.00pm:  Combined groups workshop rehearsal 

Tuesday 4 July

9.45am – 2.00pm:  Group 1 Rehearsal

7.00pm – 8.30pm:  CONCERT Group 1 

Wednesday 5 July

9.45am – 2.00pm:  Group 2 Rehearsal
7.00pm – 8.30pm:  CONCERT Group 2 

Why participate in Young Tasmania Sings?

  • Young Tasmania Sings brings youth choirs together in a co-operative, non-competitive environment, including choirs from all school systems and community youth choirs. 
  • Young Tasmania Sings provides an opportunity for singers from grades 5 to 8 to work together with a visiting expert director and share the outcomes with family, friends and the wider community. 
  • Young Tasmania Sings creates the opportunity for young singers to perform with a full orchestra as an integral part of the program.  We welcome our partners The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra to work alongside participating choristers. 
  • Young Tasmania Sings demonstrates pathways for young singers through the inclusion of choral items by visiting guest choirs from around Australia.   

Accessibility Information

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.

Contact Information

Contact Kerry Bennett, Choral Producer at kerry@festivalofvoices.com 

Plan your trip

The festival is in a position to facilitate choirs in recommending the services of its accommodation and transport partners. Remember to reference Festival of Voices when booking. 

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