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Community

The choir performs musical events for the local community in Armidale and surrounding towns: for example, concerts, charitable functions, carols at Council Christmas celebrations.

The choir also runs conducting workshops for students, invites music students to perform as soloists and donates to the annual Armidale Eisteddfod.

New members always welcome.

The Joy of Song

Our repertoire includes great choral works which are a joy to sing with a symphony orchestra. Singing in a choir builds friendships and improves both physical and mental health.  Research has shown that it releases endomorphins and increases cytokines (proteins that boost the bodyʼs ability to fight illness).  It reduces stress hormones, increases lung capacity and stimulates memory.

It mediates fast social bonding and everyone should have a chance to cultivate their creative side.  Choral singing can be a great way to express yourself artistically.

Rehearsals always begin with warm-ups so that you receive help with your vocal technique and resources are provided to help you with your practice.

Full Rehearsal

The choir assembled for a full rehearsal with the orchestra

On Becoming a Member

No audition required though some singing experience is necessary.  Come for 2 weeks to try us out at no cost.

Fees

Membership/joining fee: $1
Annual subscription fee: $5
Rehearsal fee per 12 week term: $120 (concessions available)

At present 3 terms annually with no rehearsals during public school holidays.

Concerts usually include one major choral work with the Armidale Symphony Orchestra.

Rehearsals

Held weekly except during school holidays. 7.30-9pm Tuesdays. Current venue is Armidale Teachers’ College. As of August 2023 rehearsal venue will shift to Armidale Teachers’ College

Cnr. Mossman, Dangar and Faulkner Sts. Convenient parking.

Concert Attire

Black tops and slacks or trousers, black shoes.  Coloured ACS scarves provided.

Music Scores and Learning Tracks

Provided by the Society

What is expected of singers

  • Prompt arrival so seated and ready to sing at 7.30pm
  • Soft 2B pencil for marking scores
  • No talking during rehearsals
  • Practise between rehearsals is required using learning tracks, YouTube performances etc.
  • Apologies if unable to attend sent via text to the President

Become a Member

If you are interested in joining the choir, please provide your details below and someone will be in touch.  We encourage community participation and welcome all, with or without experience.

A Sample of Previous Performances

robert van gend

Guest Conductor

Robert is a violinist and violist who was inspired to pursue conducting by Sir Mark Elder while in the Australian Youth Orchestra, and has since conducted school and community orchestras.

He has been conducting choral ensembles for more than a decade and was trained in choral music by Bernard Kirkpatrick.