SYDNEY CHILDREN’S CHOIR
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, and Mrs Linda Hurley, Patrons
The Sydney Children’s Choir proudly represents Sydney as the most prestigious and well-known vocal program for young singers of school age. Founded as a single ensemble by Lyn Williams OAM in 1989, it now includes approximately 500 young people, comprising of performing choirs and training ensembles. They are instantly recognised for their crystal clear sound and known for their precision and discipline, developing through regular training a courageous and compelling performance style.
The singers are intimately connected to contemporary and traditional repertoire throughout their training. They are deeply engaged in the creation and presentation of new work at all levels of the program, through collaborations with emerging and established composers. The body of work created over the past 26 years for the Sydney Children’s Choir is now integral to Australian choral education, and has supported the development of many Australian composers.
Sydney Children’s Choir regularly collaborate with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other leading ensembles, with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Robertson and Vladimir Ashkenazy. They have performed for many high profile events including the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, World Youth Day, Sydney Festival and the Youtube Symphony Orchestra.
International tours of the choir have included Japan, Finland and China. In 2013, the choir undertook its 10th and longest tour to Europe, with performances at the prestigious choral festival, Polyfollia, in Normandy; Notre Dame, Paris; Palau de la Musica, Barcelona; and in London at Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2015 the choir toured to mainland China and Hong Kong.
Applications for Sydney Children’s Choir are now open for 2018. We welcome all enquiries of music-loving children who will be in years 1 – 6 in 2018. We can accept enquiries for teens in high school who have experience in choral singing or instrumental music, and ideally have begun studies in the theory of music. Choristers in high school will need to demonstrate appropriate aural and singing skills for their relevant age group within Sydney Children’s Choir. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to email us or call the Sydney Children’s Choir managers on 02 8274 7001 to discuss what is required.
JUNIOR VOCAL STREAM – CONSERVATORIUM HIGH SCHOOL
Gondwana Choirs is proud to partner with the Conservatorium High School in Sydney, offering a special stream for entry in Years 7 & 8. The Junior Vocal Stream, in collaboration with Sydney Children’s Choir, entails classroom music, expert vocal coaching, choral training and the performance opportunities, and commitments, that go with being a full member of Sydney Children’s Choir.
Applications are currently open. Visit the Conservatorium High School website for more information.
All arms of the organisation have performed at many corporate and ceremonial events, including most recently the reopening of the World War 1 exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the G20 Finance Ministers’ Summit and the Business Council of Australia Annual Dinner.
For booking enquiries, please contact Artistic Operations Manager Sam Allchurch via email or on 02 8274 7005.
Yes. As part of our training program, choristers have regular aural skill and music theory training. Choristers learn to read music in our Junior Training Choirs.
Sydney Children’s Choir comprises 23 training and performance ensembles for children in Years 1 through 12. Children in Years 1 and 2 are eligible for automatic placement into our Mini Singers Year One and Mini Singers Year 2 choirs. The size of these groups is purposefully kept small to encourage individuality within the friendly group. Mini Singers are taught songs and musical games that develop pitch, rhythm, concentration and co-ordination. Equally important is the focus on developing healthy vocal habits, which continues throughout the Sydney Children’s Choir experience.
Children who are in Years 3 and above must undergo a placement test in order that they can be placed in the choir most appropriate to their skill set. In a placement test, children sing one song, unaccompanied and from memory, that they have prepared at home. This song could be their favourite Christmas carol or something they know from school. They are then asked to complete a series of short exercises involving pitch, rhythm and reading. Additionally, if your child studies music, they may be asked to complete some short sight singing and theory exercises. Placement tests last no more than five minutes and are friendly and casual, allowing us to understand your child’s musical potential.
Placement tests for Sydney Children’s Choir> occur at least twice a year – at the end of terms 2 and 4. If places are still available, extra placement tests are held at the end of Term 1. If you would like to register your child to enrol in Sydney Children’s Choir please complete our Online Enquiry Form. If you have any questions about enrolment in Sydney Children’s Choir, please contact the SCC Manager Emma Barnett or on 02 8274 7001.
Most rehearsals occur at Hickson Road, Miller’s Point, between piers 3 and 4. Junior Performing Choirs rehearse at the Conservatorium High School, Macquarie St Sydney.
Rehearsal times depend entirely on your child’s placement test. Rehearsals for the youngest groups are held either on Saturdays or Wednesdays after school.Junior Performing Choirs rehearse on Wednesdays after school. Senior performing choirs rehearse on Thursday after school and Saturday afternoons. View timetable here
Sydney Children’s Choir is a not for profit arts organisation, which relies on membership fees in order to provide the highest quality musical education to choristers. Fees are payable for the whole year, either as a one-off payment in advance or in installments. 2017 fees.
Senior Training Choirs and both Junior and Senior Performing Choirs attend their own camp each year. Camps are held next to the Lane Cove National Park, at Uniting Venues – Naamaroo. Dates for camps are shared with choristers with their SCC offer.
Yes. Choristers in year 4 and above begin studying music theory formally with the Australian Music Examinations board. Sight singing and musicianship are also part of each choristers training. Resources that are used include Blitz Books by Samantha Coates, Sight Singing School by Mark O’Leary, and online programs.
Choristers will generally have at least one performance or event at the end of each term. More performance opportunities occur as choristers get older.