Young Voices of Macedon seeks to provide quality music education for children in the context of choral singing. In particular, it aims to:
Encourage a love of group singing and quality music.
Guide young singers in developing vocal technique.
Provide training in music reading, part-singing, aural skills and general musicianship.
Introduce a wide range of music, particularly works from the classical tradition.
Assist choristers to develop vocal confidence and performance skills.
Offer a range of performance opportunities.
Provide an enjoyable social environment.
Our choir rehearses every Thursday during term time from 4.15 to 5.45 pm, with occasional weekend workshops. However during much of 2020 and 2021 the choir rehearsed using the Zoom platform due to state-wide and Greater Melbourne lockdowns, the latter preventing our Sunbury-based choristers from attended live rehearsals.
We have three groups:
The Vivo group comprises children from 5 to 8 years and those in need of assistance in developing security in pitch. The programme is largely Kodaly-based and includes musical games and action songs.
The Cantabile group is made up of children over the age of eight, and sings a wide-ranging repertoire from the classical tradition, musicals, folksong and music for church services. We enjoy singing commissioned works, arrangements by teachers and songs for special occasions. There is an emphasis on music in 2 and 3 parts. Some of our senior male choristers sing in the tenor range.
The Madrigali group is an auditioned group of older singers who learn and perform madrigals and advanced part songs. It occasionally meets for weekend rehearsals.
Each rehearsal commences with warm-ups involving the entire choir, after which children rehearse in separate groups.