1. Educational Objectives
The Sydney Children's Choir's Choral Training Program aims to develop skills in the following areas:
- choral singing
- music theory
- aural and sight-singing
- musical appreciation
- ensemble work
- artistic creativity
- artistic expression and style
- professionalism on and off stage touring
- dedication and commitment
- self-discipline & maturity
- personal awareness
2. Joining The Choir
Singers in school Years 1 and 2 are not required to take a placement test, but are instead placed in the Mini-Singers Choirs on a first come, first served basis. Please note that waiting lists apply for some choirs.
Choristers joining in school Year 3 or above need to take a simple, non-intimidating placement test to determine which of our choirs is appropriate for them. Placement tests are held several times throughout the year depending on the availability of places in the Choir. A fee of $15 is charged for sitting the test.
In addition, choristers’ progress is assessed throughout the year to determine whether they are still in the choir most appropriate to their skills and needs.
For information on how to apply, CLICK HERE
Saturday School is a busy day of rehearsals and classes held at The Wharf Rehearsal Room, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Millers Point. There is also a full timetable of music craft and theory classes, as well as sight-singing classes for senior choristers.
Whilst choristers in the Saturday choirs can expect to take part in open rehearsals, one minor and one major performance during the year, in general these choirs are training choirs. Developing their music theory skills and learning to sing in a choir, without the pressure of an upcoming performance, is the first vital part of training with the Sydney Children's Choir.
Choristers in school Years 1 and 2 each have their own special choirs called Mini-Singers. The size of these groups is kept deliberately small to encourage individuality within the group and so as not to be intimidating. Singers are taught songs and musical games to develop skills in pitch, rhythm, concentration and co-ordination, as well as learning how to use their voices properly.
4. Sydney Children's Choir's Weekday Choirs
The Senior Choir is the Sydney Children's Choir's main performing and touring choir. It has a reputation, both in Australia and internationally, as a choir of exceptional standard which performs interesting and demanding repertoire. Such a reputation is gained and maintained through the work and dedication of the choristers who rehearse every Thursday afternoon. It is exceptionally rare for new auditioning choristers to be directly offered a place in the Senior Choir.
Kats-Chernin Choir & Leek Choir
These choirs focus on developing the advanced choral and performance skills required for the performance of choral music at a high level. A strong emphasis is placed on the development of part-singing and sight-singing skills, and on assisting choristers in learning to work independently within the group. Choristers are expected to take a professional attitude towards their choral singing; therefore good behaviour and attendance at all rehearsals are required. These choirs increasingly represent the Sydney Children's Choir in public performances. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday afternoons.