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  1. 1. Acknowledgement of Country We would like to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, meet this evening and where we will sing in the future, the Wadawurrung People. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
  2. 2. Welcome •Why we are here tonight •What you’ll find out •Q&A •Other information
  3. 3. Who We are Introducing Ballarat Voices
  4. 4. Ballarat Voices … • is a new choral organisation • will develop students’ musical potential • extends students in school choirs • provides choir for students who don’t have a school choir • brings together children with a passion for singing from across the community • offers Ballarat children a chance to reconnect to others in the post- covid world
  5. 5. Aims and objectives • To provide high level choral tuition (performance skills, aural training and music reading) to children from Ballarat and region in a supportive, professional and friendly environment • To extend on the opportunities provided by our schools and help children to take the next steps in their musical journey • To promote good health and wellbeing and develop resilience through singing together • To build ongoing relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, gender, age, ability and financial status through our connections with school communities
  6. 6. Approach Singing is for everyone and everyone should sing because singing • improves mental health and well being • involves developing aural, music reading and performance skills • activates all parts of the brain at once • creates deep connections between people
  7. 7. Environment Physical • Rehearsing each week at the hub and in the Phoenix music room • Thanks to Phoenix for their generous support! Other important environmental factors • Child Safety: • all adults over 18 are required to have either teacher registration or a working with childrens check • members must wear their uniform, lanyard and name tag to rehearsals, • sign in and out protocols will be established for drop off and collection • All abilities space – no stairs, and all other needs will be considered – please talk to us! • First aid trained staff member, , medical form requested on signing up for BV • Covid Safe measures
  8. 8. Our Program Beginning with 1 choir for 2022, the inaugural Ballarat Voices includes: • students in Grade 4 to Year 8, approximately 9-15 years old • large group rehearsals and small tutorial group time within the sessions • aural, theory and musicianship training including the use of Mark O’Leary’s “Sight Singing School” resources • has a high staff to student ratio, providing individualised educational opportunities • A range of performance opportunities that demonstrate the groups progress We expect to offer a wider range of programs, including a training choir from the beginning of 2023.
  9. 9. Our Rehearsals Ballarat Voices rehearses each Wednesday during the school term. Rehearsals: • begin at 4.30pm • end at 5.45pm • take place at the Ballarat South Community Hub and Phoenix P-12 College Music rooms • must be attended every week (unless ill)
  10. 10. Our Staff • Highly regarded, professional musicians in their own right • Collective experience second to none in Ballarat • Highly trained and experienced educators • Understand the diversity of needs of children as learners and singers • Inspired by Ballarat’s young people and their capacity in the field of choral performance • Committed to engaging singers in the highest levels of musicianship possible • Have a passion for people, music and community
  11. 11. Mrs. Lyndell Allen Artistic Director Conductor BMus (ed) Uni Melb Churchill Fellow (Choral Conducting)
  12. 12. Ms. Brooke Johnson Director Conductor BMus BTeach Adelaide Estill Teacher
  13. 13. Ms. Wendy Rechenberg Accompanist MPVA (CSU) Dip. Fine Arts (Music) (VCA) A. Mus. A.
  14. 14. Sebastian Allen Tutor Gondwana NCS 2017-19 Member, Gondwana Chorale, 2022
  15. 15. Opportunities Connections, Collaboration, Community, Concerts
  16. 16. Connections • Post-covid connections are important • Meet others just like you • Social fun as well as working hard • One big team kicking goals together • Happy family • Loads of fun • Finding your tribe
  17. 17. Collaboration • Staff and Students • Working together and developing peer relationships • Local Composers to create New works • Hosting and visiting ‘like-minded’ choirs • Development of a strong parent support group
  18. 18. Community • Giving back • Performance opportunities • Chance to help others-visits to Retirement Villages, Schools, • Supporting and working with other musical groups; BSO, local bands and other choirs including the Ballarat Choral Society on larger projects Ballarat and further afield • Links with Gondwana • Choral Festivals • School support
  19. 19. Concerts Christmas Carols Local major events: Ballarat Show; Ballarat Heritage Festival; Begonia Festival etc Private Functions/Charity events Shared concerts with like-minded groups End of term/year informal concerts Tours - both state and interstate Botanical Gardens Concert Series Concerts
  20. 20. Expectations Ballarat Voices, Parents, Members
  21. 21. Ballarat Voices expects : Students to: • arrive on time and prepared for rehearsals • be respectful towards each other, staff members and parent helpers during rehearsals • be courageous when asked to learnnew things • make a commitment for the full of the year • miss rehearsal if they have cold or flu symptoms • ask for leave if going to be absent for a significant period Parents are: • respectful towards all staff members and the decisions they make • inform Ballarat Voices staff in a timely manner if their child is sick and unable to attend • make a strong commitment to assist their child to attend all choir rehearsals and concert dates • meet the financial commitment to Ballarat Voices, including membership and term fees
  22. 22. Students can expect: • to learn, work hard, try new things • that rehearsals will begin on time, be well organised and planned • to meet other students like them from across Ballarat • that they will work with a range of experts including guest conductors, composers and clinicians • to be treated with respect • To be challenged and supported through the musical experiences they are offered • to have fun!
  23. 23. Parents can expect: • Ballarat Voices to be inclusive of all students regardless of gender, cultural heritage, socio- economic situation, ability, or school • Ballarat Voices to communicate regularly and clearly with students, parents, family and the community • all rehearsal and concert dates to be published as soon as possible, no later that the start of each term • each child to improve their musicianship, confidence, singing and performances skills through weekly rehearsals • that their help will be requested from time to time • their child will be musically challenged but also supported during learning opportunities • that a range of performance opportunities will be provided
  24. 24. How do I join? Audition process, timeline, costs
  25. 25. Audition Process •Sign up for an audition at your choice of date and time •Students are asked to fill out their information sheet before the day of their audition and bring it with them •Parents wait outside the audition room and complete the parent information form •Students will sing a piece that they know and feel comfortable with. •Students will be supported to sing a variety of technical exercises and scales •The audition process will take approximately 10 minutes.
  26. 26. Who will be in the room? Inside the audition room will be Wendy – Accompanist Lyndell – B.V Conductor Brooke – B.V Conductor
  27. 27. What should I sing? • Sing something that you are comfortable with! Do I need a backing track? • Backing tracks and accompanists are not needed for your audition What if I muck up? • It doesn’t matter how many mistakes you make! We just want to hear your voice and see that you having a go.
  28. 28. After the Audition There will be limited spots in the first choir Parents will be contacted via email and informed if their child has been offered a spot in the Ballarat Voices Choir Feedback on the audition will be offered to all students who did not gain a spot in the first round
  29. 29. Timeline dates Review of all candiates and selection of inaugural voices Letters sent out to auditionees (all) First Rehearsal Term 3 Week 1 (13/7/22) Membership fee on acceptance of a position in Ballarat Voices. Term Fees due by the second rehearsal
  30. 30. Cost Commitment 1: Joining fee $120 • Once only (not annual) • Compulsory for every member • Due after the first rehearsal • a membership pack (see following slide)
  31. 31. Membership Pack inclusions Rehearsal Uniform - Polo Shirt Bag - backpack Drink Bottle Handbook Lanyard and ID Card Rehearsal Folder One time only Music Contribution Use of BV Performance Uniform “Sight Reading School” online Membership (1 year) Insurance (1 Year)
  32. 32. Cost Commitment 2: Term fee $180 Family discounts available • Due by the second rehearsal each term • Includes all large and small group tuition, use of all music and special rehearsal events • Payment plan available on request • Direct Debit • One cost based on an 8 week term (even when there are more weeks - no extra costs!) • Generous family discount for siblings
  33. 33. Q&A
  34. 34. What happens next? •Please come and chat with Brooke, Wendy, Sebastian •Ask any further questions you think of •Book an audition time with Lyndell •Contact us if you have any problems •See you at your audition!

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