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Training Ensembles

Creating a love of music and developing talent

The Australian Children’s Choir is made of 

Progression between choirs is based on their developing musical and performing abilities. Periodically staff will assess each young person’s development and readiness for progression to the next level. 

Junior Choir

Intermediate Choir

Reserve Choir

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Junior Choirs:

The ACC has two junior level choirs, (previously named “Melody” and “Harmony” choirs), and these two training choirs meet once a week on Saturday afternoons from 12noon to 1.30pm, and generally involve girls and boys aged 6 – 10. Whilst the groups rehearse and develop independently with their own tutor and accompanist, they do at times combine with other training ensembles or each other to give the children a “massed” choral experience, and also allow the children to make friends and develop socially with other children outside their own choir group.

Through a mixed curriculum which incorporates elements of Kodály music education, basic vocal pedagogy, an introduction to music theory, and musical games, the children learn basic techniques such as good posture and breathing, sight-reading and fundamental performance skills. They sing unison, and two – part repertoire in various languages, and work on developing a good tone and accurate intonation.

Whilst these groups present 2 to 4 public performances yearly, the emphasis is on fun and the children developing good musical and ensemble skills which will prepare them for the future. A highlight is participation in The ACCord Festival of Children’s Choirs, hosted by the ACC each year, which allows the children the opportunity to perform for and with children from other choirs from all over Melbourne.

Intermediate Choir:

The ACC’s Intermediate Choir meets once a week on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm, and provides training and performance opportunities for boys and girls aged 8 – 12, depending on the musical ability and experience of the child. The choir rehearses independently with their own conductor and accompanist, and at various times throughout the year they combine with other training ensembles and choirs to provide the children with the experience of being a part of a “massed” choir, and also allow the children to make friends and develop socially with other children outside their own choir group.

Occasional workshops and activities are also provided for the children which in recent years have included percussion, movement and theatre sports. Through a mixed curriculum which incorporates elements of Kodály music education, basic vocal pedagogy, aural training, music theory and performance practice, the children in the Intermediate Choir continue to develop techniques such as good posture and breathing, as well as sight-reading and performance skills and written music theory. They sing unison, two and three-part repertoire in various languages, and work on developing good tone and accurate intonation as well as improve their vocal range and music literacy skills. Repertoire performed includes music especially commissioned for the group by local composers.

The Intermediate Choir presents 3 to 5 public performances yearly, including participation in The ACCord Festival of Children’s Choirs, which allows the children the opportunity to perform for and with children from other choirs from all over Melbourne in front of a large and supportive audience.

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Reserve Choir:

The ACC’s Reserve Choir meets once a week on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm, and provides advanced training and performance opportunities for boys and girls aged 9 – 15, depending on the musical ability and experience of the child. The choir is made up of advanced training choir students, who are preparing for entry into The Australian Children’s Choir, and immediately prior to promotion, the children in the Reserve Choir may be invited to observe rehearsals on a Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm. One or two weekend music camps are also provided, where intensive rehearsal and individual auditioning can take place, and the children can get to know mentors in the senior choir and familiarise themselves with the older children.

The choir rehearses independently with their own conductor and accompanist, and at various times throughout the year they combine with other training ensembles and the Senior Choir to provide the children with the experience of being a part of a “massed” choir, and also allow the children to further develop friendships with children in the other ACC ensembles. Repertoire performed includes music especially commissioned for the group by local composers. Under the supervision of experienced staff the children work on aural training, vocal pedagogy, performance practice, as well as further developing their sight-reading skills and written music theory and literacy skills. They sing two, and three-part repertoire in various languages, and work on developing good tone and accurate intonation as well as improving their vocal range and power.

The Reserve Choir presents 4 to 6 public performances yearly, including participation in The ACCord Festival of Children’s Choirs, which allows the children the opportunity to perform for and with children from other choirs from all over Melbourne in front of a large and supportive audience. The Reserve Choir occasionally performs alongside the senior performing choir, and time in the Reserve Choir is the final preparation before children are invited to audition for entry into The Australian Children’s Choir as senior choristers.