Primary Concert Choir

Conductor - Katharine Finlayson

The ACT Instrumental Music Program is seeking students from Year 4 to Year 6 to audition for our vocal ensemble, the Primary Concert Choir (PCC). The PCC will rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 4.30pm till 5.30pm during school terms at the IMP in Kaleen. The Primary Concert Choir is conducted by Katharine Finlayson. The choir is an extension opportunity for students in ACT Education Directorate schools and it is expected that members of the PCC will also participate in the choir or vocal ensemble at their school if this opportunity is available.

The Primary Concert Choir will have several performance opportunities throughout the year and plenty of notice will be given for any performance commitments.

The choir is an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic and talented young singers to work together in a supportive and fun environment. Membership in the PCC is for one year. Students will be required to audition each year for the choir.

Students in the PCC will have the opportunity to develop their skills in musicianship, breathing, phrasing, vocal production and performance while learning a range of repertoire, including harmony parts. It is not necessary for members of the choir to be having private singing lessons.

During its first two years the choir has been invited to perform in high profile events such as the nationally televised Australia vs New Zealand Brumbies game, Parliament House Open Day, the National Eisteddfod, Step Into the Limelight, Wattle Day Citizenship Ceremony and IMP Concerts.

The PCC is a performance ensemble and the families of children auditioning will need to be prepared to make a strong commitment to rehearsal and performance attendance for the year.

The cost for membership in the PCC is $75. There will be an additional charge of about $22 for the PCC T Shirt and students will be required to wear black pants and black shoes for performances.

Audition Requirements

Students will be required to sing the National Anthem, “Advance Australia Fair” (one verse) as a solo and will be asked to sing several other well know songs eg.” Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in several keys to determine the range and tone of the student’s voice. The audition will also include several vocal and aural exercises to determine the student’s ability to pitch match, listen intently and sing a phrase as a harmony part. The purpose of the audition is to determine the student’s skill in intonation (in tune singing) and ability to maintain a harmony part. Much of the PCC repertoire is in two part harmony, occasionally three.  There is no requirement for students to prepare a special song for the audition.

During the audition, students will also be assessed in regard to their confidence, independence, focus, ability to follow instructions and performance readiness for high profile and pressured situations.

Primary Concert Choir info letter.doc (644kb) is here too

Queries - IMP on 02 6205 8265 or email

katharine.finlayson@ed.act.edu.au

Performance Dates

18th Aug 2017 - 19th Aug 2017
Choir Eisteddfod

22nd Aug 2017
PCC at Limelight

24th Aug 2017 - 25th Aug 2017
PCC at Limelight