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Choir Structure

The Melbourne Youth Chorale is made up of children and young people from five to twenty years of age. They are divided into two groups based on their stage and ability.

Dunlop

Wednesdays 4.45 - 6.15pm (the younger members finish at 5.30pm)

Children in our junior training choir are known as Dunlop. In this group, we focus on developing our choristers’ vocal technique, aural skills and music  literacy. Games and other musical activities based on the Kodaly method of music education form a large part of rehearsals. Dunlop begin to work on our Bronze level of Music Literacy and can audition for the Performing Choir when they have reached an appropriate level of skills and when there are vacancies in the Performing Choir.  The Dunlop choir is given several opportunities throughout the year to practice their performance skills with an audience joining the Jones Choir at Melbourne Youth Chorale concerts and citizenship ceremonies.

Jones

Wednesdays 5.00 - 7.00pm

Jones is our main performing choir and entry is at the discretion of the teaching staff. Members of Jones have advanced vocal, aural and music reading skills. In this group, we work to develop the young people’s vocal and musicianship and performance skills, equipping them with the tools required to be a well-rounded musician. Members participate in tutorial groups, progressing through a scheme consisting of Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Our annual camp/worjshop weekend is an essential part of our music education program for Jones members. Jones singers perform at a variety of events throughout the year including at festivals, competitions, community events, carol concerts as well as corporate and promotional events. The choir may be involved in national and international tour and recording of CDs.

Jones may be used as the compulsory ensemble component of VCE music studies.

 

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