Territory choralists bound for Gondwana

A record number of Territory students have been chosen to participate in the Gondwana National Choral School, to be held at the University of New South Wales next year.

The seven attendees—selected after auditioning for the two weeks of intensive training—are members of Singchronicity, the NT Music School’s combined schools’ vocal ensemble.

NT Music School acting principal Bill Grose said the years 3 to 6 students qualified after a sight singing test, an a cappella performance, and a demonstration of “high pitch accuracy and aural skills, including chord and interval recognition and accuracy”.

“The students will work with renowned Australian composers and conductors to improve their musical skills, and will showcase their learning in a series of concerts at the end of the choral school, including the Opening of the Sydney Festival of Voices,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity to work with renowned Australian a cappella quartet The Idea of North, and Lyn Williams, Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people, and founder of the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices.”

Two of the Territory representatives—Emma Lester and Eilis Evans—are from Bees Creek Primary School, and principal Shona Henderson said their inclusion in the school is “an example of dedication to learning bringing great rewards".

The music school runs from 9 to 22 January 2017.

Students singing
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