School singers to attend Gondwana National Choral School
Seven students from government and non-government schools are set to attend the Gondwana National Choral School in January next year.
The participants are members of the NT Music School’s combined schools choir Singchronicity, and will undertake the two-week intensive music camp at the University of New South Wales.
NT Music School voice teacher Lyndsay Sealey said the selection followed August auditions that included performing an a capella song in a choral style, sight singing increasingly difficult pieces, and rigorous melody and harmony part holding tests.
“The students will be allocated to one of five Gondwana choirs — Juniors, Novus, Voices, Singers, Chorale — and each choir will focus on different music, including Indonesian dances, Taiko drumming, classical music, Australian choral music, Renaissance Consort singing, and the traditional music of Eastern Europe,” she said.
“Our students heading to Sydney have exceptional musicianship, including aural skills, sight singing, part holding, tuning, tone blending, and the ability to lead a section rather than following. They are highly valued members of their choral groups, with excellent communication skills, and continually push themselves to perform to a higher standard.
“Many of them have graduated from Singchronicity into Pure Note, the NT Music School’s advanced vocal ensemble, and they are expected to perform at Gondwana choir standards.
“Singchronicity has 70 choristers, and many are primary school age, so it’s great to have seniors returning from Gondwana with renewed confidence in their musical capabilities and leadership abilities.”
The attendees have been drawn from Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Taminmin College, Dripstone Middle School, Kormilda College and Nightcliff Middle School.
The Gondwana National Choral School runs from 8 to 21 January 2018, and ends with a public performance.
Singchronicity’s end of year choral showcase will be held on 17 November at Christ Church Cathedral, 2 Smith Street Darwin, beginning 6pm.
(Picture: Beat Festival choir, featuring Pure Note)