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Are you a musical high achiever who wants to be a member of one of Australia’s most dynamic performing ensembles? The Australian Voices are now auditioning for Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses to join their 2016 concert season.
The Australian Voices are an ensemble of young Australian singers aged 17 to 35. They are committed to commissioning, performing, recording, touring and promoting the music of Australian composers to the highest international standards. Our singers come from many backgrounds - doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, teachers, police, nursing and more! Tertiary students, full-time workers and students who are in their final year of high school are encouraged to audition. Composers and music teachers are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should be able to read music, have a pleasant natural singing voice and a passion for excellence. Singers are selected from around Australia. Current members come from QLD, NSW, VIC and WA.
The Australian Voices are an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University.
Is there an age limit for The Australian Voices?
Singers must be between 17 and 35 years old and finished high school.
What level of commitment is required?
The Australian Voices is an internationally-respected ensemble and singers must commit to a schedule of rehearsal and touring. We rehearse in Brisbane on Monday nights from 6:30 to 9:30pm and attendance is expected at all rehearsals. For interstate members, individual arrangements are made to assist with learning music. We rehearse and perform all year round and attendance is negotiated in advance with the Artistic Director. In addition, The Australian Voices tours internationally each year and nationally a number of times. These tours are scheduled with university holidays in mind. We provide the year's schedule at the beginning of the year so singers can arrange holidays and work around these commitments. We have a number of members with full-time, professional work commitments and this can be taken into account with regard to the performance schedule.
What will I be expected to do in the audition?
1. Sing a simple song.
3. Sight singing
Does it matter if I'm not a trained singer?
No, we are looking for good musicians, but not necessarily trained singers.
How perfect should my sight reading and intervals be?
We expect singers to learn music on their own, and to be able to sight-read difficult music fluently.
How should I sing?
We will ask you to sing:
- with a clear, natural voice
- without vibrato
- well supported
- with accurate intonation
- blending with voices around you
Can I prepare?
There is not much you can do to prepare. We are looking for a particular type of person with excellent musical skills.
What is the interview about?
We want to hear that you are an informed and passionate musician, interested in learning and doing things differently.
How long does the audition last?
Most auditions last for 15 minutes.
What will happen after my audition?
After your audition, your application will be reviewed by the panel, and the result will be emailed to you within 7days.
Who runs the audition?
The audition is run by the Artistic Director and the Assistant Conductor.
If I am not accepted, can I reaudition?
Of course. We will supply you with feedback from the audition and you may wish to audition later having taken this feedback on board.
What if I'm from interstate?
There are members in The Australian Voices from all over the country. Interstaters are very good musicians who can learn quickly and effectively. If you are accepted, you need to learn all of the music from memory on your own. You'll also need to cover the cost of flights to Brisbane for rehearsals. This is about four times per year. The timing of your visits can be negotiated with the artistic director well in advance and is flexible depending on your financial situation and schedule.
Why does the ensemble sing Australian music?
The Australian Voices began in 1993 with a mission to develop Australian choral music and to show it to the world. This mission continues to inspire us. Australian music is something we can be proud of as a nation. It is a reflection of the diversity of people, landscapes and experiences and a celebration of our distinctive colours.
Should I audition?
Absolutely! If you love music and have good musicianship skills, we'd love to hear from you!