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St Francis Choir
Link / Contact: www.stfrancischoir.org.au

St Johns Southgate
Link / Contact: stjohnssouthgate.com.au
St Johns Southgate is a place for worship, prayer and community in the Southbank area, located on the mezzanine level of the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, Melbourne.

Swiss & Italian Festa
Link / Contact: www.swissitalianfesta.com
The first Swiss/Italian Festa was staged in 1993 as a community initiative. It was designed to encourage and promote an annual event that celebrated the history, culture and lifestyle of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford with an emphasis on the region's Swiss and Italian heritage. Over a ten day period the people of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford show off to their neighbours and the wider community of Victoria, their pride in the strong links to the Swiss and Italian settlers of the district in the 1850's. The Festa also highlights the wide-ranging skills and diversity of the present community and the area s unique environment, still closely linked to "taking the waters" at the numerous mineral springs. The aim of the Festa is to arrange, encourage and promote a regular Festival celebrating History, Culture and Lifestyle in Hepburn Springs with an emphasis on the region's Swiss Italian Heritage. The theme of the Festa is supported by the community to acknowledge our history, celebrate our lifestyle and to nurture our cultural heritage for tomorrow. The Shire of Hepburn, the towns of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford and the townships and villages of the surrounding region are proud of their Swiss/Italian heritage, the people who came for the gold or to escape the political upheaval and persecution in their home regions and who stayed because this region reminded them so much of home. They created a distinctive architecture and culture, which is still clearly obvious throughout the Hepburn Shire. They hailed from the northern Italian areas of Piedmont, Lombardy , Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and the Duchies of Modena and Parma (before Italy even existed as a nation), as well as from neighbouring Italian speaking canton of Switzerland , Ticino . It is to them we owe the discovery and preservation of the mineral springs and spas which are the region's trademark, the early wineries, the early establishment of a multicultural community and the lifestyle which is reflected in so much of the district today. Every year the festa features a varied program that offers a wide spectrum of events for the local community, descendants of the early settlers and visitors to the region.

The Astra Chamber Music Society
Link / Contact: astramusic.org.au
The Astra Chamber Music Society is primarily a concert organization for choral music and contemporary performance, presenting an annual subscription season in Melbourne. Their further activities extend to publishing of scores and an Astra CD recording label.

The Australian Chamber Choir
Link / Contact: http://www.auschoir.org/
The Australian Chamber choir was founded by its current director, Douglas Lawrence in 2007. In July that year, the choir undertook a 20-concert tour of Europe to great acclaim: "There are days when something of heaven seems to touch the earth. Thank you for giving us just one of those such days" (Stefen Wegener, Presenter, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnisskirche Series, Berlin, July 14, 2007) "The Australian Chamber Choir inspired the audience with the finest choral music" (Ostfriesischer Kurier, July 19, 2007). Shortly after its return to Melbourne, Clive O'Connell described the choir's inaugural Australian performance in the Age: "choral work of the top rank, as lucidly articulated as you could desire, the bustling interweaving of eight lines coming across in this revealing acoustic with impressive purpose and intonational fidelity" (The Age, November 22, 2007). This meteoric rise to international success was largely due to the 24 years Douglas Lawrence worked as director of the Choir of Ormond College, University of Melbourne. In 1984, when Lawrence founded the Ormond College choir, it was the only university choir giving regular weekly performances. This choir provided a training ground for elite choral singers, and its talented young graduates went on to become the backbone of choirs such as Ensemble Gombert, Gloriana and several church choirs. Lawrence also provided a training ground for young conductors and emerging Australian composers, many of whom were given the opportunity to revise their work before repeat performances, both in Australia and throughout Europe. Lawrence undertook 11 international concert tours with the Ormond College choir and established a list of European engagements unmatched by any other Australian ensemble. The Australian Chamber Choir draws upon the large pool of elite singers trained during Lawrence's Ormond College years and is open to talented singers of all backgrounds. The performance of new Australian compositions in Europe and Australia has become a hallmark of the Australian Chamber Choir. In its short life the choir has already given 48 performances in Germany, Poland and Denmark, bringing attention and critical acclaim to the music of Australian composers: "The modern works; Lamentations (Hodgson) and ?O Magnum Mysterium" (Kristof) "all portrayed a highly-effective sonic magic" (General Anzeiger, Bonn, July 11, 2009) "Thanks to the expressiveness of the singing, Brenton Broadstock's "I had a dream" became a most beautiful experience" (Berlingste Tidende, Copenhagen, July 23, 2007). In addition to the concerts mentioned above, the ACC has produced a CD and made several ABC classic FM recordings. The choir has a special interest in the unaccompanied motets of JS Bach. "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" was described as "Bach vocal interpretation of high quality, with a bouncy energy and unwavering unanimity of pitch" in a review entitled "Sacred and Spine-Chilling" (Clive O'Connell, the Age, August 24, 2010). As part of a European tour in July 2011, the ACC gave a concert in St Thomaskirche, Leipzig, where Bach was director of music for 27 years. One of Bach's six motets was performed alongside Australian works by Philip Nunn and Ronald Nagorcka.

The Castlemaine State Festival
Link / Contact: castlemainefestival.com.au
The Castlemaine State Festival is a ten day explosion of the arts with a program packed full of extraordinary events. Audiences in excess of 50,000 flock to Castlemaine for this biennial festival, with Australian and international performers and companies mixing and mingling with regional communities and audiences, in a truly celebratory festival. Set amongst the unique central Victorian landscape, The Castlemaine State Festival is Victoria?s key regional arts festival and the premier arts event for Mount Alexander Shire.

The Consort of Melbourne
Link / Contact: theconsortofmelbourne.com
The Consort of Melbourne is a professional vocal ensemble founded in 2008 by Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Peter Tregear. Like the city of Melbourne itself, it was inspired by teh best European traditions, to which it brings a uniquely Australian freshness and vitality. The choir performs music ranging from 13th Century motets to collaboration with instrumental soloists and ensembles. The Consort gave its debut performance in September 2008 as part of Musica Viva Australia's Menage series. In 2009 it was invited to present a series of five concerts at the new Melbourne Recital Centre. The Consort of Melbourne's inaugural subscription series in 2010 includes three co-presentations with the Melbourne Recital Centre and three concerts in other Melbourne venues. The Consort is proud to offer programmes of vocal music performed to the highest standard, and is active in supporting the development of fine ensemble singing Victoria.

The Heidelberg Choral Society (HCS)
Link / Contact: hcs.asn.au
The Heidelberg Choral Society (HCS) was formed in 1920. Peter Bandy is the Artistic Director and Conductor. Peter was appointed in September 2010 replacing Matthew Toogood who has taken up a position in Germany. Peter was a guest conductor in 2010 for our performance of Mendelssohn's Saint Paul oratorio. Peter took up his appointment in February 2011. HCS performs classical sacred and secular choral works, as well as part songs, oratorios, operas and madrigals. Depending on music and available resources the choir sings both accompanied (piano, organ, orchestra) and unaccompanied. The choir is available for hire.

The Melbourne Chamber Choir
Link / Contact: fdsingers.com/melbourne-chamber-choir/
The Melbourne Chamber Choir is in its 29th year of performing choral music of excellence in Melbourne and beyond. During the years it has presented its own concert series in addition to performing with a variety of orchestras and choirs. The choir has many times performed with the Melbourne Symphony, and once with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Strings of Melbourne, the percussion ensemble Synergy, Orchestra Victoria and the Stonnnington Symphony Orchestra. It has given a concert with the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide both in Adelaide and Melbourne, has shared a concert with the choir of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament of Christchurch, New Zealand, and has been in concert with many Victorian choirs. It has been a guest choir at Victorian and interstate music festivals; and it took the lead in the massed choir for the Classical Spectacular, with the Melbourne Symphony, in Melbourne Park (Rod Laver Arena) in the year 2000. In 2008 the choir provided choral music used in the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Link / Contact: finearts-music.unimelb.edu.au/about-us/mcm
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, which is a division of the Faculty of the VCA and Music, has a distinguished history reaching back to the awarding of the first music degree at the University of Melbourne in 1879. It is the oldest and one of the largest music schools in Australia, with the largest cohort of international students. The Melbourne Conservatorium's goal is to be recognised as the most prestigious music school in the Asia?Pacific Rim region, providing first class music courses, teaching and learning informed by excellent resources and state-of-the-art technology, ample merit-based scholarships. Our gifted and selective student cohort are recruited nationally and internationally and pursue a diversity of viable and realistic vocational outcomes, contributing to and making a difference to the social fabric of Australian, Asian and Pacific Rim societies and communities. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music offers a particularly comprehensive range of programs, which are intimately informed by our internationally recognised research in music performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music therapy, and music psychology and education. The 3-year Bachelor of Music is the cornerstone of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music's undergraduate program, offering both depth and breadth. The undergraduate music program has the objective of producing graduates who are both thinking musicians and musical thinkers - people who will make a difference to our world by embracing and furthering the practice, understanding and appreciation of music, one of humankinds? greatest forms of communication. The BMus offers viable and exciting pathways into a specialised music-only Honours program and research higher degrees as well as professional coursework postgraduate degrees, including the professionally accredited degree of Master in Music Therapy and a proposed new degree, the Master of Music (Performance Teaching). The Graduate Programs at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music include a range of coursework music degrees, and the Conservatorium occupies a position of unrivalled national and regional excellence and leadership in research training in music. There is also a number of public programs, including short courses and professional development and community access programs for those interesting in studying music without committing to a full degree program. The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music also has an extensive public performance program of concerts, recitals and festivals. These events make up a core component of the education and development of a music student and provide and are an important forum for engagement with the wider community.

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