How can I join a choir?
No matter what age you are or what language you speak, singing offers opportunities to learn, grow, and express who you are.
Creativity Australia’s With One Voice movement is a network community choirs that bring together people from all faiths, cultures, ages, abilities, backgrounds and socio-economic situations. We currently have 22 choirs located across Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and regional Victoria, with over 600 choir members ranging in age from nine to 90 years old, and we are growing monthly!
The choirs are led by professional conductors and meet weekly, followed by supper. In addition to singing and eating together, the choirs also include an innovative Wish List program whereby choir members request and grant wishes to one another. Wishes can be anything that a choir member needs or has to offer, such as a free music lesson, assistance with learning a new language, writing a CV, finding a job, help with moving house, or computer tuition. To-date over 3000 wishes have been granted through our choirs.
Our choirs are always ready to welcome new members – you are warmly invited to share songs and supper with your local With One Voice choir! No singing experience is required and there are no auditions and no bookings – feel free to just come along and try it out.
Where is my nearest choir?
Please locate your nearest choir below:
Altona Meadows (VIC)
Ballarat (VIC) – launching in early 2019
Central Victoria (VIC) – launching March 2019
Ginninderry, Canberra (ACT)
Greater Dandenong (VIC)
Kingston Park, Adelaide (SA)
Perth (WA) – launching in early 2019
Redfern (NSW) – launching 1st April 2019
St Kilda (VIC)
How do I register?
If you are ready to join a choir, please download the complete the REGISTRATION FORM or ask your choir coordinator for a hard-copy. Once you’ve completed the form, either hand it back to your choir coordinator or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – easy!
What does my membership fee pay for?
Participation in a With One Voice choir is by a modest tax-deductible donation, which helps sponsor attendance for disadvantaged participants. Want to help change the tune for someone in need? Follow this link to Sponsor Someone. We have several different payment option plans ranging from $120 to $500 per year, so you can choose the one that works best for you.
Your membership contribution goes towards all sorts of things like music, professional conductors, venue hire, staffing, marketing and printing as well as all the boring bits like music licensing, public liability insurance and fees.
Most importantly though, your membership fees to towards supporting those in our choirs who need a little extra help from time to time.
As a movement of inclusive choirs, our first priority is to ensure that everyone is able to participate, regardless of whether or not they’re able to pay the membership contribution. If you cannot afford to contribute financially for your membership at this time, you are still welcome to become a member. We only ask that you reconsider if your circumstances change.
Creativity Australia is an approved NDIS provider, which means people living with a disability can claim NDIS funding to cover their choir membership contribution
What kind of music do the choirs sing?
The repertoire of songs varies from choir to choir, with every effort made to provide variety in genre and complexity. Old favourites mixed with catchy contemporary tunes ensure an enjoyable experience for all.
Performances! Are they compulsory?
On several occasions our choirs are invited to perform at events and functions, often in collaboration with other charities. Our choristers are encouraged to perform when thee opportunities arise as not only does it build confidence but it’s also a lot of fun! However, if you’re not quite ready to go public, there are lots of other ways you can get involved at concerts, such as volunteering, handing out flyers or selling tickets.
If you have an opportunity for our choir members to spread the joy of song, please contact us.
Neuroscience proves singing makes you healthier, happier, smarter and more creative. So, join us in song!
“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity, to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.”