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Nerves On A Choir: My First Rehearsal

My first choir experience  

Sam Siddons

I had no idea what to expect heading into the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins for my first With One Voice choir. I had just landed a gig as an intern for Creativity Australia and assumed I’d be there in an ‘observational’ capacity. That assumption proved to be incorrect. I’d never sung in a choir before, let alone publicly, and was nervous about to be doing so.

As I stood awkwardly wondering what I had got myself into it was suggested I go and join the “boys”. The boys, or the bass section, consisted of six men all much older than me, yet some were years apart from one and other.  Summing up the situation I attempted to sneak into the back row unnoticed, but this close knit gang of basses weren’t about to just let anyone in. A tall older man turned and looked at me. He offered me his hand and joyfully asked “do you sing often?” “No, not really,” I said. He smiled before saying, “You have a voice. That’s a start”. (more…)

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You are warmly invited to be part of Creativity Australia’s With One Voice network. Depending on your needs, we can offer quick tips for success, a suite of resources and/or ongoing consultation.

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A choir is an amazing way to empower individuals and build supportive communities. With a good toolkit, you can help change the world… one voice at a time. (Plus, it’s just great fun!)

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CHECKLIST
Here are the key things you will need to build a successful choir. Our MyChoir resources will guide you step-by-step!

  • conductor
  • venue
  • supper
  • participants
  • performances
  • volunteers
  • local support
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Social inclusion and giving to others is central to the With One Voice program. To be part of our network, your choir must:

  • welcome all people
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The team from Benefit Geelong came to With One Voice Geelong’s rehearsal on Monday to award them with a grant! This grant will allow… [Read]

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“When I came to Australia I didn’t even know about community choirs, but then I found one and they became… [Read]

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