Luminescence Chamber Singers

Luminescence Chamber Singers

Luminescence Chamber Singers is Canberra's premier vocal ensemble, and the umbrella organisation for the Luminescence Children's Choir.


Singing is ancient, universal, and fundamental to human experience. It predates the development of spoken language, and there is no human culture that does not sing. Vocalisation is our vessel for the most basic and innate forms of human communication - a grunt, a howl, a cry of grief, or a shriek of laughter. Our voices were our first instruments, and have a unique capacity for story-telling through song.

Luminescence seeks to give voice to human experiences of all kinds, to uplift audiences, to champion the vocal arts, and nurture Canberra's creative life.


We sing on Ngunnawal country.

We acknowledge and celebrate the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather.

We recognise that modern Australia was built on the dispossession of First Nations peoples, that sovereignty was never ceded, and we acknowledge the ongoing struggles of First Nations peoples in dismantling the pervasive legacies of colonialism.

We pay our respect to elders past, present, and emerging.


Sunday 22 August, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley St, Acton 

Solitude and Silence. An exploration of the melancholy, creativity, and wild humour that arises from aloneness, through the lens of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs and the music of 20th and 21st century composers.



Veronica Milroy, soprano
Ella Luhtasaari, piano

Full program details please see: Upcoming Performances

Ella Luhtasaari

Luminescence Children's Choir: AUDITIONS

Tuesday 28 September
Ainslie Arts Centre

Applications are open now to join one of Canberra's most exciting programs for young musicians.

The Luminescence Children's Choir is an auditioned treble choir for singers aged 10 - 17.  In addition to a comprehensive music education program, the choir performs and tours widely, appearing regularly alongside professional musicians and at some of Canberra's largest public events. Recent highlights have included performances of Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols alongside acclaimed harpist Alice Giles, world premiere performances of 'We Are the Skywhales', in collaboration with the National Gallery of Australia and singer/songwriter Jess Green, and appearances in Chris Latham's Vietnam Requiem. Luminescence Children's Choir is conducted by director and founder, AJ America.

Singers who audition successfully in September will have the option of commencing with the choir in Term 4 for our Christmas season, or at the beginning of 2022. Our artistic staff will recommend the most appropriate start time in discussion with each family. 

Applications close 20 September.
If you would like to apply but cannot attend the audition day on 28 September, please submit an application form and we will arrange an alternative audition time. 

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Canberra International Music Festival 2017 Opening Gala. Photography: William Hall
Canberra International Music Festival 2017 Opening Gala. Photography: William Hall