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.


Friday 25 June, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music

Perhaps Spain's most distinguished composer of the 20th Century, Manuel De Falla and his music have been hailed as giving voice to the very soul of Spain. In this first instalment of Luminescence's 2021 SoloSeries, mezzo-soprano and artistic director AJ America joins guitarist Minh Le Hoang to perform De Falla's most famous cycle of Spanish folk songs, as well as the poetry and songs by Falla's life-long friend, Frederico Garcia Lorca. 

This concert is generously supported by the Embassy of Spain in Australia.

Patrons are invited to join Luminescence Chamber Singers and the Embassy of Spain in Australia for a reception after the performance (7.30pm - 8.30pm).



AJ America, Mezzo Soprano
Minh Le Hoang, Guitar

Full program details please see: Upcoming Performances

AJ America



At Luminescence, we are working to build a top-tier professional vocal ensemble based right here in the nation’s capital, as well as youth programs of exceptional quality that open the door to the wonderful world of music and performance for Canberra’s finest young singers.

The audiences and supporters who share our vision and our ambition play a crucial role in ensuring Luminescence can keep the lights on, and continue to present you with music that moves, excites, and inspires. By giving to Luminescence this end of financial year, you invest in our vision, our artists, and our 2022 artistic program.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. All donations will be acknowledged on our website and in our 2022 programs.


28 June - 3 July


Luminescence Children’s Choir Holiday program is a 6-day workshop for young people aged 7 – 12 who love to sing.  There is no application or audition requirement for our holiday program – all young singers are welcome!

This 6-day program invites young singers to explore their voices, the magic of singing together, as well as the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Led by Artistic Director AJ America and members of Luminescence Children’s Choir, participants will explore a diverse range of choral repertoire, and learn about singing, musicianship and music theory through games and play. The workshop will culminate in a performance of Jill and Michael Gallina’s musical Of Mice and Mozart, which marries Mozart melodies with clever rhymes to tell the story of Mozart’s life from the perspective of the imaginary descendants of the mice who lived in the woodwork of Mozart’s house.


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