Luminescence Children’s Choir
The Luminescence Children's Choir came together for performances in September and December 2015, and became a permanent ensemble in July 2016. Over two years, Luminescence Children's Choir have performed at national institutions such Parliament House and appear regularly at the National Portrait Gallery and the High Court. The choir has also participated in multiple major performances with the Luminescence Chamber Singers and worked alongside acclaimed guest conductors such as Gordon Hamilton, Bengt-Olov Palmqvist and Dan Walker. In 2018, Luminescence Children's Choir toured to Hobart and Melbourne to participate in the Festival of Voices, where they collaborated with some of Australia's finest choirs, including the Sydney Children's Choir and Young Voices of Melbourne, and performed in Hobart's finest concert venues, including Federation Concert Hall and Hobart Town Hall. In 2019, Luminescence will tour to Sydney to participate in the Gondwana World Choral Festival, where they will perform alongside Gondwana Choirs at the Sydney Opera House, and sing with world-renowned ensembles such as the Toronto Children’s Chorus, The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, Riga Cathedral Girls Choir, La Cigale de Lyon, and the Boston Children’s Choir. In 2020, Luminescence will perform at the Canberra International Music Festival, and in 2021, will embark on their first international tour to Latvia, Finland and Estonia.
Luminescence Children's Choir choristers also have the opportunity to participate in Sight-Singing School, a four-tiered program designed to develop choristers' music literacy, theory and aural skills. Sight-Singing classes are offered to choristers at no additional cost.
Musicians aged 9+ can enrol in Sight-Singing School without participating in our Concert Choir. This can prepare young singers to audition for the Choir in coming years, or aid the musicianship, theory and aural skills of young instrumentalists.
Introduction to Sight-Singing
Mondays, 4.30 - 5.30pm
Tutor: AJ America
Introduction to Sight-Singing teaches basic musical literacy, including note names, intervals, keys and key signatures. In addition to developing a strong theoretical foundation for young musicians, this class places a strong focus on building confidence in simple sight-singing.
Saturdays, 1pm - 2pm
Tutor: Leanne McKean
In Sight-Singing 1, students build confidence sight-singing more complex melodies in major and minor keys as well as whole tone and chromatic tonalities, and a wider range of time signatures.
Saturdays, 2pm - 3pm
Tutor: Elsa Huber
In Sight-Singing 2, students are introduced to functional harmony, complex chords and intervals, and learn to sight-sing increasingly complex melodies including modal tonalities. They begin to explore more complicated syncopation and mixed metre.
Saturdays, 3 -4pm
Tutor: Patrick Baker
Sight-Singing 3 offers a real challenge for advanced young musicians. In this class, students learn to sight-sing in all modal tonalities, and grapple with complex chords as well as atonal melodies and pitch patterns, polyrhythms and complex syncopations.
Financial hardship should never be a barrier to music education. In order to ensure that all choristers with a passion for singing are able to participate in our programs, Luminescence offers a comprehensive bursary scheme. Donate to the Luminescence Children's Choir Bursary fund, and help foster self-confidence in young people, a love for music and life-long friendships by enabling young musicians experiencing financial hardship to sing with Luminescence.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I have to do in my audition?
Choristers will be asked to sing one song or an excerpt of a song lasting up to two minutes from memory. You may sing with or without live accompaniment (if required, applicants must provide their own accompanist).
Recorded accompaniment is not permitted.
You will also be asked to take a short aural test including melodic memory and sight-singing.
Concert Choir applicants should have a basic level of music literacy and some proficiency in Sight-Singing. Applicants who cannot read music are encouraged to apply for our Sight-Singing School and complete Introduction to Sight-Singing before they audition for the Concert Choir. We are looking for enthusiastic choristers, who are committed to the choir and willing to work hard. Applicants t0 Sight-Singing School aged 9 are not expected to have any proficiency in sight-singing and music-reading.
Where and when does the Luminescence Children's Choir rehearse?
The Luminescence Children's Choir rehearses from 4.30 - 6.45pm on Tuesday afternoons, at Ainslie Arts Centre. Choristers are expected to arrive at rehearsals between 4pm and 4.20pm. Luminescence Children's Choir members are also strongly encouraged to participate in Sight-Singing School (no additional cost).
How often does the Luminescence Children's Choir perform?
The choir is involved in at least one major performance each term, but sometimes much more! Often, we give repeat performances of the same repertoire during a term, and on tour, we perform nearly every day. During 2019, the choir performed a total of 14 concerts.
Are there costs associated with enrolment in the choir?
Luminescence is a not-for-profit arts organisation that relies on chorister and student participation fees to operate, and to provide high quality music education to choristers.
We understand that providing opportunities can be a strain on a family's budget, and are constantly striving to make the Luminescence Children's Choir accessible for all singers who have the necessary talent and passion. For that reason, we have a number of schemes in place to offer financial assistance to families, including payment plans, significant fee discounts for second (or more) siblings from the same family, and a limited number of bursaries. Bursaries are significantly reduced fees, awarded to exceptionally talented choristers who would otherwise be unable to participate in the program.