Luminescence Children’s Choir

"This group of young people were nothing short of brilliant".
Clinton White, Canberra CityNews
Wynton NPG

AJ America
Artistic Director and Founder
0401 770 130 (LCC)

The Luminescence Children's Choir is an auditioned treble choir for Canberra-based musicians aged 10-17. Conducted by AJ America, Luminescence Children's Choir is dedicated to excellence in performance and offers young singers holistic and high quality musical experiences and education.

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 embark on their first international tour to Latvia, Finland and Estonia. 

Luminescence choristers also have the opportunity to participate in Sight-Singing School. Sight-Singing School is a program designed to develop choristers' music literacy, theory and aural skills. Sight-Singing classes run on Saturday afternoons, separately from regular rehearsals, and are offered to choristers at no additional cost.

Children aged 8 -12 can enrol in LITTLE LUMI, our comprehensive singing, music theory and aural skills class, which runs on Monday afternoons (4.30 - 5.30pm). This class provides an introduction to musical literacy, and can provide singers with the skills they will need to successfully audition for our Concert Choir. There is no audition required for Little Lumi.





What do I have to do in my audition?

Auditions are only required for the Concert Choir. 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 Little Lumi - we can teach you! We are looking for enthusiastic choristers, who are committed to the choir and willing to work hard. Applicants aged 7-9 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.  During their first three years in the Concert Choir, choristers also undertake a three year sight-singing, aural skills and music theory course, which is taught on Saturday afternoons.

Little Lumi takes place from 4.30 - 5.30pm on Monday afternoons, at Ainslie Arts Centre. Choristers are expected to arrive punctually.  In addition to lots of singing, students in Little Lumi are introduced to music literacy, rehearsal etiquette and basic vocal technique during their rehearsals.

How often does the Luminescence Children's Choir perform?

Our Concert 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 Concert Choir will perform a total of 12 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.

International Children's Day at the National Portrait Gallery.
International Children's Day at the National Portrait Gallery.
Luminescence Children's Choir at Carols In the Court 2016, Photo: Peter Hislop
Luminescence Children's Choir at Carols In the Court 2016, Photo: Peter Hislop
Christmas with Luminescence