Luminescence Chamber Singers

Luminescence in Lockdown: Online Workshops

Luminescence Children's Choir in Lockdown is a three part series of online workshops.

Join our choristers, artistic staff, and guests for three weeks of fun, informative and interactive insights into a wide array of topics, including the history of music notation, the international phonetic alphabet, and how to sing in harmony all on your own!

There are no audition or application requirements to participate in these workshops - you do not have to have participated in past Luminescence programs. However, this workshop series is designed for singers and musicians aged 10 - 17 who have a basic understanding of western musical notation and are interested in vocal and choral music.

All sessions are held via zoom. Details will be emailed to you.

 

COST:  $20 per session or $50 for a 3 class pass
A discount is available for LCC Alumni. Please contact us at lcc@luminescence.org.au before you enrol to access this discount. 

Week 1 - Tuesday August 17, 4.30 - 5.30pm

A (VERY) ABRIDGED HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC NOTATION

Join Artistic Director AJ America on an odyssey through the ages, as we see the development of western musical notation from the 12th century until today.

Week 2 - Tuesday 24 August, 4.30 - 5.30pm

LOCKDOWN LOOPS

Join accomplished performer, arranger, and educator Alex Siegers through a harmony-building workshop, including the wonderful world of loop pedals. Lockdown is a perfect time to learn to sing in harmony with yourself!

Week 3 - Tuesday 31 August, 4.30 - 5.30pm

INTRODUCTION TO IPA FOR SINGERS

Collaborative pianist and répétiteur Ella Luhtasaari leads a crash course introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). As singers who like to explore music from all times and places and in many different languages, IPA is a crucial tool in helping us rehearse and perform music in languages we may not have a thorough understanding of or familiarity with. In this workshop we will look particularly at some musical examples in German, French, and Italian, including music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS

AJ AMERICA

AJ is a performer, conductor and creative producer. She is the artistic director and founder of Luminescence Children's Choir, a mezzo soprano was Luminescence Chamber Singers, and was the founding Chair of Luminescence Chamber Singers. She appears regularly as a soloist and a consort singer in Sydney and Canberra, performing with the Luminescence Chamber Singers, the Choir of St James’ King St, Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and Vox Plexus (Melbourne). AJ is a regular collaborator with pianist Ella Luhtasaari, guitarist Minh Le Hoang, and a member of Ampleya, a multimedia collaboration with pianist and composer Rasa Daukus and visual artist Genevieve Swifte.

In recent years, AJ has also served as the Musical Director of Canberra Community Chorale, the ANU School of Music H-Course Vocal Ensemble, and Director of Choirs at Radford College. She has significant experience teaching singing and music theory to young singers.

In her spare time, AJ is a casual academic with strong ties to the Australian National University. In 2017, AJ completed her PhB with Honours in History. In 2018 and 2019 she taught 20th Century European History at the ANU, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge University Press NSW Year 9-10 History Textbook.

ALEX SIEGERS

Alex has amassed considerable experience as an educator and performer across jazz, sacred, classical and pop genres with leading ensembles throughout Australia.

In 2017 she graduated from a Bachelor of Music and Arts, majoring in Jazz Performance, Asian Studies and Linguistics at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Alex is currently a full time chorister with the Choir of St. James King Street, and the lead role in Da Vinci’s Apprentice for Musica Viva in Schools.

She also performs with The Song Company, The Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Luminescence Chamber Singers, Cantillation, Vocal Australia Singers, The Australian Voices and The Choir Lab.

Alex has also performed and recorded with contemporary musicians including Felix Riebl, Ollie McGill, Julia Jacklin, Alex The Astronaut, Bobby Fox, Liz Hughes, Goldheist, Jessica O’Donoghue and as a jazz vocalist and looping artist in her own right at events and festivals including Beams Arts Festival; UCSB Amplified 2016, Santa Barbara; Light The Night; Singing At The House, Sydney; Get Vocal Festival; and LA A Cappella Festival, Los Angeles.

ELLA LUHTASAARI

Ella is an experienced collaborative pianist and teacher. She holds a Master of Music in collaborative piano and an Artist Diploma as a répétiteur/vocal coach from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. She completed her BMus (Hons) at the ANU School of Music. She is a répétiteur and pianist with the ANU School of Music, National Opera, and regularly performs in recital. She has been a regular collaborator with artists from the Luminescence Chamber Singers.

Ella's teaching goal is to foster a lifetime love of music in her students, through the study of various musical styles, the development of a tension-free, versatile technique and focus on beautiful tone.

ENQUIRIES: 0401 770 130
lcc@luminescence.org.au