Workshops

The Luminescence Chamber Singers are available for schools workshops, concerts and camps.

Luminescence is committed to providing high-quality and diverse music education programs that draw on the special expertise of our various singers.  As well as being both experienced soloists and ensemble singers, many of our members have extensive experience in composition, conducting, vocal coaching and teaching.

Schools and community organisations can request any number of our members to run a variety of specially tailored workshops.

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To enquire about a workshop, please contact: lcs@luminescence.org.au

What activities are offered in a Luminescence Chamber Singers workshop?

We tailor every workshop for the particular groups we work with, and what they want to get out of the experience, however most workshops will be designed from a combination of the areas below. The activities we are able to offer depend on the number of Luminescence singers requested for the workshop, and the number of Luminescence singers available! When our full octet attend the workshop, we are able to offer the full range of our expertise, and we can show students the full range of our performance repertoire, and the best insight into our ensemble.

How long are Luminescence Chamber Singers workshops?

A Luminescence quartet can offer workshops of varying lengths, tailored to meet your needs. Workshops typically range from 1.5 hours to a full day. 

How much do Luminescence workshops cost? 

Luminescence workshops are available on a sliding scale of price, depending on how long the workshop is, and how many singers are requested, or are available. For more information or a tailored quote, please contact us at lcs@luminescence.org.au.

Performance

A workshop with Luminescence Chamber Singers always includes the opportunity to hear us sing live. 

Composition

A variety of composition workshops are available, led by acclaimed Australian composer Dan Walker. Luminescence will always demonstrate a number of different composition techniques, and help a choir compose collectively and collaboratively by applying composition techniques to a few provided melodies and texts. Longer workshops enable choirs to learn about melody writing, to work in smaller groups, and come together to workshop each group's piece. If student compositions are submitted to us in advance, students can have their work sung by Luminescence, and receive feedback  from professional composers and singers. 

Workshop your repertoire

We are able to conduct and workshop intensively repertoire that your choir is currently working on, allowing us all to sink our teeth into the musical nitty-gritty, and offering new perspectives to the choir, and new rehearsal techniques.

Teach a piece

One of the most immediately rewarding workshop activities - learning a piece with Luminescence shows how quickly a new work can be added to a choir's regular repertoire. The works we develop in these sessions are intended to offer choirs a piece that is performable by the end of the session.

Conducting (... or not) 

For school choirs conducted by students, the conductors of the Luminescence Children's Choir are available to give conducting masterclasses. However, the Chamber Singers is almost always unconducted, and our ensemble offers unique sessions on performing unconducted and leading an ensemble from within.

Q&A

The Luminescence Chamber Singers is a unique ensemble, particularly as we are not only unconducted but also under collaborative artistic direction amongst all eight singers. Our Q&A usually finishes a workshop, and allows students not only to ask questions regarding everything they have learnt and heard during the workshop, but also to find out about what other work we do, what it is like singing in an ensemble like Luminescence, and the diverse other musical (and non-musical) pursuits of our members.

Descent into Madness. Luminescence Chamber Singers (photography: Peter Hislop)
Descent into Madness. Luminescence Chamber Singers (photography: Peter Hislop)