Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked.

 

How good do you have to be to join?

You do not have to be a professional or solo singer to join the Brisbane Chorale. Entry is by audition, and a reasonable standard of voice quality and musicianship will be required. Some of our members have never had singing lessons but, having sung in choirs for years, have developed good choral singing techniques.

I used to sing a long time ago and would like to get back into it. What are my chances?

Many of our members have come back to singing after leaving it in earlier years while life took other turns. Entry to the choir is by audition, but if you have previous experience this will increase your chances of passing that audition.

I'm not a very good sight-reader. Does that matter?

A sight singing exercise is one of the components of the audition to enter the choir. Some level of proficiency will be expected, but it is at the discretion of the Music Director as to how much weight is put on any one component. The best answer is to audition and find out!

How much does it cost to be a member?

Membership fees are due at the beginning of each year, and we think they represent excellent value for money! Fees cover the cost of rehearsals, music hire, and public liability insurance for our members. We are also open to discussing alternative payment terms with you if needed.

Pro-rata fees are charged to members who join later in the year.

Rate of Fees Class of Membership
Ordinary
(Singer)
Associate
(Non Singer)
  • Adult
$350 $50
  • Concession
    (Commonwealth Pension Card holders)
$275 $25
  • Youth
    (Up to and including age 24)
$0
($50 refundable music deposit per semester)
$25
  • Student – full time
$0
($50 refundable music deposit per semester)
$25

 

Do choir members need to supply their own concert dress/music folder?

There is a uniform style of concert dress for women of the Brisbane Chorale which is made to order. Men supply their own dinner suits and bow-ties.

Black music folders for concert performance can be supplied. You can also bring your own.

Where and when does the Brisbane Chorale rehearse?

We rehearse weekly on Wednesday nights from 7:15 to 9:50. Approaching concerts, or at other times determined by the Music Director, additional rehearsals may be called.

Our regular rehearsal room is on the lower ground level of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Southbank, Brisbane. Entry is from either the Grey Street or the Southbank side of the building.

What kind of music does the Brisbane Chorale sing?

As a symphonic choir, our major repertoire includes the great choral works of the classical music repertoire from the baroque to the present day, such as symphonies, requiems, oratorios and other large religious and secular works. We enjoy the challenge of performing new works and have been involved in some world première performances. However, from time to time we perform programs of shorter works, and are often involved in programs of lighter works.

How often does the Brisbane Chorale perform?

We are usually involved in 3 major concerts each year, and smaller performances, some of which may be for charity.

Where does the Brisbane Chorale perform?

The most common venues we perform in are the Concert Hall of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane City Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Theatre and St John's Cathedral.

Does the Brisbane Chorale ever tour?

Occasionally we perform outside of Brisbane. This has included places such as Ipswich, Toowoomba, Noosa and Kawana Waters. In 2008 we toured to Adelaide to perform in a collaborative concert with the Adelaide Symphony Chorus. They reciprocated with a tour to Brisbane the same year. In 2013 we undertook our largest tour yet, to Auckland, performing Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with Auckland Choral.

We are planning future tours to the USA and Europe in the forthcoming years.

Who manages the Brisbane Chorale?

The day-to-day running of the Brisbane Chorale is carried out by an elected Management Committee, comprising President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Concert Manager, two Membership Secretaries and two Ordinary Members. Other non-elected members may be co-opted by the elected committee as required. All positions are voluntary.

Professional music staff, i.e. Music Director and Accompanist are engaged and paid by the Brisbane Chorale, from funds derived from membership fees and singing engagements. No outside funding is received.