1 Friendship and Fun Times
When we floated the idea of starting another MCCHOIR campus in Carlton - I don’t think any of us expected such a tremendous response. With a new resurgence in community singing springing up across Australia, MCCHOIR is certainly fulfulilling an unmet need. Making contemporary music accessible to every day Aussies has been a driver of this group since its inception in 2015. Just two years in and the choir now has two campuses and the youth choir - MCYOUTH for teenagers. Our foundation Campus in Macleod also saw an influx of 14 new members this week who got an opportunity to meet with some of our returning members.
One of our new members Sharyn writes “Attended the tryout last night and fell in love with this group of beautiful welcoming, friendly people who really know how to have fun!! Signed up immediately and looking forwad to the ride!!”
As a new member Sharyn will recieve our 2018 music book and access to the accompanying on-line resources including backing tracks and demo vocals of her part to learn at her pace at home before rehearsals.
Sharyn and all new members get a new 2018 editon MCCHOIR water bottle to keep those vocal cords hydrated. And a swish branded lanyard.
Every year at MCCHOIR we run with a theme that speaks to where we are headed as a group and this year we launched our ‘Ready For More’ theme. You’ll notice the #Ready4More hashtag popping up on our socials and it’s also the title of our latest single that the choir will debut at our Spring Concert latter in the year. This year MCCHOIR is ready for more of what brings out our ‘Creative Best’ as singers and performers.
2. Develop Your Creativity
At MCCHOIR we’re really interested in you developing as an artist and getting the most out of life. One of our new members this week was visibly moved as we sang the hit song “This is Me” from the latest blockbuster movie “The Greatest Showman”. It’s such a powerful song and to hear our Carlton and Macleod campuses singing it with such conviction and passion was awe inspiring. I can’t wait until we get both campuses to sing this one - it’s going to raise the roof. The same lady who was moved to tears as we sang, came up to me after the session and thanked me for such an uplifting experience. It never ceases to amaze me the impact of group singing on a person who has never experienced it or who has had a break from it for a while. Our societies and communities were built on this shared experience and it’s something that we need more of for a cohesive culture.
Cathy writes of her experience at MCCHOIR this week
“I was waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone last night attending on my own, the free tryout session at Melbourne Contemporary Choir (MCCHOIR) in Macleod. I nearly wasn't going to go in but, I'm so glad I did. I too signed up last night. Felt like the right fit, like I'm meant to be there. There’s such a wonderful bunch of people in this group. I look forward to getting to know them and looking forward to the experience with like minded people who have a passion for music and to sing while having fun.” 😊. 🎶🎼🎤❤️
3. Create Something Unique and Original
One of the things that sets MCCHOIR apart from other singing groups is that we write, produce and record our own original songs enjoyed by contemporary choirs the world over. 2018 is no exception as we hit the studio this term to record 3 tried and true songs that we performed as part of our reoertoire last year. Our new members are already starting to learn these songs in preparation for our studio recording session in March. We’re definitely placing renewed emphasis on creating new works for the choir with two great tunes already written for this year. I love the line in one of the songs that says “The artist in me will create a sound as we join here in song together resound” That lyric really sums up beautifully the story of MCCHOIR. A group of people from diverse backgrounds, different ages and abilities uniting in a common passion for song.
We are also really excited about our choir for teenagers: MCYOUTH. This ‘New Breed of Choir’ for todays generation is pushing the boundaries of the definition of what a choir is. Led by the phenominally talented Alinta Burnell (www.alintamusic.com.au) this growing group of talented young people are really going places. It’s so inspiring hearing a new generation of singers and performers doing their thing every week and enjoying all the benefits a love of music brings.
If you havn’t already taken the plunge definitely give group singing a shot. A choir like MCCHOIR will provide you with performance opporunities, studio experience and you will meet some great people and built some lasting frienships. If you’re not happy with the status quo and you’re ready for more, register for a free tryout session today at our Carlton or Macleod campus.
Jason or (Jase) as he likes to be called is Founder & Creative Director of Melbourne Contemporary Choir (MCCHOIR) and is a passionate musician who wants to bring his love for music to a broader audience.
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