Thursday, October 8, 2009

Invitation to Dunedin secondary schools

Dear Music Teacher,

The City of Dunedin Choir wishes to extend an invitation to choral singers of your school to join the Choir for this year's performance of Messiah on 8 December in the Dunedin Town Hall. The Choir performs Messiah every second year, in December, and so it is a regular feature in the cultural life of our city. It is our policy to encourage young singers and this oratorio is the ideal work for us to extend such an invitation. It may well be the first opportunity in which your pupils can experience performing in a large mixed choir with a professional orchestra and soloists.

Handel's Messiah is appreciated, admired and enjoyed worldwide and is the best known and best loved work in the classical choral repertoire. This performance will provide a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience the work and participating in a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

The soloists for this performance are soprano Emma Fraser, alto Wendy Dawn Thompson, tenor David Hamilton and baritone Robert Tucker, the conductor is David Burchell, with orchestral support from the Southern Sinfonia.

  • Must be confident singers and members of an auditioned school choir.
  • Will not have to audition with the City of Dunedin Choir, but should come with the recommendation from the Music Teacher or the Choir Director.
  • Will have reasonable sight-singing skills, or be able to pick the music up quickly.
  • Be committed to practising the music between weekly Choir rehearsals.
  • Must attend at least 6 of the 8 regular scheduled rehearsals.
  • Must attend the final rehearsal with the orchestra the evening before the performance (this is compulsory).

Music scores: Music scores will be supplied by the City of Dunedin Choir at the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals are held in the Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday evenings, starting promptly at 7:30 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. The doors are unlocked shortly after 7:00 pm and singers should be seated and ready to start singing by 7:30 pm.

Rehearsal schedule:
13, 20 and 27 October, 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 1 December
Final rehearsal in the Town Hall: Monday 7 December, 7:00 to 10:00 pm approximately

Performance: Tuesday 8 December, 7:30 pm in the Town Hall.

Please submit the following information about the students who wish to participate, in writing to me at the Choir's official address on the Choir's website, or send the details by email to:

Name of student:
Name of school:
Voice (S, A, T or B):
Student's contact telephone number (evenings):
Student's email address (or that of parent if student has none):

All interested singers who qualify are most welcome to participate in this exciting concert. The number of singers will not be limited. We hope that some of your choral singers will be able to join the City of Dunedin Choir to perform this beautiful music!

With thanks and best wishes,

Leta Labuschagne


daharja said...

Oh, this sounds like it will be such fun!

I had David and Jenny's kids sitting next to me in rehearsal on Tuesday, and they were so good. It would be lovely to have more schoolies singing the Messiah. And they *are* the choir of the future :-)

Are we going to invite other choirs and ask at the Uni music department as well?

Leta said...

The idea is to encourage the younger generation to discover the joys of choral singing at the level of City of Dunedin Choir, so this time we are inviting only secondary schools. We might extend this to Uni students in future, but first let's see what interest we can whip up with the schools :-)

Dunno about other choirs - that's a whole different ball game...