Sing with Us

Rejoice! Music for Christmas, 28 November 2020 (Photo: Ian Thomson).

Membership of City Choir Dunedin is open to singers from all walks of life who share our delight in choral singing. Here are some reasons why people sing with City Choir Dunedin: 

  • "Thank you City Choir you have given me hours and hours of wonderful moments which I value immensely."
  • "I sing for the love of it, for the music that speaks to my soul. I'm not a religious person but a spiritual one - and singing together lifts my spirits and brings me joy." 
  • "I love singing and learning new music. I consider regular singing to be vital for my mental health. Also look forward to seeing choir members. They are like whanau."
  • "Singing is uplifting, calming and exciting in turns. It's collegial (i.e. non-competitive), and I love beautiful music. There's also a pleasure in singing music of past centuries knowing hundreds of years ago other people were singing the same thing. It makes me feel connected somehow."
  • "I enjoy the music, the challenges of mastering the music, high standard of choral direction and performance, friendships, and singing with orchestral accompaniment."
  • "I enjoy the wonderful choral repertoire we get to sing. I enjoy the thrill of performing with both an orchestra and capable singers around me."

We love what we do and enjoy making music together and presenting our art to the public. 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals commence on the last Tuesday of January each year and run until December. We rehearse every Tuesday night between 07:30 and 09:30 pm at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington, Dunedin. Click to view a street map to the MPCC location.

Membership enquiries: We always welcome new singers! Please email the Membership Secretary at members@citychoirdunedin.org.nz

Music Scores

Music scores are issued by the Librarian and are returned after the performance. Handel's Messiah is performed every second year and members are expected to purchase their own copies of this score. Messiah scores can be sourced from various providers.

The choir also regularly perform Christmas Carols at the end of the year. Members are expected to purchase their own copies of 100 Carols for Choirs. These are currently available from the choir, or purchase online from BookDepository or Fishpond.

Auditions

All prospective new members are auditioned by the Musical Director. At the audition you will be asked to sing a song of your own choice, as well as perform some simple ear and voice tests to enable the Director to gauge your musical abilities and vocal range.

Financial Commitment

Upon acceptance into the Choir, you will be liable for some financial outlay, but this need not be a problem for anyone. Accommodating arrangements can be made if necessary. City Choir encourages full-time students to join the choir and their membership fees will be waived. 

Choir Uniform

For women, the uniform consists of a black top and black skirt or dress trousers, or a black dress. The neckline can be any shape. Sleeves should be 3/4 length to long. Skirts and trousers should be 3/4 length to long. Black stockings and black shoes complete the outfit.

For men, the uniform consists of a black dinner suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black shoes.

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