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College Choir

The Choir of Queen’s College

The Choir of Queen’s College is a choir serving the liturgical needs of Queen’s College Chapel and, through ministry in music, the wider spiritual life of Queen’s College and the University of Melbourne.

The Choir consists of approximately 20 members, comprising resident and non-resident members of the College.

Auditions for Choir membership are held each year. The Choir has a generous scholarships programme for one Senior Chorister, three Section Leader Choristers, twelve Rank-and-File Choristers, two First-Year Scholars and an Organ Scholar.

The Choir’s repertoire is very large, and ranges from the music of the Renaissance through the classics of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods to contemporary works. Honouring the Methodist tradition on which Queen’s College rests, the Choir regularly performs some of the great music of the Wesleyan and English Cathedral traditions. The Choir also enjoys ongoing relationships with the Choir of Haileybury College Chapel and viola da gamba consort, The Queene’s Violles, with whom it performs in several services through the year.

The core of the Choir Activities is weekly services in semester time in Queen’s College Chapel, located at the west end of the first floor of the Tweddle Wing (building forming the north façade of the College). Chapel commences at 6.30pm each Sunday and everyone is welcome.

Scholarships and Auditions

The musical staff of the Chapel includes Director, John Weretka. and Organist, David Agg. The Choir is composed of the following scholarship-holding positions — Senior Chorister, three Section Leader Choristers, twelve Rank-and-File Choristers, two First-Year Scholars and an Organ Scholar.

Auditions are held annually, generally in November of the year preceding a member’s entry to the Choir. A limited number of scholarships may still be available in the first few months of a new year. For details, please check with the Director John Weretka. Auditionees must prepare an unaccompanied item for presentation at the audition, and will also be expected to undertake range and sight-reading tests.

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Fresher’s Service

 

Scholarship-holding Positions

Senior Chorister Position Description
Section Leader Chorister Position Description
Rank and File Chorister Position Description
First-Year Scholar Position Description
Organ Scholar Position Description

Choir rehearsals

Choir rehearsal is held once per week, generally on Sunday from 4pm-6pm, with the Chapel service following from 6.30pm until 7.15pm.

More information

Further details may be obtained by emailing the Director, John Weretka

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Chapel Activities

View the full schedule of Chapel activities, concert dates and the music the Choir will sing this year in Chapel services.

Enquiries are welcome and can be addressed to the Director, John Weretka

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Building for the Future

Queen’s College is committed to investing in the future of music within the context of the Chapel and warmly invites Wyverns and other interested members of the public to consider giving. If there is any way in which you can assist us, whether through publicity, funding a recording, or in endowing scholarships or offering bequests in the name of family members, please contact please contact the Director of Development, Nicole Crook.