AMWChoir Brisbane voices combined with music leaders as part of the Queensland Music Festival Choir Callout, directed by Dr Jonathon Welch AM. Thousands of voices came together to raise awareness surrounding men and boys mental health.
A significant portion of music leader and coordinator training was influenced by participating in rehearsal, performing a pop-up choir, and joining with thousands of voices to form the mass choir for the Saturday evening concert.
Glenn Shorrock and Band fronted more than 2,000 voices singing Help Is On Its Way as the finale to a great concert featuring The McClymonts, Busby Marou, Travis Collins, Katie Noonan & Jack Carty.
AMWChoir voices in the Soprano section were privileged to have Katie Noonan seated amongst us while we sang backing to the finale number.
National leader training
AMWChoir leadership received specialist music leader training and coordinator instruction while in Brisbane. Leaders from 10 of our 12 locations took time out of their regular work and family commitments to strengthen choral conducting skills, music teaching methods, vocal technique and rehearsal management.
A highlight was receiving a ‘sing-off song’ specially selected for each location choir. These new songs will be performed at the National Workshop being held in Canberra from 17-19 October 2019.
Coordinators received instruction from AMWChoir National business Manager, Penny, on new systems developed over the past twelve months to streamline choir processes and make handover to new volunteers easier.
Coordinators also received specialist training from guest presenter Cathy Arkus, Manager of Defence Community Support Programs. Skills covered included communicating the AMWChoir mission, purpose and objectives; securing suitable resources; and online security.
Twenty-six AMWChoir voices ‘popped up’ beneath the monument above the Victoria Bridge abutment to sing for our hearts and gladden passers-by. Video of choir favourites Beyond the Sea, I’ll Stand By You, Ordinary Miracle, and a Beatles medley will be shared at amwchoir.com and AMWChoir’s Facebook page, soon.
AMWChoirs rehearse in 12 locations around Australia on 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays each month. More info? Email email@example.com or message us on Facebook.