New Choirs in Shoalhaven and East Sale

The Australian Military Wives Choir is launching new choirs in East Sale, Victoria and the Shoalhaven Area of NSW around Nowra.

We are looking for enthusiastic singers to help form these new groups.

Email our Coordinators: Tina at amwc.eastsale@gmail.com or Sami at amwc.shoalhaven@gmail.com for details of the first rehearsals.

Please share this invitation with your friends who are female family members of Australian Defence Force members and foreign defence force members posted to Australia.

We welcome girlfriends, partners, wives, sisters, mothers and also female ADF members.

Singing Out For Music Directors!

We are currently looking for a music director to lead the Shoalhaven and East Sale Choirs.

A volunteer coordinator is already in place in East Sale and Shoalhaven. Coordinators take care of all the communications, record keeping and assist with rehearsal logistics. That makes planning and leading the singing each fortnight easier for singing leaders.

Music Director positions in the AMWChoir are filled by women with a connection to serving members of a Defence Force. Music leaders vary in experience from highly qualified musicians and teachers to women with choir experience who would like to learn how to lead. The AMWChoir leadership team selects the music and provides training for these volunteer positions. 

For more information and to volunteer please email Cath at amwc.nationalmd@gmail.com.

If you know someone who might be interested in this position, please share this page.

AMWChoir warmly farewells our Patron

The Australian Military Wives Choir would like to thank and warmly farewell our Patron, Gitte Binksin.

For the past four years, Gitte Binskin has promoted, given advice and been an enthusiastic supporter of our choir. We have valued the time she has given up to meet with our leaders and attend our performances.

We wish Gitte and her husband, the outgoing Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, all the best in retirement from Defence Life.

Caption: AMWChoir National Business Manager Penny Middleton thanks Gitte Binksin before AMWChoir Canberra members sing her favourite songs Military Wife and Beyond the Sea.

Express Your Interest in Singing at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Expressions of Interest have now closed.

The Australia Military Wives Choir hopes to perform at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to be held in October this year.

To find out how many of our choir members would be available to sing we are launching an Expression of Interest form.

If our performance application is confirmed as successful, only the singers who complete this form and complete the rehearsal schedule will be eligible to sing.

For your expression of interest to be considered you must be a financial member of the AMWChoir Inc, ie you paid for 2018 membership. To register now please complete the application here: www.amwchoir.com/joining

If you have questions about the event that you need answered before making this commitment, please email Penny at amwc.business.manager@gmail.com.

 

 

AMWChoir Loud and Proud at Anzac Day Ceremonies in 2018

The Australian Military Wives Choir are rehearsing around Australia for upcoming Anzac Day performances.

  • AMWChoir Wagga just celebrated their first birthday and are already a valued part of the Defence community. On Wednesday April 25, they are singing at the Dawn Service and Commemorative Ceremony after the March.
     
  • AMWChoir Brisbane are the lead choir at an afternoon concert within Cannon Garland Green, at the entrance of the historical Toowong Cemetery on Saturday 28 April. AMWChoir Brisbane along with key singers from the Stuartholme Choir will be performing music from the war era. Bring a blanket or folding chair, relax on the green and enjoy the music.

Check back to this news page and our website calendar for more info from around Australia over the next week.

After the events, photos will be posted in our Past Events Gallery.

Uniform Special For March

We are very excited to have so many new members join our choir this year so we are announcing a $20 Uniform Special.

Simply order a uniform item at the AMWChoir Uniform Shop by the end of March and enter the promo code UNIFORM2018.

Limit of one discount per member.

Please note: Uniforms are for performance use. However uniforms are optional and appropriate black clothing can also worn by members.

 

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Calling Members and Supporters! Volunteers Needed for Sponsorship Sub-Committee

We are seeking volunteers for the new Australian Military Wives Choir Sponsorship Sub-Committee from among our members and supporters.

We would like to hear from people who have time to devote to a special project in the next three months, particularly those with experience approaching corporate businesses for sponsorship.

Please email our Business Manager Penny at amwc.business.manager@gmail.com to express your interest.

Come and Try in 2018 at the Australian Military Wives Choir!

Come and Try nights are an excellent opportunity for newcomers to sing with the Australian Military Wives Choir with a rehearsal designed just for you!

We will introduce you to our repertoire (the songs we sing), explain our rehearsal schedule and membership system.

If you are not quite sure whether to sing with the altos or the sopranos, no problem. This is a relaxed evening where you can sing whatever part sounds good to you.

We also invite you to ask questions and get to know us over a cup of tea.

We will be adding to the list of Come and Try Nights over the next few weeks:

Singing out for music leaders and accompanists

Singing for your heart is our first priority at the AMWChoir. To help women sing we need a few volunteers in each location to make this happen.

Singing Leaders

At present we are in need of singing leaders in more established locations of Adelaide, Canberra and Tindal.  We are also looking for a singing leader to help establish a new choir in Puckapunyal.

Volunteer coordinators are already in place in Adelaide, Canberra and Puckapunyal. Coordinators take care of all the communication, record keeping and assist with rehearsal logistics. That makes planning and leading the singing each fortnight easier for singing leaders.

All volunteer positions in the AMWChoir are filled by women with a connection to serving members of a Defence Force. Singing leaders vary in experience from highly qualified musicians and teachers to women with choir experience who would like to learn how to lead.

The AMWChoir leadership process provides training for these volunteer positions.

Accompanists

The specialist skills required to accompany our rehearsal process on a piano (or other instrument!) mean that anyone from the wider community can volunteer. Pianists looking to build experience are very welcome and will receive support from the National Music Director and National Accompanist.

For more information and to volunteer please email Cath - amwc.nationalmd@gmail.com.

Happy Australia Day Weekend!

To all our supporters. You may not be able to join us in song but you are essential in spreading the word of the Australian Military Wives Choir.

The start of the year is an important time to seek new voices.

Please share our new national flyer which calls for wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters of Australian Defence Force members and female ADF members to Sing for Your Heart!

Please print out a copy to pin to the noticeboard in your defence workplace or community centre. 

Even if your location is not listed, people tell their friends in other towns about the choir and who knows, we might even spark enough interest for a new choir!

Download the pdf flyer here.

Our 2018 New Year Message

At the end of 2017, the members of the Australian Military Wives Choir produced a video to celebrate their growing network of choirs.

Members sang "Sing for your Heart. Let's make a Start".

We are all very excited for the 2018 New Year when the choir will extend the network further, including overseas to Penang, Malaysia. The choir has also been invited to take part in performances at a national and international level.

Watch choir members singing up a storm on Facebook here.