RSCMNZ Aus and NZ Summer School, Auckland 2018

Now is the time to begin thinking about and preparing for participation in the forthcoming RSCMNZ combined Australia and NZ Summer School 2018.

Dates: 9th -16th January 2018.

Course Director is Andrew Lumsden, Organist & Master of the Choristers, Winchester Cathedral, UK, ably supported by renowned local specialists.

Auckland NZ is the venue and Holy Trinity Cathedral, with its 2 new stunning organs and the beautifully completed Selwyn Chapel, is the hub.

Planning is well underway and because 2018 is the 60th anniversary of Vaugham Williams death, his music and that of contemporaries are featured.

More details here

Young WA Choristers – come and sing!

Are you a passionate young singer seeking regular performance opportunities and high quality vocal and musical training?
Church of the Resurrection, Swanbourne is currently auditioning for for their Junior Choir (ages 8-12) and Senior Choir (ages 13-18).


For more information, please contact the Director of Music office@resurrectionswanborne.com.au

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Recruiting Singers in 2017! St Brigids Catholic Church, Red Hill, Brisbane

Some questions…. Do you think the beauty and quality of music in the church is important? Is it something you want to see continue?  So do we!

At last- St Brigid’s choir is recruiting new singers in the new year:
4 part harmony- bass, tenor, alto, soprano. You’ll need to be able to hold a tune. An ability to read music and to sight read is certainly helpful. However, you may have a  quick ear to pick up music aurally (we have a couple of members who are able to learn this way) If you’re not sure of your ability, come and have a go ‘risk-free’!

The choir has been characterised in 3 ways: a youth choir, a family choir, and a unique choir. For 12 years, it’s been predominantly a  youth choir. We’ve also had whole families come through the choir, and the bass line has had many Dads whose children have been in the choir! Younger non-chorister children and babies are very welcome in the loft. We’ve built up a strong choir community.

We have been compared with Cathedral choirs- and while our intent in offering quality music of a similar style is serious, we ourselves are not always-  we can be more relaxed up in ‘the loft’, and there’s a lot of laughter during rehearsals. We are somewhat unique among Catholic parish churches in Brisbane- a harmony choir that draws on the rich musical tradition of the church from 9th century Gregorian chant up to 21st century works. A number of people have come into the choir because of their music preference.
 

Likewise, many people in the congregation come to St Brigid’s because of the music. We are certainly made to feel appreciated!

The choir sings at all services .This full participation gives the choir a significant role in public worship and the musicians can find personal value in ministry that is both valuable to and valued by others. We believe that people are called to a deeper spirituality and relationship with God through music. In fact I know of many who have come into Christianity through sacred music.

Expressions of interest and details: Tricia or Roland – 3367 1098 / 0400 336 756 /  bartkowiak@aapt.net.au

And keep an eye out in the Jubilee Catholic Parish website for forthcoming details.

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Church music: an unlikely global social network

Photo Credit: Hans-Jörg Gemeinholzer

During my recent time in Northern Europe, I had the opportunity to see dozens of wonderful sacred spaces.  Towers protruding from the landscape, these buildings are often imposing on the outside, and remarkably beautiful on the inside.   As a Christian, sitting in these amazing buildings is both awe-inspiring and uplifting.  As an organist-nerd, I am often transfixed at the amazing instruments (plural in many cases!) that are in these churches.  Take the gilded “old” organ in the German Church in Stockholm (pictured) – I challenge any organist to not get itchy fingers looking at this marvellous instrument!

Given the complexity, fragility and dedicated craftsmanship of these impressive instruments, it comes as little surprise that it is difficult to gain access to their consoles.  In fact, many of the churches I visited offered tours, tower climbs and even organ recitals – but never the opportunity to see the organ up close.  At some places (including the German Church above) I asked a church delegate whether it would be possible to view the console.  The usual response was either “no”, or “I don’t know what our organist would say about that”.

I was to be based in Copenhagen for six weeks whilst studying, and I realised before my trip that I should try to find a church in which to practise while I was away.  I emailed three church organists at large churches close to my residence, asking them whether it would be possible to either have lessons with them whilst overseas, or at least to have some practise time at their church.  I received responses from all three, and offers for both lessons and practise time from two of them.  I accepted the offer from the first respondent, and arranged a time to meet for coffee once I’d arrived.

Babett was organist at Grundtvigs Kirke in Copenhagen (pictured), a church about the same size as the city’s cathedral, and with a stunning four manual Marcussen and Son organ.  Not only did Babett make herself available for lessons, but she also gave me my own key to the organ loft so I could come and go as I pleased! She also made sure I was up to speed with the organ recitals that were happening around town while I was there.  She accompanied me to a recital at the cathedral, and insisted that we join the recitalist upstairs for a glass of wine after the concert.  She introduced me to the recitalist (director of music at another city church), the cathedral’s director of music, and to the console of the cathedral organ.

A couple of weeks later, Brisbane’s own Christopher Wrench gave a recital in one of the city churches.  I met up with Christopher after the concert, and he introduced me to the church’s organist, who was only too pleased to show us around the church, including its Carillon.  We then shared a lovely meal at a local restaurant and traded musical war stories.

It’s suffice to say from the experiences above that I felt well and truly immersed in the church music culture of Copenhagen.  As someone living in a foreign city with only the few friends I’d met at university, it was amazing to feel so “at home” in the church music community so far from Australia.    The act of sharing an art form transcends countries, generations and church hierarchies.  It would seem that “what the organist does say” is quite different from what the church curators imply.  Behind the ornate organ cases and locked organ consoles are organists who are friendly, engaging and willing to welcome you into their church music community – all you have to do is reach out to them, and common interests takes care of the rest.

Adam Hoey is the Chairman of the Queensland Branch of the Royal School of Church Music.

Reformation Sunday Service – Cantata BWV 37

The Choir of Scapturet Peters Lutheran Church, Indooroopilly welcomes visitors to our third annual Bach Cantata Service at 9am on Sunday October 30th.

At fifteen minutes in length, this year’s Cantata BWV 37 Wer da gläubet und getauft wird for choir, soloists and instrumentalists, is a masterwork in miniature.

The hymns are ‘gems of the Reformation’, including Martin Luther’s translations of Psalm 46 and The Lord’s Prayer and the beautiful How brightly shines the Morning Star.

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Expressions of Interest – Choir Director

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An exciting opportunity is available for a highly dedicated Choir Director to enhance Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) musical tradition. One position is currently available on the Brisbane Campus.
The Choir Director will facilitate high quality and professional choral performances at significant ACU events, and will be responsible for both the conducting and administration of the campus choir. The choir director will conduct the choir; select and source repertoire in consultation with other choral directors and institutional stakeholders; audition and select choristers; plan and schedule rehearsals and performances, and contribute to local, national and international choral activities.
The successful Choir Director will demonstrate musical competence at an advanced level, particularly in the field of choral conducting and performance, and have strong leadership abilities. Experience in managing choirs in an educational setting and familiarity with Catholic liturgical traditions would be an advantage.

Please send a brief 2 page overview of your experience and expertise with your CV to Mary Roche, Associate Director, Student Programs at Mary.Roche@acu.edu.au
For further information please contact Mary Roche, Associate Director, Student Programs on (02) 94659154 or Mary.Roche@acu.edu.au.
Please note that this is a contractor arrangement and all interested candidates will be required to produce their ABN.
Expressions of interest close: 3rd June, 2016

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Wanted: Director of Music – Ann St Presbyterian Brisbane

Ann St Presbyterian 1Ann St Presbyterian in the Brisbane CBD is looking to hire a Director of Music.  The position would likely begin part-time and increase to full-time by the end of 2016.

The church has a 2 manual, 1903 Richardson organ, which was completely restored in 2004.  More information can be found on the OHTA website.  A recording of some hymns being played on the organ can be found here.ORGAN Ann St Presbyterian 1

Click here to view the position description.

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Vale, Ralph Morton, FRSCM

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of our RSCM Australia president, Ralph Morton, FRSCM.Ralph Morton 2

His brother, Graeme, reports that he passed away very peacefully on February 20, surrounded by his family, just as his favourite anthem, Like as the Hart by Herbert Howells, was being played in the ICU.

Among the tributes, a message has been received from Andrew Reid, Director of the RSCM, who says:
“I am sad for your loss, and ours, but like you I rejoice in Ralph’s faith and in the Resurrection, and I am grateful to have known a
man with no apparent ego who served others, the Church, the RSCM and his Lord so faithfully. Rarely has a person been so open to the good in so many different traditions within the Church, and that has been a great blessing to RSCM Australia.”

The funeral was held on Wednesday 2 March at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane.

Catholic Worship Book II Official National Launch

Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, cordially invites you to the much anticipated launch of
Catholic Worship Book II – published by Morning Star Publishing

Friday 8 April 2016 at 5:30pm for 6pm-7pm
Catholic Leadership Centre (in the Celtic Hall) Corner of Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, East Melbourne
Admission is by gold coin donation
A wine and cheese reception will follow the launch in the Catholic Leadership Centre.
Copies of the People’s Edition will be available for purchase or order at the launch for the special one-off price of $30 | Online purchases (Online prices apply)
Webcast nationally at 6pm AEST via webcast.cl/cwb2launch (log in early to ensure time for software download, if needed) | Groups viewing webcast, please register at anita.plant@cam.org.au for acknowledgement during the launch.
RSVP by Tuesday 5 April 2016 Mrs Anita Plant, National Office for Liturgy | anita.plant@cam.org.au or (03) 9926 5762

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Winning Music from the Summer School 2016

The 2016 Summer School has taken place in Canberra. Here’s as taste from the final service: the choir sings the winning entry in the ACT Branch 2015 Composition Competition, an Old English setting of Psalm 33 by David Yardley:

If you weren’t there, see what you missed! Watch the Preview Video of the 2016 Summer School here