The Choir of Newman College was established at the beginning of 2002, under the direction of Dr Gary Ekkel, to serve as the chapel and concert choir of Newman College. The Choir consists of eighteen voices, comprising five sopranos, four altos/counter-tenors, four tenors and five basses, together with the College Organist, David Macfarlane.
The principal aims of the choir are to provide leadership in liturgical music within Australia, to promote choral music through performances of uncompromising excellence and to provide the skills and training which will allow choristers to become choral leaders.
The Choir participates in a Choral Eucharist at 7:00pm on each Sunday during the Academic Term and in a Compline service once per month on a Thursday night. The Choir sings extensively in a number of services during Holy Week and in the Newman College Carol Service, held on the first Sunday of December.
The Choir’s Concert Series comprises three concerts per year held in the magnificent acoustics of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and the College Dining Hall. Highlights of past concert series have included Christmas at Versailles, a dinner-concert in collaboration with Maggie Beer, a reconstruction of J.S. Bach’s lost St Mark Passion, three productions of Medieval plays, a performance of Tallis’s forty-voice Spem in alium, and a number of projects in combination with exponents of Early Music and World Music.
For details of the 2017 Choir of Newman College Concert Series, please click here.
Behind Closed Doors, the Choir of Newman College’s first commercial CD recording, features music written and sung under the increasing threat of persecution in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. The Choir is accompanied by the Australian viol ensemble, Consort Eclectus, and the College Organist, David Macfarlane.
Each position in the choir will attract a scholarship as an acknowledgment of the required commitment and standard expected of each chorister.
Choral Scholarships and membership of the Choir of Newman College are awarded by audition. Candidates will be required to prepare one choral item and one solo item for their audition. It is highly recommended that they secure their own accompanist for the audition. In addition candidates will receive a series of sight-reading, aural and singing exercises.
Value of Scholarships
Choral scholars receive a scholarship of $1270 from the College in their first year. In the second and subsequent years of the scholarship this amount increases to $1510 per annum. Choral scholars receive an additional $300 per annum if they undertake vocal tuition. Choral scholars who are resident at Newman College will in addition receive a $1000 reduction from their fees in the second semester for each year that they are in the Choir.
To apply for a Scholarship, please download the relevant forms. For further information, please telephone the Admissions Officer at (+613) 9347 5577.
He who sings, said St. Augustine, prays twice