Workshop – Saturday 1st March















TIME: 9.00 am (for 10 am start) – 3.30 pm
: $30 (includes morning tea and lunch)
Choirbolical is hosting a singing workshop for current, new and potential members and for other friends. It will be a chance to spend a day singing and learning and connecting with others. Jen Bergstrum will be the facilitator for the day, and in the afternoon we will split with Jen working with the women and Jason working with the men, and then come back together again and sing to each other. Jen will be introducing the choir to some simple yet effective arrangements of pop/contemporary songs. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with some new repertoire, a deeper understanding of contemporary styles and, hopefully, that sense of community togetherness that is so often borne out of singing with others.

About the facilitators:
graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005, with a Bachelor of Music (Hons 1)/Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Her qualifications include the Australian Kodály Certificate in Music Education (Primary). Jen is currently working for St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane as a classroom music teacher and choral conductor. In 2007 she founded the St Aidan’s Community Choir for Women, bringing together 65 mothers, teachers, past students and members of the wider community to sing once a week. Jen has presented workshops in music education both nationally and internationally, including a presentation at the 2005 International Kodály Symposium in Leicester, England. In December 2006, she attended an intensive two week music education course in Hungary as one of twenty invited teachers. Jennifer has co-written a student workbook and teacher manual, Australian Art Music in the Classroom, for use in schools across Queensland, and has had articles published in the Queensland Kodály News, the Victorian Kodály News and the Queensland Journal of Music Education. She has a passion for singing and choral music, which has fuelled her work as a professional singer, vocal coach, choral conductor and musical director.
JASON GOOPY graduated from the University of the Queensland in 2007, having completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons 1) and Bachelor of Education. He holds an A.Mus.A. (Saxophone Performance) and has completed the Australian Kodály Certificate in Music Education (Secondary). He is currently the Music Coordinator at St. Mary’s College, Toowoomba, which includes teaching classroom music for grades 5-12 and choral conducting. Jason has been an active member of the Queensland Kodály Choir and Chamber Choir for the past 5 years. In 2006, Jason was the principal saxophonist in the Queensland Youth Orchestra’s Wind Symphony and Big Band, and in 2007 taught Woodwind at St. Laurence’s College, South Brisbane. Jason has performed in a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles on local, state and national levels giving him a wealth of musical experiences. He enjoys sharing his passion for music with the community, and encourages everyone to include regular music making in their life.

To register your attendance or for enquiries contact:
Kent Smith [email protected] ph. 0417976098
Marion Elvery [email protected] ph. 0417703794
Loretto Wainwright [email protected] ph. 0438322883

Voce Meeting- minutes 31.1.08

Present: Margaret, Andrew, Brian, Marion, Catherine, Ritamay, Loretto, Rebeka, Kent

1. Workshop. Jen Bergstrom and Jason Goopy (new voice teacher at St Mary’s and recent UQ graduate) will facilitate a workshop on Saturday 1 March. Jen will be facilitator for whole day while Jason will do 2 hour session

Action: a) Ritamay and Catherine will contact Choral Society and Lourdes etc. about halls.

Action: b) Kent will contact Paddy/Goondiwindi to invite them to attend

Action: c) Margaret will contact Jen about content and ask Jen to talk to Jason

Action: d) Media – Marion to put information about workshop on web site and negotiate/delegate contacting Chronicle

2. Presentation to Catherine for her hard work last year as Treasurer and as a bribe to continue it this year – Catherine graciously agreed to continue this year

3. Performances:
Anzac Day – Friday April 25th – performance at RSL Westhaven Village and lunch at Picnic Point following

b) Spring Sing – Saturday 13th September

c) Big Sing – probably 26th October

d) Christmas Tree Festival – Wednesday 10th December – ½hr

e) Jazz Club – middle of the year

4. Repertoire:
Margaret looking at new songs and revisiting some old songs (eg. Cloud’s Veil, Keep Your Lamps, Ni Yet Neni – Hebrew Song), some songs for men etc

5. Kent will send email about first rehearsal, new terms, workshop and nibblies to all members on old list and remind them to subscribe to web site.

6. Kent to send old email list to Marion to check who is subscribed and who isn’t and then to subscribe those who haven’t

Next meeting: Wednesday 23rd April – @ Brian’s