Coming up

Wondering what is coming up next? VOCE recently meet. Below are notes from our meeting and a plan for park rehearsals… read on

VOCE Meeting (zoom) 22/6/20
Attending: Rob, Gail, Pam, Michael, Matt, Susie, Linda, Marion, (Chris R) Apologies: Catherine, Chrissie, Stuart.

  1. Financials – Rob presented the financials which were accepted. Hall hire has been suspended for the moment. 
  2. Video project – Thank you to all the participants  for taking the challenge!! And a big thank you to Matt and parts coordinators Chrissie, Susie and Michael for zooming the rehearsals. Sadly we are farewelling Susie who is starting a new job up north and we wish her all the best. 
  3. Finalising and Publishing Video – stay posted cause it’s on its way. 
  4. Term 3 Rehearsals – while the calendar suggests our Term 3 is starting, we discussed alternatives to our usual Tuesday evening meetings. Matt has confirmed the following:    
    Sunday afternoon Park Rehearsals.        
    Where: Laurel Bank Park.
    Near hall/ car park off Hill Street.                                     Dates: July 19th / 26th August 2nd/ 9th              Time: 3pm – 4pm  bring a coffee at 2.30pm to chat beforehand if you like.                            
    Music – details to follow in Matt’s post. 
  5. We will reassess situation after these 4 weeks. Hope you can join us. 

    cheers Marion

June rehearsals

No zoom rehearsals are planned in June at this stage. Those participating in the virtual choir project will be busy practicing, recording and uploading their videos over the next couple of weeks. See email from Matt re: uploading to Dropbox.

We await updates with the pandemic medical advise in regards to returning to our evening hall rehearsals and meantime VOCE will continue to consider other alternatives.

take care all,


Coming Up

Our ‘isolation’ choir song is coming together beautifully with zoom practices, singing along to Matt’s fabulous videos and even the odd socially distant sing in the park.

What is coming up?

This week

·       Put the music away and practice singing along to Matt’s video of your part using headphones (or at least one so you can hear yourself and Matt). Videos are located under Repertoire tab when you log in.

·       Try videoing yourself singing. Instructions below.

Next zoom rehearsal – Tues 26th May

·       We will sing through the song then have time to trouble shoot and problem solve queries about recording.

Following week 27th May -2nd June 

·       Time to record.

INSTRUCTIONS for recording

1.       Use 2 devices. One – listen, and watch Matt while singing along with headphones. Two – a recording device e.g quality phone.   Don’t forget to clap!

2.       Frame yourself in Landscape. Check you are framed well in the space, not too close/too far away, square on rather than looking up your nose and check what is in the background behind you.

3.       Check your face has light on it. Daytime recordings with extra house/lamp lights on works well.

4.       Check quality of sound on your recording device. If you miss a note or make a mistake that’s fine, but the overall quality of the sound should be clear.

5.       Lastly, be colourful, have fun and smile a lot in this song.

To add a little character to the video you have the option to also send a second very short (5sec) video of yourself outside doing something you love with views of gardens, trees, sky clouds, kids (the audio will not be used but the images may). 

If you haven’t seen our trial video yet – this was a few of us singing Ave Verum working out the process with Matt and our technician Andrew in Sydney who is putting it together.

Password: Choirbolical

Further instructions re: final recording and submitting videos coming next week. 


p.s. A few Choirbolicals can be spotted in the latest Couch Choir of Love’s in Need of Love Today – a song we sang together not so long ago. Congratulations to Astrid and her team.

Virtual choir – weekly May rehearsals start this Tuesday

There is still time to register your attendance with Rob who is coordinating with our lovely zoom ‘parts’ coordinators. Please pass on to your singing friends and even get together with someone in your ‘bubble’ to rehearse.
6.30pm Alto – Susie

7.00pm Men – Michael

7.30pm Sops – Chrissie M

See previous posts for more details about:
1.Our virtual choir project and trial – feel free to join rehearsals even if unsure of being part of the final video project.
2. Matt’s fabulous rehearsal videos (NB click ‘continue to website’ from the link)

cheers, Marion

Choirbolical virtual choir

Missing singing together? Join our Term 2 weekly online rehearsals with Matt through May and June to be part of a virtual choir project to learn and record a song that will put a smile on your face. Check it out here:

Most of you will have seen virtual choirs on YouTube. VOCE organised a trial run to work out the process. Many thanks to Matt for guiding us with his recordings of Ave Verum Corpus and to Rob for coordinating the post production. You can see our trial virtual choir here: Password: Choirbolical

To organise the online rehearsals in S/A/B groups we need you to register your interest by emailing Rob: [email protected] by Sunday May 3rd. Three people will be facilitating rehearsals online through zoom and email you all the details you need to know once you sign up. It will also be a chance to have a chat with people you sing with. Note: Term 2 fees need to be paid up to support funding the project. First rehearsal will be Tuesday May 5th. Times of groups to be advised.

Once again we can make wonderful music together during this isolating time!

Anzac Day Sing

Flanders Fields – a song for ANZAC Day

Feeling the isolation this Anzac Day? While you are home this Anzac Day, put your headphones on and sing along to the great recordings Matt has made of Flanders Fields.
We haven’t seen each other for a while and we are keen to re-connect. So where ever you are singing along to Flanders Fields, take a photo – at dawn, with memorabilia, just sitting on your veranda etc and send it to Marion [email protected] and I will attempt to put our photos in a collage to post.

Also coming soon – Choirbolical isolation choir project.

Voce Update

To our dear Choirbolical, 

Sotto Voce! (a spoken remark in a quiet voice)

In these weird isolation times, some might be finding it tough, or enjoying slowing down and for others, not really so different. VOCE has been thinking of you all and working with Matt to find ways we can replicate that good ‘ol Choirbolical joy feeling!!

We’re also mindful these times may be too much and you may not wish to engage so, feel free to withdraw this Term and, if you choose, request a refund for the Term. (contact Rob … [email protected])

However, if you can hold tight and watch this space over the break, you’ll see the little gem ideas coming together, our dreams into reality. BUT, we also need your thoughts so Leave a Reply at oremail/ phone a VOCE member!   

… read on ….. 

So, where are we up to …1. Well, Matt’s still on the payroll and he has produced some awesome awesome mini YouTube sessions and more on the way.  and 

Plus the latest one in the post below. Thanks Matt!

2. We know these practices are different on ya lonesome. How do you finding these? Can these be improved or modified to keep you singing in the shower? Let us know, check in… email/ phone

3. Don’t forget your music and parts for all our songs are in the Repertoire …

4. Most of us have viewed virtual choirs (featuring our own Astrid)ABC
Virtual Choirs  

look at this one too…Camden Choir

5. VOCE is exploring our own virtual choir … Could be feasible! We’ll be putting together a trial next week with AveVerumCorpus – watch this space.
6. Can you think of other ways we can connect with each other? 
7. We’ll sing and virtually record easier known songs from our repertoire, such as ……?  using those excellent parts recordings AND/OR ask Matt to look for simpler pieces that would suit a virtual choir hook up? 

8. Members reported they luv Matt’s warm ups and chatter. What are your thoughts?

9. Please also be encouraged to join one of Astrid’s couch choir sessions to enjoy (and let us know how her recording process goes) Spot the choir members here

What’s next …1. Be encouraged to Practice with Matt.  and
2. Feedback to Matt, remember he’s smiling into a lens

3.View other current virtual choirs And beautiful music. Add a link to a post… here’s one from Loretto of the first piece ever sung by Choirbolical

try Corona Rhapsody:

4.Check in, ramble on …

5.Call a choir friend, see how they’re going, dream up ideas, give VOCE a boost!

all the best from VOCE folk

VOCE – choir update

Hope this update finds all our choir members well and happily enjoying some home time. Following is the minutes summary.
VOCE Teleconference – 
The following members called Rob to join the group:

Present: Pam Wilson, Marion Elvery, Matt Collins, Rob Sandison,

Minutes: Rob Sandison?

Apologies: Chris Rattray, Michael Murtagh, Gail, & Stewart, Linda Rother, Catherine Dyson. 

Agenda Items:

Financials: Rob Presented the Financials for the first quarter. Hall Hire – Pam advised that the Hall Hire has been cancelled during the current crisis and that no fees will be charged. VOCE is grateful for the offer by DeMoloy House. Membership fees paid to date will enable us to continue to to pay Matt to be our musical director and facilitate singing.

Rehearsals and Performances Schedules

Live Rehearsals and all performances are cancelled until end of Term 2 (June 26th) VOCE will advise members at the earliest possible time of an extension to this date or, resumption of rehearsals. VOCE’s decision is based on Govt./Health advise. Regrettably, no future plans for performances or rehearsals can be made at this time. It is hoped that performances will resume in the 2nd half of 2020.

Proposed alternatives to Rehearsals and Performances – in the mean time ….

1. Matt has gratefully received all Choirbolical members ideas and has had discussions with Astrid and others in teaching/music circles of options.1. Feedback on Matt’s first YouTube practice video was unanimously and enthusiastically positive! VOCE requested that Matt continue creating practice videos to guide mini individual/x2 rehearsals and will include links to other practice YouTube videos. VOCE encourages all Choirbolical members to access practice videos and provide feedback to Matt.

2. Matt advises that connect en-mass via Zoom or other platforms is problematic, requires a lot of work, technical expertise and costs. There may be possibilities of small group ‘Zoom’ groups getting together to rehearse.

3. Matt will explore in consultation with Astrid and others in his field the possibility of some kind of on-line performance medium similar to Couch Choir/ABC Everybody Choir, with perhaps to a YouTube concert thereby providing a motivation goal for Choirbolical members.

4. Matt will outline a plan for the frequency and content/nature of YouTube posts and potential performance platforms before the next VOCE meeting in 3 weeks.

5. VOCE is keen for feedback from Choirbolical participants inAstrid’s ABC Everybody Choir event. Some members have communicated to Astrid their enjoyment of her segment in Australian Story on Monday night and encourage all Choirbolicals to watch.

Director’s Fees

Rob moved the following Proposal: Based on the successful implementation of a variety of strategies approved by VOCE and implemented by Matt …

That Matt be retained on his normal fortnightly rehearsal fee for three months. That VOCE review this arrangement early in June. That Matt’s normal rehearsal fee includes all preparation and posting of music parts in audio/video formats (excluding mass performances) and consultations with his music network colleagues, Choirbolical membersand VOCE. Passed unanimously.

Choir members connecting during isolation Comments can be left on the website. Marion will check if comments can be made private for log-in users only. VOCE will review of Choirbolical Facebook Pages shortly.

Next Meeting: 21 April Rob (0422543804) to join the group

Meeting Closed: 6:53pm.  

First Rehearsal & Workshop details

This Tuesday 4th Feb will be our first rehearsal for 2020. Time : 6.45 @ DeMolay for a 7pm start. See repertoire tab for new music to download.

Coming up WORKSHOP- Saturday 15th February

a good way to start the year for new comers. All Welcome. Cost is $20. Bring a sweet or savoury plate to share for morning tea. BBQ lunch supplied.
Coming? – let us know at the first rehearsal or reply to this post.

Choirbolical Workshop – Welcome to 2020!

Conductor: Matt Collins.

Venue: Philharmonic Hall

                7 Matthews St., Harristown.

Registration:      8.30am

Session 1:            9.00 – 10.30am

Morning Tea:     10.30 – 11.00am

Session 2:            11.00 – 12.30pm

BBQ Lunch:         12.30 – 1.30pm

Choirbolical 2020

A BIG WELCOME to Matt Collins who will be our Music Director for 2020.
At the VOCE meeting held Dec 10th we were please to talk with Matt who is looking forward to being back in Toowoomba this year and able to bring his considerable musical skills to lead us in another year of wonderful music making.


Feb 4th – first Tuesday evening rehearsal at DeMolay. 6.45 for 7pm start. See all dates under Rehearsal tab

Feb 15th – full day workshop to start our year. A great opportunity to invite new members and share a day of singing and laughter. Details to follow. (Weekend workshops away cancelled at this stage due to short notice)

May 5th – Community Concert Fundraiser for HOSPICE.

Next VOCE meeting Jan 21st. – 6pm at DeMolay Hall followed by food after at Parkhouse. VOCE is a group who help with the smooth running of our community choir and events throughout the year. What to help? Come along – all welcome.