Taking part in Sing Australia

If you like the concept of Sing Australia and you want to be a part of it, just read through the different opportunities we have to offer you. You could be a member, an instigator, a leader, a conductor, or an accompanist.

 

MEMBER

Sing Australia groups are groups with a difference. There are no auditions, there is no pressure, there is no requirement to be able to read music. It is just lots of fun! Maybe you would like to sing, but haven't got around to it because you:

  • Have been told by others not to sing
  • Are too shy to sing, even if people tell you that you have a great voice
  • Think you are not good enough to join a singing group
  • Don't know your voice type
  • Haven't much time
  • Thought there were no opportunities to sing
  • Cannot read music
  • Are a bloke and you think that singing is not for blokes

A Sing Australia group might be just what you are looking for! Sing Australia gives you the opportunity to sing with like-minded people whenever you can find the time to come along. Join this nationwide network of friends today by clicking on the orange 'group' button to find the group closest to where you live - there you will find details on where the group meets etc. and a contact phone number for the leader of the group for more details. Or you can simply attend a rehearsal. You can join in with the singing right away or just listen until you feel more confident. You will certainly be made welcome!  Please note the orange 'group' button is located on the top row of buttons on the front page of the website.  

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INSTIGATOR

If there is no Sing Australia group in your town yet, you can be the one to change that! New Sing Australia groups are established all the time and all it takes is someone to take the initiative to make the start by rounding up interested people. It also helps if you have a suitable venue, a conductor and an accompanist. Once you have these things in place our National Director will organize a workshop with you and that usually leads to the establishment of a Sing Australia group.

Existing choirs are very welcome to become a part of Sing Australia as well but it would be necessary for the choir to embrace all the conditions, concepts and modus operandi of Sing Australia.

Are you interested in starting a singing group? Please give us a call or send us an email today. We look forward to hearing from you! You may also be happy to be the Leader.

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LEADER

Each Sing Australia group has a leader, someone who undertakes the day-to-day management of that group. After considerable experience in trying various ways of running a singing group of the nature of Sing Australia, the head office has produced procedures and an operational approach that is applied consistently throughout the network. This has created a management system that sets the basis for good management of individual groups and works effectively in the context of a network. The group leader plays a big role and he or she can have a positive influence on the group through an enthusiastic and caring approach to the members. The head office assists leaders every step of the way in running the group. It is lots of fun and highly rewarding.

Are you:

  • Well organized
  • Good with people
  • Enthusiastic
  • Willing to discover your leadership qualities
  • A good team player
  • Fully supportive of the concept of Sing Australia

 

Don't hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

There is also the possibility of a joint leadership. Some Sing Australia groups have two leaders who share the responsibilities and that works fine too. So if you are interested, but don't want to do it alone: get in touch with us. 

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CONDUCTOR

The Sing Australia conductors have an important role to play. They have to do a myriad of things, but most of these things will come naturally for the right person for the job. If you want to be a conductor, it is important that you have a good understanding of music and that you know the basics of conducting technique. It is also important that you really appreciate the goals of Sing Australia: that of teaching with spirit, and maintaining the love of singing. This includes being patient, encouraging and not being too fussy. Fun and singing lots of songs should remain the main objective of the singing rehearsals. And it is a lot more fun singing through songs without stopping to correct every fault! It is a paid role.

If you would like to be a conductor of a Sing Australia group, please give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

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ACCOMPANIST

Each Sing Australia group has an accompanist and he or she is a key figure within the group. The accompanist needs to provide strong musical backing to the conductor and should also be prepared to participate in the fun of the night. If you want to be an accompanist, you need to be a reasonably experienced pianist with a good sight reading ability. It is also important to really appreciate the goals of Sing Australia. The accompanist is paid.

If you would like to be an accompanist of a Sing Australia group, please give us a call or send us an email. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Click the GROUPS button above to find the closest Sing Australia group to you. The groups are placed on a map with balloons and you can zoom in to your area or view the list of groups in your state/territory. There is no need to book, simply turn up on the night. If you have any questions prior to going along, you may call the leader of the group (contact details on each group page). When you arrive you will need to pay the weekly attendance fee at the door. You will be made welcome and will be provided with an orange joining brochure and songbooks for the night. Don't feel pressured to sing though. If you just want to listen that is fine. We have a tea break during the group rehearsal, which gives you the opportunity to socialise and meet the friendly and encouraging people from Sing Australia.

If you like what you have experienced and wish to join Sing Australia, an annual membership fee applies. You can join online or fill out the Membership joining brochure that was handed to you on the night of your first visit. Click the Fees tab above for more information on fees. 

Once you have sent in your payment, a membership card will be sent to your group leader to hand out to you a couple of weeks later. Once you have been a member for a year an invoice is emailed to you a month before your subscription is due. 

There is no pressure to attend every Sing Australia group rehearsal, just come when you can and have fun singing! There is a small charge for attending a singing group to cover the venue rental, the conductor and the accompanist fees. You only pay this when you attend.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Membership Annual Subscriptions

Sing Australia is based on a user-pay-principle.  If you become a member of Sing Australia, you pay an annual membership fee of $110, which is due 21 days from your first visit to a group rehearsal.  A partner of a full fee paying member will only pay $66.

Pensioners pay a special rate of $77. A pensioner partner of a full fee paying pensioner member will only pay $33. Full-time students can join for free. Your pensioner/student card number will need to be included on your membership form.

There are reduced fees for members of groups in areas of disadvantage (e.g. drought affected areas). Your leader will advise you of any discounted subscription for your group. Special circumstance eligibility is reviewed on an annual basis.

The annual fee generally covers the overall management of the network, a performance licence for each group, the public liability insurance covering all groups for practices, gigs and performances and the copyright of the songs we sing.

Do I have to audition to be in a Sing Australia Group?

No. The Sing Australia Groups are totally inclusive. We want people to feel completely welcome to participate based on their love of singing. The Sing Australia concept is that everyone is equal in their desire to sing and that is the basis for the formation of the groups. It is a non-critical and non-judgemental approach to singing. Allowing everyone the freedom to express themselves with their singing voices is very important.

Will I be able to join a Sing Australia Group if I cannot read music?

Yes - most certainly. Reading music is a helpful tool but it is not essential. The music performed by the Sing Australia groups is well rehearsed providing good opportunity to learn the notes without being able to read them. Practicing hearing is also a good tool for learning and performing music. Some people can learn music just as quickly by hearing the notes as reading them. They can most certainly memorise just as quickly, if not quicker, than sight readers. The main thing is to come prepared to just enjoy yourself.

Do I have to attend Group Every Week?

No. The concept of Sing Australia Groups is to make it possible for people to attend when they can. It is appreciated that most people lead busy lives and it is not always possible to keep to a weekly commitment. Some people have extended leave for several months involving overseas trips and they are always welcomed back to group.

Do I have to perform at Gigs?

No. We realise that some people find it difficult to perform in public and so there is no obligation to do so. The only requirement that we do have is that people performing at gigs must attend a sufficient number of rehearsals to be prepared.

Do I have to know my voice type to join a Sing Australia Group?

No. While we do work on some part singing we allow people the opportunity to place themselves in a voice type (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) that makes it easiest for them. In time we have found that most people discover their voice type when they understand more about their voice. We can assist in the process of helping people to determine their voice type but it is not one we rush into.

Can I obtain further instruction on Singing to assist with my involvement in a Sing Australia Group?

Yes. The Leaders of the groups will either assist you directly in providing singing lessons individually or in classes or refer you to a Singing Teacher.

What are the costs of joining Sing Australia?

To become a member of Sing Australia, you pay an annual membership fee of $110, which is due 21 days from your first visit of a choir rehearsal. Pension card holders are entitled to a reduced rate of $77. If a pensioner couple joins together, the second member will only pay $33. Your aged pension card will have to be sighted by the group leader before you are entitled to the pensioner rate. Full time tertiary/school students are complementary. Students are required to provide verification of their eligibility to the group leader. There are reduced fees for members of groups in areas suffering extreme hardship (e.g. drought affected areas). Your leader will advise you of the discounted subscription for your group. Special circumstance eligibility is reviewed on an annual basis. The annual fee covers the overall administration of the network, a performance licence for each group, the public liability insurance covering all groups for gigs and performances and the copyright of the songs we sing. There is also a group attendance charge which is paid at the time of attending a group rehearsal. This is approximately $7.00 per week. This charge covers the cost of an accompanist, conductor, venue hire and group administrative overheads. The proceeds of this charge are managed by the Group Leader. There is an optional Discounted Songbook Package

Do I have to buy all of the songbooks immediately?

It is essential initially to buy the Songbook which your group is predominantly using. Your group leader will be able to advise you of this. Ultimately, each member should buy the full range of Songbooks for use at rehearsals and performances, and to enable personal practice. Special packages are available which provide significant cost savings.

What if I'm tone deaf?

Tone-deafness is a contentious matter. It often presumes a permanent problem, whereas in our opinion in most cases it is simply due to a lack of experience in singing and therefore in tuning to what you are hearing. You might be surprised to discover that you can sing in tune with encouragement and a few tips. This has been the experience of many who have joined Sing Australia. But one thing is for sure: you will never tune up if you don't sing!

Many members of Sing Australia claim that being a part of the Sing Australia network really has changed their lives for the better. They have made lots of new friends, they have been traveling around Australia and overseas, they feel fitter and healthier and they look forward to their singing nights every week. Many say that being in Sing Australia has been of enormous support to them through difficult times.

Apart from my family singing and Sing Australia are the most important things in my life. Singing with Wallsend and Belmont plus doing gigs I often sing four times a week - only just enough!!
John Lamkin
Wallsend
NSW
Sun, 02 Sep
I have been a member of Sing Australia, Campbelltown and then Magill for over 3 years. I have worked at Lutheran Homes in Glynde for over 2 years. The first time we had a gig at Lutheran Homes it was in the Community Hall and an actual resident danced in the aisle. When I spoke to the residents afterwards they all enjoyed the concert. The second time was in the Nursing Home itself and it was for a mixture of residents from the first and ground floor. Again, the residents were really enthusiastic about the performance and one of them told me that "our rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" was amazing as that was his favourite song. Since then we have done the Christmas Meal for the residents on the first floor where another resident told me that "he was absolutely amazed at the performance of our choir and said that he had never experienced anything like it" and couldn't stop talking about our pianist Reuben. We have also done the Christmas Carol concert on a evening and one of the female residents who I walk with most Tuesdays, always mentions the Carol concert in the court yard. The last two concerts we have done this year for both the ground floor and the first floor were greatly appreciated by the residents. The residents on the ground floor were so inspired that a small group of residents now sing together in church each week helped by the OT Department. Throughout the concert last Wednesday one of the male residents sang more or less every song with us and during our performance of "Wings" clapped with such enthusiasm. He is chair bound so to see such a reaction was heart warming. Many of the other residents also sang some of the songs with us and we opened the doors of other residents' rooms who were bed bound so that they could hear too and one of them told me yesterday, how much she enjoyed the performance. Even our General Manager of the home told me that her Secretary, who came to listen, told her how great our performance was and she joined in singing, "Love is in the Air". I myself have always loved singing and sing every day whether people like it or not. I am so glad that I joined Sing Australia and can bring such joy to the residents in the Nursing Home and other organisations. Music is a gift and to be able to share it with the residents and to constantly get the enthusiasm, joy and wondrous reaction from the older people makes my spirit soar. Thank you Sing Australia.
Jane Loveridge
Magill
SA
Fri, 20 Sep
Dear Colin and all the hardworking staff at Sing Australia, This is just a little not of thank you and appreciation for organising the wonderful National Gathering in Canberra this year. This was the first time I had attended a National Gathering and I found it such a heart warming and uplifting experience as well as tons of fun. I met some lovely people from other states in Australia and made new friends. I will have fond memories of this event for a long time. I am already planning so I can attend the National Gathering next year. A very big thank you to all of you, you are amazing.
Petina Sewell
Swan Valley
WA
Thu, 24 Oct
Congratulations on the new website, it is most impressive.
Kay Ruscoe
Co-Leader Northam
WA
Tue, 11 Sep
Hi Colin, Just a quick note to let you know that I think your people have done a great job with the website. I have finally managed to sit down and have a good look at it and I believe the design is good and it will make life easier for members and leaders.
John Darcy
Leader, St George
NSW
Sat, 06 Oct
To Colin Slater and the wonderful team of Sing Australia, I attended the Gathering in Canberra earlier this month and I just want to say many thanks for the fantastic event. Everything from the program, the catering, the hospitality and the entertainment was brilliant and a very hearty congratulations to you all.
Celeste Sweeney
Sorrento/Duncraig
WA
Thu, 24 Oct
Sing Australia gives me the opportunity to do what I most love to do - Sing!! I love to do gigs and see the joy on the faces of people whom we have just sung to. My husband joined last year and being a bloke it is now very meaningful to him.
Doreen Forbes
Ballarat
VIC
Sun, 02 Sep
Having overcome my fears & misgiving after much prompting & encouragement from my wife Joan I ventured to the Midway Point Community Hall recently & within a week I signed up with Sing Australia Sorell. The welcome I received was overwhelming in a most genuine expression of friendship. I was made to feel at home. The encouragement to find my voice – to immediately participate in the rehearsal sight & sound unknown... I have very quickly attended; The Quadrant Retirement Lifestyle Expo @ Wrest Point & the Regional Gathering @ Launceston. Both “Gigs” were enjoyable with the Regional gathering a not to be a missed experience. What a “ baptism of fire “.... but the warm genuine personalities of all the attendees soon had my nerves under control – my shirt was wet through & the joyful tears I shed uncontrollable. ( This happens at rehearsals too....). The musicality of all shines through. The leaders, accompanists & conductors are truly musicians of in depth learning & performance. All done with the music as the number one.. no personal ego’s... willing to patiently instruct all. Their love of music shines on us all. My spirits have been lifted. Thank you all. Kindest thoughts, Dean M Koch, Sorell Tasmania
Dean Koch
Sorell
TAS
Sun, 09 Mar
Sing Australia means forming new friendships It makes me feel happier and is good for the soul I break out into song whenever I can and choose the right song for the right occasion
Janet Danielak
Geelong
VIC
Sun, 02 Sep
Friendship Interaction with others who have a shared love of singing Family/Care/Support
Bruce Rowe
Southern Highlands
NSW
Sun, 02 Sep