Sing Australia singing groups are ‘choirs’ 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 giving us a call or sending us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
You can also go to the group nearest to where you live and 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!
There are many other ways you can get involved with Sing Australia today. You could be a member, an instigator, a leader, a conductor, or an accompanist.
You can go to the Sing Australia group nearest to where you live and simply attend a rehearsal. You can just show up or you may call first, to ascertain the address and rehearsal time. You will be made welcome and you will be provided with a songbook 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 of $110 is due 21 days from your first visit. This fee covers the overall administration of the network, the public liability with gigs and performances and the copyrights of the songs we sing. A reduced annual membership of $77 applies to pensioners, $33 for second member of a pensioner couple, and free for full time students.
There are reduced fees for members of groups in areas suffering extreme hardship (e.g. drought affected areas). Your leader will advise you of discounted subscription for your group. Special circumstance eligibility is reviewed on an annual basis.
An invoice is sent annually a few days before your subscription becomes due. Renewing members are required to pay their subscription within 28 days of the due date.
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.
You can join this nationwide network of friends online or by clicking the Join Today button on the top right corner of the website or collecting a Membership Application Form from the Leader of your group. 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.
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.
Thu, 24 Oct
Companionship, music and laughter, what more could you ask of any one group? My friends in Sing Australia were a great support to me in my time of need earlier this year. Thank you to Colin for his dream and to our wonderful Swan Valley leader Bronwyn Davey and the Swan Valley members for their friendship
Sun, 02 Sep
A full workout of the lungs each week - improving breathing and posture The companionship of other singers Lots of fun and laughter
Sun, 02 Sep
Friendship Interaction with others who have a shared love of singing Family/Care/Support
Sun, 02 Sep
My visit to the National Gathering totally re-inforced the belief I have in all that Sing Australia can and does for the community. It allowed me to see how I have changed since joining Sing Australia. I was never lonely at the National Gathering even though I went by myself - we are one big family in a most unique way
Sun, 02 Sep
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
Sun, 02 Sep
Congratulations on the new Sing Australia website. I have had no problem accessing it. I haven't had a lot of time free to explore every aspect of it but I will in due course. Margie and I have checked at rehearsals that everyone understands and is able to access the information they are looking for. There have been a couple of people not able to get on initially but that was more to do with putting in their password. We have offered to guide them through the process and printed off some FAQ's which were readily taken.
Co-Leader Canberra Colours
Thu, 20 Sep
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!!
Sun, 02 Sep
New friendships with caring people and caring for people who need friends Meeting up and making new friends at National Gatherings and State Gatherings A feeling of being on a high after Monday nights practice and singing in the car on the way home. Great all round!!
Sun, 02 Sep
Many congratulations on the new website. I am now looking forward to instructing our members on its use.
Fri, 14 Sep