Youth Chorale

Love to sing? Not learning an instrument but want to immerse yourself in music? Join the Youth Chorale! Work with vocal masters and rehearse with a dedicated accompanist. Learn how to project your voice, read music, and sing in parts. You'll even learn new languages! Auditions for this ensemble are not necessary, but registrations are essential. 


Ensemble Information

 

Approximate Age Range 11 to 25
Rehearsal Times Mondays 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Rehearsal Venue Hobart North Uniting Church
Annual Fee $545

Thinking you might be too young or inexperienced for Youth Chorale? Have a look at our Junior Chorale!



Concerts

Youth Chorale performs in these concerts in 2019


Concert 1

Sunday 19 May
Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS


Concert 2

Sunday 11 August
The Farrall Centre, The Friends' School


Concert 3

Sunday 3 November
The Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Plus more special project events throughout the year.


Meet your Conductor


Helen Thomson - Tasmanian Youth Chorale Conductor

Helen Thomson is a classically-trained soprano (MMus, University of Melbourne), musical director and composer. During an 8 year stint in the Netherlands, incorporating regular performances with such outfits as Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the Netherlands Bach Society, the Egidius College and the Netherlands Radio Choir, as well as the study of Sonology (or technology-aided composition and digital signal processing) at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, Helen attracted Australia Council funding for her debut CD, meditatio / xv, incorporating her own compositions based on Gregorian Chant and Zen Meditations, featuring Grand Master of Shakuhachi Riley Lee and a found sound electroacoustic “third voice” of Helen's own design.

In Australia, she has sung with the Song Company, the TSO, Festival of Voices, e21, La Compania, Ludovico's Band, Van Diemen's Band, and Baroque / New Work ensemble Sequenza. Helen's recent composition has received support from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council. Her compositions formed part of QTas Choir's 'Queer Narratives: Story to Song' and 'ReachOut' projects; Timeless, an extended song cycle for Sequenza, toured as part of Ten Days on the Island in 2017. A Tasmanian Requiem, a major work for brass and vocal ensemble, premiered to high critical acclaim in April 2018. Helen participated in Creative Partnerships Australia's 2017 Match program in order to fund the purchase of instruments for Sequenza ensemble, as well as gaining a place at the inaugural TSO Louise Crossley orchestral conducting workshops in 2018.







Tasmanian Youth Chorale Legacy

In 2018, we joined forces with Tasmanian Youth Chorale in an amalgamation of two organisations with aligned visions of providing quality music education and ensemble experiences to young Tasmanians.

Originally started in 2008, The Tasmanian Youth Choirs had three choirs to cater for a range of ages for young people who love to sing:  The Junior Chorale for students in Grades 2 – 5, the Youth Chorale for singers in Grades 6 – college level and The Graduates which is aimed for singers ranging in age from 16 – 25.  

The choir has won numerous awards at local eisteddfods and has performed for the Governor General, the Consul General of Japan, the Moorilla International tennis finals day and sings regularly at Government House. The choirs also sang for the launch of the ABC Giving Tree in 2009 and 2010.




Meet your Conductors


Simon Cawthorn - Wind Ensemble Guest Conductor

Simon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn. Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia, including the National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera Company, and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert Band to Japan, China, Canada and America.

As a soloist, Simon has won several state and national awards, including winning the National Open Flugelhorn Competition at the ANBC in Adelaide (2011). In 2013, Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK.

Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands, including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass and teacher in charge of bands in several schools. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour (2016) for services to community banding.

Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was most recently the adjudicator at the TBL State Solo and Party Championships. He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and, in his spare time, he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.









Sean Priest - Wind Ensemble

Sean is excited to be part of TYO’s program and introducing young musicians to some fantastic wind band repertoire. He was fortunate to tour with TYO's flagship orchestra as a young trumpeter in his mid-teens. Sean currently teaches at St Michael’s Collegiate, the Hutchins School and UTAS Conservatorium of Music.

As a performer Sean entered the classical music profession at the age of 16, and has held Principal trumpet positions with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as orchestral soloist with the TSO and WASO, recorded for ABC Classics, and broadcast on ABC radio. Among many recordings for radio, CD, film, TV and gaming, he can be heard on the Young Indiana Jones TV series, Dungeons and Dragons video games and movies such as Death Defying Acts and The Bank Job. In the commercial field, Sean has played lead trumpet for international and national music icons such as Michel Le Grand, Aretha Franklin, Michael Crawford, Tina Arena, Vanessa Amorosi, Marina Pryor, Anthony Warlow, and Katie Noonan.









Meet your Conductors


Simon Cawthorn - Wind Ensemble Guest Conductor

Simon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn. Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia, including the National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera Company, and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert Band to Japan, China, Canada and America.

As a soloist, Simon has won several state and national awards, including winning the National Open Flugelhorn Competition at the ANBC in Adelaide (2011). In 2013, Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK.

Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands, including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass and teacher in charge of bands in several schools. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour (2016) for services to community banding.

Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was most recently the adjudicator at the TBL State Solo and Party Championships. He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and, in his spare time, he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.









Sean Priest - Wind Ensemble

Sean is excited to be part of TYO’s program and introducing young musicians to some fantastic wind band repertoire. He was fortunate to tour with TYO's flagship orchestra as a young trumpeter in his mid-teens. Sean currently teaches at St Michael’s Collegiate, the Hutchins School and UTAS Conservatorium of Music.

As a performer Sean entered the classical music profession at the age of 16, and has held Principal trumpet positions with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as orchestral soloist with the TSO and WASO, recorded for ABC Classics, and broadcast on ABC radio. Among many recordings for radio, CD, film, TV and gaming, he can be heard on the Young Indiana Jones TV series, Dungeons and Dragons video games and movies such as Death Defying Acts and The Bank Job. In the commercial field, Sean has played lead trumpet for international and national music icons such as Michel Le Grand, Aretha Franklin, Michael Crawford, Tina Arena, Vanessa Amorosi, Marina Pryor, Anthony Warlow, and Katie Noonan.






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