WELCOME TO THE AUSTRIAN CHOIR CANBERRA
The Choir's main objective is to have fun and enjoy the musical experience while at the same time achieving a high level of excellence in its performances
The Austrian Choir Canberra is a SATB choir and was formed in 1981 shortly after the Austrian Australian Club Inc. in Mawson, opened its doors. This highly respected Choir is a major force in the promotion of Austrian culture and music in Canberra and the wider community in Australia. It has an extensive repertoire of Austrian, German, English and International songs, ranging from serious compositions and traditional music to the more modern ‘Heimatlieder’ and other folk music, ballads and the unforgettable Viennese waltzes. The Choir gains immense pleasure in providing its audiences with enjoyment and, at times, some nostalgia.
The Choirs’ main objective is to have fun and enjoy the musical experience while at the same time achieving a high level of excellence in its performances. The Choir is fortunate to have a number of talented singers and musicians, which enables it to present solos, duets, quartets and instrumental pieces. Many of our singers do not speak German nor read music, but this is never an issue as we assist with pronunciation and provide translations of songs.
The Choir has performed at the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Concert Series, at the High Court, Floriade and the Multicultural Food and Dance Festivals and sings regularly at Churches, Nursing Homes and Hospitals. It is invited every year to celebrate the Austrian National Day at the Austrian Embassy.
The Choir is a member of the Australischer Saengerbund (the German Choral Association of Australia Inc.) and has participated in its triennial Saengerfests since 1991. We were proud hosts of Saengerfest in Canberra over the weekend of October 4-6, 2014. See the Saengerfest page. The Choir is also a member of ANCA (the Australian National Choral Association).
Under the name ‘Austrian Australian Choir’ we toured Austria and the Czech Republic in 2007 with standing ovations at each concert. In 2010 we had a very successful ‘encore’ tour to Germany and Austria and again in 2013 where we sang in St Peter’s Basilica and St Ignatius in Rome and presented concerts in Zurich, Salzburg and Vienna.
If you love to sing, please feel free to call in and listen to our rehearsals, which are held on Wednesday evenings from 7.15 to 9pm at the Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah. Alternatively, ring any one of the Committee members for more information. We do not require you to audition just a genuine desire to sing and join with this wonderful musical family.
Visit their website for rehearsal and contact details!