Come Join Us!

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Auditions:
Thursday June 11 at 7pm, Saturday June 13 at 10am, Thursday June 18 at 7pm

Address:
Immanuel College Junior School Hall, Wises Rd, Buderim

Phone:
Secretary 0431 542 343

Email:
orianaconcertchoir@hotmail.com

The Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir, current Queensland Grand Champion Choir, and the Sunshine Coast’s premier vocal group, are offering a unique opportunity for MALE singers to join this renowned and respected group. Vacancies exist in the Tenor and Bass sections of the choir and interested singers are invited to audition at our rehearsals in Buderim this week and next. This is the best time to join the choir, as it is the start of a new rehearsal season.

As members of the choir, each week singers receive great vocal tuition that develops and improves pitch, listening skills, sight reading, diction, phrasing, breathing, music theory and performance skills

Members also participate in varied musical performances each year, some with orchestra. Over the next 18 months Oriana has plans to travel to Melbourne and Toowoomba and to tour Eastern Europe, on our second international trip. Also planned are concerts with orchestra, a Broadway Revue and Christmas Spectacular.

Singing with the choir is challenging and a lot of hard work but offers great personal rewards: friendships, sense of purpose and community, camaraderie and of course, the satisfaction of making MUSIC together. Singing in a choir is the hobby with SOUL.

Joining the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir means becoming a part of one of the Sunshine Coast’s most vibrant and successful community groups. With the committed contribution of each member, we strive for performance excellence and provide opportunities for continuing musical development, volunteering, personal enjoyment and fulfilment.

Being able to read music and previous choral experience are advantageous but not essential. For more information call 0431 542 343 or come along to our rehearsal at the Immanuel College Junior School Hall on Thursday night at 7:00.

Showcase Concert to assist Marcia Recovery

Hi All!

Easter is fast approaching and we’ll be defending our Qld Eisteddfod Champion Choir title soon but first, we will present the debut performance of our 2015 Competition Repertoire at our annual Showcase concert, March 29th at the Lake Kawana Community Centre, commencing at 2pm.

The Choir have been hard at work preparing our competition pieces for the 122nd Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod and Coast audiences will be the first to hear them performed. A portion of the profits will go to a sister group of the choir, The Rockhampton Musical Union. We know they must have been hit hard during Cyclone Marcia and we really wanted to help out our fellow singers in some way and show them our support.

The Choir will present an eclectic collection of varied works from four centuries of composition including thrilling madrigals, stunning sacred arrangements, classical and contemporary pieces. We will be reprising a favourite from last year’s sell-out Broadway concert, ‘The Ballad of Sweeny Todd’ and will sing an excerpt from our acclaimed presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

Also performing will be the Oriana Youth Choir, competing at the Eisteddfod this year for the second time. The Oriana Ladies’ and Men’s Ensembles will also present featured works, both accompanied and a’capella.

We’ll be aiming for a Hat Trick Grand Champion title win this year! Can we do it? The 122nd Heritage Qld Eisteddfod will this year be in Brisbane for the first time in 40 years. It will be held in the City Hall which should prove spectacular! We’d love to see you there and hear you cheering us on! The Choir competes on Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night. For more information about the eisteddfod visit: http://www.queenslandeisteddfod.org.au

Tickets for our showcase concert will be available at the door or for reserved seating visit scvenuesandevents.com.au. Enquiries phone 0431 542 343.
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Messiah performances start this weekend!

Our very exciting collaboration with the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir culminates this weekend with our first performance, in Ipswich at St Mary’s Church in Elizabeth St, on Sunday the 16th at 2pm.
If you’re in Ipswich or Brisbane (and you can find your way out of the city!!) we’d love to see you there.

Orchestra and soloist rehearsals over the past weekend were incredible so its going to be a wonderful concert.

Our 2nd and final performance will be the following weekend at the Lake Kawana Community Centre. Bookings for the November 23 event are available at scvenuesandevents.com.au. Enquiries phone 0431 542 343.

Tickets should also be available at the doors of each concert which will commence at 2:00pm, but bookings are encouraged. For ticket information regarding the Ipswich event, head to cambrianchoir.org.au/concerts or call 3281 2162. Group discounts available.
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Magical Oriana~Cambrian Collaboration

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We are very excited to be combining with one of Australia’s oldest and most awarded choral groups, the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir to present Handel’s Messiah. The November 16 and 23 events, to be performed on the 16th at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Ipswich, and on the 23rd at the Lake Kawana Centre, Bokarina, are the perfect prelude to 2014 Christmas celebrations.

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Performances of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ will be taking place all around the world during the festive season and many people make an annual pilgrimage to see the work. Composed in just three weeks, ‘Messiah’ has been delighting audiences for over 250 years. It is as mesmerising today as it was when, moved by the awe-inspiring ‘Hallelujah’ chorus, King George II stood to his feet and started a tradition that has continued to this day.

Joining Oriana and the Cambrians this year are soprano Natalie Peluso, contralto Kathryn Bradbury, tenor Phillip Prendergast and bass Sam Hartley.

The choirs will be accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra ensemble comprising some of Queensland’s most talented musicians, led by violinist, Neridah Oostenbroek.

Bookings for the November 23 event are available at scvenuesandevents.com.au. Enquiries phone 0431 542 343. Tickets should also be available at the doors of each concert which will commence at 2:00pm. For ticket information regarding the Ipswich event, head to cambrianchoir.org.au/concerts or call 3281 2162. Group discounts available.

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‘Its Broadway, Baby!’

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Hi all! We’re very excited to tell you about our upcoming concert (its this weekend coming!)  when we’ll be joining with the Oriana Youth Choir to present a fabulous concert event, dedicated to the songs of Broadway. Dates and times are: August 9 at 7:30pm and August 10 at 2:00pm, both concerts at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.

The massive hits, the surprise gems, the all-time favourites, the world-changers: this concert promises something for everyone with music that has inspired generations of musical theatre lovers. We’ve chosen a bunch of the best broadway songs from the past hundred years and brought them together for a sensational concert event.

Its been masses of fun putting them all together for you and we know you’ll enjoy them as much as we do. We’re up to our final rehearsals now and its going to be GREAT! From the rousing choruses of Les Miserables, to a tender duet from Miss Saigon; moving songs from Rent, Carousel and A Chorus Line, to toe-tappers from Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and Sweeney Todd, our first Broadway revue has the lot. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll jump to your feet to join the revolution!

The Saturday evening concert will be licensed and is cabaret style (hors d’oeuvres and desserts included) with tables of 8.  Sunday’s matinee is concert seating with refreshments available at interval. Bookings contact the Lake Kawana Community Centre, www.scvenuesandevents.com.au or 5413 1400.

Enquiries phone 0431 542 343 or visit oriana.org.au for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Mothers’ Celebration Concert

This weekend we’ll be presenting a very special concert just for the Mothers in our lives, with a ‘pre’ Mother’s Day concert. We’ve had a bit of a tradition over the last couple of years producing a Mother’s Day concert, but with many of our Mums (or the children that we are Mothers of) wishing we could spend Mother’s Day together, we decided to to hold our concert a little early!

So come along and celebrate Mums with us with an entertaining line-up of favourites from both Oriana Choirs and some of our very talented soloists and ensembles. We’ll definitely include some encore performances of our Grand Champion winning Competition pieces and we’ll have all our trophies on show.

Concert is this Sunday May 4, commencing at 2:00pm, at the Buderim War Memorial Hall. Tickets www.trybooking.com.au or phone 0431 542 343. Tickets are $20 and include a scrumptious buffet afternoon tea. (Primary age children $10)

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We Did It!

Queensland Grand Champion Choir again! Everyone is recuperating this week and celebrating our 2014 Eisteddfod wins with a well earned rest. Oriana Trophy Haul

The Heritage 121st Queensland Eisteddfod saw choirs and soloists from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Rockhampton and all over South East Queensland try their hardest and perform their prepared offerings before the adjudicators and appreciative audiences. Our gorgeous talented Youth Choir members beat their nerves and impressed with their very first Queensland Eisteddfod appearance. Many a comment was voiced that give our very young singers a couple of years and their excellent training and discipline will make them a force to be reckoned with! Many of our Oriana soloists also performed extremely well with quite a few awards and our own Youth Choir conductor Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke won the hotly contested Musical Theatre or Light Opera Solo final.

Here’s all our choir results –
Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir:
Hymn Singing – 2nd
Open Sacred Choral Contest – 1st
Open Madrigal Contest – 1st
Open Ladies Choral Contest – 2nd
Open Men’s Choral Contest – 1st
Open Modern Chorus – 2nd
Open Chief Choral Contest – 1st
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Sunshine Coast Oriana Youth Choir: (their first State Eisteddfod)
Youth Modern Chorus – 3rd
Youth Music Theatre Contest – Highly Commended
Intermediate Choral Contest – Highly Commended

Hope to see you at our Mothers’ Celebration Concert May 4 at 2pm at the Buderim War Memorial Hall. No doubt we’ll perform some of our winning pieces along with other Oriana favourites. Tickets www.trybooking.com

Ready to Defend our Title

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir will commence our performance calendar for the year with our annual Competition Showcase to be held at the Caloundra Uniting Church, Sunday April 6 at 2:00pm. The eclectic collection of works which includes incredible music from 4 centuries of composition, will debut our Queensland Eisteddfod repertoire. Music Director Daniel, accompanist Fay and the choir members have been hard at work preparing to defend their Grand Champion Choir title won at the 2013 event and their fans and followers will be the first the hear the fruits of their labours.

The 121st Queensland Eisteddfod will be held, this year, on the Sunshine Coast, at the Lake Kawana Community Centre over the Easter Weekend and will give Sunshine Coast music lovers a rare opportunity to see some of Queensland’s largest, oldest and best choirs compete for the coveted and hotly contested Grand Champion crown. The State competition was last held on the Coast in 2009.

Oriana is a 3-time winner, but we have only ever won in odd numbered years, the first being in 2009.  We’re really hoping we can break the mould this year and win on home turf again.

The April 6 Competition Showcase concert will also feature the Oriana Youth Choir who will be making their State competition debut at Easter. Tickets will be limited so please book early. Bookings via www.trybooking.com.au or phone 0431 542 343.

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Celebrating Mums with Music

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Fresh from our Queensland Grand Champion Choir title win, the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir are preparing a wonderful musical event dedicated to mums with a Mother’s Day Celebration Concert to be held on May 12 at 2:00pm at the Buderim War Memorial Hall.Image

Featuring a thoroughly entertaining programme of Oriana favourites from the last few years including Broadway hits, much loved sacred works, stunning classical arrangements and modern masterpieces, the concert will thrill mothers of all ages. There will also be surprises, competitions and market stalls and a scrumptious high-tea plate with tea or coffee included in the ticket price.

Also performing will be the talented young members of the Oriana Youth Choir and a variety of soloists, quartets and duos.

Tickets  ($20 for all adults and $10 for children 12 and under) should be pre-booked for the May 12 concert by calling 5472 7209.

For more information about Oriana, visit http://www.oriana.org.au or call 0431 542 343.

Eisteddfod Champs Again!

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We’re very excited to have returned triumphant from the annual Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod held over the Easter weekend, this year in Rockhampton. This 120 year old festival of music attracts choirs from all over Queensland and Oriana was declared Grand Champion Choir for the 3rd time in only 7 years of competing.

Placing in every event entered, Oriana members have returned home with a swag of trophies and big smiles on our faces. We feel very honoured and proud of each other. This year was a little different too, as for the first time in over ten years, the event was an ‘all of Queensland’ competition with choirs and singers from Cairns and Mackay also joining in.

The event began on Good Friday morning with Oriana awarded Thirds in the Welsh and the Hymn singing and continued into the afternoon with the ladies placing Third the Small Ensemble section (16 voice) and the men receiving a Highly Commended. Friday evening, the full Oriana Choir were thrilled to place First in a very hotly contested Sacred competition and Second in the Madrigal. Adjudicator Adele Robertson, also commenting on the choir’s lovely sound, great high notes and excellent blend said of our sacred work ‘Elijah Rock’, “A very difficult song sung wonderfully well.”

Saturday afternoon the Men’s Chorus won their contest with a stunning presentation and the Ladies’ Chorus placed Second. Adjudicator, Dr Timothy Smith remarked on the Men’s performance, “A virtuosic piece reflecting great musicianship.”

Saturday evening’s events of the Modern Chorus and Chief Choral are highly coveted awards with the Modern an audience favourite.

Oriana sang the Barbra Streisand classic, ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’ in the modern section and Adjudicator Christopher Saunders commented, when awarding us Second, “Excellent presentation! Great sense of Style.”

The success continued with Oriana winning Second in the Chief Choral. Dr Smith said of our performance, “Carefully prepared and presented. Highly impressive, well done.”

Oriana’s Musical Director, Daniel Calder was presented the Grand Champion Choir cup for overall highest points scored and the Lindsay Statham Memorial Challenge Trophy, another aggregate prize.

We must also congratulate our Accompanist Fay Baker who was presented the ‘Most Proficient Accompanist Award’ and the Dai and Bruce Short Trophy! You deserve it Fay!!

Aside from their work with the choir, Fay and Daniel were very busy accompanying their various students (many of whom are Oriana members) who challenged themselves performing in solos and duets. They all did very well and we’re really proud of them too.

The Heritage Queensland Eisteddfod is held in a different regional centre each year and 2014 will see the 121st festival held at the Sunshine Coast over the Easter weekend. For more information visit the Facebook page, 2014 Queensland Eisteddfod Sunshine Coast.

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