08 November 2022Share
Something magical happens when a group of individuals sing together, making music so much greater than the sum of its parts. ACU’s Brisbane Choir is living proof of this, celebrating a legacy of almost 30 years.
Since forming in 1994, the choir has provided hundreds of ACU students the opportunity to develop their musicianship skills and vocal technique and to forge a meaningful connection to community whilst studying at ACU. Over the years, the choir has regularly performed at graduation ceremonies, Masses, and other significant university events.
Under the direction of ACU Choir Coordinator, Timothy Sherlock, the choir recently presented Spring Serenade, the end of semester concert showcasing a wide range of music from the Baroque period to retro Eighties pop hits.
“Each semester, the choir provides an opportunity for students, staff and community members to come together to explore the art of choral music in its many styles and genres”, Timothy said. “We sing repertoire from the great canon of sacred choral music as well as music from the worlds of folk, pop, jazz and musical theatre – there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.”
The choir is fortunate to be supported by the talents of Gregory Mayer who is celebrating 25 years of service to ACU as choir accompanist and organist. Over the years, Gregory has witnessed the tremendous impact the choir has had on building a sense of community by offering a rewarding cultural experience for students at the McAuley at Banyo campus.
The popular ACU Brisbane Choir concerts that are held at the end of each semester have become opportunities for the choir to make a compassionate contribution to charity.
In 2022, the ACU Brisbane Choir has raised over $5000.00 in support of local and globally-focused organisations. The gold coin entry at Spring Serenade raised over $2000.00 in support of local charity Beddown.
Beddown founder and 2022 Australian of the Year finalist, Norm McGillivray, said that the funds would go towards Beddown’s Christmas campaign to provide pop-up accommodation for vulnerable people in Brisbane over the Christmas period.
The concert also marked the swansong for fourth year music education student, Sunny Vincent. Sunny commenced her membership of the choir as a first-year student in 2019 and she has been grateful for the musical opportunities the choir has provided for her.
“Being part of the ACU choir is one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever taken part in. In the choir I found a community of people from all walks of life who join together in voice and spirit to make the most beautiful music,” Sunny .
“As a music education student, I knew music was going to be a huge part of my life but through participating in this choir for the last four years and seeing the effect that music has on performers and audience alike, I have been moved to pursue a career in choral conducting.
“Being a part of the ACU choir has definitely been a highlight of my degree and an experience I am forever grateful for.”
The ACU Brisbane Choir will reconvene in February 2023 for the start of Semester 1. Students, staff and members of the wider community are warmly welcomed to join. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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