About The Choir
Locally grown, internationally known
Young Adelaide Voices is a unique South Australian Choir School, catering for young people aged 5 – 35. This community based, not-for-profit organisation provides a top quality choral education within a friendly and positive environment.
Since its inception in 1988, Young Adelaide Voices has become an internationally renowned choir, having made seven overseas tours representing Australia in Canada, Europe, UK, America, China, Hong Kong and Japan. They have recorded 9 CDs, with a tenth CD in the making.
What does YAV do?
Young Adelaide Voices teaches excellence in singing, performing and musicianship with music from all genres and eras and concerts for every choir, young and old!
It’s exciting to hear how young choristers grow in skill and maturity as they progress through the choirs and hear how they develop not only in sound but in confidence and teamwork. These bonds are strong and the music and friendships they make in their years in YAV last a lifetime.
Energy, enjoyment, excitement and involvement for all choristers accurately encapsulates the essence of Young Adelaide Voices. Singing beautifully is obviously the main aim and focus of the Choir, but there are many components underpinning a beautiful choral performance.
Our 5 choirs represent various stages in our choristers’ choral education.
- YAV has a flexible structure which allows choristers to study music appropriate to their different abilities, interests and experiences.
- Each choir group represents a stage of choral education based on learning to use the voice correctly, using Kodaly principles relating to aural awareness, musical theory, and sightsinging.
- Choristers are exposed to diverse musical genres, and they learn about a wide variety of composers, compositions and cultures.
- The repertoire is specifically chosen to:
- Introduce musical theory
- Enhance vocal range and skills
- Provide an extended means of expression through choreography, percussion and performances
- Develop an appreciation of the role of music in society
- Regular assessments and placements according to age and ability ensure that individual needs are met and choristers progress systematically to the next challenge.
- Time set aside for Musicianship appropriate to all levels of knowledge, as part of weekly rehearsals.
- Facilitating group or individual vocal lessons on a rehearsal day and choral conducting for older choristers.