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australian girls choir

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australian school of performing arts


about us

Founded in 1984, the Australian Girls Choir is known as the country’s leading performing arts organisation for girls, and today has over 3500 young choristers in training across five states of Australia.

Girls have fun and make new friends as they learn singing, dancing and performing in our dynamic weekly classes. They are encouraged to extend themselves musically and let their personalities shine in all performances. Any girl aged 5 and above can join us – the simple truth is that all girls can learn to sing and our classes cater for varying abilities and confidence levels. Parents value the ‘hidden’ elements of the curriculum including enhanced confidence and self esteem, development of presentation and public speaking skills and learning from positive role models. Let us inspire her to see the world as her stage!


start by singing

where will she begin? | what might she become? She will start by singing, dancing, playing and making friends in weekly classes, then like so many girls before her she might end up performing at high profile events in Australia and around the world.

There are six training levels of the choir and we adopt a vertical learning approach to education which means that there is a mixed age group at every level. Our curriculum includes singing, dance, drama, movement, music literacy, advanced part singing, presentation and performance skills. Our approach to training girls of all ages includes making extra opportunities available to those who excel. Outstanding Potential Awards are presented to a select number of choristers each year, and our AGC concerts feature soloists and small groups who rehearse their special speaking and singing parts in the Stellata class. Girls in the Prelude and Concert levels may be selected for a position in the specialist group Canto which rehearses for one hour each week in addition to regular classes.


encourage and inspire

junior @agc Look no further that junior@agc for your daughter’s introduction to the performing arts.

Our creative and nurturing program will educate, encourage and inspire girls aged 5 to 8, as they take their first steps in singing, dancing and performing. Piccolo Level Entry: Prep and Grade 1

Vivo Level Entry: Grade 2

Annual Fees: $600 (GST inclusive) per year which includes weekly 1 hour classes and a number of combined rehearsals.

Annual Fees: $600 (GST inclusive) per year which includes weekly 1 hour classes and a number of combined rehearsals.

the training levels

Girls aged 9 and above sing, dance and play in our training levels, taking their performing arts education to the next step. Allegro Level Entry: Grades 3 & 4

Prelude Level Entry: Grade 6

Annual Fees: $815 (GST inclusive) which includes weekly 1 hour 15 minute classes, weekend Music School, combined rehearsals, sheet music levy and music bag.

Annual Fees: $945 (GST inclusive) which includes weekly 1 hour 30 minute classes, weekend Music School, combined rehearsals, performance costume on concert days, sheet music levy and music bag.

Avanti Level Entry: Grade 5 Annual Fees: $890 (GST inclusive) which includes weekly 1 hour 30 minute classes, weekend Music School, combined rehearsals, sheet music levy and music bag.

Concert Level Entry: Grade 7 Annual Fees: $1020 (GST inclusive) which includes weekly 1 hour 30 minute classes, weekend Music School, combined rehearsals, performance costume on concert days, sheet music levy and music bag.


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dazzle audiences

performance groups Camerata and Performing Choir Girls who successfully complete at least one year of training in the Concert Level are eligible to audition for Camerata and the Performing Choir.

Our senior girls, aged between 12 and 18 years, are accomplished young performers. They dazzles audiences at Australia’s most prestigious events, on television and in recording sessions, and all around the world on national and international tours. Many of them started their journey with the choir aged between five and eight. The balance of experiences in the classroom and performance greatly enhances choristers’ self esteem, sense of achievement and pride; as well as having a positive influence on their psychological, physical and emotional health. Senior girls have the opportunity to take on roles of responsibility which allow them to gain confidence, poise and develop leadership skills. A feeling of belonging to a dynamic group of people with shared interests and goals often results in life long friendships. Values learnt from positive and responsible role models such as commitment, perseverance, and self discipline are of long lasting benefit.


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You may have seen our girls... Wowing audiences

■ Performing with celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Jessica Mauboy and John Farnham ■ Representing Australia at official performances for dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela and Pope Benedict XVI. ■ Entertaining thousands of people overseas at ‘G’Day USA’ Australia Week, the Shanghai World Expo or on one of our 26 National and International Tours. ■ Wowing audiences at the biggest events including the AFL Grand Final, Australian Open Tennis, Carols by Candlelight, Carols in the Domain and singing for Oprah Winfrey during the taping of her Australian shows at the Sydney Opera House.


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your involvement Demonstration Classes These are presented during terms 1 and 3 and offer parents the opportunity to observe the variety of learning activities that their daughters enjoy weekly. Concerts All choristers are involved in our two major concerts held each year; the mid year Winter Showcase and the Annual Concert towards the end of the year. These and other important dates are detailed in the Newsletter. Music Schools These are held for Allegro to Concert levels on one weekend per year during the first half of the year. Music Schools are non-residential and the cost is included in annual fees. Girls work with professional choreographers, drama tutors and our own music staff. Participation in the Music School is expected and is important preparation for our Winter Showcase Concerts which are held mid year.

Tours The choir embarks on a National and International tour each year. All members of the Performing Choir are eligible to tour. Concert and Camerata Choristers may audition for a limited number of positions on National and International tours. Uniforms Girls in Piccolo, Vivo and Allegro Levels do not wear a uniform. Girls should wear comfortable casual clothing with hair tied back. Avanti, Prelude, Concert, Camerata and Performing choristers are required to wear a rehearsal uniform. Costumes Piccolo, Vivo, Allegro and Avanti choristers do not have a formal performance costume. In the past girls have been asked to wear their best party dress, a white dress or their correct rehearsal uniform for performances. Prelude, Concert, Camerata and Performing choristers wear performance costumes when

they are involved in Australian Girls Choir concerts and in public engagements. These costumes are provided as part of your annual fee. Concert, Camerata and Performing choristers are required to purchase jazz shoes. Camerata and Performing choristers are required to purchase black performance pants. Please see the Australian Girls Choir website under Current Choristers for all details.


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timetable MELBOURNE Ringwood Yarra Valley Grammar School

Kew Ruyton Girls School

Cheltenham Cheltenham Secondary College

Essendon Ave Maria College

Ivanhoe Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School

Box Hill Kingswood College

Caulfield North

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Caulfield Junior College

Lower Templestowe St Kevin’s Primary School

Download our detailed Melbourne timetable


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how to join FREE ! CLASS

Come along and try a free class! Contact us to organise a free trial class at your local rehearsal venue. If your daughter enjoys the class and would like to enrol in the choir, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible as waiting lists do exist at some of our venues. Contact the Enrolment Coordinator to confirm a position at your local rehearsal venue If we are unable to offer your daughter a position at your preferred venue you may choose to place her on our waiting list for the next available position. Organise payment of $50 enrolment deposit by credit card or cheque Positions for new enrolments will be confirmed upon receipt of registration form and $50 deposit. The deposit will be credited towards your enrolment fees upon confirmation and is non refundable unless we are unable to offer you a position at your preferred venue. Confirm your preferred method of finalising the fee balance – in full or monthly instalments? Fees are payable annually in advance. Alternatively, an instalment plan using direct debit from your bank account is available for enrolments in Terms 1 & 2. A 5% discount on total fees applies for each sibling enrolled in the choir.

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Welcome to the Australian Girls Choir community! LINK to opening a copy of the Registration Form


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our community Girls from Oz g-oz is our philanthropic arm which provides high quality performing arts activities for children who might otherwise be unable to access these sorts of opportunities due to economic, geographic or residential limitations. Currently members of g-oz are working with indigenous girls from the East Kimberley region in WA in an effort to help build their confidence and self esteem and provide them with connections that will enable them to travel and explore life outside of Halls Creek. www.girlsfromoz.org.au

National Breast Cancer Foundation The AGC is proud to be Youth Ambassadors for the NBCF, with our choristers using their voices to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for breast cancer. Each year our girls perform in over ten events for the NBCF and we are excited to have commissioned an anthem, The Day Will Come, for our charity partner. A highlight of our relationship is our participation in the Mother’s Day Classic walk, which this year saw over 600 of our choristers and families dress in pink and take part in this wonderful fundraising event!

Qantas We have been delighted to represent the Spirit of Australia in the hugely successful ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ advertising campaigns for Qantas since 1998. Over the years, thousands of our girls have been involved in the filming of these spectacular commercials, and in live performances and tours for Qantas all around the world.

Alumni Many alumni continue to have an association with the AGC and we are proud to employ more than ninety ex-choristers nationally as Managers, Supervisors, Tutors and Administrative Assistants. Benefits for family members of alumni who join AGC may apply. Please contact us for more information.

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details

contact us Enrolments Department Ph 03 9001 1882 enrolments@aspagroup.com.au Head Office (Melbourne) Ph 03 9859 6499 or 1800 338 142 headoffice@aspagroup.com.au Adelaide Office Ph 08 8271 1622 adelaide@aspagroup.com.au Brisbane Office Ph 07 3256 0207 brisbane@aspagroup.com.au Perth Office Ph 08 6365 2100 perth@aspagroup.com.au Sydney Office Ph 02 9922 6733 sydney@aspagroup.com.au

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