Australia's National Children's Choir - Gondwana Voices

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Applications for National Choral School 2016 will be open by the end of July.

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Gondwana Choirs is seeking to appoint a key operations team member, the Gondwana National Choirs Manager. The successful applicant will manage all operational aspects of Gondwana Choirs' national programs, including National Choral School in January, and also have a key role in the planning of all Gondwana Choirs international touring.


The person we are seeking has demonstrated experience in operations management or tour management, and relevant tertiary qualifications are desirable. Evidence of working cooperatively with a range of internal and external professionals in the development, implementation and evaluation of performing arts tours and projects is essential. You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a polite and professional manner and be a team player who is self-motivated and shows initiative. Previous experience working within the not-for- profit/cultural sector, an interest in choral music and experience and enthusiasm working with young people are highly desirable.


You will demonstrate organisation and administrative skills including competency across Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and use of databases and have the ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines.  A flexible attitude to duties/responsibilities and working hours is essential.

For a full position description, please click here.


Short listing for interviews will be based on applicants meeting the essential and desirable criteria listed in the position description. Enquiries can be directed to the Artistic Operations Manager on 02 8274 7005. In addition to a cover letter, applicants should also include contact details for two referees, and a current CV. Applications are to be addressed to Gondwana Choirs, General Manager, Ms Bernie Heard at

Applications close at 9am on Monday 10 August 2015.

Gondwana Choirs is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity. A Working with Children Check will be carried out for all preferred applicants.





Legends & Dreams is a new digital EP that comprises eight musical highlights from the Sydney Children's Choir recorded archive, released to coincide with the Sydney Children’s Choir Summer In Europe tour. The title of the EP is taken from the mystical nature of many of the works, including such gems as Joseph Twist's 'Rain Dream', commissioned for Gondwana in 2007, Lyn Williams' APRA/AMCOS award-winning 'Flock of Stars' and ‘Dominion of Dreams’, as well as Ross Edwards’ enchanting 'Dawn Mantras' written for the turn of the new millennium. This compilation encapsulates the best of the choirs' recordings with ABC Classics to date, and delivers some of the most captivating offerings of Australian choral music. Buy it now on iTunes


In late June, Sydney Children's Choir departed on their tenth and longest international tour. They performed in Barcelona, Lyon, at the world's most prestigious choral festival, Polyfollia in Normandy, Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral. The Summer in Europe tour kicked off with a Farewell Concert in hometown Sydney on Tuesday 25th June at City Recital Hall, Angel Place where the choir will perform as part of the series A Little Lunch Music.


Rehearsing for Evensong at Westminster Abbey


Rehearsing for Evensong at Westminster Abbey




Nurturing and Inspiring Sydney’s young singers


Would that every city in Australia had such opportunities for its children
Richard Gill OAM


Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Lyn Williams OAM, the Sydney Children’s Choir is held in high regard by music professionals, not only for our artistic excellence, but for our contribution to the Australian cultural landscape; including the more than 100 Australian choral works we have commissioned and premiered.


As part of our unique choral training program, we perform with professional ensembles such as the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and other children’s choirs from around the world, and collaborate with leading visual artists including Michael Leunig and Shaun Tan, and cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of NSW and Powerhouse Museum.


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Accessibility is one of our core values, and we strive to ensure that no suitably talented and enthusiastic child is excluded from our programs due to financial, social or geographical barriers.


Help us continue our tradition of excellence and accessibility by making a tax-deductible donation to our Bursary Program.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to offer the young people of Sydney quality music education, exceptional professional performance opportunities and a happy and safe environment in which they can be proud to learn, be inspired, and aspire to excellence, form friendships, and flourish.




Choral singing is essentially non-competitive; we do not sing to be the loudest, the highest or the fastest. Our choristers develop a strong sense of empathy for each other and the younger choristers. They love to help others and this is demonstrated in their willingness to mentor younger singers ... It is a very supportive environment where the abilities of each child are recognised.


Learning to perform at a professional level helps young people to develop a strong sense of responsibility and self-awareness. We believe that the greatest discipline comes from within each child – even young choristers have a strong sense of pride in their achievements and understand the satisfaction that comes from artistic excellence. They have very high expectations of themselves and of each other.

Very often we all leave rehearsal on an absolute high.


Singing together and striving for a joyful, ringing beautiful sound is a great way to lift our spirits.
Lyn Williams


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