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THE AUSTRIAN CHOIR CANBERRA

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The Austrian Choir Canberra is a SATB choir and was formed in 1981 shortly after the Austrian Australian Club Inc. in Mawson, opened its doors. This highly respected Choir is based at the Club and is a major force in the promotion of Austrian culture and music in Canberra and the wider community in Australia. It has an extensive repertoire of Austrian, German, English and International songs, ranging from serious compositions and traditional music to the more modern ‘Heimatlieder’ and other folk music, ballads and the unforgettable Viennese waltzes. The Choir gains immense pleasure in providing its audiences with enjoyment and, at times, some nostalgia.

The Choirs’ main objective is to have fun and enjoy the musical experience while at the same time achieving a high level of excellence in its performances. The Choir is fortunate to have a number of talented singers and musicians, which enables it to present solos, duets, quartets and instrumental pieces. Many of its singers do not speak German nor read music, but this is never an issue as assistance is given with pronunciation and translations of songs are provided.

The Choir sings at Austrian Australian Club functions, has performed at Floriade and the Multicultural Food and Dance Festivals and sings regularly at Churches, Nursing Homes and Hospitals. The Choir hosts an annual Variety Concert fundraiser for Arthritis ACT and performs at other concerts in the ACT and in the Southern New South Wales district. It is invited every year to celebrate the Austrian National Day at the Austrian Embassy.

The Choir is a member of the Australischer Saengerbund (the German Choral Association of Australia Inc.) and has participated in its triennial Saengerfests since 1991. They were proud hosts of Saengerfest in Canberra over the weekend of October 4-6, 2014.The Choir is also a member of ANCA (the Australian National Choral Association).

Under the name 'Austrian Australian Choir' it toured Austria and the Czech Republic in 2007 with standing ovations at each concert. In 2010 it followed with a very successful ‘encore’ tour to Germany and Austria and again in 2013 where it sang in St Peter's Basilica and St Ignatius in Rome and presented concerts in Zurich, Salzburg and Vienna.

If you love to sing, please feel free to call in and listen to a rehearsal, which are held on Wednesday evenings from 7.15 to 9pm at the Austrian Australian Club in Heard Street, Mawson, opposite Southlands Shopping Centre. Alternatively, ring any one of the Committee members for more information. You are not required to audition, you just need a genuine desire to sing with this wonderful musical family.

For more news and event dates, please visit the Choir’s website www.austrianchoircanberra.net

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