Hello, happy new year and welcome to Shout!

We’re excited to be shaking out our crumpled tail feathers albeit in a carefully observed two-metre stylee, and looking forward to more singing and instrumental music-making together in 2021.

CMVic’s own singing group, Flinders Lane Community Voices is back for a final summer fling until the end of the month. Come and join us online if you’re free at lunchtimes on a Thursday!

On Monday 8th February, CMVic’s Music Software Workshop #6  will be all about de-mystifying MuseScore. The workshop’s free and online and everyone is welcome. Nicki Johnson, Oli Hinton, and Bruce Watson will share tips to help you arrange pieces in a new way for the new year.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this month’s listings and events, it’s fabulous to feel things starting up again, and thank you to Kass for returning for another round of glorious inbox-clearing.

We'd love to help you share the word about any singing or playing opportunities you are planning for March and beyond! Please send the info to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by February 22nd and we'll include it in our listings and on the CMVic Facebook page

Happy singing; happy playing and fingers crossed for a 28th doughnut day in Victoria tomorrow and the implications this will hopefully have for us all!

With warm wishes,

The CMVic Communications team 

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CMVic News

Leaders Lounge Lunch Series: Reboot 2021 links to previous sessions

Leaders Lounge Lunch Series: Reboot 2021 links to previous sessions

01 Feb 2021

If you missed the opportunity to attend either of CMVic's Singing Leaders Lounge Lunch Series: Reboot 2021 events at the end of last year, all is not lost!

Here's an opportunity to listen and enjoy them all over again:

07-Dec-21: Returning to face-to-face with Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart (Link to Zoom mp4 recording)
16-Dec-21: Hybrid sessions - future proofing your community music leading with Andy Rigby (Link to Zoom mp4 recording)

Keep up to date with news of upcoming talks by joining the CMVic Singing Leaders' Lounge on Facebook!

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Make a Face Mask for Singers!

Make a Singers' Face Mask using this great design!

29 Jan 2021

With DHHS regulations continuing to recommend wearing face masks while singing inside, yourself or members of your group might be interested in this DIY Face Mask Design for Singers.



It's a design which has been road tested and updated several times by Soprano Joan over the course of the past several months and, according to the comments, the instructions are easy to follow! Let us know how you go if you make one. And here's a video of Joan 'Singing in the Mask' so that you can assess whether it is something which might work for you…

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DHHS Updates for Singing or Music: Reviewed January 23rd

DHHS Updates for Singing or Music: Reviewed January 23rd

23 Jan 2021

On 23rd January 2021, in line with COVID Safe Summer Restrictions the following was posted on government websites: "Can I go to a rehearsal or lessons for singing or music?" (https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/entertainment-and-culture#can-i-go-to-a-rehearsal-or-lesson-for-singing-or-music)



Yes. If you are participating in a music or singing rehearsal or lesson it is recommended that you keep at least two metres from other people in the rehearsal or lesson. It is strongly recommended you wear a fitted face mask when you are singing indoors.



"Can I sing as part of a performance?" Yes. When singing as part of a performance it is strongly recommended you keep safe by: Singing outdoors…

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Catch Up With Previous Music Software Workshops

Catch Up With Previous Music Software Workshops

30 Nov 2020

CMVic realises that making time to participate in online workshops can be tricky. In consideration of this, the past five workshops in the Music Software series are now available for viewing online. If there are any that you've missed, this is an ideal opportunity to catch up!



Music Software Workshops

14-Dec-2020: Workshop 5,"Hardware for at home and on the road"

16-Nov-2020: Workshop 4, Virtual choir/band Part 2

09-Nov-2020: Workshop 3, Virtual choir/band Part 1

05-Oct-2020: Workshop 2, "Audacity" 07-Sep-2020: Workshop 1,



"Overview of Software" Pop February 8th in your diary and check out Workshop #6: MuseScore! Find out more here…

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One-to-One Online Music Tech Support Available to Members of CMVic

One-to-One Online Music Tech Support Available to Members of CMVic

30 Jul 2020

Is understanding technology a barrier to you and your group making music online? 



Do you avoid Facebook and social media because you feel overwhelmed by the number of choirs and singing groups who seem to have got it together at a time when you feel you haven’t?   Are you flummoxed by tech and bamboozled by Zoom?



Don’t despair! You are not alone. We totally get it and in response Community Music Victoria has created a solution to help anyone, whose music making has ground to a halt over the past few months due to physical distancing and zoom-induced sweats,…

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The CMVic Shop never shuts!

The CMVic Shop never shuts!

30 Apr 2020

The CMVic online store has many wonderful resources lining its virtual shelves, including The Ukestration Manual and The Business of being a Community Musician by Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart, and Just Sing and Just Sing Rounds songbooks aimed at community singing groups and choirs, by Jane Coker and Val Regan.                    

The Ukestration Manual: Want to go beyond hum’n’strum? Want to deal with music-making humans more effectively? 100+ pages packed with knowledge, practical solutions and reflections based on ten years of teaching and leading ukulele. Click here

The Business of Being a Community Musician: Let people value you as a…

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CMVic Events

Flinders Lane Community Online - Back for Summer

Flinders Lane Community Online - Back for Summer

21 Jan 2021 - 25 Feb 2021

Flinders Lane Community Voices is back singing up and celebrating summer!



Join in for free and sing down on the beach, out on the deck or in the cool shade of your lounge room.



Singing leaders John Howard, Craig Barrie and Nicki Johnson will host a magical summertime hour of gorgeous originals and firm faves each Thursday lunchtime from 1 - 2pm, until the end of Feburary. 

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Music Software Workshop #6: MuseScore

Music Software Workshop #6: MuseScore

08 Feb 2021

Music Software Workshop #6: Musescore (online) Our first Music Software Workshop for 2021 focuses on MuseScore - a popular and free music notation software packed with useful features for music leaders and group participants. Nicki Johnson, Oli Hinton, and Bruce Watson will share their expertise in using MuseScore for community choirs and bands.



Topics include: setting up a score, quick and easy methods to input notation, sharing easy-to-read scores transposed and formatted for different instruments, using playback functions to improve participant learning and practice. As always there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and dig deeper into features.…

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Coastal Connections Concert

Coastal Connections Concert

20 Feb 2021

An opportunity to hear the beautiful work that has been composed by the musicians for a series of specially commissioned films to emerge from the Coastal Connections project. The project, which has run since August 2020, was conceived to support a process of community reconnection, resilience and recovery, bringing people together through a framework of creative engagement and intercultural collaborations. 



The project is coordinated by Dr Laura Brearley in partnership with Community Music Victoria and West Gippsland Libraries, with funding from Bass Coast Shire Resilience Grants Program.  Read more about it in this article by Laura in the Bass Coast Post. COVID restrictions permitting, meet the composers, see the films…

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Public News

Community News and Info

Grants Opportunity - Stronger Communities Programme

Grants Opportunity - Stronger Communities Programme

01 Feb 2021

Grants Opportunity - Stronger Communities Programme - The Federal Government's 'Stronger Communities Programme' provides grants to NFP's to fund small capital projects that will improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. The minimum grant amount is $2,500; The maximum grant…

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City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund Recovery Grants 2021

City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund Recovery Grants 2021

29 Jan 2021

The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) Recovery grants are a new round of arts project grants that will support local artists, groups or arts and related organisations to develop creative projects that engage our community during COVID-19 recovery. This grant round…

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With One Voice Choir Seed Funding Grants up to $10,000 - NOW OPEN

With One Voice Choir Seed Funding Grants up to $10,000 - NOW OPEN

29 Jan 2021

At Creativity Australia's With One Voice we are changing the world, one voice at a time and alleviating loneliness, depression and social isolation. Throughout this unprecedented time, we continued our important work throughout 2020 by quickly pivoting to online sessions every night of…

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Play It Forward choirs commence rehearsals in February

Play It Forward choirs commence rehearsals in February

29 Jan 2021

Come Sing With Us! Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Artistic Director All the fabulous 'Play It Forward' choirs are in full swing rehearsing again in 2021. You're invited to join the fun. Choir of Opportunity Latrobe Valley Community Choir Voices…

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Join Melbourne Women’s Choir

Join Melbourne Women’s Choir

29 Jan 2021

Tuesday 2 February is the first rehearsal of the Melbourne Women's Choir, so this is a great time to join. Singers with good musical skills will enjoy working on challenging music, and first up recording a CD of Britten, Holst…

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Singing Together Again: Research Project

Singing Together Again: Research Project

29 Jan 2021

Is it safe for choirs to sing again? A project initiated by Ballarat Choral Society is finding the answers. With the aid of a Regional Arts Fund grant a small team of experts is investigating the particular risks of singing…

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Music Works Grants

Music Works Grants

29 Jan 2021

Applications have now opened for Creative Victoria's February 2021 funding round of their Music Works Grants. The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria's contemporary music artists and music industries. It provides support for projects and…

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Ukulele Lessons with Gippsland Acoustic Music Club

Ukulele Lessons with Gippsland Acoustic Music Club

27 Jan 2021

UKULELE LESSONS:   The 2021 Ukulele Lessons are starting up again on Sunday February 28th and will occur each 4th Sunday of the month. Beginners are from 1.00 - 2.30pm and Intermediate from 3.00-4.30pm. There are a couple of spaces left in both levels…

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Music Teacher Vacancy

Music Teacher Vacancy

27 Jan 2021

Crashendo, an El Sistema-inspired music program at Laverton P-12 College, is seeking an experienced music teacher to work with small groups of primary school-aged beginners for songs, music theory and general music appreciation. We are seeking a teacher for Wednesdays…

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Bellbrae Singing for Fun in 2021

Bellbrae Singing for Fun in 2021

27 Jan 2021

Singing for Fun in Bellbrae have decided to change from the last Friday of the month to the THIRD Friday evening, and this year hope to have all FOUR seasonal singing sessions inside at Bellbrae Hall - with social distancing…

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Public Events

Group Events

Private Singing and/or Ukulele Lessons

Private Singing and/or Ukulele Lessons

01 Feb 2021 - 30 Apr 2021

What are your music goals for the year?  Start a new instrument? Do you want to expand your playing skills? Learn to read music? Work on singing more confidently and in tune? No time like the present! Private lessons with Steph Payne…

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Vocal styles and techniques online workshop with Vicky Jacobs

Vocal styles and techniques online workshop with Vicky Jacobs

01 Feb 2021

An online workshop with Vicky Jacobs to explore the different vocal colours you can make and how to make good vocal choices for the songs you want to sing. Yes, you can sing pop AND classical songs - you don't…

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Beginners Ukulele - Online

Beginners Ukulele - Online

01 Feb 2021 - 22 Mar 2021

Beginners Ukulele - online Each week we learn a new song or two and then we revise songs we learnt the previous weeks to build up a solid repertoire of songs you know well. You will learn everything from tuning…

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Ukulele Skills Lab - expand your skills and move toward being an intermediate player

Ukulele Skills Lab - expand your skills and move toward being an intermediate player

02 Feb 2021 - 02 Mar 2021

Ukulele Skills Lab - online UkeLab is about moving beyond the beginners plateau and walking bravely toward intermediate skills. You will learn strumming patterns, picking patterns, riffs and tips to challenge you and help you learn what you and your…

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Willin Wimmin Term 1 2021 New members welcome

Willin Wimmin Term 1 2021 New members welcome

03 Feb 2021

Sing a cappella with a wonderful group of women! Directed by Steph Payne. We sing a wide range of styles and have a fantastic repertoire.  After keeping our membership in-house last year, we are now opening up to new members…

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Wyndukes Ukestra seeks new members

Wyndukes Ukestra seeks new members

04 Feb 2021 - 09 Apr 2021

Wyndukes - we're back in-person! Woohoo! This is so much fun. We play popular/rock music and there are parts for every experience level. Strummers, Singers, Riffers, uBassers, Baritones, all are welcome and we are actively looking for new members. Lots…

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Drum Connection: Evening Sessions

Drum Connection: Evening Sessions

04 Feb 2021 - 01 Apr 2021

Drum Connection Hurstbridge will be resuming ‘drum to drum’ African Drumming classes for the new term on FEB 4 & 5 with Covid safe practises in place. Drums are supplied and timid beginners are always welcome. Term Dates: Thursdays 7.30-8.30…

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Drum Connection: Daytime sessions

Drum Connection: Daytime sessions

05 Feb 2021 - 02 Apr 2021

Drum Connection Hurstbridge will be resuming ‘drum to drum’ African Drumming classes for the new term on FEB 4 & 5 with Covid safe practises in place. Drums are supplied and timid beginners are always welcome. Term Dates: Fridays 2.30-3.30…

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Glee West - free trial session

Glee West - free trial session

17 Feb 2021

Glee West is back with the fabulous Katie Pryce at the helm and a brand new approach!  Rather than our weekly drop in choir, we've heard you'd like to practice songs and work towards a performance so we're giving you…

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Glee Club is back!

Glee Club is back!

23 Feb 2021

Yes, you heard right - Glee Club's famous weekly singalong is back! We'll be at Campari House in the CBD every Tuesday at the new time of 6pm starting Feb 24.  There are a few little differences: you'll need to…

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Metro Events

Parents and Carers Choir: Term 1- Singing sessions

Parents and Carers Choir: Term 1- Singing sessions

01 Feb 2021 - 29 Mar 2021

The Parents and Carers Choir is starting back on Monday 1st February in Doncaster. Bookings are essential and the sessions are free! More details are available on their Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/2dFKRFpaW or from their website: https://www.parentsandcarerschoir.com/post/first-rehearsal-of-2021-let-s-sing The Parents & Carers Choir is a choir for people looking…

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Vokallista Term 1, ‘21

Vokallista Term 1, ‘21

02 Feb 2021 - 27 Apr 2021

Armed with all the necessary Covid Safe plans and very determined to get in some singing, we begin as we hope to continue! If you are keen to try something new this year, you will be welcomed into our noisy and…

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Just Holler, Mondays

Just Holler, Mondays and Wednesdays

08 Feb 2021 - 26 Apr 2021

Just Holler are back for another year of singing, community and embracing whatever challenges 2021 has in store for us. Term 1 will offer a singing option for everybody, in person rehearsals inside, outside, on Zoom and live streamed on…

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Chillin’ in Banyule

Chillin’ in Banyule

11 Feb 2021 - 07 Mar 2021

Chillin' in Banyule - Returning for a Summer Series. Don't miss out on the amazing live music on offer at your local shops with Chillin' in Banyule! We have over 35 gigs programmed across the 4 week calendar, with a terrific mix…

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Park Sounds - A Brand New Event for 2021!

Park Sounds - A Brand New Event for 2021!

21 Feb 2021

Park Sounds - A Brand New Event for 2021! Park Sounds is a fantastic free afternoon and evening of live music by popular Australian musicians playing in the relaxing natural environment of Sills Bend in Heidelberg. Come and enjoy music set against the backdrop of…

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The Fig Tree Replanted

The Fig Tree Replanted

21 Feb 2021

The Boite, together with the Hellenic Museum and Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre, are delighted to co-present The Fig Tree Replanted, a live concert featuring a dozen world-class Australian performers from Greek, Jewish, Italian and other backgrounds. Two shows of music and storytelling will be performed…

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Open Air Music Macleod Series

Open Air Music Macleod Series

28 Feb 2021

Open Air Music Macleod Series - Visit the beautiful surroundings of Macleod Village Park and catch a live performance or two whilst enjoying delicious treats and coffee by the local traders. Sunday 28 February: Munch Dolphin, 10am, A local band with…

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Regional Events

GAMC Welcome Back Picnic & Jam Session

GAMC Welcome Back Picnic & Jam Session

07 Feb 2021

Warm up those vocal chords, tune up your  instruments and be ready to get into the music!  (in a Covid safe way of course).  BYO  • picnic dinner, drinks • chairs or picnic rug (although there are some park benches…

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Wonthaggi Sing for Fun and The Harmonizers: Sing in the Park

Wonthaggi Sing for Fun and The Harmonizers: Sing in the Park

13 Feb 2021

Thanks to new group limits and zero community transmission we are going to try another Sing in the Park. Feel free to join us. Please bring your own chair, sunhat, sunscreen, water etc. Join us in our circle where if…

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Healesville Community Choir

Healesville Community Choir is for everyone who loves to sing. All abilities, all welcome. Group singing for fun and connection. Performance opportunities available too.

Join now! Term 1 starts 1st Feb and runs on the first 3 Mondays of the month, 7-9pm

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or tel: 0411 478 111

Music Camps

2021 Summer Mountain Fest

2021 Summer Mountain Fest

26 Feb 2021 - 28 Feb 2021

A weekend singing retreat for mixed voices. Details to come - the 2021 Summer Mountain Fest will be a celebration of all things vocal - a chance to connect with good people, express yourself, and find your voice amongst the beautiful…

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Workshops

Remo: Free, Online Drumming Circle

Remo: Free, Online Drumming Circle

03 Feb 2021 - 10 Mar 2021

"Rhythm Wellness and YOU!" Tuesday Night Live Online Community Drum Circle presented by REMO Our next Drum Circle is Tuesday Feb. 2nd with Aaron Kierbel from RhythmALLogy. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. JUST BE READY TO SMILE! Fun and Rhythm for All!…

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Back to School - Boite Schools Chorus

Back to School - Boite Schools Chorus

06 Aug 2021

The Boite Schools Chorus is BACK.  The Boite Schools Chorus is an un-auditioned massed choir project for schools and community youth choirs. This year the concert is 'Akoma: The Heart' directed by Mishael Gyabeng, Kofi Kunkpe and choir leader Stella Savy. The…

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Classes

Sussex Neighbourhood House Ukulele Playing Opportunities!

Sussex Neighbourhood House Ukulele Playing Opportunities!

08 Feb 2021 - 30 Mar 2021

Have you ever wanted to play the ukulele? Beginner and intermediate playing opportunities available at Sussex Neighbourhood House: Absolute Beginners. (BYO Ukulele). DAY: TUESDAYS! 9 February -30 March  TIME: 12PM-1PM COST: FULL $107.50 CON: $87.50 SESSIONS: 8 WITH: PHIL Or,…

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