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    06/Oct/2020

    SOULVoices is an up-and-coming community group and choir in the City of Whittlesea. It comprises of members whose main reasons for joining are for enjoyment, creativity, learning the skills required for singing as a group and for meeting new people with similar interests! Most of the people interested in joining SOULVoices have basic to intermediate vocal experience.

    Though the meeting venue for through group is a church auditorium, the group is a community group. We welcome participants of all nationalities, creeds, and ages from 18 years upward.

    Being a community group, no background in choral singing or sight reading skills are required, though some experience in both are welcomed. Due to COVID-19 the original launch date of Saturday October 10th has been postponed. We estimate the commencement date will be early 2021. In the mean time we have a Facebook Group to share updates, repertoire ideas and comments if you would like to join. Simple let Michelle Cook know responding to this e-mail or calling.

    We also have a public Facebook Page for regular updates and information. https://www.facebook.com/SOULVoicesGospelGroup.

    WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT - FUN!  MUSIC!  LAUGHS!

    Members of SOULVoices will learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, vocal warm ups and exercises, aural training and activities to enhance group singing, singing in harmony, Traditional and Modern Gospel songs and Afro-American Spiritual repertoire. We also will encourage solo singing within the gospel repertory and give interested members a chance to sing solo parts from within the choir. We will sometime use of basic percussion instruments to enhance rhythm, and same stage craft and gospel choreography.

    You will learn songs such as O Happy Day, Freedom is Comin’, Amazing Grace, works by Gospel great such as Kirk Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, and Lauren Daigle in part harmony!

    The SOULVoices Choir will be training to perform in various venues and events around the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and beyond once a number of pieces are well rehearsed and established.

    Apart from becoming a choir member, each member is also encouraged to sing solo parts or verses if they desire to do so. Gospel music often has the format of soloist and choir response. It’s all very fun! Michelle is experienced in raising up soloists as well as training choirs. If you would like to dabble in solo singing too, then it will be encouraged throughout the year.

    OUTLINE OF FIRST SESSION

    • Introduction
    • Giving of the material and repertoire
    • Vocal warm up and basic technique
    • Finaising the grouping in vocal types (SATB)
    • Learning of the first piece of music in a fun, proactive, manner using clapping, rhythm exercises and repetition of parts.
    • Combining of parts to practice the songs fully harmonised. Songs will be generally easy and fun to sing with the goal of learning a new song each week or fortnight at the most. (Audio practice tracks will be sent each week pertaining to the session in question to assist in personal practice and familiarity of vocal parts)

    CHOIR MASTER & VOCAL INSTRUCTOR - Michelle Cook, www.michellefranciscook.com

    International performer Michelle Cook was trained in the VCA (University of Melbourne) and received a Graduate Diploma in Opera (Voice). She won several singing competitions and scholarships including the prestigious Acclaim Awards and trained as a Young Artist in the Opera of Florence, Italy. Her 15 year career as a performer included opera, comedy and music theatre, orchestral concerts, and TV appearances in Barcelona Spain, performing live for TeleTaxi TV, Telecinco in the contemporary vocal competition "Levantate". She trained in Vocal teaching, Masterclasses and Courses in Italy, Spain, and Germany. She was the Head of the Vocal department of Carro de Baco Aula de Teatro, where she trained over 100 students in contemporary singing, stagecraft and ensemble. Michelle trained a youth Gospel choir 2010 - 2018 and was guest vocal trainer of the BlueMove Blues choir 2018, in Barcelona. A number of her students were accepted in The Voice Spain (La Voz), including her student, Soul/Jazz singer Esmeralda Colette, who reached the finals in 2016.

    VENUE - Main Auditorium, CityLife Church Whittlesea, 70 Kingsway Drive, Lalor, VIC 3075. https://goo.gl/maps/idMkd9MS2TTw6WYR6

    Group members are invited to free supper and snacks, tea, coffee and refreshments after the session.

    FEES - As this is a community group, members are only to pay a small administration fee each term (TBA). The fee covers SOULVoices Choir Folder and name tag, printout and photocopies of songs and vocal exercises, and other material and will be very low.

    HOW TO ENROL - Enrolment details will be forwarded to you once the commencement date as been established. For further information, contact Michelle Cook on 0413 172 449. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU JOINING  SOULVoices GOSPEL CHOIR.