A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published March 22nd 2019
A community choir that's fun for everyone
Have you always wanted to sing but are nervous about doing it alone? Would you like to sing with others but are worried you're not good enough? Have you never learned how to read music? Pop Choir has got you covered! Pop Choir is a non-audition, informal choir which meets weekly to learn popular songs, and will welcome new members with open arms.
How do I know? Because I've been singing with Pop Choir for the past 3 years and have loved every minute of it. Pop Choir started up around five years ago with a small number of members, servicing Moorabbin and the surrounding areas. Since then, the original Pop Choir has increased dramatically in number and two more locations have been added to meet further demand.
The original Moorabbin choir meets on Thursdays during term time at 8.15pm. The newly opened Mordialloc choir meets on Mondays during term time at 7.30pm, and a third choir is set to open on Wednesdays starting on May 8th, also at 7.30pm. Sessions run for an hour each and payment is made on a termly basis through the Pop Choir website.
Getting ready to perform. Photo courtesy of the Pop Choir Facebook page.
So what does a typical session look like? It begins with a warm-up which incorporates breathing techniques, scales and other vocal exercises. Following that comes a release track which is not a taught song, just some fun to get your voice going. Then the work begins! Generally speaking, you'll be working on around 3 songs during each session, which you will revisit each week until they are polished and performance-worthy. The music you'll be working on will be popular songs, from current chart toppers to hits from the sixties and everything in between. Sharon Stokes, the creator of Pop Choir and singing teacher extraordinaire, teaches each song in three parts; bass, alto and soprano (or in layman's terms; part 1, part 2 and part 3). When all three parts come together you will be amazed to hear how good you sound.
Performing at Melbourne Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Pop Choir Facebook page.
Performances are totally optional but a great deal of fun. Pop Choir have performed at a wide range of venues and events, from the Rippon Lea Twilight Christmas Festival to Melbourne Town Hall. We also recently appeared on Channel Ten. There is no pressure put on you to do these performances. If you decide performing is for you, all you need is a Pop Choir T-shirt which you can order during a session, and away you go. Participate in as many or as few performances as you like.
For more information on locations and term fees, go to the Pop Choir website. I highly recommend Pop Choir – it will give you a mid-week buzz like you won't believe!