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 Australian has many talented composers of Choral Music, these ANCA members would be happy to hear from you about what works they have written or if you are looking for someone to commission a work

 
 Judith Clingan AM  
 

Judith Clingan AM was born in Sydney in 1945. She studied voice, recorder, bassoon and composition in Sydney and Canberra, and music education and conducting at the Kodaly Insitiute in Hungary.

She has been composing, mostly for choirs, since she was a teenager. As she has also spent her life teaching and directing choral and music theatre groups, many of her compositions have been written for these specific groups (Canberra Children’s Choir 1967 - 1979; Gaudeamus 1983 - 1993; Lady’s Mantle women’s choir 1991 - 1993; Voicebox Youth Opera 1994 - 2002; Imagine Music Theatre 1994 - present; the Variables - vocal octet - 1997 - 2009; Wayfarers choir for young people and adults 1997 - present). Her compositions include operas and music theatre works for young people and adults, masses, cantatas, plays for young people of various ages with songs and incidental instrumental music, difficult unaccompanied SATB pieces for advanced adult vocal ensembles, and many original pieces and arrangements for SSA and SAB choir. suitable for school and community choirs. Judith has been commissioned by many performing ensembles - she still accepts commissions. 

judithclingan@me.comjudithclingan.net.au; 0410 617 427. 


 

Tito Fiorenzo Benetti

 

 
  My name is Tito Fiorenzo Benetti, a Italian musician. Recently I have a my WebSite (titofiorenzobenetti), where I published on-line, my Works Choral Musics and I wish to share with all of You.

I would be very happy and grateful if between my compositions and arrangements, there were a few pieces that arouse Your interest. I would be grateful if some of my compositions will be learned and sung by Your Choral group or by Choirs of Your Association.
Scores are free to download.
Good Job and Thanks for your attention.
Tito Fiorenzo Benetti

Contact:
Web Page: www.titofiorenzobenetti.it
cell: +39 349 1457027
email: betifi@hotmail.it


Ray Mizzi  
I am Ray Mizzi, regional to Sydney, on the N.S.W Central Coast. Australian Born, of Maltese parents from the 1950's, dad was a diesel mechanic. I am a pianist, singer improviser and have fond memories of hearing my mum singing grand opera as she washed the dishes, I could hear her as I walked up the street from school, and I loved it. She was inspiring to me, in her resilience, her clarity and her raw emotiveness in her voice. The war destroyed the Malta Opera House, and it was never rebuilt. Year later, as  boy, I would be inspired and sang publicly where ever I could: in musicals, in church, in theatre, on the street, in various choirs, chorus and songs on radio. I composed way back, in fact that is all I ever did, as soon as I could play piano, which was very early. After school I took a while to find a way in the suburbs of Sydney, but it was hard in the 80's, in the 90's I went to uni and got in when I impressed Nigel Butterley with a Composition. I then met some amazing Australians, Michael Dudman, Robert Constable, Carmel Lutton and studied tenor with Gerald English. After my degree from Newcastle uni in 1995 I still had no direction in music and did not find new outlets, I just meandered, I tried again and again, but things got in the way, personal set backs and eventually mum passed away, and that seemed to be the end of me. But music kept calling from inside, in layers, in colours, in ways that seem to make complete sense of things. And so I am here, presenting the result of my journey this far to you in a set of compositions. I write songs, and scores for various media, but really love voice.. And while I know I am in the company of great people, I hope you will consider my work worthy merit.

A full 5 min SATB normally takes around 1 week, and is tailored to your ranges and standards. It can be acapella or include full orchestra and I quickly orientate to a genre you require. I have varying rates depending on the requirement and offer a satisfaction guarantee + updates as the work is composed and full support. Parts are all simulated and all accompaniment is provided. No job is to big or too small. 
Call for a friendly talk, or Skype. Call 0414 487 386.
 
Here is my score channel, with a play-list of choral works in Jazz, Classical, Musical Style, Gospel and in the style of music theatre.
 

 

Kathryn Sadler  
KateSongs is the body of choral works from the pen of eminent master voice teacher and choral expert, Kate Sadler. Kate's many works appeal to a range of choirs, frequently featuring optional baritone parts for user friendly music in both the high school and community choir setting. Central is strong melody and lyrical poetry. Her songs range from uplifting anthems and joyful expressions of life and the power of music within it and by contrast, there are simple, but effective layered chants and songs with an unusual twist which move the audience to rapt attention. Above all, KateSongs are singable. She never writes a melody or harmony that she doesn't' love to sing herself. She prides her songs with having a unique and accessible Australian Voice, that expresses the vibrancy and honesty of the Australian spirit. KateSongs are available as licensed PDFs at very reasonable rates, attractive to both school and community choirs.
 
Purchase KateSongs at www.katesadler.com.au/store.html

 

Dan Walker  

Composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. His compositional output includes commissions for Gondwana Voices, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Voyces Youth Choir, the Birralee Blokes, the Nittany Valley Children’s Choir of Pennsylvania, and Halcyon.

Dan’s choral music includes simple unison songs with piano accompaniment, two and three-part treble repertoire, right through to complex 8-part works for mixed voices. He writes for children’s voices, adult amateur choirs and professional ensembles, and has had his work performed all over the world.

Dan is an also active arranger and regularly produces work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and record label ABC Classics.  His work for television includes the iconic 2009 I Still Call Australia Home advertising campaign for Qantas.

As a performer, Dan is a member of the Consort of Melbourne, St James Old Cathedral Singers, Sydney-based Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and was a founding member of early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’.  He is a keenly sought-after conductor, often appearing as chorus-master for the Sydney Symphony, and is Artistic Director of Choristry and Habeas Chorus, the choir for the Melbourne legal community.


 

Annie Kwok

 

Annie Kwok was awarded her Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) from the Adelaide University Elder Conservatorium, and her Graduate Bachelor of Education in Secondary Arts from the University of South Australia. Annie has been on staff with the South Australian Public Primary School’s Music Festival [2000-2004], Young Adelaide Voices [1999-2012], and Brighton Secondary Special Interest Music School [2004-2013]. At the beginning of 2014, she accepted a teaching position at the Sydney Conservatorium High School.

Annie is truly excited by children’s and youth choirs, always inspired by their spirit, possibility and sound. She was the 2011-12 Composer-in-Residence for Young Adelaide Voices, composing works for the 6 choirs under the whimsical title of “Heart, Connection + Identity,” and was delighted to work with the Sydney Children’s Choir as the 2014 Composer-in-Residence, basing all her compositions around the iconic Cockatoo Island. Annie is currently a classroom music teacher at Pulteney Grammar School in Adelaide, and looks forward to further compositional collaborations with Southport School in Brisbane, and SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Sydney.

With plenty of colour, spots + stripes, of course!

Visit littlecolourfulteacher.com for Annie's work.


 

Glyn Lehmann

 

Glyn’s work as a composer includes many commissions for both the WA Massed Choir Festival and the SA Primary Schools’ Festival of Music. His music can be heard on ABC Television programs such as Behind The News, and in theatre productions for Windmill, Patch and State Theatre Company of SA.

Glyn began his musical life as a French horn player in orchestras and jazz big bands. Later, as a keyboardist, his band Seven Stories produced two critically acclaimed albums and supported Midnight Oil, INXS and Ireland’s Hothouse Flowers, amongst many others. He even performed twice at Womadelaide in a Celtic group playing the piano accordion!

Using the experience gained from his diverse musical background and a passion for the craft of songwriting, Glyn established the SongLibrary website in 2012. The aim was to provide easily accessible, high quality works for children to perform and professional resources for teachers and choir trainers. The SongLibrary contains a growing list of Glyn’s commissioned works and other original songs written specifically for children aged 5 to 13 to perform.

Songs for children’s choir available from songlibrary.net
Choral works for youth/adult choirs (SATB, SAB and SA) available from glynlehmann.com

Glyn Lehmann 'humbled' to have song Everyone Belongs featured in Jo Cox memorial

Sherelle Eyles

 

Sherelle Eyles composes children’s choral pieces that have been performed by children’s choirs across Australia, several of which are published in Mark O’Leary’s Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series. Her choral songs have been sung at Out of the Box Festival, Brisbane 2012­; The State Choral Festival of Victoria, 2011; The Next Generation Sings Festival, Gold Coast 2012; Young Voices Choral Festival 2013; Choral Fanfare 2013, ANCA Treble Voices Singing Through Life Festival 2014; Qld Youth Music Awards 2014; the Qld Young Conservatorium State Honours Ensemble Programme 2013; and have won first prize in the Under 12s Championships at the National Choral Eisteddfod, Canberra 2012.

Further performances include Junior Gondwana (Sydney Children’s Choir) at the Summer Music Camps, January 2013 and theSuzuki Foundation Graduation Concert at Sydney Opera House, 2014; chosen set choral pieces of the National Choral Eisteddfod, Canberra, 2013 and Western Australia Massed Choirs Festival 2014 involving over 4000 children, Singfest Qld with 2,000 primary school children and the Primary Proms at Sydney Town Hall 2015 involving 2,000 children.

She has been commissioned by Brisbane Grammar School Chamber Choir for the Pemulwuy Male Voice Festival 2014. Her song ‘Gecko’, was a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards 2013 – Children’s Song Category.

Sherelle’s choral music includes simple unison with piano accompaniment, SA and SSA treble repertoire. She composes for children’s voices of all ages, and has had works performed all over Australia, in Asia and the USA.Sherelle is an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner. She has been a piano and theory teacher and choral accompanist at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School and All Hallows’ School since 1997.

Sherelle is the composer representative of the Australian National Choral Association, Choralfest, 2017.

For more information go to www.sherelleeyles.com

Scott Buchanan

 

Scott Buchanan is a composer, lyricist, musician and teacher and has been writing choral music, songs and musicals for more than thirty years. He has a passion for writing engaging and uplifting works for performers both young and old. He was commissioned to write a children’s opera for Victoria State Opera Schools’ Company in 1992. This piece The Moon Chariot was performed to approximately 70,000 students and was the first VSO Schools’ Company piece to be selected to take part in an International Children’s Theatre Festival. Other commissions have been the massed song for the biennial Music Festival of the Independent Primary School Heads Association (Victoria -  2012, 2014 and 2016). The National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia commissioned a piece, The Day Will Come for a research project called Register 4. This was launched in 2010. That song featured at major NBCF functions in capital cities around Australia for several years. It’s now been picked up by Worldwide Cancer Research and will be performed by renowned operatic contralto Deborah Humble at Australia House in London in April 2016.

Scott along with his writing partner Debbie Nicholls has written six full-length musicals for young people - Fantasy, Vox Vulture and the Knitting Shop, The Rooster Who Couldn’t Crow, Happily Ever After, Inspiritor and Closed Doors, a piece which was commissioned by Methodist Ladies College for their Year 12 production in 2006. These music theatre pieces have been performed widely in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and have also been toured to South East Asia. Scott’s music and lyrics range from simple unison songs with piano accompaniment to SATB choral pieces to fully orchestrated pieces for the theatre.

Scott has been a director of music in Primary Schools for the last 23 years and a music specialist for more than 30 years. He is a highly respected classroom music teacher and choral director holding positions at schools such as Wesley College, International School – Ho Chi Minh City, Methodist Ladies College, St Catherines School and Brighton Grammar School.

For more information go to www.syncorswing.com.au or contact Scott by email at imscottb62@icloud.com

 

If you are a member and a composer, you may like to share your work here. Please get in touch with the office via admin@anca.org.au

If you exhibited your work at Choralfest 2015 in Melbourne, you may wish to liaise with Kellie again about profiling your works here.

 
 
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