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Wednesday June 30th, 2021

Dear ANCA members,

As we come to the close of the financial year, I would like to thank everyone who continues to renew their membership with ANCA.  We realize during the last 18 months it has been difficult for our members and we are always looking for ways to boost your value for money. 

One such initiative ANCA National has offered its members in 2021 is through our 30th birthday Webinar Series.  We have had a fabulous line up of presenters so far, each presenting on the 30th of each month.  The topics have been varied which we hope reflects the diversity in our membership.  There are still six months of webinars to go and if there is one that has already been presented, there is a still an opportunity to see the recorded session.  Go to https://choralfest.org.au for more information. 

To all of our members who have had to experience more lockdown conditions which have prevented singing together, we are thinking of you and hope you can return to “normal” soon.  We have to keep reminding ourselves how lucky we are to be actually singing together when our fellow choirs in North America and other parts of the world are singing for short times, with masks and outside.  With our vaccination roll-out (albeit slow) providing some immunity to our singing community, our future is looking brighter as we join together to sing.  Always keeping the safety of our singers and audience at the forefront of our plans.

Preparations have been rebooted for the inaugural ANCA Research Conference in March/April 2022 in Sydney.  Aleta King, ANCA Research Chair who resides on the ANCA National Council, is busy with the organization for this event and we look forward to sharing more information about this in upcoming Enewsletters and in the third issue of Sing Out.  We are also looking to partner with our fellow music organizations at this event and are looking forward to the ANCA community coming together face to face again. 

Along with preparations for our Research Conference, our Choralfest team have reignited the flames for Choralfest 2023 in Adelaide, 12-15 April 2023. You will definitely be hearing much more from Christie Anderson over the next few months as the Call for Choirs and the Call for Papers opens up.  Again, please read your Enewsletters carefully for more details. 

May and June of each year are a busy time in the ANCA National Office as most of our membership and insurance renewals happen during these months.  We thank Emily Dittman and her team from Admin for the Arts for the many hours that allows this process to run smoothly.  And to our ANCA members we thank you for renewing your membership with ANCA and look forward to offering each one of you more for your membership in the coming year. 

Yours sincerely,

Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié

ANCA National President

ABRN 097 629 448 ABN 84 529 930 920

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHORAL ASSOCIATION INC


Friday March 26th, 2021

Dear ANCA members,

The Australian National Choral Association would like to update our members on our current situation in regard to allegations made against ANCA.

Despite a cease and desist being issued to Mr de Villiers, communications have continued. The National Council would like to assure our members that we are doing what we can to protect the members of the association and that we are taking action where possible.

We continue to self declare where possible or required to do so. We also welcome investigation by any of the external bodies that Mr de Villiers claims to have reported to. We are confident that there are no irregularities and that the allegations are unsubstantiated. We will work with authorities on these matters if required and will provide any documentation requested by these authorities.

Australian National Choral Association has no relationship with any of the other entities listed who happen to share the acronym of ANCA. There have been no payments made, no direct collaboration with each other and board members do not cross over. National Council was not aware of the existence of these entities until the allegation of a scheme was brought forward.

The National Council have acted, and continues to act in good faith in their duties and have never taken or received a financial benefit outside of the constitution. Some members (past and present) have at times held paid positions which was approved by National Council in line with the constitution or have been reimbursed for true expenses, as also allowed within the constitution. The Australian National Choral Association have made no payments to any party in the manner being claimed in the allegations.

National Council would also like to remind our members that as an Association we are audited annually and that these financial statements are tabled at each AGM and available for members to review.

ANCA is continuing our discussions with our legal team and will follow the advice given.

While these issues have been unpleasant to deal with, our Association will continue the good work we have delivered for 30 years and will continue to act on behalf of our members.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié

ANCA National President

ABRN 097 629 448 ABN 84 529 930 920

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHORAL ASSOCIATION INC


Friday February 12th, 2021

Dear ANCA members,

We write about recent allegations aired by the former Co-opted Chair Guy de Villiers about the probity of ANCA National Council operations.

ANCA National Council express disappointment regarding the inappropriate manner in which these allegations have been shared. We do not believe any of these allegations to be true. Nevertheless, we will be thoroughly investigating these matters in accordance with complaint procedures in the ANCA Constitution.

We remind you that Mr de Villiers resigned from National Council, February 10th at 7:29pm AEDT, so is no longer an office bearer or member on the ANCA National Council. The NSW/ACT Chapter Committee has also confirmed that Mr de Villiers has not been authorised to send any communication on behalf of that Committee. Therefore, any communications he sends after that time are not sanctioned by National Council and are communication from Mr de Villiers personally as an ANCA member. We understand each members’ expectation of privacy and for some of you the emails sent by this member over the last week have been unwelcome. National Council has asked Mr de Villiers to refrain from sending further material in breach of our constitution. If you are personally aggrieved by receiving this material, would you please contact the National Council complaints email (complaints@anca.org.au) in writing or seek independent advice. You may also wish to block the sender’s email addresses.

We confirm that ANCA will not be holding a special general meeting on February 14th, 4:30pm AEDT. The National Council has not called any meeting and has not received any member requisition to hold one in accordance with our constitution.

We assure you that proper governance is fundamentally important to all current members of National Council, and we continue to act in good faith according to the ANCA constitution and are accountable to you the Members.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié

ANCA National President

ABRN 097 629 448 ABN 84 529 930 920

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHORAL ASSOCIATION INC

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