"And so our new choir is launched- "The Voice Collective." ❤️ I have come home tonight so inspired. I've been singing with choirs for some years now and loving it, but this is a step up- a dedicated music space, use of the latest technology and a good community feel. All that together with a great group of people from a wide range of ages and musical abilities. Can't wait until next Monday." - Jan Mcdonald
PRICES: $12 ADULT; $10 CONCESSION.
This can be paid weekly or in advance by the term or the half term but must be paid up by the end of the term. There is no EFTPOS at BFSM so it must be paid in cash or via bank transfer.
*Term= Public School Calendar Term.
24 hours notice must be given if you are unable to attend. Otherwise the session must be paid for. If fees have been paid in advance, sessions can be credited for the following term or half term. See also the Cancellation Policy agreement.
No audition necessary. Open to anyone with a passion to sing within a lovely, welcoming community.
Monday evening during term time from 7:30pm - 9:30pm
BASIC REHEARSAL STRUCTURE
7:30pm ‒ 7:40pm
Welcome & announcements
7:40pm ‒ 9:30pm
Exercises to develop musicianship, aural skills, craft & blending
Learning new songs
Supper break of 10-15 minutes
The song choices are led by Maryanne & Bianca but with input from choir members. The choir experiments with varied styles and accompaniment and is flexible in choices as some performance opportunities require a particular theme.
FREE FIRST SESSION
Any prospective members can enjoy an obligation and cost free rehearsal to gauge whether this is the right choir for them.
BFSM aims to promote musical activities in the North-Eastern suburbs to help contribute to a great reputation in the arts for Greensborough, Montmorency & the surrounding area. This choir is not competitive or exclusive. It is a choir open to all abilities. The motivation for the music school was to make music education & performance opportunities available to everyone. Everyone has the right to express themselves through music and be led to be the best they can be, all in a fun environment.
The choir performs at BFSM gigs annually as well as other local events.
REVIEW & PLANNING
Feedback forms are distributed quarterly. A meeting is sometimes then set to review the past term and plan for the next term. Anyone from within the choir is welcome to attend.
Meet the Musical Directors....
Bianca is a professional singer who has been working in the music industry for 18 years. Bianca fronts ‘Stages’ – a wedding band who perform regularly in and around Melbourne. Bianca has experience in song writing, recording, backing vocals and fronting various bands for both cover and original acts around Melbourne and internationally.
Bianca has been teaching music for 15 years from her home studio, primary and secondary schools including Fitzroy High School and other music studios. Bianca currently teaches at Box Hill Institute, assisting Bachelor of Music students prepare their recitals & performance programs. Along with her husband Dayna – Bianca owns and manages and teaches at BFSM since opening in term 2, 2013.
Bianca has earned a Certificate of Figure Proficiency under the guidance of CCI Naomi Eyers and has attended the Estill Voice Training Level One & Two Course: Figures for Voice Control & Figure Combinations for six Voice Qualities. Bianca has a keen interest in vocal health and voice control.
Bianca has great experience in organising events, coordinating concerts, cabarets and other performance evenings. She loves conducting choirs and vocal groups and enjoys directing and preparing musical theatre productions.
Maryanne has completed her Advanced Diploma of Music at NMIT & Bachelor of Music at VCA. Her passion is in leading & participating in voice ensembles.
Maryanne currently leads the experimental vocal ensemble Taos, a nine piece choir that combines art, pop and jazz. Their EP Free Fall was hailed “An extraordinary vocal album” and was debuted to a packed crowd and supported by jazz great, Stephen Magnusson.
Maryanne has been teaching music for over 5 years with a focus on creativity, confidence & developing technical ability. She has a sound knowledge of vocal anatomy with Estill as her source of information.
She is the musical director of Northern Voices community choir in Thornbury and regularly runs vocal workshops.
Maryanne is well versed in a variety of styles including jazz, pop, folk, soul and rnb. She has an extensive knowledge of music theory, improvisation and composition and is a competent piano player.
Maryanne is passionate about all aspects of singing and enjoys nurturing the natural ability in others.