2020 Guest Ensembles

Young Adelaide Voices Male Vocal Group (SA)

MVG  Garden

Young Adelaide Voices aims to provide a world class choral education and performing opportunities for young people aged 5 to 35 in a context of excellence and fellowship. Launched in April 2013, the Male Vocal Group is for boys and young men from 12-13 years of age who love to sing. The ensemble performs a range of repertoire from various styles including contemporary Australian, jazz, pop and world music.


The Male Vocal Group allows for the change in boys' voices and the professional expertise guides them through the literal highs and lows of their changing voices, working with repertoire chosen to suit voices at varying stages of development and change. In the focused musical environment of this group, pieces are selected to develop the technical skills necessary to deliver outstanding performances. In 2017, the choir travelled to Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival in Queensland. In 2018 and 2019 MVG collaborated with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with 'What Do You Do With an Idea' and 'Space Race.'


Christian Brothers College Senior Vocal Ensemble (SA)

Christian Brothers College is an all-boys Catholic College in Edmund Rice Tradition. CBC offers a Birth to Year 12 education across three campuses, in the heart of Adelaide City on the sacred land of the Kaurna people. The Senior Vocal Ensemble is the most senior choir of a rapidly growing music department and performs a range of contemporary and jazz repertoire.  It is an auditioned choir for changed voices and consists of students from Years 9 to 12.


Each year, the Senior Vocal Ensemble performs for a wide range of audiences including school and community events. The ensemble regularly travels to Mount Gambier for the Generations in Jazz Festival with over 5000 school students from around Australia, and performs at the Catholic Schools Music Festival. The choir has had the privilege of working with artists such as Michelle Nicole, Matt Falker, Luke Thompson and Jonathan Bligh. Members rehearse once per week and enjoys performing at a high level.


The Kelly Gang (VIC)

The  Kelly  Gang 2

The Kelly Gang is comprised almost exclusively of former Choristers of the Australian Boys Choir, and is named in honour of the Choir's founder, Vincent J. Kelly.


Members of the ensemble have chosen to continue their vocal and choral interests beyond the stage of their voice change, learning to cope with their "new instrument".


Although touring & performance is a secondary focus for the group it has, from time to time, appeared alongside the Australian Boys Choir & The Vocal Consort.


Ambrose Treacy College Senior Singers (QLD)

Ambrose Treacy College is a Years 4-12 Catholic boys' school in the Edmund Rice tradition set by the Brisbane River at Indooroopilly. ATC Seniors Singers is an un-auditioned ensemble and welcomes all young men with unchanged, changing and changed voices in the Middle and Senior School. Boys enjoy repertoire from a variety of styles and genres including musical theatre, popular music and traditional choral works. The ensemble regularly performs for the school community and collaborates with groups within and beyond ATC. The choral program at the College plays an important role in leading the singing at school and local community liturgical celebrations.


Brisbane Grammar School Grammarphones (QLD)

BGS  Grammarphones

The Grammarphones has long been one of the signature choral ensembles of Brisbane Grammar School. It is an auditioned chamber choir for changed voices which performs at a range of community and school events. In 2010 they undertook a highly successful concert tour of Europe where they were crowned the outstanding choir at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival.   In 2011 and 2017 they were one of the featured ensembles at the Pemulwuy National Male Voices Festival. In 2014 they undertook they toured Greece and Italy culminating in singing mass in St Peters Basilica in Vatican City while in 2018 they toured France, England and Wales where they were placed second in the Open Youth Section of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. They have also been guest artists at the Festival of Voices in Hobart on several occasions. The Grammarphones are committed to the promotion of new Australian music and have commissioned works from several well-known Australian composers.


Brisbane Grammar School Chamber Choir (QLD)

BGS  Chamber  Choir

The Brisbane Grammar School Chamber Choir is one of several auditioned ensembles at the School, consisting of their finest and most experienced treble singers. Each year they prepare and present a varied program of choral music with an emphasis on musical excellence and fine vocal technique. They consistently thrill and entertain audiences both within the School and beyond. As well as maintaining a busy schedule of school-based performances, they frequently collaborate with other choirs at festivals and workshops. In previous years they have toured to Tasmania and the Festival of Voices and also been guest performers at the KMEIA National Conference. They have also been involved in previous Pemulwuy festivals as a guest ensemble.


Churchie's Viking Vocals 1 (QLD)

Viking Vocals are the premier Changed Voice Ensemble at Anglican Church Grammar School here in Brisbane. They concentrate on Jazz acapella singing and recently competed in Division 1 of the ANZ National Vocal Ensemble Awards at Generations in Jazz in Mt Gambier- The world's largest Youth Jazz festival. They work very hard at their aural and performance skills, as well as vocal technique, to be able to perform in this challenging and rewarding style. They love singing through the full range of the Changing Male Voice, from falsetto to bass and including vocal percussion as well.




Men  Aloud

This national initiative fosters a dialogue around mental health as we sing in support of our men and boys! A program of 'Play It Forward' presenting inclusive arts programs for all Australians, MEN ALOUD! was founded by Dr Welch to help create a positive, safe space where men and boys could come and explore their singing voices, help build positive mental and physical well-being and develop supportive friendships through music.


The Brotherhood from St Laurence's College (QLD)

The Brotherhood from St. Laurence's has a strong reputation as a substantial Male Changed Voice School Choir in Queensland. The choir leads the school in sung worship and is also involved in concerts in the community. The Brotherhood is auditioned by attendance. The choir enjoys working collaboratively with artists such as the Kings Singers, choral jazz expert, Pete Churchill, The Queensland Pops Orchestra, Brisbane Birralee Voices and Sir David Laurence. The Brotherhood has performed throughout Australia and has toured to New Zealand, China, England, Ireland and the United States. In its 21 years of operation the group has premiered compositions by Queensland composers, Thien Pham, Daniel O'Brien and college Director of Choral Music, William Brown.


Amabile Choirs (Canada)

Amabile  Treble  Concert  Choir

Amabile Treble Concert Choir (TCC)
Comprised of experienced singers with unchanged voices, ranging from 10 to 15 years old, the Amabile Treble Concert Choir members are mentored by the Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble, and conducted by alumni Jeff Beynon and Don Sills. The program consists of rehearsals and performances of the traditional boy choir and repertoire and Grade 1 Theory and Rudiments.

As well as singing on the world stages, they have been guest performers with the Toronto International Film Festival, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. The choir has performed for such notable persons as Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Prime Minister of Canada; and has toured extensively over the years to Europe, the Caribbean, and across Canada.

Amabile  Young  Men's  Ensemble

Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble (AYME)

Made up on young men with changing voices up to the age of 19, the young men are under the direction of Dr. Carol Beynon, Jeff Beynon, Don Sills, and Mark Payne. The AYME focuses on healthy vocal development during the changing voice period, and the young men are given an introduction to challenging male voice repertoire. The choir performs with and is mentored by Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, on a regular basis. The Young Men’s Ensemble has been featured multiple times on CBC, French public television, Czech Public Radio and were winners of the National Choral Canada Competition for Youth Choirs – Equal Voice Male in 2004, 2008 and 2015. Most recently, they were First Place Winners in Choral Canada’s National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs – Lower Voice Youth Choirs, 2019.


In July of 2018, the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs were recognized nationally with 12 members of the TCC and AYME were selected along with 40 male signers from across Canada to participate in the National BoyChoir of Canada, touring across Newfoundland, Canada and to Italy.

Amabile  Choirs -  Carol  Beynon ( Conductor)

Dr Carol BeynonAmabile Boys & Men’s Choirs

Dr Carol Beynon is the founding co-artistic director of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs, and Professor Emerita at the University of Western Ontario. With Amabile, she has conducted performances for the ICFM World Choral Symposium VI, the American Choral Directors’ Association, Choral Canada, and the International Society for Music Education with broadcasts on CBC, BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, Bravo TV, Czech National TV. Carol’s research focuses on the impact of singing on people with dementia, gender issues in music education; she is the 1stauthor of Learning to Teach (Pearson) and co-editor of Critical Perspectives in Canadian Music Education. She has received several awards for outstanding teaching, was named with Woman of Excellence in Arts, Culture and Heritage in London, Ontario and community, and is a member of the “Wall of Fame” at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario.

Amabile  Choirs -  Jeff  Beynon ( Conductor)

Jeff BeynonAmabile Treble Concert Choir & Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble

Jeff Beynon is a founding member of the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs and serves as co-conductor of the Treble Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. He holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. Jeff is currently principal at Lucas Secondary School in the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario; and prior to this position taught at Medway High School, where he continued the traditions of choral excellence established there by notable musicians, Alex Clark and Ken Fleet.

Amabile  Choirs -  Don  Sills ( Conductor)

Don SillsAmabile Treble Concert Choir & Amabile Young Men’s Ensemble

Don Sills is a graduate of from the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Don taught elementary school music for five years and has currently been teaching for the past 9 years as teacher and conductor within the award-winning vocal and choral program at Catholic Central High School in London, Ontario. Don has been a proud member of the Amabile family for over 20 years.

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