Mornington Penninsula Concert conducted by Andrea Khoza (photo by Roger King)
Mai Fali Eh!
Boite Schools Chorus 2012
Contemporary and Traditional Songs of Timor Leste
Young people exploring the world through song. A state wide chorus event for schools and community youth choirs.
In 2012 The Boite Schools Chorus explored songs and stories of Timor-Leste.
See a Video about the 2013 Boite Schools Chorus here:
An exciting program of music is created for young singers and is learnt together with their choir leaders. This year’s artistic panel includes Ego Lemos, Timor-Leste’s most famous musician.
Ego Lemos, Artistic Director
choir fee: $22 per student
T-shirt (essential for choir students): $18
Total cost of involvement is $40 per student
• Choir participation is for 8 - 18 year olds
• Enrolment open to schools and community youth choirs
• School or choir leaders select ONE concert to take part in
• PD workshops are provided for all choir leaders
• This is an inclusive event. All skill levels and abilities catered for. Music reading is not required.
• Music resources are provided for choir leaders enrolling students in the choir.
• Students learn repertoire with their regular choir leader during term 2
• Students attend two weekend rehearsals
• Students perform alongside acclaimed musicians
• No group is too small to take part.
• Places in the choir are limited by the space on stage.
Choir Enrolment Deposit
A non-refundable deposit secures your place in the choir. It will be deducted from your final payment.
Under 10 students $100
11-20 students $200
21 - 30 students $300
31 - 40 students $400
41 - 50 students $500
51 + students $600
Accompanying teachers FREE
• An inspiring event for all ages
• Group discounts are available
• Schools with students enrolled in the daytime choir concert are encouraged to bring students in the audience
• This project relies on the support of parents and friends through ticket sales
• Parents and friends are encouraged to attend
Thursday 16th August, 1:00 pm – BMW Edge Theatre Federation Square
Thursday 16th August, 7:30 pm – BMW Edge Theatre Federation Square
Sunday 26th August, 2:00 pm – Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts
Schools participate in The Boite Schools Chorus for many reasons - a whole school activity, a curriculum based learning outcome, school music excursion, whole year level excursion or extra curricular activity. With flexible outcomes, it has been applied in many different school contexts. This is an inclusive event which aims to cater for all skills and abilities.
Expression of interest for schools is now open for the 2012 Boite Schools Chorus event. If you would like to register your school for 2012, go to the expression of interest form here.
2012 Artistic director is Andrea Khoza with assistant directors, Stella Savy and Dani Fry
Andrea Khoza Artistic Director
Andrea is an experienced singer, songwriter, vocal teacher and workshop tutor. Andrea co-founded vocal quartet, Akasa. Two of Akasa’s three albums won the Contemporary Acapella Recording Awards (USA) for Best World/Folk album. She sings and records with many musicians including Valanga Khoza and King Marong. She conducts workshops at festivals and schools around Australia and the Pacific. She directed mass choirs for Woodford Fire Event (2002), Sing For Water (2006), the Boite Schools Chorus (BSC) and the Melbourne Millennium Chorus(MMC), (2008 and 2009). With the Boite and her husband, Valanga Khoza, she brought out a secondary school choir from remote South Africa to perform for a month in Australia and alongside the BSC and MMC. Since 2010, Andrea has been the choir director of MASSIVE youth hip hop choir.
Dani Fry and Stella Savy Assistant Directors
Dani and Stella are acclaimed music teachers and performers based in Ballarat. They were the artistic directors of the 2011 Freedom Road, Boite Schools Chorus and Melbourne Millennium Chorus Between them, they have many years of experience as music educators in the community, in classrooms and as private teachers. Since 2003 Stella and Dani have taught and managed Vocalise, a music school and resource for choirs, singers, actors and musicians throughout Australia. They are both acclaimed musicians, performers and conductors and are well known for their work with Sweet Mona's, Mini Mona's, and Thursday Night Choir.
What is The Boite Schools chorus?
The Boite Schools Chorus is an annual, un-auditioned chorus event presented by The Boite. Since 2004 The Boite Schools Chorus has performed in 15 major concerts across Victoria. Each year 800 young voices from upper primary and lower secondary schools and community youth choirs explore music and cultures of the world with their own choir leaders and then combine with singers from across the state in an exhilarating concert for peers, family and friends.
Students, teachers, parents and principals are all enthusiastic about this project because the music presented by our network of musicians is of excellent quality, inspires and entertains the students, comes with excellent teacher support, and is organised so that music is learnt by teachers and students, and becomes part of the school culture
'It’s really fun because we are learning new songs from another culture and learning some bits of language. We also like meeting other kids. The actions are really fun and give us confidence on stage'.
Balwyn North Primary School
‘It has been an unsurpassed musical opportunity for our students, most of whom were as young as 8 years old when we first took part. Not only have the students benefited from this experience but as their teacher it has given me an expanded awareness of the students’ learning potential that has enriched our in-school music programs’.
Boite Schools Chorus Teacher
"...a very special experience for all our students and we as teachers have also gained much from being involved. Preparing for the concert and seeing how amazingly responsive our students were to the challenges of learning the songs and actions, has expanded my vision of their creative learning potential...I also delight in the new found confidence the students have gained as a result of participating..."
Reah Monet - Port Philip Specialist School
'You get to perform...it makes you more confident...It makes you feel good about yourself... I have really enjoyed being part of the Boite Choir... it has been a big experience'.
Students from Murrindindi Shire
Schools which have participated in The Boite Schools Chorus
Aboriginal Children’s Choir-Gabony Yubupi Yinggabbai, Alexandra Primary School, Alexandra Secondary College, Ararat Community College, Banksia Secondary College Beacon Hills Village Campus, Bethany Catholic Primary School, Brighton Secondary College, Brunswick North West Primary School, Brunswick South West Primary School, Buxton Primary School, Camberwell South Primary School, Carlton North Primary School, Castlemaine Secondary School, Clifton Hill Primary School, Collingwood College, Diamond Creek East Primary School, Dinjerra Primary School, Eaglehawk Secondary College, East Doncaster Secondary College, Eltham College of Education, Fairhills Primary School, Fitzroy Community School, Fitzroy North Primary School, Flinders Christian Community College, Flowerdale Primary School, Goonawarra Primary School, Greenhills Primary School, Healesville Primary School, Heywood Consolidated School, Highlands Primary School, Hoddles Creek Primary School, Hurstbridge Learning Co-op, Kallista Primary School, Kananook Primary School, Kew Primary School, Kilmore Primary School, Kyneton Secondary College, Lakes Entrance Primary School, Little Yarra Steiner School, Livingstone Primary School, Marian College, Middle King Lake Primary School, Monash College, Mount Waverly North Primary School, Mt. Macedon Primary School, North Fitzroy Primary School, Pakenham Lakeside Primary School, Plenty Valley Christian College, Port Phillip Specialist School, Preshil Secondary School, Preston Girls Secondary College, Rye Primary School, Sacred Heart Parish Primary School, Somerville Primary School, Sorrento Primary School, Spensley Street Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, St Cecilias Primary School, St Francis Xavier Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, St Patricks College Ballarat, Strathewen Primary School, Thornton Primary School, Wantirna South Primary School, Wattle Park Primary School, Woodleigh School, Yea High School, Yea Primary School
Artists who have performed with the Boite Schools Chorus since 2004
Diana Clark, Vicki King, Andrea Khoza, Kavisha Mazzella, Valanga Khoza, Lou Bennett, Ernie Gruner, Phil Carol, Kojo Noah, Owusu, Alex Tilman, Le Tuan Hung, Dang Kim Hien, Grace Vanilau, Shona Te Hau, Harata Hunt, Brown Roots Collective, David Marama, Kuukua Acquah, Isaac Paa Brown, Brahim Benhim, Joe Malatji, Bev Parker O'Hagan, Jigzie Campbell, Mafumani Secondary School Choir from South Africa, Basi Mahlasela (South Africa), Sakhile Kumalo (South Africa)• Lou Bennett, Monica Weightman, Alics Gate-Eastley, Phil Collings, Gnarnayarrahe Waitaire• Brendan Marks, Bunjil Aboriginal Culture and Dance Club, Carl Pannuzzo, Penny Larkins, Alejandro Espino Aldana, John Paul Pincheira, Mark Grunden, Stella Savy, Dani Fry, Tim Neal, Barry Deenick, Barry Kay, Skip Sail, Geoffrey Williams, Ballarat African Dancers, Clare O'Connor, Steph Payne, Illuminators, Sweet Mona's and many more!