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Integral to the success and growth of the Moorambilla Voices project over the last 6 years has been the opportunity for singers of all ages to join in the Moorambilla Festival and actively show audiences the power singing has to bring communities together.
Moorambilla Voices is committed to expanding the opportunities for music making in the local and regional community and does this by mentoring these singers. Through the skills and generosity of Michelle Leonard and the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus this has become a reality.
The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, now in its 12th year, seeks to actively support the growth and development of these choirs both artistically and administratively. They have been touring in this region since 2002 doing concerts and workshops with singers in these communities, and since the festival’s inception (2006) have been choir in residence. In this capacity they sing with both the regional children's choir and the local adults - encouraging all in the pursuit of musical excellence, and showing in a practical way what “ordinary” people can do.
Their mentoring has enabled the formation of other regional adult choirs, created opportunities to run workshops for adults at the festival and the creation of innovative new choral repertoire with the children as part of the Moorambilla regional children’s choir.
Many supervising teachers at the Moorambilla regional children’s choir camps are interested and developing musicians who wish to seek professional development through these camps. The Walgett School of Distance Education has actively integrated these camps into their student and teacher programs since 2006.
Moorambilla offers capacity building both artistically and in the management of the developing choir and its concerts. It encourages and supports the formation of singing groups in the region and their performances for their local communities – and further. Members in this region do not have access to regular musical or project support to learn repertoire and present performances without this help.
By providing this opportunity the festival and the Moorambilla Voices mentor program enables more people to sing together, no matter what their age or background. This is the challenge thrown out to the wider community from Moorambilla - summed up as
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Find out about the Regional Adult choirs we mentor