Australian Youth Choir Program

  • QuestionHow are rehearsals structured?

    Answer There are a number of different types of lesson and rehearsal structures:

    Weekly Rehearsals : The weekly rehearsal at your local venue involves all choristers in musicianships skills, vocal development and repertoire study.

    Open Rehearsals: Each term, parents are invited to attend and observe the curriculum syllabus and watch their child during a lesson.

    Combined Rehearsals: Prior to each concert, choristers are offered the opportunity to combine with other groups from their rehearsal venue.

    Special Rehearsals: Occasionally additional rehearsals are scheduled. These rehearsals will be published in the Diary Date section of the Newsletter.
  • QuestionWhat happens in rehearsals?

    Answer Choir and singing lessons follow a structured choral curriculum, encompassing a variety of different singing games and activities to develop the following skills:
    • Choral repertoire
    • Sight singing / memory training
    • Voice production
    • Breathing techniques
    • Performance and stagecraft skills

    Lessons also include rehearsal and preparation of selected music for  two annual performances.

    Students attend a weekly rehearsal, which offers training in the curriculum and includes preparation for performances. Parents are invited to attend an open rehearsal each term to view the teaching process.
  • QuestionWhat are the benefits of being in the choir?

    Answer Here are just some of the reasons why children should develop their natural singing voice:

    • Singing is fun
    • Singing makes us happy – it releases tension and helps us to relax
    • Singing improves breathing, blood pressure and blood flow
    • Singing promotes mental, physical and emotional well being
    • Singing in a Choir provides great social contact and satisfaction through sharing a common goal.
    • Singing in a Choir helps make new long-term friends outside of your school
  • QuestionWhat are the Choir level lesson times?

    Answer Rehearsals are conducted on week nights, usually from 6pm, although times may vary at each venue. Please contact us for the location you are interested in.
  • QuestionWhen and where will my lessons be?

    Answer Lessons and rehearsals are conducted on a weekly basis during the school term. There are no rehearsals conducted during the school holidays or on Public Holidays. Various workshops take place during the year on Saturdays or Sundays and families are notified of these in February.
  • QuestionWhat is the parental commitment?

    Answer The Australian Youth Choir takes pride in commencing and concluding rehearsals on time. We ask that you bring choristers  to rehearsal on time each week throughout the term and come into the centre to collect your child at the conclusion of the rehearsal. Staff and students extend an invitation to parents to watch an Open Rehearsal at the end of each term and we appreciate your attendance.
  • QuestionAre there additional rehearsal sessions?

    Answer In addition  to weekly rehearsals students attend a variety of weekend workshops (Music schools), held either on a Saturday or Sunday.
    Families are notified of dates at the commencement of the year. First year students attend one in each semester.

    All students attend a rehearsal on performance day prior to the commencement of the concert.

    Rehearsals are not conducted during School or Public holidays.


  • QuestionWho is eligible to audition for choir?

    Answer Students from 7 years of age to senior high school years, are eligible to audition for a place with the Australian Youth Choir.
  • QuestionHow do I arrange an audition or free trial rehearsal

    Answer Appointments for auditions or free trial rehearsals can be arranged by contacting 1300 761 039.
  • QuestionWhat happens at an Audition and Try-out?

    Answer Click here for Australian Youth Choir
  • QuestionHow do I know if my child is successful?

    Answer Everyone is notified by email of the outcome of their tryout or audition.
  • QuestionWhat do I bring to an Audition or Tryout?

    Answer Just a smile!  No need to prepare anything we’ll show you what to do when you get there.

Tuition Fees

  • QuestionHow much does it cost?

    Answer Tuition fees for Australian Youth Choir  vary according to the level your child is enrolled in. Fees are dependent on the level and hours of rehearsal required. There are concessions for families with more than one child enrolled.

    Annual Tuition starts at $985 for choir which includes the cost of expert choral conductors, accompanists and management staff, rehearsal venues, rehearsal materials, music levy and weekend workshops.

    A variety of payment options are available. 

    A non-refundable registration fee of $95 is payable upon commencement with the Australian Youth Choir to cover insurance, copyright and music licenses. This fee is only payable in the first year of enrolment. A full term's notice is required in writing, if you wish to withdraw your child from the program.

    Please contact us for more information.


  • QuestionWill I need to buy a uniform?

    Answer Uniform requirements are outlined in your letter of acceptance. Buxwear supplies our uniforms. View uniforms here.

  • QuestionWill I need to make costumes?

    Answer NO sewing is required! Costumes are supplied from our wardrobe for each Concert. Costume hire is included in the annual tuition fee and covers the cost of costumes, including maintenance, hire, fitting, and laundering. Parents are not required to undertake any sewing, however at times you may be asked to provide specific items of clothing, such as a black t-shirt.


  • QuestionAre the staff qualified?

    Answer NIYPAA engages qualified specialists in their field with expertise in choral music. All NIYPAA Staff hold a current “Working with Children” relevant to their State. Staff biographies are published with newsletters at the beginning of each year.

    Click here to meet the team.


  • QuestionHow often will my child perform?

    Answer NIYPAA students perform at two major concerts each year. The Gala concerts (October / November) are shared presentations showcasing both the Australian youth Choir.

    Senior levels also perform at other events and concerts. View our Performance Showcase here.

  • QuestionHow do I purchase tickets?

    Answer Ticket forms are made available to families via our newsletter, on the website or by telephoning your state office for a booking form.
  • QuestionDo I need to purchase a ticket for my child?

    Answer Students who are performing do not need to purchase a ticket.


  • QuestionWill my child be required to tour?

    Answer Touring is not a compulsory activity for choristers. Parents are advised in writing each year of the proposed itinerary and invited to arrange an audition for their child, should they wish them to be involved. All costs related to the tour are outlined in the letter to parents.

Performance Showcase

  • QuestionWhere has Australian Youth Choir performed?

    Answer For many years the blue and gold robes of the Australian Youth Choir have featured at cultural events that shape our nation.

    Performances have included:
    • Australian Football League Grand Finals
    • NFL Grand Finals Australian Tennis Open at Melbourne Park
    • Davis Cup Challenge rounds in Washington D.C. and Sydney
    • Australian Formula One Grand Prix
    • National Basketball League Finals
    • John Farnham’s famous ‘The Age of Reason’ video and live concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
    • The Centenary of Federation re-enactment at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne,
    • Carols by Candlelight,
    • The Opening of The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Queensland (CHOGM) before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11
    • Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Sydney
    • Royal Melbourne Show Opening ceremony
    • Bledisloe Cup at Stadium Australia
    • Melbourne Cup 150 year Race Day Celebrations
    • Presidents Cup Opening Ceremony
    • Launch of Asian Soccer Cup
    • Supreme Court Gardens Carols
    • Sydney Swans Jumper Presentations
    • Lighting of the Darling Harbour Christmas tree
    • Millennium New Year Day celebrations for the Nine Network
    • Opening of the Ghan Railway South Australia before His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
    • World Life Saving Opening Ceremony at Glenelg
    • Australia Day celebrations on the “Endeavour”

    Shared recitals with international groups:
    • Vienna Boys Choir concerts
    • Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
    • Keystone State Boy Choir
    • All American Boy Choir
    • English Chamber Singers
    • Newark Boys Choir
    • Long Island Youth Orchestra
    • English Schools Orchestra
    • Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra
    • Passatempo
    • ABC TV children’s show “Rollercoaster”
    • Channel 10 TV children’s programmes “Scope” and “Totally Wild”
    • Opening Day ceremonies for Cricket Australia
    • Australia Day
    • Citizenship Ceremonies

    Carnegie Hall performances with the Australian Youth Dance Theatre include:
    • Carnegie Hall performance with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale
    • Carnegie Hall with Bruce Woodley and the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
    • Carnegie Hall performance with Lana Cantrell and Newark Boys Choir
    • International Nature Loving Association Dance Festival Jakarta (2007) and China (2009)

    Charity performances include:
    • The Wish On A Star Foundation
    • Peter McCallum Cancer Institute with well known performers Frank Holden and Denise Drysdale
    • Sydney Sings for the Hope for the Children Foundation with Rhonda Burchmore and Barry Crocker
    • Leukemia Foundation – Light The Night Walk
    • Allanah & Madeleine Foundation
    • Motor Neurone Foundation
    • National Trust