FAQ's



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.
aydt

Australian Youth Dance Theatre Program

  • QuestionHow are rehearsals structured?

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

    Weekly rehearsals: These regular rehearsals are "closed" so that dancers can focus on their tutor. Each rehearsal comprises: warm up , technical work and choreography rehearsal finishing with a cool down.
     
    Open Rehearsals: Each term, parents are invited to attend and observe the programme in action syllabus and watch their child during a lesson.

    “Dance Intensive” Workshops: Each term the Dance Theatre holds a weekend workshop that all dancers attend, usually on a Saturday or Sunday in a central location so that all members throughout the State can attend.  Dancers undertake intensive technique sessions and are  introduced to exciting new choreography.
  • QuestionWhat are the Dance levels?

    Answer All members of the Australian Youth Dance Theatre perform at two annual concerts produced by the Australian Youth Dance Theatre. 

    Level 1


    Weekly rehearsals and workshops.
    Dancers aim to achieve two stages within the Bronze level, Bronze Ribbon & Bronze Seal before they can progress to Level 2 
    Level 2
    Weekly rehearsals and workshops.
    Dancers aim to achieve two stages within the Silver level, Silver Ribbon & Silver Seal before they can audition for a place in Level 3.  
    Level 3
    Weekly rehearsals and workshops.
    Level 3 dancers complete an audition and rehearse with Ensemble (Level 4) at a central location on Friday evenings.
    Ensemble
    Weekly rehearsals and workshops. Auditions are held annually for a place in this group.

    For more information contact us to speak to a NIYPAA staff member.
  • QuestionWhat are the Dance 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.
  • QuestionWhat happens in dance rehearsals?

    Answer Dance lessons follow a structured syllabus to develop the following skills on a weekly basis:
    • Warm up and cool down
    • Development of Jazz dance technique, strength and flexibility
    • Group work
    • Learning new choreography, memory training 
    • Rehearsing dance routines for concerts and performances

    Students attend a weekly rehearsal, which offers technical training in our syllabus 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 dancing?

    Answer
    Dance is a fantastic way to have fun, enjoy music, meet new people and get fit!
    • Dance is a healthy pursuit, improving circulation, muscle tone, flexibility and mobility.
    • Dance promotes mental and physical well being.  
    • Dance helps develop strong bones and is a fun way to exercise.
    • Performing helps to develop self-confidence.
    • Dance is a group pursuit, developing team skills and fostering friendships.  
    • The study of dance aids in memory retention.
  • QuestionHow do dancers move up to the next level?

    Answer Dancers technical development is monitored weekly at rehearsals. Parents are provided with a report in November.

    Dancers at each level must work through several stages to be eligible to move to the next level and undertake a short exam.

    • Level 1 dancers aim to attain Bronze Ribbon and Bronze Seal
    • Level 2 dancers aim to attain Silver Ribbon and Silver Seal
    • Level 3 dancers aim to attain Gold Ribbon and Gold Seal
    Dance teachers will advise students and  parents when they are ready to undertake and exam 
  • QuestionWhat is the parental commitment?

    Answer The Australian Youth Dance Theatre  takes pride in commencing and concluding rehearsals on time. We ask that you bring dancers 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.
    Each student is an integral part of their rehearsal group and we ask they they make a commitment to attend each weekly rehearsal and weekend  workshop ( Saturday or Sunday ) throughout the year as advised in you annual Diary Dates. 

Auditions and Tryouts

  • QuestionWho is eligible to audition for choir and try-out for dance?

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

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

    Answer Click here for Australian Youth Choir
    Click here for Australian Youth Dance Theatre
  • 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! Dancers should wear comfortable, loose clothes suitable for dancing with Jazz or track shoes. Dancewear is not necessary but students should wear clothes suitable for moving. 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 and Australian Youth Dance Theatre 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 or for families who wish to enrol in both programs.

    Annual Tuition starts at $985 for choir and $1,200 for dance, which includes the cost of expert choral conductors, accompanists, choreographers 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.

    For dancers, a costume levy of $130 included in the annual fee provides the students with performance costumes for their Gala concert in November.
    All prices are GST inclusive.

    Please contact us for more information.

Uniform

  • QuestionWill I need to buy a uniform?

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

    Dancers may wear split sole or full sole TAN jazz shoes available from local dance outlets (check yellow pages).
  • 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.

Staff

  • QuestionAre the staff qualified?

    Answer NIYPAA engages qualified specialists in their field with expertise in choral music and dance. 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.

Concerts

  • 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 and the Australian Youth Dance Theatre.

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

    There is an International Tour each year. Performances are listed in the itinerary supplied to families of touring students 

  • 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.

Tours

  • 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.

Men in Black

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
  • QuestionWhere has the Australian Youth Dance Theatre performed?

    Answer The Australian Youth Dance Theatre has performed at some of Australia’s top events and shows as well as touring internationally.

    Performances include:
    • Grand Finals for the Australian Football League
    • National Basketball League
    • Bledisloe Cup at Stadium Australia
    • Sydney Swans function
    • We proudly featured in each state among the many artists gathered to welcome home the Commonwealth Games athletes to their home cities.
    • Sydney Riverside Theatre production of Porgy and Bess
    • Our dancers have captivated audiences at Australia's foremost Christmas special, Carols by Candlelight with well-known Australian guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel.

    Charity performances:
    • Australian Institute of Classical Dance
    • 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

    Carnegie Hall performances with the Australian Youth Choir 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)

    AYDT dancers have performed with some of Australia's most respected and well loved entertainers including Rhonda Burchmore, Debra Byrne, Darryl Cotton, Thomas Edmonds, Kamahl, Catherine Lambert, Norman Yemm, singer songwriter Bruce Woodley of The Seekers. Russell Morris .