TYO TASMANIAN YOUTH CHORALE
Conductor: Quin Thomson
Accompanist: Madeleine Dyer
Singers in this ensemble rehearse challenging choral repertoire and have been regularly invited to collaborate with professional ensembles and sing live on radio, in addition to performing in TYO and community concerts. No auditions are held for this chorale and all participants and voice types are welcomed.
ABOUT THIS ENSEMBLE
Age range: 11-25 years
No auditions required
No musical experience is required for this group but registration is essential. the chorale welcomes all voice types.
Strict COVIDSafe protocols are in place and must be observed at all times. TYO works to a culture of mutual respect and collegiality, aligned to TYO's values.
REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES
This ensemble rehearses and performs between February and November each year. At least 80% rehearsal attendance is expected. There are no rehearsals during Tasmanian school holidays.
Program and performance dates are confirmed at the start of each year. Musicians are required to be available for all scheduled performance dates.
$160 per term
Financial assistance available
All TYO ensembles have fees but they should never be a barrier to participating.
We offer a financial bursary program and fees assistance options. Payment arrangements are also available for those who wish to spread payments across the course of the year. Annual ensemble fees do not include entry to TYO concerts: concert tickets for family and friends need to be purchased separately.
Conductor: TYO Youth Chorale
Quin (Helen) Thomson is a classically-trained soprano (MMus, University of Melbourne), musical director and composer. During an eight-year stint in the Netherlands, incorporating regular performances with such outfits as Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, the Netherlands Bach Society, the Egidius College and the Netherlands Radio Choir, as well as the study of Sonology (or technology-aided composition and digital signal processing) at the Royal Conservatorium of the Hague, Helen attracted Australia Council funding for their debut CD, meditatio / xv, incorporating their own compositions based on Gregorian Chant and Zen Meditations, featuring Grand Master of Shakuhachi Riley Lee and a found sound electroacoustic 'third voice' of Quin's own design.
In Australia, Quin has sung with the Song Company, the TSO, Festival of Voices, e21, La Compania, Ludovico's Band, Van Diemen's Band, and Baroque / New Work ensemble Sequenza. Quin's compositions have received support from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council and their compositions formed part of QTas Choir's 'Queer Narratives: Story to Song' and 'ReachOut' projects; Timeless, an extended song cycle for Sequenza, toured as part of Ten Days on the Island in 2017. A Tasmanian Requiem, a major work for brass and vocal ensemble, premiered to high critical acclaim in April 2018. Quin participated in Creative Partnerships Australia's 2017 Match program in order to fund the purchase of instruments for Sequenza ensemble, as well as gaining a place at the inaugural TSO Louise Crossley orchestral conducting workshops in 2018.
Quin has also been known to play the hurdy-gurdy and improvise 'Gaudete' verses live on radio.