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Morningsong - a Cappella Community Choir, Bulimba, Brisbane

Updated on February 3, 2015

Morningsong community choir in Bulimba

Morningsong is an adult singing group that meets weekly to share a love of singing. The choir is convened by Jane Becktel who has been involved in teaching music for many years. There are no auditions and you don't have to read music because all songs and harmonies are taught by ear. We sing unaccompanied.

For more information about the Morningsong Community Choir, Bulimba, visit:

Morningsong Community Choir

All lovers of singing welcome

Songs taught by ear, no need to read music

Friendly, non-performing environment

No auditions


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Morningsong Community Choir - 7 June 2009

Morningsong Community Choir - 7 June 2009
Morningsong Community Choir - 7 June 2009

What do we sing at Morningsong?

We primarily sing songs from cultures that have a strong tradition of singing in harmony: Africa, USA, Eastern Europe and the Pacific Islands. We also throw in a few traditional and anonymous songs from Europe/UK, and classical ones from Mozart and friends. We don't do pop/funk/rock/croon/musicals. Morningsong is a non-religious group, although there is always room for a beautiful gospel song in the repertoire.

Some of the songs we sing are showcased on this Squidoo lens in the YouTube videos produced by other community choirs and singers.

It is exciting to sing songs from different cultures and to experience the harmony, meaning and energy of those songs.

Yale Women's Slavic Chorus - singing Shto Mi E Milo - A Morningsong favourite

What is different about Morningsong Bulimba?

Morningsong is held in the mornings to give people who do not work regular hours the chance to sing. Singers are not expected to make a commitment to come every week. Most weeks we will sing new songs, some oldies and some we are in the process of learning. They will range from easy to challenging but we aim to always enjoy the process. If any song turns into mental torture we drop it.

Who should participate in Morningsong?

All of our voices are valuable - community choirs work spectacularly well because there are so many different kinds of voices which all resonate together in a beautiful, harmonic whole. There are no performance requirments and all you need is a love of singing. Word sheets are available for members of the community choir at every session or via email but singers are encouraged not to look at word sheets at the sessions. Morningsong is based on fun and inclusion in a friendly environment. It is all about singing together and creating wonderful harmonies, rather than performing. Just bring your passion for singing, a love of learning and a sense of humour.

"Somagwaza" by South of the River Community Gospel Choir

How do we communicate at Morningsong?

Communications outside Morningsong singing time occur by email, our blog, this Squidoo lens and the odd phone call. It helps for advance song planning to know if you are going to be away, so the singing leader will "love you to death" if you have time to slip a quick email to Morningsong.

How we socialise at the Morningsong community choir?

Singers are encouraged to meet after each singing session for coffee or lunch at one of the many Bulimba restaurants. This is entirely optional of course - some people just want to be anonymous and some people like social interaction. We all understand peoples' different needs which may change over time. If you run a home or small business, you are welcome to bring any promotional business cards or fliers for the doorway table. A singing session break provides the opportunity for a cuppa and a chat.

The Corries - Mingulay Boat Song

Morningsong Creator, Jane Becktel

Jane has a degree in music from the Elder Conservatorium (University of Adelaide). She has been involved in teaching music for many years. In 2007/2008 she worked for The Song Room, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to bringing music to less advantaged children and communities.

Jane has worked with the Mater Children's Hospital Special School - singing with children who range in age from 4 to Year 12. Jane considered it the most challenging job she has had but found it tremendously rewarding hearing very ill children sing in beautiful harmony.

In her early work Jane worked as a music teacher in Adelaide for 4 years before moving to California with her American husband. They had two children whom they homeschooled. The family choir Jane facilitated in California was a volunteer job for all homeschooling families and it was both a music and social event every week for over a decade.

Nicole Murray and John Thompson
Nicole Murray and John Thompson

New Leaders for Morningsong

Jane heads to Sydney

The Morningsong group was founded by Jane Becktel in 2009 and has grown from 8 singers to 40. At the start of 2011, Jane moved to Sydney and leadership of the Morningsong Choir was passed to Nicole Murray and John Thompson, who perform professionally as the duo Cloudstreet. Since late 2012, Nicole has worked as sole director while John is working with the Australian production of the theatre show, War Horse.

Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie - a fun song that we enjoy singing

If only we could clap like this. I love the harmonies in this rendition of Huddie Ledbetter's song (1935 original was "Silvy", now "Sylvie"). This song has been recorded by the likes of Harry Belafonte, Rolf Harris, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, & The Weavers - to name but a few.

Bortnianski's Tebe Poem

The beautiful harmonies in this song are superbly presented by the Santini Telc Choir (Czech Republic). We can appreciate the difficulty of singing this song but the effort is richly rewarded with the stunning harmonies you can achieve. One of our choir members speaks Russian so we are working hard to pronounce the words correctly while mastering the music and the four parts. This is just one example of how members of the choir pool their talents to build our choir community.

Wade in the Water by The Brotherhood

Morningsong Community Choir Bulimba

The Morningsong Community Choir sings at The Uniting Church, 216 Oxford Street, Bulimba.

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Morningsong Choir - The Uniting Church Hall

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Miriam Makeba & Nina Simone - Thulasizwe / I Shall Be Released

Feel free to share your experience of being a part of Morningsong community choir or any other community choir. You can comment on what you like about singing or even what you like about the lens..

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      LadyJasmine LM 7 years ago

      oh,this page is lovely, and so blessed! ;-) When i was in college I was in several choirs at once, and was also the choir librarian for my director. I have also done choral performance with multiple charity groups. I'm enjoying listening to the videos here and checking out the links.:-)

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      GreenTeaTime 7 years ago

      I sung in a choir when I was very young it has been a very nice experience

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      OMG! This is such a sweet name! I wonder how many of the choir members might also be morning people? ;)

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      Rosamund 8 years ago

      Morningsong Rocks!

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Members of the Morningsong and Moresong Community Choirs are invited to participate in caroling in the Queen Street Mall. For more information, please visit:

      Caroling in the Queen Street Mall

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA


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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Great singing session on Friday 26 June - we sang Tobe Poem and Shto Mi E Milo - what great harmonies.

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Joshua left a great message on our Morningsong choir blog - our Bass Baritone is soon to return:

      Joshua's message

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is so delightful! I had a sample of everything and totally enjoyed my visit--sweet!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Hi Ron--Love the lens and the feel of fun created through song and singing!!

      And congrats on the purple star!!!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a delightful group idea! Sounds like yall have fun! The videos were super too. I especially enjoyed Wade in the Water! Congratulations on your purple star! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Note: Change of venue for Friday 1 may - see NoticeBoard above.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      All Shto mi e milo midi files have now been updated and posted, thank you Ron for uploading them.

      All parts should now be accurate for the version that we are singing.

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      ronpass lm 9 years ago

      [in reply to Mal] I've removed the link for the Amen Siakudumisa midi file. I'll load up the new midi files (by part) once I transfer them to a website (after I return from Cairns on Tuesday 17 March).

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      At present (Sunday morning) the link to the Amen Siakudumisa midi file is dead as I've changed providers. Ron will be looking after new hosting for it soon, goodonya Ron!

      The file has been rehashed to separate the various vocal sections, and new midi files for "Shto mi e milo" and "Tiebie Paiom" are on the way. I hope they are helpful - any feedback is welcome.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love that people like myself, living on the other side of the world, can share in your choir's experiences through this lens. What a fantastic sense of community you've created here. Great job as always, Ron!

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      ronpass lm 9 years ago

      Thanks Mal - Jane must have done a fantastic job in California given the great praise for her work. We are indeed lucky!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice work on the site Ron.

      And of course, thank you Jane! Although I'm also involved in other music activities Morningsong has very quickly become the highlight of the week for me. Looking forward to tomorrow. 8^)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Amy here, from California. For years I sang with Jane and friends. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Jane is so talented and her infectious enthusiasm and love of song literally snatches the ordinary out of people and hurls them into that different dimension which only music can reach. We miss her over here and can truly say we are jealous of all you folks who can share this gift she brings you! It is rare to find such as jewel as Jane. Bravo to you all, and ENJOY!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      That's very kind Robin, and Ron! Robin lives in the USA and she and her delightful children participated in a family choir that I ran for years when we resided in California. Looking back I can't believe how we got those little children to sing grownup songs with such gusto. They are in their 20's now and still sing them.

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      ronpass lm 9 years ago

      Thanks Robin - Jane and the community singing group are fantastic. We have great fun each time we sing. I like the flexibility because I am sometimes away with work commitments.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Love the website and I love Jane. I am sure the choir is a wonderful group.