Morningsong - a Cappella Community Choir, Bulimba, Brisbane
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.
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Morningsong Community Choir
All lovers of singing welcome
Songs taught by ear, no need to read music
Friendly, non-performing environment
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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.
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.
Links for Community Choir members and people who love to sing
- Taste of Harmony Event
The Morningsong Community Choir is signed up to participate in this event. This is A Taste of Harmony's first year, and the week-long event aims to celebrate Australia's rich cultural diversity through song & food. In its very first year, A Taste
- Relaxation Centre of Queensland
Relaxation Centre, located in Brisbane, provides courses designed to assist people to recognise, acknowledge and expand their qualities, and develop a deeper respect and appreciation of themselves. There are a range of singing workshops available thr
- Chris James - Healing Sounds
Chris's music and voice opens up to listeners a world of unlimited potential, and offers a way for all walks of life to experience inner connection through the power of sound. His voice is acclaimed for its clarity and depth of quality. Chris teaches
- The Song Room
The Song Room Vision is that all Australian children have the opportunity to participate in music and the arts to enhance their education, personal development and community involvement. The Song Room is a National not-for-profit organisation that pr
- Rachel Koster, Singer/Songwriter
Queensland bred songwriter and vocalist Rachel Koster, has a writing style that has often drawn comparisons to the likes of one Carole King, however she claims her inspiration gleams mainly from feasting on a diet rich in Australian greats.
- Morningsong Choir's Sing for Life
Morningsong Community Choir is contributing to Cancer fund research by holding a fund-raising morning tea on 29 May.
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.
Morningsong Choir Practice - Important links
- Train your voice: voice workshop handouts
Handouts from Shan Graebe's voice workshops. Shan trained as a speech and language therapist and has combined her interest in singing with her expertise to develop and lead a series of workshops on topics related to the use of the voice and on how to
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
Miriam Makeba & Nina Simone - Thulasizwe / I Shall Be Released
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