Junior Choir updates and term 4 letter

Hi Junior Choir families!

It was lovely being back and hearing your singing last week. I hope you all had a restful holiday.

There are many things going on this term, and we have outlined them in a Term letter (downloadable below) from Melissa Mellen, YAV Chair, and me.

Please note that due to Covid restrictions the Norwood Pageant is definitely not going ahead on Saturday 27 November.

We hope that they’re able to bring it back in 2022, it’s such a lovely event for our younger choirs, supported by 2CC.

We look forward to hearing you at the Combined Choirs Festive Concert on Sunday 5 December!

Best wishes, Christie

Junior Choir newsletter

Dear Junior Choir Parents and Junior Choristers

It is such a JOY to be singing together each week! We have 23 choristers and they are making excellent progress in their listening, singing and musicianship skills!!

Thank you very much for your outstanding attendance each week. This will enable us able to be very well-prepared for our Combined Christmas Concert.

Home practise is Harvey the Human Dog and The Purr-ima Donna:

Click for dropbox audio files:

Harvey the Human Dog

The Purr-ima Donna


  • YAV folder
  • chop sticks and a few pencils in a small pencil case
  • bottle of water

**This week (15 September) and next week (22 September) we will be rehearsing in the Front Hall.

**PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND OUR OPEN REHEARSAL ON 22 SEPTEMBER FROM 5.30pm-6pm (in the Front Hall) Come and watch us in action!!

CALENDAR FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR: Please diarise these.

  • Wednesday 15 September    5pm     Rehearsal in the Front Hall
  • Wednesday 22 September    OPEN REHEARSAL from 5.30pm – 6pm (parents invited). This is our final rehearsal for the term – and in the FRONT HALL. Last rehearsal for term 3.

  • Wednesday 13 October         5pm     Term 4 begins
  • Saturday 27 November         9am-10.30am Norwood Pageant (TBC)        
  • Sunday 5 December              3.30pm    Combined Choirs Festive Concert @ Wesley Uniting Church Kent Town (where we rehearse) (Please keep from 1pm onwards free)
  • Wednesday  8 December      Final Rehearsal for 2021 – Sausage Sizzle/Games/DVD

Yours in Song

Glenni, Julie and Charlotte

Choir Administrator position

Dear YAV families

As you may have heard, Tracy Shepherd is leaving YAV after 10 years of incredible work in the organisation.   

Tracy has been instrumental in improving, creating and updating all our systems.  She designed the new website and designed all the systems for both WATU Youth Choir Festivals, in 2015 and 2018 and has coordinated all our Covid plans and has made sure YAV has been compliant throughout the pandemic, an enormous task, given the concerns around singing.

She has very much been the beating heart of this organisation from behind the scenes, and will be terribly missed.

YAV is looking for a part-time Administrator to replace Tracy, and choir community is an ideal place for us to look – we welcome another like-minded person into our team.  The application can be investigated through Seek.com Youth Choir Administrator Job in Adelaide – SEEK and applications close on Monday 13 September 2021.

Tracy will be with us until Thursday 16 September before she goes to her new job.  We want to thank her so much for the wonderful work she has done at YAV and wish her the very best in her new role.

Best wishes,

Christie & the YAV Staff

Quick Reminders!

Dear YAV families

It is wonderful to be back and to be able to hear the children singing and having fun!

Just a couple of reminders:

Please do not park in the Church car park when you drop off or collect your child. This is a safety issue, especially when we have a lot of children walking through there. Please park on one of the streets surrounding the halls and walk your child in.

If your child is unable to attend a rehearsal please ensure you email or call the YAV office (choiroffice@yav.asn.au or 8362 3885)

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

Kind regards

Anthea Charlton

Choir Coordinator


Young Adelaide Voices is seeking a reliable, self-motivated and organised individual with excellent communication skills, to provide the administration role for its 6 choirs.  This is an ideal opportunity for a creative person to manage a flexible part-time position working with South Australia’s leading youth choir school.  

The successful applicant will be required to have confidence with a variety of IT applications and be open to liaising with all stakeholders from the YAV community to professional arts organisations.

Community-minded in nature, Young Adelaide Voices welcomes candidates who are excited to work with the choir and its Artistic Director to foster growth and development of young people in youth music and singing.  To this end experience in music performance and/or event planning and a demonstrated ability to build effective relationships and partnerships with schools would be an advantage.

Applicants can apply to: choiroffice@yav.asn.au

Application due date: COB Friday 10 September 2021

Applicants will be notified on Monday 20 September and if successful will be interviewed on Wednesday 22 September 2021.

Full job description: https://youngadelaidevoices.asn.au/vacancy-yav-administrator/

Return to choir today – some reminders

Dear Junior Choir

We can’t wait to have our youngest choristers back to choir today for some beautiful singing!

Please note the following as we get everyone back to YAV:

  • MASKS are now required for all those over 12 years old who are in the building. Please also QR code check in.
  • PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE CAR PARK – we have limited parking spaces which are required by our staff plus traffic in the car park presents a danger to our young choristers.
  • Please be on time for drop off and pick up to minimize disruption to the session. If you are running late to pick up call: 8362 3885 to let Anthea know.
  • Fundraising chocolate money is due, thank you for your support. Please bring in or pay $60 per box to the YAV account with your choristers name as the reference:

Bendigo Bank Statement Account

Young Adelaide Voices

BSB: 633 000

Account: 152875894

We look forward to welcoming you back to YAV this afternoon!
Thanks for your cooperation,
Tracy & Anthea.

Rehearsals return to YAV this week

Dear Junior Choir

We are delighted to welcome our choristers back to rehearsals from this Wednesday.

Rehearsals will run for the usual time: 5pm-6pm in the back hall.

Everyone over the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask while in the building under the current restrictions in SA.

Please remember the basics:

  • don’t come to choir if sick or if you are awaiting a covid test result
  • social distancing and hand sanitizing
  • covid check in required by all entering the building unless a chorister as the roll will be taken

Any questions please let me know: choiroffice@yav.asn.au

We look forward to welcoming you back to YAV!

YAV Manager

Restrictions update and Junior Choir learning for this week.

Dear Parents – we are still awaiting permission from SA Health to return to singing and hope this will be granted very soon. We will let you know the details as soon as possible. Public Activity restriction changes are being published on a Wednesday currently with changes taking place from Thursday. Thanks for your support while we navigate the requirements.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me: choiroffice@yav.asn.au

Kind regards
YAV Manager

Hello dear Junior Choir

I hope you are well and happy. 

We have had one of our Intermediate Choir send us a video of them singing Find a Song Inside which we loved and have passed on to the composer Jodie O’Regan who was delighted to receive it. Please send us your videos if you would like and we will share them with her as well. See last weeks blog for the lesson.

Are you managing to listen to our choir lessons?  I hope you can so we won’t be missing out on our lessons.

  • Firstly print the 2 worksheets for GOODNIGHT SLEEP TIGHT:

When you are ready – you need to cut out the little faces on the page that has the words on it – you will have 11 little faces.

  • Next: Press play for Good Night Sleep Tight and listen to the lesson

Dropbox link to Good Night Sleep Tight

  • Next: Press play for ICKLE OCKLE. Can you hear something different in this song?

Dropbox link to ICKLE OCKLE

  • Finally: Please practice Harvey, the Human Dog – can you learn the words from “He taps me on the leg – human attitude’

Dropbox link to Harvey, the Human Dog

THANK YOU very much for keeping up with our homework!! I hope to see you soon!!

Love from Glenni, Julie and Charlotte

Find A Song Inside – home learning & singing

Dear Juniors and Inters Choristers and Families,  

We’re so sorry to not have seen you yet this term, but I’ve had a great time recording one of the pieces that we’re all going to sing together at our Combined Choir’s Festive Concert on 5 December this year.  While we can’t be face to face, this is a great piece to try when you want to do some singing at home either by yourself or with a family member. 

The piece is called “Find a Song Inside” by the talented composer and music educator Jodie O’Regan.  The melody will be led by Juniors and Inters with some assistance from 2CC and Aurora sopranos.  All together, the melody is sung 4 times, and the more we sing, the more amazing layers are added! 

So please find attached via dropbox links: 

Sheet music 

Find a Song Inside Words 

Once you have those, you can follow the steps to learn the piece via the videos: 

Video 1: Text only  

Video 2: Clapping and Speaking the Rhythm part 1 (call and response) 

Video 3:  Clapping and Speaking the Rhythm part 2 (call and response)  

Video 4: Sing through the full melody in call and response 

Video 5: Singing through the whole melody as written 

You don’t need to do it all at once, but we hope it’s a new fun piece to start learning (and once you’ve learned it, see if you can teach it to someone else in your family!) 

We miss your lovely voices and faces and hope to see you very soon!  

Christie, Glenni, Trish and all at YAV 😊