This is our song...
Formed in 2013, our choir is made up of women in diverse stages of their lives. Our singers are university students, career women, business owners and mothers of young children. Most singers in the ensemble have been involved in good school or university choirs or have taken private voice lessons. All have a passion for singing choral literature of artistic merit and happily embrace the many different musical styles we undertake - classical, folk, show tunes, spirituals, sacred, contemporary and works by Australian composers. We aim to develop culturally active young women through community service work such as singing at seniors’ homes and hospitals. The choir enjoys promoting the Moonee Valley community through participation in local events and in the wider Victorian region. Performances include choral festivals, eisteddfods, collaborative concerts with the Essendon Choral Society, weddings, Christmas functions and occasional worship services.
The Grace Notes Singers relies on community grants and local engagements to support its growth. Donations are warmly welcomed with gratitude and gracious singing. If you wish to donate, we will be eternally grateful for your support.
Bank details: Grace Notes Singers Inc BSB: 633 000 Acc: 149859282
All cheques payable to Grace Notes Singers Incorporated.
One of the original Grace Notes Singers configurations.
Jan Goodall is a retired, class music specialist teacher and choir conductor. She loves anything to do with choirs – listening to, singing in and conducting them. She is a co-founder of the Grace Notes Singers and enjoys being on the other side of the conductor’s podium as a member of the Gisborne Singers. She has conducted the massed, 1000-voice choir at the State Schools’ Spectacular in Hisense Arena and in 2011, her children’s choir was honoured to sing at the Government House reception for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Highness Prince Phillip during their visit to Melbourne. Jan taught for many years at Lowther Hall in Essendon and while there, formed the highly successful Festival Singers. This outstanding girls’ choir won many awards and Jan herself, received the prize of Best Conductor at the international Hear the People Sing choral championships in the early 90’s. She has adjudicated choral competitions, run choir workshops, facilitated a four-week conducting course for teachers of school choirs and has written a series of workbooks for use in Kodaly, class music programs. Jan is an ex-pat Canadian but has “called Australia home” for many years.
Our vocal coach
South Australian born, Felicity Baldock has a wide range of experience not only on the operatic stage and concert platform but also as a sought after teacher, examiner and adjudicator. Graduating with a high distinction from the South Australian College of Advanced Education she then went on to study in Italy, Germany and with Daniel Ferro in New York as the recipient of the South Australian Government Vocal Scholarship. On her return to Australia, Felicity
commenced a Young Artist Program with the State Opera of South Australia. She has since sung with Opera Australia, the Brisbane Festival, Victorian State Opera, Melbourne City Opera and Melbourne Opera Company, debuting in the role of “Violetta” in La Traviata in 2003. Felicity has a vast solo concert and oratorio repertoire which she has performed in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and country Victoria. She has also performed for the past twenty-seven years as soprano soloist at the annual, much loved “People’s Messiah”.
Ed is a classical pianist who recently graduated from the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) program at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Prior to that, Ed studied in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, and had the privilege of receiving the tutelage of Maestro Lim Yau (ex-conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra) and Young Artist Award Winner, Dr. Zechariah Goh.
Prior to his relocation to Melbourne, Ed was the Resident Choral Conductor of Hwa Chong Voices, an appointment he had assumed since 2008. He has also served as the resident conductor to Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Choir, Anderson Secondary School Choir and Assumption English School Choir.
Ed’s love for vocal and choral music extends to his work as an accompanist. In 2015, he was awarded the best accompanist prize in an academy-wide vocal competition. He also worked as a rehearsal accompanist with the Singapore Symphony Children’s Chorus.
Ed remains active as a vocalist, singing as a tenor with the newly established Hamer Singers, and performing professionally with Melbourne's top all-male A Cappella group, Suade.
The Grace Notes Singers win first prize at the 2014 Eisteddfod by the Bay, Moorabbin.