Following are brief notes of concerts and repertoire of the choir........


Choral Gems 16 & 16 September
    This concert achieved a wonderful balance of voice and repertoire for concerts on 15 & 16 September
    2018 under the directorship of Pippa Andrew. A mix from the masters of sacred works was performed
    by choir, individual voice and piano. These included Victoria O quam gloriosum est regnum, Bach's
    Jesu meine freude and a series of motets by Bruckner and Stanford   


Divine Music for Choir and Organ 2018
    Presented in May 2018 at St Matthews in Albury. American conductor Jeff Mosher made his debut with
    the Murray Conservatorium Choir for two concerts that featured the organ and choir.   St Matthews was
    the perfect setting for the choir to sing from the loft where the organ combined to provide a sublime
    blend of reverberating sound for the audience

Magnificat : Christmas 2017
    Three concerts were performed this year in Walla Walla, Albury and Wodonga.  Hugh Fullarton led the
    choir in John Rutter's Magnificat and featured soloists and guest instrumentalists on flute and oboe
    Our Bill Kell scholarship is shared by siblings Emily and James Strachan who both performed solo
    pieces. Audience participation was welcomed on a selection of carols.

The Three Choirs Festival
    Beechworth Singers, Vocal Dimension from Wangaratta and  Murray Conservatorium choirs performed
    two concerts in early September 2017 accompanied by the Three Choirs Festival Orchestra and led by
    guest conductor Jackson Harnwell. Presented were Handels's Coronation Anthems and other works by
    Byrd, Laurenen, Whitacre, Labarr and Vaughan Williams.


A Concert of Carols
    December 2016 welcomed the audience in two concerts to join in singing well known and loved carols
    and music written to celebrate the Christmas season.

Four Weddings and a Funeral
    the first concert with Hugh Fullarton in 2016 provided a mix of choir and organ music that celebrated
    grand British occasions.

Christmas Fantasia concerts
    included wonderful music from traditional Christmas Messiah choruses to Benjamin Britten's setting of
    WH Aden poetry.  Vaughan Williams' thrilling 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' was the central gift in this
    program spanning 400 years of Christmas music. We continuing a successful collaboration with
    talented local instrumentalists in a varied program, including audience participation in well known
    Carols. This was the final choir performance directed by Mike Halsey who is departing for England early
    in 2016. Feature pieces were by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britton and included some
    sing along carols for all to enjoy.

September 2015 - Three Choirs Festival - Beechworth, Wangaratta and Murray Conservatorium choirs.

May 2015 - Animalia , under the directorship of Mike Halsey
    was performed at two concerts on 23rd and 24th of May 2015, providing a broad range of musical
    styles in songs that celebrated or featured animals.
    Of special note was the wonderful performance by Mica Torre and Micaela Schmidt of the comic Cat
    Duet by Gioacchino Rossini. Also featured were a number of small ensembles of  10-14 singers
    performing songs in a madrigal style.  The Con Men bought tears to a few people in a rendition of the
    spiritual My Lord What a Morning, and A Dog Walks sung by the Murray Divas was a wonderfully
    challenging piece from the Three Japanese Lyrics by Michio Mado with English translation by the
    Empress Michiko. Two concerts ended with a harmonic rendition of the Lion Sleeps Tonight arranged
    by Alan Billingsley.

Benjamin Britten's St Nicolas
    was featured in a regional premiere by the Murray Conservatorium Choir on the 6th December 2015, the
    actual day of St Nicolas Feast day. This was one of the Choir’s most dramatic and stunning
    performances of recent times. The concert brought together some extraordinary talent from the Albury-
    Wodonga region, involving local tenor soloist Robert Boyd, three local boy trebles as the (previously)-
    murdered children, full choir, organ, percussion and a string orchestra, under the direction of Mike
    Halsey. The trebles involved were Jespah Cropley, Tom Summerfield and Jordyn Moir. Benjamin Britten
    was one of the 20th Centurys greatest composers. In the second half of the programme some
    traditional carols and some less well known will be presented. Tchaikovsky’s haunting Crown of
    Roses, Tavener’s God be with us and John Ross’s A Gaelic Christmas were presented including
    traditional carols with rousing participation of the audience

'On the Move'
    a musical journey,  was the theme for our first concert in 2014 on the 10th and 11th of May under the
    directorship of Mike Halsey. Songs featured include 'Come travel with me' by Scott Farthing, 'Walking in
    the Air' from the Snowman, and a bracket of  jazz . The Divas sand Sail Away and Let me Fly, and the
    Con Men performed Ghost Riders in the sky and I Dreamed a Dream.  A feature of the concert was
    soloist Dan Carberry performing excerpts from 'The Songs of Travel' by Ralf Vaughan Williams
    accompanied by Robyn Krowicky. The Geographical Fugue an entirely spoken piece written by Ernst
    Toch provided a very different challenge to perform. Other soloists featured in the concert were Mica
    Tores, Lyn Moriarty and Kelly Trainer.  

2013 Christmas concert Shining NIght
    The final concert with Beth Yvisaker as our conductor and provided an enthralling repertoire of
    Christmas music. The programme included Mar-Antoine Charpentirer's midnight mass for christmas (a
    Baroque 17th century piece). The choir was joined by a string ensemble with Ursula Genaehr and
    Angus Johnson on recorder and Robyn Krowicky at the keyboard.  Lachlin McIntyre, our Bill Kell scholar
    provided a tenor solo singing Ev'ry Valley Shall be Exalted from Handel's Messiah.Other highlights
    included the ConMen singing Franz Biebl's Ave Maria and the Murray Divas renditions of well known
    carols.  John Ross' Gaelic Christmas again delighted the audience.

'Enrichment through Choral Music'  
    Our August/September concert featured Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine and Duruflés Requiem with
    organ, plus unaccompanied Gregorian chant upon which Duruflé based his music. The organist
    Heather Moen Boyd provided an inspiring performance at both Saint Matthews and St Johns.

Songs of the Sea
    was performed in June 2013.  Repertoire included "Climbing Over Rocky Mountain" and the "Pirates
    Chorus" from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance; " Under the Sea" from Disney's Little Mermaid;
    "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" from Rodgers and
    Hammerstein's South Pacific. Also included were two songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Island
    Songs by Australian composer Stephen Leek.

Christmas Bells
    concert 2012 was a  wonderful mix of songs for the family to enjoy. The choir delighted with bell like
    voices which featured a variety of songs from our male and female choral sections, highlighted with
    percussion and string accompaniment.

Three Choirs Festival
    The three major choirs of the Northeast (Beechworth Singers, Murray Conservatorium Choir and the
    Wangaratta Choristers) join to present concerts of music that generally each choir would not be able to
    perform on their own.  This bi-annual event provides choristers a chance of singing in a group of up to
    100 singers!  Two concerts were performed, 8th and 9th of September in Albury and Wangaratta. Our
    three musical directors supported the choirs to perform a lovely selection of works including:
  • Widor/Willcocks -  ‘Sing’  - a great arrangement for four part chorus of a dynamic organ work.  
    Siegfried Franke will be our guest organist.
  • Brahms – ‘How lovely is your dwelling place’ from ‘A German Requiem’
  • John Ross – ‘Festival Te Deum’.  This work was performed some years ago by the Murray
    Conservatorium Choir and was greatly enjoyed. A new work, just for this festival!
  • Britten  - ‘Jubilate Deo’
  • Elgar  - ‘Lux aeterna’
  • Selected works for men’s and women’s voices.

Murray Conservatorium Choir presented the 30th Anniversary Concert in Albury on 12th May 2012.
    The programme featured guest artists - baritone Michael Leighton Jones in Vaughan Williams'
    Five Mystical Songs and soprano Marilla Homes was featured in Mozart's Laudate Dominum as well as
    a wonderful folk song in a capella with the choir and audience joining in the chorus.

    A wonderful slide show of memorable photos, newspaper clippings and historical choir programs  
    provided a reflection for both choir and audience of the scope and range of performances of the choir
    over the 30 years. The choir performed various pieces inspired by folk music including  an arrangement
    of a Scottish folk song 'Wild Mountain Thyme' by choir founder John Ross.  The women sang songs of
    the down-to-earth matters of life in a small fishing village, and the ConMen entertained with spirituals.

2011 Christmas Tidings
    featured the Con Men and the Voices of the Murray - with original and locally arranged carols and songs.
    The Gaelic Christmas Carol by John Ross was premiered.

Choral Showcase
    with the Voices of the Murray and the Murray Conservatorium Orchestra were performed over two
    concerts in September 2011.  The feature included the Mass of the Children (John Rutter) with soprano
    soloist Patti Graetz and bass baritone soloist Mike Halsey.

May Celebration 2011
    provided listeners with the intricacies of English madrigals, including 'Now is the month of Maying' by
    Thomas Morley, the lush melodies and harmonies of Johannes Brahms, including an arrangement of  
    'Die Mainacht' (the May Night) and light-heartedness of Gilbert & Sullivan, the swing of Bing Crosby and
    the power of Billy Joel.  Musical Director Beth Ylvisaker  Pianist Paul Tasker and the Conservatorium
    Jazz Trio.

Christmas 2010
    A celebration in concert with the Community Gospel Choir and performance at the Albury Carols by
    Candlelight.  

The Three Choirs Festival - September 2010
    Beechworth Singers , Murray Conservatorium Choir and Wangaratta Choristers were joined by two
    pianists and a six-piece percussion ensemble with local and visiting  soloists all conducted by Patti
    Graetz to present the familiar work of ‘Carmina’ and the soulful ‘Chichester Psalms’.  It was a work of
    sharply contrasting sections of lyrical beauty alongside dynamic rhythms finishing with the favourite,
    ‘Zadok the Priest’ chorus.  

Music Extravaganza:  20th June 2010.
    The choir featured in a music extravaganza and performance with  Murray Conservatorium bands,
    choirs and orchestral pieces.  The choir performed Sondheim! a choral celebration of the music and
    lyrics by Stephen Sondheim including exerpts from Comedy Tonight - Into the Woods - Putting it
    together - Not While I'm around - Losing My Mind - Send in the Clowns - Company - The Little Things
    You Do Together - being Alive. Also performed was Chichester Psalms in three movements by Leonard
    Bernstein

ANZAC Salute 2010 concerts occurred in April through the sponsorship of the SS&A Club.
    The repertoire was a salute to Australians in various theatres of war and featured military and popular
    songs from both World Wars.

Christmas Extravaganza December 2009 -and performances at
    Faith City Christmas Pageant and the Albury Carols by Candlelight

Masterworks from Master Composers - September 2009
    This concert featured solists Edwina Dalco (soprana) Nicholas Jones (Tenor) Cameron Lukey
    (Baritone) and Stephanie Paech (soprano) and organist Peter Hagen with musical director Patti Graetz.

Puttin On the Ritz - June 2009
    with the M-Con Jazz Combo - Patti Graetz - Musical Director and Beth Ylvusajer - Pianist
    ♪ Blue Skies – Irving Berlin  ♪ Mack the Knife – Kurt Weill  ♪ Puttin’ on the Ritz – Irving Berlin
    ♪ Georgia on My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael  ♪ Night and Day – Cole Porter  ♪ Stormy Weather – Harold
    Arlen  ♪ Nice Work if You Can Get it – George Gershwin   ♪ A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square –
    Manning Sherwin    ♪ Skylark – Hoagy Carmichael  ♪ What a Wonderful World – Weiss & Thiele  
    ♪ Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon    ♪ Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen   
    ♪ Do You Hear the People Sing? – Schonberg   ♪ You Raise Me Up – Graham & Lovland

Special performance
    The choir performed a number of pieces on Sunday 5th April at the relaunch of the Murray
    Conservatorium.  'Pops at the Bots'. A fantastic night in the Botanic Gardens in Albury with about 3000
    attending the event. This free concert was sponsored by the Albury City Council.

Christmas Concert 2008
    The Murray Conservatorium Choir and Murray Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra presented a
    traditional  concert of Christmas favourites featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas
    Carols and included an audience sing-a-long.

Three Choirs Festival: 2008
    the glorious music of the Durufle's Requiem, and four sacred motets and pieces by Faure were
    performed in September at St Matthews Church in Albury and at the Anglican Cathedral in Wangaratta.   

    The Murray Conservatorium Choir was joined by the Beechworth Singers and the Wangaratta
    Choristers to present a major choral work with organ accompaniment in Albury and Wangaratta

A MOST InG&S PARADOX  May 2008
    Two performances highlighting Murray Conservatorium Choir, Murray Conservatorium Chamber
    Orchestra and Soloists. The concerts featured excerpts from: Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, Pirates
    of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, favourite opera choruses   Aida, Faust, Il Trovatore, Nabucco,
    andRodgers & Hammerstein favourites.

    Our soloists were:
    Jason Campbell, Tenor as Nanki-poo and Frederick
    Suzanne Ellis, soloist as Yum-Yum and Mabel,
    Leon Walsh, Baritone as the Major General


Love - Lost and Found   23 and 26 August and 2 September 2007
    This concert featured Brahms' Liebeslieder (Love song) Waltzes as a centrepiece, this programme was
    all about love - lost, found, passionate, unrequited.  The most popular theme in secular songwriting
    allowed the Choir to an abundance of favourites and a few new songs for the audience to treasure, from
    the Renaissance through to the present.December 2016 welcomed the audience in two concerts to join
    in singing well known and loved carols and music written to celebrate the Christmas season.