Music at All Saints
All Saints has a vibrant music program to enhance its soul-stirring Anglican liturgies. A full choir or a cantor leads music at the 9.30am Sunday services, supported by our 1857 pipe organ and often augmented by brass, harp or strings. There are many opportunities for you to become involved in the musical life of the parish.
All Saints Choir
The choir is an SATB ensemble of approximately 12-16 singers that sings a variedrepertoire from Gregorian chant to contemporary liturgical music. It offers animportant ministry in leading and inspiring the whole worshipping community. The choir sings music for a range of services including the 9.30am High Mass, Choral Evensong, and seasonal carol services. Scholarships are available for outstanding tertiary students who provide musical leadership in the choir or at the organ. The All Saints Choir sings most Sundays at the 9.30am High Mass. A robed choir, it sings psalms, communion settings, motets and leads the congregation in a fine selection of hymn. The turnover of music is fast so there is never a dull moment. The choir also enjoys an active social life, often meeting for dinner after rehearsals and coffee after services. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm, and on Sundays at 9am. Though the choir is not formally auditioned, members are expected to have good sight-reading and ensemble skills. Current members come from a variety of musical backgrounds and include past members of the Adelaide Chamber Singers, Gondwana Voices, the National Youth Choir of Australia and the Newcastle and Wellington Cathedral Choirs.
Choral and organ scholarships
The parish offers up to four auditioned choral scholarships of $1500 per annum to university or college students. Scholars are expected to provide musical and pastoral leadership in the choir, perform administrative tasks, and take an interest in wider parish life. Contact the Director of Music for further information
On the second Sunday of each month from March through October, the choir sings the beautiful, cathedral-style evening service of choral evensong, usually according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
All Saints Youth Choristers
The Youth Chorister program began in 2011 for young people aged 7 to 16. The program aims to develop the choristers͛ confidence and team skills while providing a free musical education and fostering a life-long enjoyment of music. The Choristers sing with the All Saints Choir for the 9.30am High Mass on three to four Sundays during each school term and sing a service once a term in their own right.
Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Voice for Life levels. Team skills, self discipline and confidence are developed and the choristers gain a sense of engagement in the broader community.
Rehearsals are held on Thursdays during term time from 6.00-6.45pm. Although no audition is required, choristers are expected to be enthusiastic, committed and attend rehearsals regularly. New members are welcome at any time and are invited to contact the Director of Youth Choristers for more information.
Director of the Youth Choristers
The Youth Chorister program is currently led by Clara Tensiwood, a member of the All Saints Choir. Clara holds a PhD in materials science. She studied cello with David Pereira and attained her Licentiate of Music (LMusA) in 2013. In 2015 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education. Clara is a past member of the national children͛s choir Gondwana Voices, the Choir of All Saints South Hobart, and other Tasmania choirs. In 2013 she attended the ACCET Choral Conductors Summer School in Melbourne, and toured Rome and Assisi with Echology (The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir). Clara currently teaches at a local secondary school.
Why join a church choir?
It͛s an excellent way to develop musical skills that are valuable far beyond the church context: -experience the thrill of singing great works of sacred music in the context for which they were written-develop sight-singing, vocal and ensemble skills in a supportive environment-discover the joy of the shared experience in making music in a group
All Saints is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Australia
Director of Music
Dr Terry Norman
Director of Youth Choristers
Dr Clara Teniswood