The Maroondah Singers’ Memorial Scholarship attracts highly talented singers each year and this year was no exception. We had the largest group to date and what a pleasure and a priviledge to listen to the young singers : sopranos, mezzo sopranos, a baritone and a tenor. The judging panel now have the very difficult task of arriving at a short list and then a 2016 winner – spoiled for choice to quote a panel member.
Our current scholar Jenna Roubos will have her final gig with us at our Christmas concert on December 6th where she will present a solo from the Messiah, as well as City of Heaven with the choir. She and our resident chorister Nadia Migliardi will again sing Delibes’ Flower Duet , for which they received a standing ovation at our annual concert. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their beautifully matched voices. Jenna has been a wonderful 2015 vocal scholar and has adapted to the different genres required of her with our different musical programs this year with great skill and enthusiasm. She has been warmly received by audience and choir members alike.
As a testament to the role and value of the choir’s scholarship in supporting up and coming young singers, many previous vocal scholars have continued with developing fine careers. Stacey Alleaume has a debut lead role as Leila in Opera Australia’s The Pearl Fishers, Sian Pendry will play second lady in The Magic Flute alongside Hanna Dahlenburg who plays Queen of the Night. Jordie Howell was a reserve Finalist for the prestigious RMP Aria competition. Stephen Coutts performed with Marina Prior in Hamilton Island, Queensland and Nathan Lay again made the final of the Sun Aria.
The choir looks forward to finishing the year with a flourish at our Christmas concert on December 6. Lyn Henshall, our musical director has compiled a wonderful program of songs all with a Christmas flavour. There are songs from the current new repertoire of the choir, familiar carols and some unusual ones as well as some to sing along to. We will also be treated to a piano duet by the twin sisters Patrice and Joan Marshall. Patrice is also our accompanist for the concert. We look forward to seeing you there to help us celebrate the Christmas and yes, we do have our now famous and fabulous afternoon tea to conclude the concert.