About Grandage

Grandage is an advanced ensemble for Treble singers aged 12-18 who have strong musical skills and love singing a variety of musical styles.

Choristers in Grandage have the opportunity to:

  • Explore a range of repertoire, from Classical to Music Theatre to Contemporary and more.
  • Join combined rehearsals with other WA Young Voices ensembles.
  • Challenge and extend their skills as young musicians in a supportive environment.
  • Continue to develop core skills in musicianship with like-minded individuals.

Members of Grandage receive a 1 hour/week ‘Education Workshop’ as part of their choral training and yearly program. Workshops cover a variety of topics, such as:

  • Music theory
  • Languages
  • Performance practice techniques
  • Composition and song writing
  • Posture and presentation
  • Acting and stage movement,
  • Goal setting
  • Sight-reading
  • Pilates and yoga for singers and more.

Repertoire and workshops are designed to challenge and extend young musicians, whilst fostering and developing a long-term passion for and dedication to music.

This ensemble is named proudly after Iain Grandage, one of Australia’s most highly regarded composers and collaborative artists.

Joining Grandage

Auditions times are currently available for Season 2, commencing 27th of July 2024

Grandage Season Dates:

Grandage have two performance seasons during each school year.

SeasonSchool TermGrandage Season Start DateEnd of Season Concert
11 & 2Saturday 3 February 2024Sunday 23 June 2024
23 & 4Saturday 27 July 2024To be confirmed

Rehearsal Structure:

1.00pmEducation Workshop
2.15pmRehearsal session 1
3.15pmRehearsal session 2

Rehearsal Venue: Trinity College (East Perth)

Grandage Artistic and Management Team

Katie How – Director, Conductor

BMus (Classical Voice), MTeach (Secondary Music)

Katie How is a highly sought-after singer, choral conductor and voice teacher, specialising in teaching high-school aged singers. She is a director of West Australian Young Voices and works with the Education department, teaching in some of Perth’s gifted and talented programs.

Katie holds a Bachelor or Music Performance (Classical Voice) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of New England. She has been a participant of the Gondwana National choral school conductor’s program, where she was selected to conduct for a workshop with Carl Crossin. Katie has also completed 3 levels of training in the Australian Kodaly Certificate.

Katie has worked as Children’s chorus master with WA Opera and in 2023, Katie conducted Freeze Frame Opera’s production of “The Little Prince” featuring Teddy Tahu Rhodes and the choristers of WAYV. Alongside this work, Katie has performed with many of Perth’s leading vocal groups, including St George’s Cathedral, the Giovanni Consort and the West Australian Opera chorus. As a soloist, Katie has performed with Perth Lyric Opera, Art Song Perth, Perth Symphonic Chorus and St George’s Cathedral.

Katie is passionate about encouraging young singers to explore and love their unique voice, using age-appropriate repertoire and incorporating safe and relaxed vocal pedagogy into all lessons and rehearsals.

Perry Joyce – Director, Conductor, Founder

Perry is a singer, composer, conductor, and teaching artist who is actively involved in the Perth classical music scene. In 2018 he was nominated for the West Australian Young Achiever Awards for his achievements in music and community outreach.  

In 2014 Perry founded the West Australian Young Voices (WAYV) and has established and conducted many choirs since. Perry is passionate about working with choirs and currently directs and conducts WAYV and Quire Vocal Addiction. Perry has also worked as Children’s Chorus Master for WA Opera (Our Little Inventor, Koolbardi wer Wardong, Hansel and Gretel) and in 2018 was Chorus Master for Don Giovanni. 

As a soloist Perry has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Claremont Carols in the Park 2022, Carmina Burana – Orff 2020, Choral Fantasy – Beethoven 2018), West Australian Opera, Freeze Frame Opera, Lost and Found Opera, and many ensembles around Perth including as a member of St George’s Cathedral Consort.   

As composer Perry has written for Katie Noonan (Australian Vocal Ensemble), Voyces, Gondwana Voices, and has won many awards for his compositions including the Sydney Symphony’s Young Composers Award, the Gondwana Voices Young Composers Award, and the 2012 Paula and David Tunley Award.

Enquire about Grandage

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