Smalley is a beginner ensemble for singers in Years 2-6 (ages 7-12) who are enthusiastic about singing and music. This program allows children to find their voice, learn musical concepts through games and fun activities, and experience the joy of singing and performing in a choir.
To ensure that choristers receive the most age-appropriate music education and can interact with like-minded children, Smalley is divided into two streams:
Music Makers for Years 2-3 (7-8 year olds) – Led by Melissa Foss
Music Makers is specially designed for our youngest voices. Tailored sessions aimed at the 7-8 year age group follows a fun, interactive and holistic approach to learning music, while developing children’s skills in musicianship.
Children in Music Makers will still get to enjoy and learn to sing in a larger choir ensemble and join with our Ensemble stream in the second half of each rehearsal.
Ensemble for Years 4-6 (9-12 year olds) – Led by Jason Boron
The Ensemble stream is designed for older primary school-aged children to learn in an inclusive environment. While maintaining focus on developing new musical skills and learning to sing in an ensemble, this stream tailors the delivery of new musical concepts and learning for this unique age group, in a fun and interactive way.
No audition required.
Get in touch using the contact form below or send us an email to find out how to join.
Named after Anglo-Australian composer, pianist and conductor, Emeritus Professor Roger Smalley, AM (1943 – 2015), our beginner ensemble Smalley honours the significant musical and academic contributions made by Professor Smalley to the Western Australian musical landscape.
Born near Manchester, England, in 1943 and emigrated to Australia in the mid 1970s, Smalley’s compositions, commissioned by prestigious organisations and groups – from the BBC and London Sinfonietta to the ABC and Australian Chamber Orchestra – have been performed and broadcast world-wide. His compositions and performances have been released on numerous CDs, and he has won awards both as composer and pianist: his own performance of his Piano Concerto was the recommended work in the UNESCO Composers’ Rostrum in 1987.
Roger Smalley’s career as an academic was closely tied to his activities as a composer and performer: his move from the UK to Australia was the result of a short composer residency at the University of Western Australia. A significant academic career at the University of Western Australia included a research fellowship and subsequently Associate Professor of Music. In 1996, Smalley was appointed a professorial Research Fellow at the UWA. He was Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and Honorary Research Associate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Roger Smalley moved to Sydney in 2007. He passed away in Sydney on 18 August 2015.
Biography kindly provided by Professor Smalley’s website.