Since the School’s inception there has been a strong vocal and choral tradition. The School began its life on the steps of St John’s Cathedral. Throughout the history of the School there have been choral scholarships
offered. A number of Churchie Old Boys have gone on to exceptionally distinguished international careers as singers in a number of genres including Opera, Music Theatre and Rock. As well some have become conductors of note both Choral and Orchestral.
The journey begins in Prep with the Year 3 Choir where every boy in Year 3 takes part. This creates the foundation for their involvement in the Prep Choir. This choir has garnered a number of awards for primary school, city and statewide competitions. The very strong Kodaly methodology which is the spine of music in the classroom in Prep nourishes this commitment and love of singing.
The Senior School has the Churchie Choir whose members are boy trebles and Changed Voices. Both these groups perform separately as well as an overall ensemble. The choir is invited to perform both within the School, particularly at premier occasions such as Anzac Day and Speech Night, but also are invited to perform in concerts at the city mall, Southbank and other venues of note which make up the cultural landscape of this vibrant city.
The premier vocal ensemble is known as Octet. This is an auditioned men’s voice ensemble that perform musically more challenging repertoire of a traditional and contemporary nature; spanning the world of the Renaissance in Thomas Tallis through to Billy Joel and Adele. This ensemble receives a number of invitations to sing and is much in demand.