About Vocally Wild

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Vocally Wild is a successful, long-standing, independent mixed community choir where the love and joy of music is experienced by a friendly, cohesive group of singers who create delightful harmony in a supportive environment.

We are privileged to be led by Music Director, Diana Clark-de Vries and accompanied by pianist, Patrice Marshall. Please see Diana and Patrice’s profiles below.

Vocally Wild rehearses at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings during school term time, at the Sandybeach Centre in the Bayside suburb of Sandringham, Victoria.  The choir sings in three, four and five part harmony, Soprano (first and second), Alto, Tenor and Bass. Newcomers to the choir usually find it easy, sometimes with a ‘Little Help from a Friend’, to find the part to suit their voices.

In 2012, and again in 2015 Vocally Wild joined with our sister choir, Mosaic to form Viva Melbourne that travelled to northern Italy to sing with more than 80 other choirs in an international choral festival.  These events were a wonderful experience and an outstanding success. We are planning another trip in 2020, this time to Croatia.

At Vocally Wild we aim to:
  • Bring the joy of singing to the wider community in many and varied ways, including annual performances at the widely popular Bayside Carols in the Park, singing at community days, Rotary celebrations, the annual RSL Beaumaris ANZAC Day Parade, bi-annual Kingston Town Hall combined concert with Mosaic and the Southern Area Concert Band, residential aged care facilities and other venues.
  • Accept all singers regardless of age, gender, ability, religion or ethnicity.  No audition is required.
  • Enjoy the challenge of singing a variety of music.  Vocally Wild’s repertoire ranges from musical numbers, classical, (e.g. Handel’s “Halleluiah Chorus”), world music, retro and modern popular, (e.g. Abba,The Eagles, Coldplay and Adele), to Christmas carols and seasonal songs! 
  • Encourage choristers to experience new music and if they desire, have the opportunity to learn to read music, sing solo or take part in small group singing.

Why join a choir?

A community choir brings people together giving them a sense of belonging and achievement. It is well known that community singing is a powerful force that has positive effects on the body and mind.  There is evidence (University of Oxford research) supporting the physical and psychological benefits of singing in a choir, including strengthening a feeling of togetherness and friendship, decreasing stress and depression, and increasing happiness and well-being. Singing exercises the brain and body, and is particularly beneficial in the improvement of breathing, posture and muscle tension.

People join a choir primarily to sing. What they may not be expecting is that magical, better than chocolate (well, pretty darn close) feeling you experience when you are part of a group of people, singing a song in beautiful harmony. The music swells, and then as it changes mood, voices reduce to a soft, almost ethereal cloud of sound, and you know you’ve found your tribe. Our choir is un-auditioned choir and our Musical Director, Diana Clark de Vries supports an inclusive group singing experience, where people are free to vocally blend, step forward and lead or perform solo, according to their experience and abilities. Diana’s strong background as a choral leader, singing teacher and performer both in Australia and overseas (including Brazil) makes her an ideal leader for our community choir.

Diana Clark-de Vries
Diana is a singer- songwriter and a music educator with more than twenty years’ experience conducting different choirs. She is also Music Director of Cadence Choir, Black Rock  and previously directed the Melbourne Millennium Chorus. Diana holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz/Improvisation) and has a keen interest in world music, chant and indigenous Australian song. She enjoys working with community singers, bringing out the best in them through encouragement and fun, boosting their strengths and making harmonious sounds and friendly connections along the way. As a singer, Diana has strong a-capella skills and has released six professional recordings with jazz and world folk bands.

Patrice Marshall
Patrice graduated from Melbourne University with Mus.Bac., Dip.Ed., majoring in piano. She also obtained a Bandmaster's Diploma and enjoyed playing in brass bands.
She worked for many years in secondary education including instrumental teaching and accompanying choirs and musicals. She was also an accompanist for AMEB examinations and for many years, conducted a church choir.
Having retired from full time work, Patrice now enjoys accompanying work with choirs.

 
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