Based in Fitzroy North, Newlands Choir is an auditioned choir created to give skilled singers an outlet to grow their vocal and performance skills, learn new and inspiring repertoire, and join a beautiful musical community.
We perform everything from pop to gospel, world music to original compositions, classic to folk – ready to master any challenge.
We sing an eclectic repertoire! We’re not constrained to any one genre, and sing a generous amount of world and choral pieces, alongside beautiful classical, original and contemporary arrangements – everything from Georgian chants to Alt-J.
Newlands is a section balanced and auditioned choir, which is pretty rare in Melbourne and makes for an exciting, full sound. We aim to create a full musical experience for our members, from developing solid polished pieces to having fun with loose soundscapes.
Newlands Choir has been around in various forms for over 6 years, meaning members are connected to a large musical community in Melbourne.
Some members are professional musicians in their own right, and others are professionals who want to find a place to sing with others of similar skill-sets and release creative energy.
Whichever box you fit into, Newlands Choir can help you develop your skills, challenge you to grow musically, and connect you to a tight-knit community.
We hope to inspire, challenge, and grow the skills of every member, as well as helping them show their skills to their friends and family through our end-of-semester performances.
Our Musical Director
Joe Hillel has been involved with Newlands Choir for many years and is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music educator based in Melbourne.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatorium of Melbourne where he focused on historical traditions of group music making in various folk cultures.
Drawing from his particular expertise and interest in Ethnomusicology, Joe uses material from many Western and Eastern musical traditions to explore aspects of the human voice that are unfamiliar or uncommon in a choral context.