WHO WE ARE
People love to sing - that’s a fact. Whether it’s on a real stage, a karaoke bar, your shower or even your car, belting out your favourite songs is a feeling like no other. Then came the question many in our community were asking: “where can I go to sing with a group of people?”
And so the Centenary Community Choir was born.
Whether you’re a professional singer or totally new to singing, we are the choir for you. We are an unauditioned choir open to anyone (and everyone!) over the age of 15 who loves to sing within the Centenary suburbs (and beyond). We take on repertoire from all different eras and genres, trying to provide something for everyone, all while learning to sing in harmony. We rehearse every Wednesday night (within school terms) at Centenary State High School in Jindalee, and hope to perform throughout the year within our local community (and beyond).
With our first term just around the corner, here are the faces behind the choir:
alex van den broek
Possibly one of the biggest choir and a cappella nerds out there, Alex Van den Broek steers the ship that is the Centenary Community Choir, both conducting and arranging for the group. She’s enjoyed a long history with choirs, having started out in the Australian Girls Choir at age 5, and hasn’t stopped singing since. Alex graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in 2015, and has since won awards both state-wide and nationally for her vocal arrangements & compositions in the AUSACA Australian A Cappella Championships. When she’s not waving her arms about for the Centenary Community Choir, she can be found waving elsewhere, directing the choral programs at both QUT and Centenary State High School, or performing with a cappella group MVP. Alex also teaches private voice lessons from her studio in Westlake.
If you want to read more about Alex, you can find her online here.
(Arguably) the team member with the most amount of street cred, Tim Gaze is the guitar maestro to our choir, lending his amazing handiwork with six strings to us each week. While completely new to the choir scene, Tim has worked professionally in the music industry since the age of 13 as a guitarist to bands and musos such as Tamam Shud, Rose Tattoo, Jon Lord, Russell Morris, Gyan, Brian Cadd, Stevie Wright, and Jimmy Barnes. With awards like ARIA Single of the Year, International Surf Film Festival’s 2008 Best Soundtrack, and listed as one of Australia’s Best Guitarists by Australian Guitarist Magazine, Tim really is the real deal. Just to add to his long list of achievements, Tim is currently finishing up his DCI in Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, soon to be our own Doctor of Music/CI. Tim also teaches private guitar lessons at both St Peters Lutheran College, Centenary State High School, and from his studio in Westlake.
If you want to read more about Tim, you can find him online here.
With a background dabbling in all things musical, Kath Gaze has done it all from selling records, booking bands to rolling leads and everything in between. These days she can be found in one of our local primary schools as a hard working (and much loved!) Teacher Aide, sharing her passion for learning support and the arts. Relatively new to the choir scene, Kath is also a devoted and enthusiastic member of colourful Brisbane community choir CHEEP TRILL. Kath is our Administrative Coordinator and is here to help Alex and Tim steer the ship. She is our go-to for all those admin queries. You never know - she might even occasionally be found accompanying!
Where are rehearsals being held?
Centenary State High School’s Performing Arts Building, on 1 Moolanda Street, Jindalee.
WHAT TIME DOES IT START/HOW LONG ARE REHEARSALS?
We rehearse Wednesday nights from 6.30pm to 8pm, with a short tea and coffee break included. Let that be noted, we start singing at 6.30pm, so you’ll need to arrive a little earlier!
IS REHEARSAL ON EACH WEEK?
We generally follow the QLD school term dates, but there may be a few exceptions. We will always let you know.
WHAT IS THE COST?
We currently have two payment options for the choir:
OPTION 1: Pay upfront for the term, with each rehearsal costing $10 per week (usually we run in line with the QLD Government school terms).
The cost of Term 3, 2019 paid upfront is $60. For new singers, please register for this option here.
OPTION 2: Pay each week on arrival, with each rehearsal costing $12 per week (usually we run in line with the QLD Government school terms). The reason we have a different price point is to help cover the extra time put into registering you on your arrival each week, as well as the pos unit for eftpos payments. Many choirs do not offer the option to pay each week, but we know that this would make life a little easier for many of our singers, so we want to make sure we cater to all. Payment can be made either by cash or card.
The cost of Term 3, 2019 paying each week is $72 altogether. For new singers, please register for this option here.
***Please note that Term 3 will be a shorter term - this is due to numerous functions being held at Centenary SHS, Ekka Holiday and Alex travelling all throughout Term 3. We’re so sorry to have to cut this one a little shorter!
WHERE CAN I PARK?
You can park in the carparks on Curragundi Street (side of the school, and no hill!), Yallambee Road (bottom carpark of the school) and walk up, or alternatively you can park in the surrounding streets.
WHERE DO WE PERFORM?
We will perform at any local events that may wish to have us performing, as well as our own concerts twice a year (one mid year and one end of year).
CAN ANYONE JOIN?
Of course! We are an open/non-auditioned choir, and will welcome any and everyone willing to sing.
I CAN’T MAKE REHEARSAL ONE WEEK, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?
We completely understand that people have to miss a week here and there - this is a casual choir. However, it is worth noting that your attendance at each rehearsal is what gives the choir it’s voice! In the case of illness or emergency, you can contact our administrator Kath Gaze via email@example.com before the rehearsal as a matter of courtesy.
YOU DIDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION, HELP!
Our apologies, you can ask us your question here.
Here’s a selection of songs we recently performed at our very first concert in June, 2019!
Whatever your query may be, we’d love to chat! Simply fill out this form and we’ll get in touch with you, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org