Posted on 19 July 2017
The Coolum hills were filled with the sound of music from Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July as students from the Ormiston College Chorale went to choral camp. Students were given intensive singing and choral training by guest facilitator Graeme Morton who used his choral experience to not only extend the students' capability but also learn how a strong musical education enhances life's experiences.
Mr Morton worked on the choirs' existing repertoire and also introduced new tunes including Bullocky-O and some art songs by Steven Leek.
Over the weekend, students were able to explore their voices in various settings, including around a bonfire on the Saturday night. There, Tom Whyte, Woody Holmes and Kyle Bryant played guitar while various choir members sang favourite songs.
While strongly singing their repertoire at the beginning of the camp, the choir's growth was evident after about 12 hours of intensive instruction. Dean of Music Emma Dron said the camp provided not only a chance to improve technique, but was also a valuable tool for bonding the choir as a cohesive unit.
The choirs are now ready to showcase their skills at Showcase Day on 5 August and Singing for your Supper on 18 August. The choirs will also compete in the Redlands Eisteddfod in various sections.
Piano tutor and OC choral accompanist