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About Us

 

The Southern Highlands Children’s Choir was formed in 2023 as a response to the need for a quality vocal ensemble for children in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.  The choir is led by our Musical Director, Jennifer Jones, supported by our experienced accompanist, choral conductor and rehearsal manager.
 

The choir aims to provide quality vocal and music training within a safe and encouraging environment.  Rehearsals are designed to develop each child’s natural singing voice, together with correct vocal technique and breathing.  Kodaly methods are used to achieve aural and music reading skills in an atmosphere of fun and encouragement.

A wide range of musical genres is explored including popular, musical theatre, classics, world music, folk and Australian works.  Repertoire selected is quality music that is age and developmentally appropriate.

The Southern Highlands Children's Choir is a non-auditioned choir for children in Years 3-6.  Rehearsals are held every Friday from 4-5pm during the school term at East Bowral Community Centre.  

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Music Staff

The choir was formed by our Musical Director, Jennifer Jones, and is supported by a conductor, accompanist and rehearsal manager.  All staff are qualified in their area of expertise and have a current Working with Children Check.

Meet the Musical Director:

Jennifer Jones, music specialist and choral conductor, holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Primary Music from the University of Technology, Sydney.  Jennifer has been working in the field of music for over thirty years.  She started working as a music specialist prior to working in America (where she was trained in the methodology of Kodaly), and continued in this field on her return to Australia.  She has lived and worked in Melbourne, Perth, Karratha, Sydney, U.S.A. and India where she worked as Principal of Paramjyoti School AP.  Before commencing the Southern Highlands Children’s Choir, Jennifer was a conductor with the Victorian Children’s Choir, Australian Youth Performing Arts Group, Assistant Musical Director of the Perth Children’s Choir, conductor with the City of Sydney Singers, and Musical Director of the Spirit of Sydney Chorus.

"The highlight of my career has been to work with children who love to sing!  To hear a room full of children singing, laughing and learning gives me goosebumps.  When children sing, they sing from the heart.  It is pure.  It reflects who they are.  It brings joy to all who hear them.  It is a mirror to their being."  Jennifer Jones

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