Orange Male Voice Choir Member Information
The Choir, founded in 1926, is a classic four-part male choir with Bass, Baritone, Tenor 1 and Tenor 2 parts. The Music Director will recommend the most appropriate section for a new member after an informal audition. Singing is generally accompanied by the piano and/or other instruments, however some songs are sung unaccompanied. We have a range of musical styles in our repertoire including popular, folk, contemporary, classical, opera, songs from the shows, Welsh classics, African, Negro spirituals and hymns. The current repertoire can be viewed on the website in the ‘Our Music’ part of the menu. Choristers retain a folder containing the current allocated music. This allows choristers to practise at home between rehearsals. All music is the property of the Choir and choristers are required to pay for any losses. Our base is the Newstead Bowling Club and the Club facilities are used for rehearsals and holding functions such as our annual dinner and entertaining visiting choirs.
The Choir was formed in 1926 as the Orange Male Voice Choir. It was conducted for 44 years by Welsh migrant and musician Rowland Gregory. At his death, and in recognition of 44 years of his dedicated leadership, the Choir was renamed the Rowland Gregory Orpheus Singers (RGOS) in 1970. It returned to its original name in 2008. The Choir has performed widely during many years – overseas in Wales, Ireland, England, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand and at home in Queensland, Victoria, Canberra and throughout regional New South Wales. It has sung in St David’s Hall Cardiff and London’s Royal Albert Hall and in the Sydney Opera House. It has shared the stage with luminaries such as June Bronhill, Sir Harry Secombe, Julie Anthony and John McNally to name a few. It has celebrated successes in eisteddfods and has been a great force in the musical profile of Orange. A fuller history of the Choir can be found on our website.
Rehearsals are held at the Newstead Bowling Club on Monday nights each week from 7.00 pm till 9.15 pm, except on long weekends. Choristers arrive from 7.00 pm to have some time to talk over a cup of tea or coffee, arrange the chairs and piano and read any relevant notices.
From time to time extra rehearsals may be scheduled before important events such as a tour. Full information concerning rehearsals is available under ‘About Us’ on the website.
The formal uniform consists of a burnt orange choir jacket, specified charcoal grey trousers worn with a white shirt and the Choir tie. On informal occasions the uniform consists of the embroidered Choir shirt (with or without the jacket) and no tie with the charcoal trousers. Sometimes a polo shirt with Choir logo is worn instead of embroidered shirt. Black leather shoes, black socks and a black belt are worn on all occasions. The jacket and tie are loaned to choristers for a one off payment of $50 but choristers purchase the other uniform components. If they wish, choristers may purchase a tie for $30. The polo shirt is available from the Wardrobe Manager at a cost of $30. Section Leaders provide the necessary information to purchase the trousers, the embroidered shirt. Uniform is worn on all occasions when we perform.
There are two fees that members pay and these are determined each year; a Membership Fee and a Music/Service Fee covering a range of service costs including the acquisition of music. The Choir Treasurer, or any Committee member, can advise you of the current fees.
Management of the Choir is vested in a Management Committee including executive members (i.e. President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). The Committee meets monthly to manage the Choir’s affairs. The names of all current members of the Management Committee can be found on the Choir website in the ‘About Us’ section.
Policy and Procedures Manual
This document provides the operational framework for the Choir and is maintained by the Management Committee. Members are encouraged to access the current edition through the Choir’s website (in the ‘Members’ part of the menu).
The Choir charges a performance fee when it is engaged by other organisations for concerts. For those concerts organised by the Choir itself, a concert admission fee is applied to recover costs and raise funds. Additionally, the Choir has various fundraising activities, such as conducting barbeques at Bunnings from time to time and choristers are expected, as far as possible, to participate.
A good deal of the information you will require about the Choir is on our website which is to be found at:
Among other things you’ll find our history, a calendar of concerts and events, contacts, Choir news and our newsletter and more.
There’s a dedicated members’ area which is password protected and includes music for each section to assist part learning, there are current notices and all official documentation (policies, procedures, the latest meeting minutes and the Choir constitution).
The website belongs to all members and their feedback and suggestions are always welcome.