Choral Singing (Classical Voice)

Note: the Choral Singing Program is no longer being offered.


This information below is for currently enrolled students.

The Classical Voice Program at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music offers students the opportunity to undertake a study option in Choral Singing. This study option has particular relevance to students wishing to be music teachers in schools that have strong choral traditions or in schools wishing to develop such a tradition. Skills gained as a result of undertaking this study option will also potentially lead to being a professional Church Musician, in Australia or abroad, and/or a member of a professional choir or vocal ensemble, in Australia or abroad.

Students admitted into the Choral Singing study option are taught in groups of up to four so as to constantly develop vocal skills while singing in harmony. Weekly lessons last for 90 minutes, during which time student study choral repertoire and vocal technique. Students also attend the weekly Vocal Workshop with Associate Professor Merlyn Quaife AM, in which they study various aspects of vocal technique and vocal health, and have the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and receive constructive feedback on their progress as a singer.

In the three-year Bachelor of Music degree, choral students complete six modules of study, including:

  • Sacred Music 1300-1600
  • The Renaissance Madrigal in Italy, France and England
  • Bach: Chorale and Cantata
  • Masses by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert
  • Classical and Romantic Part-songs
  • Britten to the Present Day

As a compulsory component of the degree, choral singing students also perform with the Monash University Singers to develop additional performance skills. Students wishing to complete an Honours year will undertake a performance and research project. Expert performers and teachers, including Nicholas Dinopoulos (MU Singers) and Vivien Hamilton (Baroque and Renaissance music), also instruct students enrolled in this study option.

Course Outline

ATS1044 Performance 1

Choral Singing Module – Sacred Music: 1300-1600

  • Livre Vermeil, Dunstable, Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, Tallis
  • Assessment comprises technical work as prescribed plus 15 minutes of the above repertoire
  • Lecturer/teacher: Nicholas Dinopoulos
  • 12 x 90 minute lessons
  • Vocal Workshop
  • Ensemble (hurdle) Monash University Singers: Choral – Symphonic Repertoire

ATS1045 Performance 2

Choral Singing Module – The Renaissance Madrigal in Italy, France and England

  • Jannequin, Sermisy, Verdelot, De Wert, Lassus, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Ward, Welkes, Tomkins, Morley
  • Assessment comprises 20 minutes of madrigal repertoire, including also two solo Vocalises by Spiewak
  • Lecturer/teacher: Vivien Hamilton
  • 12 x 90 minute lessons
  • Vocal Workshop
  • Ensemble (hurdle) Monash University Singers: Choral – Symphonic Repertoire

ATS2122 Performance 3

Bach: Chorale and Cantata

  • St John Passion, ‘Ich hatte viel bekümeniss’
  • Assessment comprises technical work as prescribed, 2 Vocalises and 25 mins of Bach repertoire
  • Lecturer/teacher: Nicholas Dinopoulos
  • 12 x 90 minute lessons
  • Vocal Workshop
  • Ensemble (hurdle) Monash University Singers: Choral – Symphonic Repertoire

ATS2123 Performance 4

Choral Singing Module – Masses by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert

  • Mozart Kleine Orgelsolomesse, Haydn Nicolaimesse, Schubert Mass in G
  • Assessment comprises two vocalises and 25 mins of Mass repertoire
  • Lecturer/teacher: Tony Way
  • 12 x 90 minute lessons
  • Vocal Workshop
  • Ensemble (hurdle) Monash University Singers: Choral – Symphonic Repertoire

ATS53136 Performance 5

Choral Singing Module – Classical and Romantic Part-songs

  • Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Parry, Pearsall, Stanford
  • Assessment comprises technical work as prescribed and 25 mins of part-song repertoire
  • Lecturer/teacher: Andrea Katz
  • 12 x 120 minute lessons
  • Vocal Workshop
  • Ensemble (hurdle) Monash University Singers: Choral – Symphonic Repertoire

ATS53137 Performance 6

Choral Singing Module – Britten to the Present Day

  • Britten, Australian works, works by composition students
  • Assessment comprises a 40-minute program of studied repertoire
  • Lecturer/teacher: Noel Ancell
  • 12 x 120 minute lessons
  • Vocal Workshop
  • Ensemble (Hurdle) Monash University Singers: Choral – Symphonic Repertoire