Choir Program

ARC Children’s Choir focuses on developing vocal talent and musicality. We provide:

  • Vocal techniques
  • Music reading
  • Sight singing
  • Part singing and harmony
  • On-line resources including practice tracks.
  • Confidence and skill development in a fun and supportive learning environment.

To improve sight singing, we use the Mark O’Leary Sight Singing School program books.  Students can also practice online at

In 2016, we also incorporated the brand new Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) new Musical Theatre syllabus in our choir program, including technical work and required songs.  Selected choir members  have the opportunity to undertake AMEB Musical Theatre exams. Additional small group rehearsals are scheduled to assist in preparation for exams.

AMEB’s first dedicated Musical Theatre syllabus is designed to support a well-rounded musical theatre education from beginner to pre-professional levels.


Rehearsals for the ARC Children’s Choir are held at the Bridge- Preston (Formerly known as Preston Neighbourhood House) 218 High St Preston from 4.15pm to 5.15pm

  • Term 1 2017 – Rehearsals commence Wednesday 8th February until Wednesday 29th March (8 weeks)
  • Term 2 2017 – Rehearsals commence Wednesday 19th April until Wednesday 28th June (11 weeks)
  • Term 3 2017 – Rehearsals commence Wednesday 19th July until Wednesday 20th September (10 weeks)
  • Term 4 2017 – Rehearsals commence Wednesday 11th October until Wednesday 13th December (10 weeks)

ARC Children’s Choir  runs two concurrent sessions on Wednesday afternoons. Children will be matched to a choir group based on age and choral experience. Additional small group rehearsal time from 5.15-5.30 may be utilised for extension work and exam preparation as required.

Performances 2017

ARC Children’s Choir perform in a range of community events.  This has included the Darebin Carols in All Nations, Darebin Citizenship Ceremonies, ARC 20th Anniversary Concert at Banyule Theatre.

In 2017, ARC Children’s Choir will perform in Choral@Montsalvat on Sunday 30th April.

ARC Children’s Choir will be performing as part of the Darebin Music Feast on Saturday 14th October and the Darebin Carols in All Nations Park on Saturday 9th December 2017.



ARC is a not for profit community arts organisation. This program aims to provide an affordable and high quality choral program for children. To minimise costs, we fundraise throughout the year.  However, to meet the operational costs of choir, choir fees must be paid each term.

There is an   Annual Membership/Joining fee to ARC (Valid for 12 months). All Children’s Choir participants become associate members of ARC.

In 2016 Choir fees will be based on $10 per rehearsal (For example, 7 weeks = $70). These are invoiced on a term basis.

For further information on fees please refer to our Information for Parents page

On line learning resources

ARC Children’s Choir has on-line resources in the members section of our website. This includes MP3 learning files, practice tracks and recordings.