There are a lot of youth development activities going on around the country. Some recent highlights include:
A youth day conducted on the NSW Central Coast by SOUNDWAVES. Dick Costin and Gary Kirk were behind this initiative in mid-April. On the day, Blindside quartet worked with the dozen young people involved. The Club is hoping to develop a mixed youth chorus to participate in the Young Singers In Harmony contests at our Newcastle Convention.
A presentation in Launceston at the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Society of Music Educators. Alex Morris presented to 15 teachers. The Fellas from Launceston were also involved. Follow up is being offered by Hobart’s Deep South chorus to teachers, including mentoring to support them with the introduction of some barbershop music into their choral repertoire.
The Blenders conducted another highly successful Voices in Paradise event at the end of May. Guest quartets, Ginger and Tonic and Musical Island Boys, worked with 130 students preparing them to perform at an evening concert. Jonathan Albertini continues to be a tower of strength behind the Voices In Paradise program.
Catalyst quartet recently conducted school presentations in Sydney and Brisbane.
Other activities are planned for the near future including:
Barbershop Big Day Out events in Adelaide and Melbourne
A Youth Festival in Perth. Members of the Baden Street Singers are taking the lead in offering this program.