Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Student and Community Choir launched a 20-year commemorative CD during the choir's first concert for the year - A Variety of Voices - at the university's Banyo Campus.
The CD, also titled A Variety of Voices, was recorded in ACU's Holy Spirit Chapel and features both modern and ancient choral music. Alumni members who had sung with the choir over the last 20 years joined the current 40-strong choir to record one track A Gaelic Blessing to celebrate the history of the dynamic and versatile ensemble.
The ACU Student and Community Choir is made up of existing students, alumni and members of the wider Brisbane community. The choir is unique to the north side because of the interesting mix of young and older singers, and it is the longest-running vocal group across the seven ACU campuses. The choir performs at university functions such as graduation ceremonies, weddings, corporate events, and with other Brisbane-based choirs such as St Stephens Cathedral Choir.
Renowned choral conductor Dr Ralph Morton has conducted the choir for its 20-year existence, ACU Senior Lecturer in Music Judy Fromhyr is the Choir Director of Music, and Greg Mayer is the accompanist.
Ms Fromhyr has been the driving force behind the choir from the start, and has been instrumental in developing the commemorative CD. More than 130 copies of the recording had been sold before the concert.
"I am delighted with the choir's achievements over the past 20 years and with its community focus. This CD, the first for Australian Catholic University, is a great accomplishment for us and a celebration of the great music performed over that time."
At each concert the choir collects donations from the audience and distributes the proceeds to a local cause. Recipients include: The Building Learning Communities at Nundah and Banyo Libraries; ACU Community garden; Group 61 (through friendship to mental health) at Newmarket; and Wesley Breast Cancer Clinic.