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Teachers’ Choir

The Teachers’ Choir was established in 2023 with the aim of providing music teachers from different schools with a platform for musical and idea exchange. It hopes to foster the teachers’ passion for singing and to support them in their challenging journey as music educators. Despite their busy teaching schedules, the teachers can find joy and satisfaction in singing together and expressing themselves through music. The Teachers’ Choir enables the music teachers to learn from each other, to explore different choral repertoire and techniques, and to gain inspiration and insights for their teaching. The choir also encourages the participating teachers to share their experience and knowledge with their peers and students, and to contribute to the development of choral music education in Hong Kong in the long run.

The Teachers’ Choir 2024 comprises over 100 members from around 80 primary and secondary schools. They have gone through a four-month period of choral music training and will perform in the Artist-in-Residence Programme Finale Concert as their graduation performance. Last year’s response to the establishment of the Teachers’ Choir was overwhelming, and in HKICF2024, we have taken further steps to deepen the programme by offering two groups for music teachers to join according to their preferences and abilities: the Teachers’ Choir and the Teachers’ Chamber Choir.

Conductor

Hong Kong
Artistic Director of NOĒMA

Guest Conductor

New Zealand
Conductor Emeritus of Toronto Children’s Chorus

Piano Accompanist

Hong Kong
Assistant Conductor of The Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus

We are honoured to have Mr. Sanders Lau as the conductor once again. He will share his choral rehearsal techniques and insights with the choir. The Teachers’ Choir will also have the privilege of working with Guest Conductor Ms. Elise Bradley, MNZM, who is one of the artistic advisors of HKICF and a distinguished choral director from New Zealand. She will join the choir for rehearsals in February and March of 2024, and offer her valuable feedback and guidance. The Teachers’ Choir will also have the opportunity to perform alongside Ms. Elise Bradley, MNZM and Mr. Sanders Lau, during the “Artist-in-Residence Programme Finale Concert”.

Teachers’ Choir

The Teachers’ Choir will perform pieces that are simpler in terms of difficulty and style, suitable for music teachers who have not sung in a choir for a long time or who want to refresh their basic choral skills.

Teachers’ chamber Choir

The Teachers’ Chamber Choir will attempt pieces that are more challenging in terms of complexity and expression, open to experienced choral teachers who want to challenge themselves and explore different choral repertoire. The Teachers’ Chamber Choir members will also sing in the Teachers’ Choir, thus having the opportunity to experience a wider range of choral music, and interact with other members of the community. 

Performance Highlight

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Teachers’ Choir is open for all music teachers to join and does not require an audition, while an audition video is required for the Teachers’ Chamber Choir.

Teachers’ Choir is a short-term project of 4 months from November to February, and there will be a performance on March 2nd 2024, marking the end of the project. 

The Teachers’ Choir does not require much preparation beforehand, as the music will be provided and taught by the conductors. Members of the Teachers’ Choir should attend rehearsals with an open mind and be ready to rejoin as a chorister to better understand the needs of their students.

Teachers will gain a fresh perspective on how to run their school choirs and understand the needs of their choir members. It is our hope that this experience will give teachers fresh perspectives on how to run their school choirs and in the long run elevate the overall quality of in-school choral music education in Hong Kong.

HKICF will not provide a refund under any circumstance.

If the applicant is not selected for the Teachers’ Chamber Choir, they will automatically become a member of the Teachers’ Choir. The organiser will arrange a refund of the price difference ($500) at a later time.

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