Jan 2019

Summer School 2019 – Schola

Sunday Jan 20th - Friday Jan 25th

The Perth Choral Institute Summer School (Schola) is an six-day course for singers aged 14 to 17. It provides an intensive but highly enjoyable week of training in singing and choral music. Participants receive individual singing lessons, group workshops, small ensemble rehearsals and multiple performance opportunities.

The objective of this course is to offer developing singers a unique opportunity to perform at the highest level with like-minded musicians, providing a gateway to the rich choral scene of Western Australia. All staff on the course have links to Perth and are either current or past members of such diverse, successful and talented ensembles as WA Opera, St George’s Cathedral Choir & Consort, The Giovanni Consort, The National Youth Choir of Australia, and many more.


The core of the course is the Choir, which is made up of all participants. The Choir rehearsals will dominate the daily timetable of the course, as the ensemble prepares for two performances with the Course Conductors.

These two performances will take place in St George’s College and Christ Church Claremont. One will take the form of a Evensong service, whilst the other will be a ticketed Gala Concert, which will conclude the entire course.

Both performances will feature new and often challenging repertoire, and will teach participants the various skills that an aspiring choral singer should be familiar with.



All participants will receive two thirty minute individual singing lessons from national specialists of the developing voice. The board of the Perth Choral Institute encourages participants to prepare two contrasting works that can be refined in these lessons. These can be of any style, but it singers are encouraged to have one piece that is more traditional. A professional accompanist will also be provided at most singing lessons.

Visiting specialists will also provide sessions in sight-reading and aural skills, alongside the vocal master-classes, choral workshops and optional conducting lessons. Many of these specialists form the backbone of the thriving Perth choral community; many teach at Universities, whilst others conduct the prominent choral ensembles of Perth.


The course is open to all singers aged from 14 to 17. They can be from any background and with different experiences of choral music. Participants will be asked to provide a self-reflection form when applying, but this is only as an indicator of where they believe they can improve. All applicants will be accepted into the course.

The concentrated and varied performing experience is of equal benefit to everyone who enjoys singing, no matter what goal is in mind. The repertoire performed will be both sacred and secular, and the performances will be at a mixture of venues, allowing all musical tastes to be catered for.

Many choral singers are required to perform repertoire as diverse as opera, motets, madrigals, jazz, masses, Gospel, plainsong, Broadway and psalms in order to sustain a career. The Perth Choral Institute Summer School (Schola) provides a first hand experience of this array of genres.


Whilst many music courses are satisfying, the Perth Choral Institute Summer School is particularly so because of the shared passion for singing and music making that not only the participants have, but the staff as well.

Music making should be first and foremost a fun experience that is shared between friends and colleagues. Using the most primitive of instruments, the human voice, to create an emotion for listeners is a unique skill. Lifelong bonds are often formed from such experiences that are hard to replicate in other environments. The development of the self, through discipline, teamwork, selflessness and concentration should also be considered.

If you want to be involved with singing in the high level choral environment that WA provides across many genres, then this is an opportunity to learn, develop, meet new people and have fun while doing so.


The 2018 Schola course will not be residential. Instead, it will take place over six days, commencing at 13:00 on Sunday January 20th. Over the following days the rehearsal schedule will start at 09:30 and continue through to dinner 18:00. All participants of the course will be provided both lunch and dinner each day.

The final evening of the course, Friday January 25th, will see the Choir transported to Christ Church Claremont for their last performance – a ticketed Gala Concert. After a reception provided by the Perth Choral Institute, the participants will conclude the course and travel home with their families and friends.


The total cost for each applicant is $560.

For this amount, participants will receive;

  • Two meals a day – lunch and dinner
  • Free WIFI at the accommodation site
  • All sheet music required for the duration of the Summer School
  • Transportation to all performance venues
  • Two individual 30 minute singing lessons with a national specialist in the developing voice
  • Six days of immersive rehearsals and workshops with core members of Perth’s Choral Scene
  • Guest masterclasses with several of Perth’s leading choral specialists
  • Performances at 2 iconic Perth locations

To apply, please complete this form with details for the applicant themselves. Once you click the Enrol button, please enter details for the name of the cardholder who is paying. Once submitted, you will be charged $100 for a deposit to attend the course. The remainder will be due in full one month before the course begins. Full terms and conditions are available here.

The Applicant


Participants will be introduced to the historically beautiful surroundings of St George’s College UWA. All rehearsals and singing lessons will take place in the College buildings, including the Chapel, Music Rooms and Dining Hall.

St George’s is located directly opposite UWA and between the Swan River and King’s Park. Its original buildings and chapel, in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, represent one of the most attractive and important precincts of historical buildings in Western Australia. The College also features heritage-listed gardens.

The College is an Anglican foundation that was established pursuant to a major bequest by Sir Winthrop Hackett, the first Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, who died in 1916.

All lunches and dinners for the duration of the Summer School will be provided by the catering staff at St George’s College, and participants will also have access to the College WIFI.


St George's College Chapel
Choral Evensong, Wed 23rd, 5:00 pm

An introduction to the role that music plays in the Anglican tradition of Evensong; a service consisting of 30 minutes of choral singing that concludes with a small number of spoken prayers.

Christ Church Claremont
Christ Church, Claremont
PCI Gala Concert, Fri Jan 25th, 7:30 pm

The PCI Choir will perform a mixture of Barbershop, Jazz, Sacred, Broadway and Contemporary choral works in the stunning surroundings of Christ Church Claremont. A drinks reception will follow the performance. Tickets can be either purchased at the door, or here.