State Choir

Applications for the 2018 State Choir will open April 2018. 

Applications close: Tuesday 31 July 2018

Notification of successful applicants: Friday 3 August 2018

The State Choir program provides an opportunity for dedicated and talented choristers to sing challenging repertoire with some of Australia’s leading choral directors. The choirs are open to all government school students Years 8-12 and are a combination of male and female voices. No audition is required.

Music is sent to students to prepare before the first rehearsal. The choir meets to rehearse in Sydney for two days before performing on the concert hall stage of the Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Choral Music.student singing in opera house

Teachers are encouraged to nominate individual students to participate with 80 other highly skilled singers from throughout NSW. 

Rehearsal and Performance Dates for 2018

Saturday 22 September - rehearsal 10am - 4pm at The Arts Unit in Lewisham

Sunday 23 September - rehearsal from 10am - 5pm at the Sydney Opera House and 7pm performance at the Sydney Opera House

Monday 24 September - rehearsal from 3pm - 5pm at the Sydney Opera House and 7pm performance at the Sydney Opera House

Cost for 2018: (Invoice to be paid upon acceptance of a successful application)

Metropolitan Students - $100

Non Metropolitan Students - $75

Rural & Remote Students - $35 (includes subsidy)

As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education and Communities' Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidy of $40 to students from rural and remote schools to attend the State Band.

Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

For enquiries please contact Liz Scott at