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The WASO Chorus

The WASO Chorus was formed in 1988 and consists of around 130 choristers who represent the finest form of community music making, bringing together singers from all walks of life.

The Chorus is a skilled ensemble of auditioned singers from Perth and surrounding areas, who give their time voluntarily. They regularly feature in the WASO annual concert season, and have developed a reputation for excellence in music ranging from Baroque to contemporary.

At the start of 2014 WASO welcomed Christopher van Tuinen in the role of Chorus Director and Andrew Foote as Vocal Coach.

Christopher graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2001. In 2005 he completed a Masters in Conducting at the VCA. Experienced in both vocal and instrumental music he was awarded the John Williams Conducting Scholarship for 2004-5. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and an Associate Diploma in Music from the Australian Music Examinations Board. In 2006 he received a Green Room Award nomination in the ‘Best Conductor’ category. During 2008 and 2009 he was a member of the Young Artists program as a Conductor with Opera Australia and in 2007 he was appointed as the inaugural Conducting Fellow at the Australian Ballet. He has worked with WASO, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work as Chorus Director for WASO, Christopher is also Conductor of The University of Western Australia Choral Society, Musical Director of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of Lost and Found Opera.

Helpmann Award-winner Andrew Foote is one of the most experienced singers and teachers of voice in Australia. For more than 30 years he has been a regular guest artist for Western Australian arts companies, a national broadcast artist for ABC Classic FM, a freelance opera principal artist performing throughout Australia with Opera Australia, OzOpera and West Australian Opera, a regular recitalist and oratorio soloist, and more recently as an opera director and choral conductor. In his professional concert and operatic career, Andrew has performed more than 40 operatic roles for professional companies throughout Australia - including his acclaimed Ned Keene in Peter Grimes for which he received a 2010 Helpmann Award. His soloist and concert repertoire, including recordings for ABC Classic FM, have consistently drawn superb accolades. In 2014 he was appointed Head of Vocal Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Conservatorium of Music.

WASO CHORUS CONCERTS IN 2018
 

WASO's Favourites
9 & 10 February
Perth Concert Hall

Ode to Joy: Asher Fisch Conducts Beethoven 9
15, 16 & 17 March
Perth Concert Hall

Asher Fisch Conducts Debussy & Ravel
23 & 24 March
Perth Concert Hall

The Best of Bernstein
29 & 30 June
Perth Concert Hall

Last Night at the Proms
27 & 29 July
Perth Concert Hall

WASO's 90th Anniversary Gala: Tristan und Isolde
16 & 19 August
Perth Concert Hall

WASO Chorus Sings: Three Masses: Haydn, Mozart & Schubert
21 October
St Mary's Cathedral

Handel's Messiah
7 & 8 December
Perth Concert Hall

Symphony in the City
15 December
Langley Park, Perth
 

If you are interested in joining the WASO Chorus please email chorus@waso.com.au.

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Next Performance: 23 June

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