Choral Excellence

At St Peters, all students are encouraged to sing in our extensive, sequential choral program of eight choirs which cater for students in Years 1–12. Our choirs perform a rich and diverse repertoire of music at College and community events such as concerts, festivals, tours, masterclasses and workshops. The depth and breadth of these opportunities challenge choir members to strive to reach their musical potential individually and to express themselves musically through the uplifting experience of shared music-making. And besides, singing together is just great fun!

Lower Primary (Years 1–4)

Upper Primary (Years 5–6)

Junior High & Senior School (Years 7–12)

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St Peters Chorale

St Peters Chorale is an auditioned, SATB choir for students in Years 9-12. This choir has a national and international reputation for its compelling sound and performance of innovative Australian repertoire as well as choral classics. The Chorale regularly tours both domestically and overseas.

St Peters Chorale has a national and international reputation as one of Australia’s most outstanding youth choirs. The choir is renowned for its championing of Australian choral composers as well as having a focus on performing works from the great European tradition of choral music. The Chorale has commissioned scores from leading Australian composers including Stephen Leek, Sarah Hopkins, Vincent Plush, Matthew Orlovich, Iain Grandage, Peter Rankine, Paul Stanhope, Joseph Twist, Paul-Antoni Bonetti, Michael Knopf and Andrew Schultz. Many of these works have become classics in the choral repertoire’ and are performed by leading choirs throughout the world. Alongside this stands performances of such works as Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. In 1989, St Peters Chorale received a grant from the Australian Government, through the Australian Music Council, to record and produce the first ever CD of Contemporary Australian choral music, Until I Saw. To date the Chorale has now produced 7 compact discs - the award winning Until I Saw (1991); Voyage (1993); Our Time and Place (1997); This Our Land (2004); On the Road (2008); Hot Sun, Cool Fire (2010) and Under Southern Skies (2016).

In 1990, St Peters Chorale began its international touring program with a tour to England, Scotland, Germany and Holland. It’s performances in Cambridge, England were filmed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and broadcast as a documentary Singing Cambridge. Since that inaugural tour, Chorale has toured internationally regularly, visiting countries such as Wales, the USA, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Wales, France and Italy. In these tours, the Chorale has been privileged to be invited to perform in many special venues such as the Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Bad Staffelstein; the Carmelite Convent at Dachau Memorial Site; the Salzburg Dom; Bath Abbey and the Cathedrals of Rochester, Ely, Gloucester, Bristol, Winchester, Newport, Christ Church, Oxford and Canterbury.

In 2019, St Peters Chorale will be travelling and performing in multiple cities and venues in England, Germany and Denmark.  Highlights are sure to include performing in St Paul’s Cathedral, London; at the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London and in St Thomas’ Church, Leipzig, the Cathedrals of Bristol, Wells, Church Church Oxford, Coventry, and St Albans. On this tour, Chorale will premiere internationally their newly commissioned choral work by Australian composer, and St Peters alumni, Andrew Schultz.

Having sung in St Peters Chorale as a student under the direction of Graeme Morton, who founded the choir in 1983, Kathryn Morton became its Director in June 2012.