Queensland Youth Choir

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Queensland Youth Choir
Origin Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Genres Contemporary
Art music
Musical theatre
Years active 1984–present
Labels Independent label
Website Official site
Past members Jason Barry-Smith
Leisa Barry-Smith
Tarita Botsman
Michael Falzon
Ian Stenlake
Karen Williams
Craig Allister Young
David Kidd

The Queensland Show Choir was founded by Robert Clark in 1984, originally as a training program for young singers. It was then called the Queensland Youth Choir The choir has since evolved into three performance choirs: Poco Voci, Stella Voce, and Vivace . The Queensland Show Choir also run a community choir Vox Populus, and an early childhood music program Bambino Music. The choir's home is the Old Museum Building, and over the years, the choir has produced many well-known music professionals such as Jason Barry-Smith and Tarita Botsman.

Name Change[edit]

Official Queensland Youth Choir logo

In 2012, the choir officially changed its name to the Queensland Show Choir. Since the introduction of Vox Populus and More Than Words it was thought that the name no longer suited the organisation, which now catered for all ages. The name change also helped reaffirm the artistic style Robert Clark founded QYC on in 1984. The organisation was inspired by the Show Choir movement in the United States and in particular, a group called the Singing Hoosiers [1][2]


There are several vocal ensembles which are part of the umbrella group of the Queensland Show Choir.


VoiceWorks was the Queensland Youth Choir's flagship ensemble, with members from 17 to 25 years of age. This ensemble performs all year round, and has had the experience of performing with many famous people, including Michael Crawford, Tina Arena, and Frank Sinatra. In 2008 VoiceWorks competed in Channel 7's Battle of the Choirs where they advanced to the semi-finals and finished in the top four behind University of Newcastle, Vox Synergy and Harambee. Entry into VoiceWorks is only by audition. This group is currently inactive


Students from Year 8 to Year 12 perform in Vivace (with the exception of the occasional Year 12s that are accepted into VoiceWorks). This ensemble also performs all year round at community and private events, Christmas Carol concerts, and in QSC's annual concert series. An audition is required for entry into the Vivace Voices Choir.

Stella Voce[edit]

Formerly known as The Queensland Children's Choir, the group was renamed to StellaVoce in 2005, and remains under that name today. This choir is for children in Year 4 through to Year 9, and performs in both public and private concerts. The group was founded by Rhonda Coady, and choristers in this group are auditioned.

Poco Voci[edit]

Poco Voci is a non-auditioned group for students from pre-school through to Year 4. The main aim of this group is to develop music skills in young children, and as such, this choir performs less frequently.

Vox Populus[edit]

Vox Populus is an non-auditioned, SATB, community choir for anyone over the age of 18. The aim of the group is to encourage community singing in a fun environment.

More Than Words[edit]

More Than Words is a corporate vocal group, started for the express purpose of catering to functions which require a smaller ensemble. Membership does not usually exceed 12 members. More Than Words perform at many events around Brisbane, such as the Best of the Pops concert at QPAC in 2016 with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.[3]

Brisbane Sings[edit]

Since 2012 the Queensland Show Choir has produced the annual massed choir event Brisbane Sings.[4]

President's Trophy Night[edit]

President's Trophy Night is a special annual event designed to showcase individual performers within QSC. Entrance into the finals of this event is possible after performers complete a heat in either solo, duet, or small ensemble format.

Prizes are also given to those who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their respective age group. In addition to this, encouragement awards are also presented to performers in the junior and senior categories.


  1. ^ "Indiana University's The Singing Hoosiers". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Announcement on facebook of new website and name change to Queensland Show Choir". 10 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "What’s On | Queensland Pops Orchestra". qldpops.com. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  4. ^ "About". Brisbane Sings. Retrieved 2017-01-09.