Australian Intervarsity Choral Festivals first began in 1950 when the Sydney University Musical Society and Melbourne University Choral Society got together for a combined concert. This was widely regarded as a good move, and since then, festivals have been hosted by university choirs in every Australian state capital city and in Canberra.
Adelaide’s university choirs hosted the 64th IV in 2013, and the Adelaide University Choral Society will again host the 70th IV during 10–20 January 2019. This is the seventieth festival overall, and the tenth in Adelaide—double anniversary!
Most IV participants are current or former singers from university choirs around the country. However, we’re a friendly, welcoming bunch, so you’re very welcome to participate in IVs even if you’re not a member of a uni choral society. There are no auditions, and you don’t even have to be a uni student. How easy is that?
Any amount of experience with singing and reading music will certainly assist you with learning the repertoire for the concert more easily. However, IV is designed to be an immersive experience, and the idea is that we all start on an equal footing, and learn together. Additionally, a big part of our rehearsal structure involves camp, which helps to really consolidate the learning process.
IVs are incredibly fun, with an equal emphasis on intensive rehearsals, producing a high-quality concert that we can be proud to be a part of, and enjoyable social activities that will ensure you make lifelong friendships. You’ll meet experienced choristers, nervous freshers, and lots of people in between, and we all come together to create something beautiful, and have a lot of fun doing it.
Music and good times—what more could a chorister ask for?