MUS was established by the renowned carillonist John Gordon in 1967, the year that Macquarie University first opened to students. We became an incorporated association in July 2017 – Macquarie Singers Inc, still affectionately known as MUS.
MUS is about fostering, supporting and performing choral music, and has always aimed to encourage the formation of strong links with the wider community through singing. Our membership is open and non-auditioned, and students, staff and almuni of the University are still encouraged to join.
The choir performs two major concerts per year and performs at campus and community events, including singing Christmas carols at Macquarie Hospital and North Ryde RSL Club every year. Since 2000, MUS was “the choir” at Australian Philharmonic Orchestra (Auspops) concerts at the Sydney Opera House, notably in the ‘Not New Year’s Eve’ concerts which were performed in late December each year.
MUS warmly welcomed Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith in 2013 as our Principal Conductor. The choir had previously performed with Sarah as our guest conductor for Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in 2010. Visit our Concerts page to see all our performances she has conducted since then.
Our ‘wandering minstrels’ participating on campus during O Week.
Rehearsal dates for upcoming concerts appear on the Rehearsal Calendar.
History of MUS Last updated December 2017. A tabulated summary of MUS activities since 1967 compiled by Barbara Henery (to 2007) and supplemented by Joan Scott (’08 – ’17) (In PDF format)