Macquarie University Singers (MUS) was established by the renowned carillonist John Gordon in 1967, the year the University was first opened to students. While MUS has been about fostering, supporting and performing choral music, the Society has always aimed to encourage the formation of strong links between Macquarie University and the wider community through singing. Membership is open to students, staff and members of the community. The choir performs two major concerts per year, generally at the Macquarie Theatre, and occasionally performs at campus and community events. MUS can be seen singing Christmas carols at Macquarie Hospital and North Ryde RSL Club every year. Since 2000, MUS (along with the Willoughby Symphony Choir) has been “the choir” at Australian Philharmonic Orchestra (Auspops) concerts at Sydney Opera House, notably in the ‘Not New Years Eve’ concerts regularly 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 guest conductor of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in 2010.
Sarah also conducted Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers and our June 2014 concert Roots of Rhythm, which traced the development of rhythm from its African roots, through Negro Spirituals, Jazz and the Blues, to the 21st Century. She also conducted our June 2013 concert, A Musical Dream, featuring a program of choruses from Opera and Musical Theatre, in the newly re-furbished Macquarie Theatre.
MUS has a history of exciting performances, with our latest being Glorious Puccini where we collaborated with the Ku-ring-gai philharmonic orchestra to perform Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in the Chatswood Concourse, in November 2016. This contrasted with he previous concert, Stand By me, which was a heart-warming collage of music around the theme of ‘resilience’. Supernova, where we collaborated with the University Astronomy Department, presented an audiovisual spectacular of music and images related to the stars. Our mid-year concert in 2015 was a ‘come and sing Messiah’ with the University organ, wonderful soloists and orchestra supporting the choir plus Messiah enthusiasts, some of whom had travelled many kilometres to join us. Previously, some of our performances have been other classics such as Carmina Burana in 2013, Mozart’s Requiem, Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis in 2012, Haydn’s Creation, and compilations of thematic works such as Celtic Fusion and Roots of Rhythm in June 2014.
See YouTube videos from our concerts – search YouTube for Macquarie University Singers
Students and staff of the University and the general community are encouraged to join MUS, and tenors and basses are always especially welcomed. Inquiry to the Membership Secretary should be made by intending members. Rehearsal dates for upcoming concerts appear on the Rehearsal Calendar.
Rules of MUS are incorporated in the MUS Constitution – view as a pdf document.
History of MUS A tabulated summary of MUS activities since 1967 compiled by Barbara Henery (to 2007) and supplemented by Joan Scott (’08 – ’16) (In PDF format)