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Presenting Macquarie Singers virtual choir performance of Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground.  

Conducted by Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith
Accompanied by Jo Allan and Macquarie Chamber Orchestra:
Tess Duflou, Sagar Nagaraj, Kathryn Ramsay and Marc Valpiani
Video: Connor Malanos. Sound: Joshua Winestock
Thank you to everyone who has participated in this historic recording, marking this unique and challenging year.
MUS deeply appreciates the time, inspiration and expertise that Sarah have given to this project.

This project has been generously supported by Epping Community Bank (Bendigo), as part of our Covid-delayed Indomitable Spirit concert.


Macquarie Singers first performance for 2020, carolling for the residents of Shalom Aged Care Centre. It was delightful to see smiling faces and share some Christmas joy with the residents who have not been able to have excursions or entertainment for much of the year.



Saturday 5 December

We are so grateful to Sarah, Jo and our five brave singers and four wonderful string players for making this virtual workshop possible.

This project was generously supported by funding from City of Ryde.

Photo by Richard Taylor

Lift your voices in some rousing Christmas songs
under the friendly and welcoming direction of
Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith.

Due to Covid, this workshop featured only 5 brave members of our unauditioned community choir: Camille, Jill, Justin, Bryan & Richard.

Instrumentalists: Tracy Wan, Miguel Sonnak, Kathryn Ramsay, Angela Shin & Josephine Allan. Filmed at St Anne’s Anglican Church, Ryde



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We acknowledge the Darug people who are the traditional custodians of the land on which Macquarie Singers meet and whose cultures, songs and customs have nurtured and continue to nurture this land since the Dreamtime.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.


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Posted by Macquarie Singers on Friday, 23 March 2018

Please note:
We have cancelled our next few face-to-face rehearsals but new members are always welcome and will be given access to our online rehearsal sessions after joining. We still rehearse regularly on Monday nights!

                         Photo by Peter Wallace

With Macquarie Singers you can explore your love of music, meet some wonderful people and experience magical moments.

We rehearse on Monday nights, 7-9.30pm, at Trinity Chapel in Robert Menzies College, opposite the Macquarie Centre.

Come along and see what you think, no obligation.

New members are welcomed throughout the year. For membership information contact us using the online form.

See our Media Release for further information.

If you have any concerns about attending rehearsals, please see our Coronavirus Precautions.

Photo: maxhr

Our first workshop for 2020 on 7th March was attended by well over 100 singers. Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith led us through tips to perform with perfect pronunciation whilst enjoying singing some of Beethoven’s arrangements of simple folksongs.

The date of our next free workshop is Saturday 1st August. Contact to go on our mailing list.

These projects are supported by funding from City of Ryde.


Macquarie Singers has finished the year on a high with our beautiful Starlit Christmas concert! Featuring chorales from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and traditional and Australian carols, we were joined once again by Macquarie Chamber Orchestra and treated to works by Corelli, Sebelius and Bach.

Some audience responses:

Congratulations to Sarah, all the wonderful Macquarie Singers and the Macquarie Chamber Orchestra for a beautiful Starlit Christmas concert.

  • A very uplifting performance and program. Inspiring!
  • Perfect choice of music.
  • I enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of the choir. The orchestra added depth and polish to the performance.
  • Congratulations on an uplifting performance to start the Festive Season in these trying times.
  • I enjoyed listening to the Ensemble and particularly the organist!
  • Wonderful choir!
  • Loved the audience participation in the carols. Great fun!
  • Saturday September 7 saw the last of our free public workshops for 2019 with nearly 100 singers coming together to learn singing and breathing techniques culminating in a beautiful rendition of Bach’s Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern – the first time some of us had ever sung in German!

Macquarie Singers was joined by 69 guests from across Sydney and beyond on Saturday 10 August to perform Vivaldi’s glorious Gloria under the baton of Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith.

Macquarie Chamber Orchestra performed Respighi’s Antique Dances and Airs for Lute and Albinoni/Giazotto’s beautiful Adagio in G Minor.

Thank you Sarah for an inspiring and joyous day of music making and performing!

MUS was established in 1967 at Macquarie University as a choir for students & staff, and members of the community around the University. In July 2017, the choir became an incorporated association known as Macquarie Singers Inc, still to be known affectionately as MUS.

We generally perform two major concerts per year and also appear at special events such as an Opera House concert, or singing Christmas Carols at a local Hospital, the annual Carols on the Common and the North Ryde RSL club. More info? Click here…

Karl Jenkins Peacemakers Nov 2014

Photos by Richard Taylor

MUS rehearsals are on Monday evenings, usually in the Robert Menzies College Chapel (on Macquarie University campus). For membership information contact us using the online form.

Also see our Joining and Membership Polic

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