Background to the WA Massed Choir Festival

The WA Massed Choir Festival was started in 1994 by a group of primary school music teachers who saw a need for a major festival of this type in this state.

The first festival was held at Guildford Grammar School with one concert. Since this beginning, the festival has grown in size and stature and now is run over six nights at Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia.

Each concert comprises a massed choir of 480 voices taken from interested state primary schools in the Perth metropolitan area.

The festival culminates with six public performances and the aim of this annual event is:

  • to provide the students and teachers with the opportunity to work with an exceptional choral conductor.
  • to provide the students with the rare and exciting experience of performing in a massed choir of 480 voices.
  • to nurture and mentor aspiring conductors in our schools.
  • to support and promote music written by Australian composers.
  • to commission new music works to compliment the curriculum in our schools.