Sydney University Graduate Choir

The Sydney University Graduate Choir is dedicated to high quality performances of great choral music by the established masters and by contemporary composers.

Under the leadership of our Music Director, Christopher Bowen OAM, the core of the Choir’s activity is the three major concerts given annually - May, August and December - in the Great Hall of the University The Choir performs in the annual City of Sydney Christmas Concert in the Town Hall, and looks for opportunities to cooperate with other Choirs and musical organisations.

In December 2007 the Choir organised and led a very popular performance of "City of Sydney Sings Messiah" at the Town Hall, something that is happening again in 2010 on November 21st. In 2005 the Choir performed in the popular show Scotland the Brave at the Sydney Opera House. In 2006 the Choir performed at a fund-raising event on behalf of the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the Angel Place Recital Hall and joined other Sydney-based choirs at Fox Studios to record music for the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning Australian film Happy Feet.

As a member of the University’s family of societies and associations, the Choir considers it has a particular responsibility to provide opportunities for talented young Australian singers. The annual Joan Carden Award, sponsored by the Choir, is an important vehicle for this.

Since 2002 the Governor of New South Wales, and now Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Marie Bashir, has honoured the Choir by agreeing to act as our Patron.