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Fortem Chorus is a choir for young people aged from 8 to 14. We believe that the cornerstone of a quality music education is singing with others. We sing a range of diverse choral repertoire, from pop to classical and aim to teach our singers a variety of music traditions and styles.

Oh, and ‘Fortem’ is Latin for ‘brave’.

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Who is the conductor?


Emily Irvine, Conductor & Director

Emily Irvine is a music educator and choral conductor. In 2014 she founded Inner West Voices, a community choir for adults in Sydney, who have since performed with some of Australia’s great music artists including Christine Anu and Dr G. Yunupingu. Also appearing on television and stage, Inner West Voices have created a name for themselves as a vibrant and impressive Australian vocal group.

Since graduating with a B Mus/B Ed from UNSW Emily has worked as a conductor of young musicians through string ensembles, choirs, and student orchestras for over a decade. She conducted The Arts Unit (NSW Department of Education) State Choir in 2016 and was the Boys Chorus Master of Sydney Chamber Opera’s 2013 production of Owen Wingrave. Emily also composes music for theatre and television.

Emily is passionate about the value of choral music and believes in its powerful effect on young people. As well as being the Artistic Director of Inner West Voices, she has founded Fortem Chorus for young people across Sydney who love to sing to come together. Fortem’s mission includes programming music from a wide range of musical traditions and styles, with a focus on giving its young singers the opportunity to sing music from Australia’s diverse compositional output. Emily is currently based in Sydney, Australia.

What do you sing?

We sing pop, classical and everything in between. A lot of the music we sing is Australian, by a diverse range of composers. We also learn sight-singing and sing songs from a broad range of musical traditions.


How do I join?

Fortem Chorus is an auditioned choir. There are several audition dates throughout the semester for new singers. For the audition you will need to prepare a short bit of any song you love to sing. We’ll also ask you to do an ear test, which is really easy and you don’t need to prepare for. The main requirement is that you love to sing! To join just let us know at the bottom of this page.


More details

We are accepting new singers for our first semester of 2020.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 4:15pm for a 4:30pm start at the Erskineville Anglican Church at 55 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. Rehearsals finish at 6pm.

Our first semester of 2020 runs from Wednesday 5th February and then every Wednesday during NSW public school term time. Rehearsals do not occur during NSW public school holidays.

Payment is made per semester, and works out at roughly $18 per week.

Creative Kids: Registered Provider

Fortem Chorus is a registered Creative Kids Provider (NSW). Use your Creative Kids voucher here.

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