Methodist Ladies' College Chorale (Perth)
Methodist Ladies' College, Perth, Western Australia was founded in 1907. The campus is located in a wonderful setting on Freshwater Bay in the suburb of Claremont, close to the city of Perth. The College enrolls over 1000 students from kindergarten to Year 12.
The Music Department is a vibrant and exciting one and the Chorale performs regularly at concerts and assemblies at the College and in the wider community. The Chorale consists of 60 auditioned girls, between the ages of twelve and eighteen and rehearses twice a week. It boasts a large and diverse repertoire, much of which is sung a cappella. Over many years the College has developed an outstanding reputation as a leading music school in Australia, and is also internationally recognized for its choral program.
The Chorale has previously toured to the Llangollen International Music Festival in Wales, and the Vienna International Youth and Music Festival placing fourth and first respectively in 2002, and then an impressive second and first respectively in 2005. The Methodist Ladies' College Chorale has currently been invited to perform at 2nd Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Vienna, the 5th World Choir Games in Graz, Austria, and the Disneyland Resort, Paris, France.
A.R. Bobby Gallo
Mr. A.R. Bobby Gallo began his studies in music at the age of 5, playing piano accordian, organ, piano and later the cello. At 14, Bobby was accepted into the Conservatorium of Music, Western Australia, into the Exhibition Program where he was given the opportunity to study with Dr. John Roberts, Dr. Kenneth Weir and Richard Gill. Bobby has established himself as one of Australia's leading music educators, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. His musical diversity has allowed him to produce outstanding choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and concert bands. As Director of Music at Mercy College, Perth, from 1998 to 2001, Bobby established choral and instrumental programs, later recording and touring with the Mercy College Concert Choir and Jazz Band. He has directed and performed with these ensembles at the Sydney International Music Festival in Australia (1999), Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (2001) and the Vienna International Youth and Music Festival in Austria (2001), where each group was awarded first place.
As the newly appointed Director of Music at Methodist Ladies' College, Perth, in 2001, Bobby immediately began preparations for his young musicians to travel to two major European festivals in 2002. The Methodist Ladies' Chorale achieved a first place at the Vienna International Youth and Music Festival in Austria and an impressive fourth place in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. The Methodist Ladies' College European Music tour in 2005 achieved similar success. The Chorale impressed judges again in the Vienna and Llangollen Music Festivals, resulting in first and second places respectively. The Jazz Band also performed admirably to large crowds in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In 2008, the Methodist Ladies' College musicians have been invited to perform in the 2nd Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Vienna, Austria, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland and Paris' EuroDisney, France.
Apart from his commitments at Methodist Ladies' College, Bobby is frequently called upon to conduct clinics, workshops and to adjudicate.
F. Schubert: "Das Leben ist ein Traum" D 269
K. Schiske: "Sieh nicht, was andere tun" op. 22
C. Colun: "Waltzing Matilda"
J. Brahms: "Drei Geistliche Chöre" op. 31
G.B. Thiele: "What a wonderful world"
E. Morrikone: "Nella Fantasia"