Celebrate your inner musician!

Joining forces for the first time, Victoria University and the School of Hard Knocks are delighted to offer a unique opportunity for you to join the Choir of Opportunity, a professionally directed choir conducted by renowned tenor Dr Jonathon Welch AM.

You will have the chance to perform at Centenary events throughout 2016, and to become part of the very special choral and arts-based programs conducted by the School of Hard Knocks.

Choir membership is open to anyone, no experience or audition required! So if you’re a staff member, a student, an alumni or a member of our local community, come along and give it a try.

Rehearsals for 2016 will run every Thursday night starting 28 January. Attendance at a certain number of rehearsals is required for performance. Register your interest on the signup form on this page- we will send you full details of the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Thursday nights 6.30pm - 8.00pm
(Please arrive a little earlier for registration)
VU at MetroWest
138 Nicholson Street, Footscray

This is a unique chance to build self-esteem and experience public performance and exhibition.

The School of Hard Knocks also supports people experiencing disadvantage in the Western region of Melbourne.

A Word from the Choir Man

My passion is to bring voices to life – and to bring people together to share in the joy of making music.

There is a voice in everyone – and everyone is welcome in the choirs which I lead. We have fun and we learn the art of singing. It is exciting to experience the growth of a new choir, to hear new voices emerging and feel the sense of occasion when the choir performs.

I am truly excited about the Choir of Opportunity, and look forward to singing and performing with staff, students and alumni.

Dr Jonathon Welch AM

Greg Lake and the Dips Glee Club

Greg Lake
Our history in this area goes back to 1943 when senior school engineer student Greg Lake convinced fellow students it would be fun to get together to sing different notes. The Dips Glee Club was born and the group's first performance was at the yearly school concert. By 1944 the Dips Glee Club had won professional acclaim after their debut on 'The Amateur Hour', a radio program that was popular in troubled times.

When a singing group from Footscray Technical School hit the airwaves, listeners responded with delight. Like Australian Idol of yesteryear, votes were cast for the favourite act - by letter of course! The Footscray boys received a record 8279 votes, and Dick Fair hailed the act as "one of the most entertaining of its type ever put over in amateur broadcasts".


The Choir of Opportunity

Register your interest in joining the Choir and we will be in touch with details.