CHIME is a contemporary community choir that presents an innovative, and eclectic musical program of the highest standard, intended to engage a diverse audience. We endeavor to provide both our members, and our audiences with an experience of musical artistry, and the beauty and power of choral singing.
Kevin Casey, a well known Melbourne performer and teacher, who had previously founded the National Boys Choir, formed CHIME in 1984. Since that time the choir has evolved a varied membership of approximately 50 men and women of all ages, from 17 to over 80.
Chime has toured often. Most recently we visited Great Britain in 2012, Italy in 2008, the 1st Choral Olympics (since renamed the World Choir Games) in Austria in 2000 and a second Choral Olympics in Germany in 2004. Regionally we have toured in Victoria, performing concerts in Gippsland in 2015, and in Ballarat in 2017. Chime sang at the Arden Crescent Concert Series in 2016 and 2017 and we are engaged to sing there again in 2018, during the Xmas season. CHIME has been invited to participate in a performance of Ola Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver, and Sunrise Mass at Carnegie Hall in New York, in April 2018. Morris Stuart, Director of the Desert Song Festival held annually in Alice Springs, has also invited CHIME to perform as Featured Choir there, in 2019.
We often sing in Carols by Candlelight celebrations held by various city councils, including Whitehorse, Boroondara, and Stonnington. Recently we sang with Aled Jones at his Melbourne concert. We opened the show as his warm up act, and later supported him during the singing of " The Gaelic Blessing" (Deep Peace). All this is in addition to at least one, and more often two, independent concerts per year, usually held either at Deakin Edge or Wantirna College Theatre.
These activities are driven by the talent, energy, and enthusiasm of our Artistic Director, Marten Visser, and facilitated by the committee of management. Our committee has had an unusual degree of continuity over the years; offering a measure of stability, and a breadth of experience.
We are also supported by Jayne Turner, our Patron and past Artistic Director, who is currently Assistant Conductor with the Essendon Symphony.
CHIME is an incorporated association run by a committee of management under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.