The Monash University Choral Society (MonUCS) was founded in 1962 by students who wanted to increase their knowledge and experience in choral music. One of the oldest student-run clubs at Monash University, MonUCS performs at least three concerts each year giving the community an opportunity to experience a diverse range of choral repertoire. Recent performances have included the Australian premiere of the 1998 Broadway musical Ragtime, Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov’s Vespers and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.
MonUCS was a founding choir in the Intervarsity Choral Council in 1968. MonUCS’ members annually participate in Intervarsity Choral Festivals, frequently performing with state symphony orchestras. Recently, members attending Sydney Intervarsity Choral Festival performed Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Over its 50 year history, MonUCS has developed a solid reputation in the musical community in Melbourne. In addition to their own performances, the choir has been invited to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Monash Music Department and with the touring Hong Kong Baptist University choir.
While having a large student base, MonUCS is open to all members of the community. The choir is non-auditioned, offering singers of all experience levels the chance to rehearse and perform a wide selection of high quality classical and contemporary repertoire.
In addition to MonUCS’ strong music culture, the choir is a very social group. Coffee or pub follows the conclusion of the weekly rehearsals, with choristers heading to a fellow chorister’s house or the nearby pub for a drink, socialising and random outbursts of singing. An annual dinner, movie nights, rehearsal camps and post-concert parties provide further opportunities for new members to get to know older faces within the choir.