Melbourne International Singers Festival 2021

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2021Melbourne International Singers Festival 2021

JUNE 11 - 14, 2021

Now in its 11th year, Play It Forward presents Australia's most exciting Singers Festival for all school & community choirs and individual singers. Melbourne International Singers Festival has an even bigger and more diverse program over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, 11 - 14 June 2021.

As the world continues to face many challenges, MISF is excited to explore the theme of 'HOME' through voice and song for the first time in 2021.

2021 will see the Australian premiere of Kirby Shaw's brand new work, Turn the World Around, recently premiered at Carnegie Hall, New York along with other fantastic new works.

Along with the return of the legendary master of pop, swing and jazz choral arrangements, Kirby Shaw from the US, we are also thrilled to announce that the inspiring Bosnian-Australian artist, Dr Nela Trifkovic, will lead the Women's Festival Chorus, and Tintner award winning conductor, Patrick Burns, Director of our Choral Program, will lead the Men's Festival Chorus.

Registration includes entry to all MISF workshops, masterclasses, concerts, choruses & performances over the Festival weekend (with the exception of Special MISF events).

NB: Register as a choir/singing group of 10 or more and receive complimentary registration for your Music Director & Accompanist.

Opening dates for registrations and prices to be announced.

Expressions of interest and enquiries: [email protected] or 0419 337 283
We can't wait to see you in June for this unique celebration of the voice and singing!

Greetings from Oregon, on the left coast of America, to singers from "down under" (hopefully, this doesn't mean that you're hunkered down below ground until this world time-out ends)! Naturally we are disappointed that we'll not be able to fill Melbourne with your gloriously energetic choral sounds this June, but wait ... it's actually an opportunity!

Can you imagine the excitement that will build between now and June of 2021? I can easily see an 8.5 Richter scale earth tremor occurring at the exact moment that we raise our voices in song, and our Australian Premiere of Turn The World Around choral work will definitely help the healing process!

Please take care of yourselves, spread the word, and we'll see you in 2021!

Blessings -

Kirby and Markita Shaw

We have made the difficult but necessary decision that, due to the current health crisis, we will be postponing the Melbourne International Singers Festival from June 2020 and re-scheduling it to take place over the Queen's Birthday weekend on 11th - 14th June 2021.

Our first and foremost duty of care and concern now is to you - all our wonderful singers, volunteers, artists, musicians, choir managers, venues and their staff, with protecting everyone's health and wellbeing as our No 1 priority.

If you have registered for the Melbourne International Singers Festival already, below are the options that are available to you regarding the payment of your registration:

Transfer your MISF 2020 registration to MISF 2021 which will lock in the discounted earlybird price paid, despite any future price increases

Replacement of your MISF registration fee with a credit towards our other future Play It Forward concerts or programs

A full refund of your ticket price (excluding any interest paid if you used a credit card) via the charging method used to purchase tickets initially

If you are not able to attend our rescheduled or alternative events, you might consider donating your purchased ticket to Play It Forward, and help us continue to deliver our inclusive arts programs when they will be most needed

If you wish to discuss any of these options further, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone on the details below.


In an attempt to connect more with you, our tremendous audiences, if you have a story to tell or something to share about your memories of your participation over the past decade of fabulous events at MISF, we'd love to hear it on our social channels or via email so that we can share these good news stories. We will be posting some of our favourite moments from our past MISF performances and events over the upcoming months to share with you also.

In the meantime, please look after your mental and physical health. This is a very stressful and difficult time we are all experiencing as we are inundated and overloaded with so much news and information every time we turn the TV, radio or social media on.

Please make sure you switch these off if you're feeling stressed, and keep yourself busy and preoccupied. Listen to some of your favourite music, go for a brief walk in this beautiful sunshine, read a book, do some craft or gardening, and most importantly, stay socially connected by calling a friend to chat or reach out to one of the many helplines available, if you need to.

Here is a list of helplines you might choose to access in the coming weeks:

Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Support Act 1300 731 303
We are thinking of you all and can't wait to return with our exciting festival program in 2021, where you will be challenged, inspired and entertained!

Yours in music, always,

Jonathon, Jan, Sarah, Caroline and all our amazing MISF Team.

Dr Jonathon Welch AM
Founding Artistic Director

Jan Hamilton
Operations & Projects Manager

❊ When & Where ❊

Date/s: Friday 11th June 2021 - Monday 14th June 2021

❊ Venue ❊

 Deakin Edge Theatre  Events 3 Events
⊜ Federation Square Melbourne | Map
Deakin Edge TheatreFederation Square, Melbourne, , 3001
✆ Event: 0419 337 283 | Venue: +61 3 9655 1900

Book Online Here

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❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊

Many locations have gone into lockdown as the state takes action to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). This event may be affected. Please confirm details, dates, times and costs before making plans | Disclaimer

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