The Boite Schools Chorus is an un-auditioned choir project for schools and community youth choirs. Since 2004 the Boite Schools Chorus has involved over 8400 students from across Victoria in 38 concerts in Melbourne, Frankston, Ballarat, Bairnsdale & Albury. The Boite Schools Chorus project invites students into a new world through song, builds confidence, broadens horizons and develops valuable performance and interpersonal skills.
Each year the chorus focuses on a different cultural theme, which has included Africa, Pacific Islands, Seychelles, East Timor, South America and Indigenous Australia.
Concert Archive Includes:
2017 Haven-A Place of Refuge,of Safety, a Harbour
2016 Windrush - I Don't Want To Go Alone
2015 One Africa - Stories, Rhythms and Songs
2014 Gurrong – New Treasures in an Old Land
2013 Coco de Mer – Sounds of the Seychelles
2012 Mai Fali Eh – Songs of Timor Leste
2011 Freedom Road – Gospel songs
2010 Todo Cambia – Everything Changes
2009 Our Home, Our Land – Songs of Indigenous Australia
2008 Limpopo – Songs of South Africa
2007 Nongoma- Songs from Across Africa
2006 Rongo – Voices from Australasia & Oceania
2004 Flight – A Concert for Refugees
In 2018 the Boite is thrilled to be working with Jessie Lloyd and The Mission Song Project.Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive contemporary Australian Indigenous songs from 1900 to 1999, focusing on the Christian missions, state run settlements and native camps where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were relocated.Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Mission Songs Project looks to explore the day to day life of the mission days, from cultural identity to love and loss. These unique songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music and connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.