Musical theatre fans have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history and techniques that have lead us to today. VCA’s Do You Hear the People Sing? is an eight week course that teaches ensemble singing and the history of musical theatre through the expertise of Trevor Jones.

I love educating people about musical theatre history. I love finding new ways to teach music theatre style and I am passionate about encouraging people to be fearless in their singing – making glorious mistakes is the key to creativity!” he said.

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Jones said the basic premise of the course is that participants learn about the history of musical theatre through singing ensemble and chorus pieces from a wide range of musicals throughout the ages – ranging from Showboat (1927) right up to Next to Normal (2009).

It’s a great way to have some fun singing some of your favourite shows, but also to see a wider perspective about how musical theatre has developed over the last 100 years,” he said.

Over the eight sessions, participants will develop ensemble singing skills, explore seven major musicals and participate in a short performance in the final session that highlights a sample of the repertoire – all with the promise of being “a really FUN course because it’s so practical”.

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This course is for anyone that loves musicals – regardless of their experience as singers – it’s about getting in and enjoying the practical side of it and learning some things that they might not know about a wide variety of musicals,” Jones said.

The participants sing as an ensemble for most of the class and there is a 40-minute lecture given each week to give wider information. The classes also include some warming up and technique work for singing musical theatre – particularly focusing on singing different styles of music theatre.”

Participants will be in incredibly safe hands under Trevor Jones’ direction. His work includes being awarded the Brian Stacey Award for Musical Directors in 2011 and being MD for Next to Normal (Doorstep Arts, 2014), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vic Theatre Company, 2016) and Twisted Broadway (2014). He is currently the Associate Musical Director for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular working with Chong Lim and over 2,000 state school students. He is also undertaking a PhD in Coaching Opera Singers in Musical Theatre Song.

Meow Meow is one of the truly great performers I’ve been honoured to work with in the past, as well as touring China twice with Lisa Vroman,” he said.

Hopefully my experience can help people to get a glimpse of a professional musical theatre rehearsal process – but also feel like they are in a supportive environment to sing and make great music together.

It is open to anyone – there is no audition at all – you don’t need to be the best singerit is just about getting involved!”

The course can take up to 50 students and you can book your spot here.

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  • Monday 18 July – Monday 5 September

  • 6 -8.30 pm

  • Total number of Sessions: 8 

  • 17+ (No prior experience needed)

  • Registrations close Monday 11 July 2016


  • Full Fee: $450

  • 10% discount on full fee Unimelb staff, students and alumni

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