Songbirds and amateurs alike, River Voices wants you

By Ivy Jensen

CALLING all shower singers, music teachers, professional performers and everyone in between.

River Voices wants you.

The Echuca-based community choir is seeking new members who would like to sing in a social environment.

As well as local members, people travel from Gunbower, Bamawm, Wyuna, Tongala, Kyabram and Deniliquin to take part in the choir.

“It's very rewarding to come together from all over our community to participate in something that simply cannot be done alone,” Gunbower member Hannah Mahler said.

“It's the highlight of my week. I've met some amazing men and women during the five years I've been a choir member.

“It's time to just be myself, squeaks and all, and have a good laugh.”

The non-auditioning choir is open to adults of all abilities and meets every Sunday during school terms at Echuca Uniting Church Chapel from 5 pm to 7 pm.

“From shower singers to professional music teachers, or those who'd love to sing but were told they're ‘tone deaf’ — we have a place for you,” Hannah said.

“Rehearsals typically start with a quick catch-up, bit of a stretch, and a laugh before we get stuck into it with a vocal warm-up.

“We sing a variety of styles and genres, with songs in multi-part harmony, unison, a capella and accompanied.”

The choir has performed at Anzac Day services, concerts and Christmas carols and collaborated with Echuca's Bella A Capella, Deniliquin's Con Spirito Voices and other choirs from around Victoria.

Members also took part in last year's Festival of 1000 Voices in Yarrawonga, as well attending workshops and training courses throughout the year.

“I love the variety of styles, having some easier and some more challenging pieces, the opportunities to sing with other choirs, to be able to make mistakes, learn and laugh in a friendly and supportive group,” member Cath Pell said.

Hannah encouraged anyone interested in joining to message the River Voices Echuca Facebook page or check out the website at

“We'd love for you to come along and have a go,” she said.

“All you need to bring is a bottle of water and your singing voice.”