Established in 2004, our award-winning Children’s and Youth Choirs Program has a reputation for excellence in choral training for young people and continues to achieve impressive outcomes.

More of our choristers win places in the prestigious Gondwana Choirs National Choral School than from any other regional centre in Australia.

We offer a range of choirs to match a child’s age, social grouping, performance skills and vocal maturity. Entry is open to all young people, there are no competitive auditions.

Every child has a voice, and every child is welcome.


Minisingers is the perfect introduction to music, singing and performance for children in Years K – 2 and is ideal for young children wishing to learn an instrument in the future.

Singing in a fun and friendly environment with others helps every young person develop their confidence, self-esteem, communication and social skills.

There are lots of fun action songs and musical games which develop skills in pitch and rhythm, concentration, co-ordination and memory.

Minisingers rehearsals take place at the Armidale Teachers’ College each Wednesday of the school term, from 4:00 – 4:45pm.


Cantilena Singers is for students in Years 3 – 6, performing more complex unison melodies, 2 and 3-part songs and providing additional performance opportunities as the choristers gain in confidence.

Cantilena rehearsals take place at the Armidale Teachers’ College each Wednesday of the school term, from 4:00pm – 5:00pm.


The acclaimed New England Singers for students in Years 7 – 12 provides talented and committed young singers the opportunity to develop their musical skills in an inspiring environment focused on achieving excellence in performance.

New England Singers Rehearsals take place at the Armidale Teachers’ College each Monday of the school term, from 4:00pm – 5:15pm.


A seated choir for seniors led by well-known vocal teacher, Inge Southcott. Come and enjoy an hour of singing with hints from Inge on polishing up your rusty voice! The repertoire will be varied from folk songs, rounds, favourites from musicals, to classical works and jazz.

No auditions – all you need is a love of singing with others.

Rusty Singers take place in G31 at the Armidale Teachers’ College each Wednesday of the school term, from 10:00am – 11:00am.


Choral program members join for a whole year of activity including 9 weekly rehearsals during school terms, are guided by specialist music educators, and present concerts throughout the year.

In 2023 NECOM has been able to partly fund the choral programs as a result of New England Sings! project.

  • Minisingers – $60 per term*
  • Cantilena Singers – $80 per term*
  • New England Singers – $100 per term*
  • Rusty Singers – $60 per term*

*50% discount will be applicable for NECOM instrumental students

Please contact our office on 6788 2135 to enquire about early bird discounts and bursaries.

Payment plan options are available.