Our vision is bold! We aim to create a regional choir of excellence that encompasses our regional children and youth. Our children will work with recognised leaders in their field to create, perform and record repertoire that gathers its core artistic inspiration from the region of New South Wales and those that inhabit it. We draw on the cultural legacy and spirit of the country with recognised leaders in our field. We do this in order to spark national conversations on inclusion and respect.
Over the past sixteen years, we have developed a strong community network founded on Excellence, Access, Equity, Opportunity, Cultural Identity, Social Capital, Well-Being and Organisational Resilience.
To create equitable opportunity for children from regional and remote areas of Australia to participate in high level choral, Taiko, dance and visual arts with leaders in their field regardless of social & financial status or identity.
To create a body of repertoire and performances that speak directly of the participants’ experiences and cultural legacy and includes choir, Taiko, dance and visual arts as they perform with leading artists and ensembles.
To create an artistic vehicle for regional and remote cultural and artistic expression amongst participants that celebrates Australian cultural connection to country, capacity and creativity.
To support the revitalisation and celebration of Indigenous language through consultation and collaboration.
To raise awareness in the region, and beyond, of choirs as an artistic medium, and in doing so create new performance opportunities and new audiences for the ensembles of Moorambilla Voices.
To develop social capital through the artistic outcomes of the choir reflecting the background and diversity of the participants in a culturally competent way.
To create an environment and artistic vehicle that supports children’s mental well-being, resilience and self-esteem.
To ensure ongoing and strong financial management, governance, program development and provision of expertise to support the artists, management and administration of the Moorambilla Voices ensembles.
The meaning of Moorambilla
Moorambilla in Gamilaroi roughly translates to place of fresh water. Moorambilla is the name of family property currently owned by our founders father Mick Leonard who will celebrate his 100th birthday in 2022. It is located just on the outskirts of Coonamble, just off the Dubbo road on the Gulargambone side. Coonamble is a rural community in western NSW occupying either side of the Castlereagh river sitting on both Wailwan and Gamilaroi country. It was here that the sheep runs – Coonamble and Koonambil formed the start of this community beside the fastest flowing “underground river system” in the southern hemisphere. Only when this river is in flood does it become a conventional river revealing its mighty power. For all who have experienced it Moorambilla is a natural oasis of birdlife and gum trees with waterflow into the swamp from the Bibleroi and Warrena creeks. It has always been a place of natural beauty and renewal.