Singing with PUCS

PUCS performing Christmas from Cambridge 2010

Who can join?

PUCS is predominantly a university student choir. We also have non-student members, though most PUCS members tend to be current or former university students. Our constitution has some rules that encourage students and/or UWA Guild members on the PUCS executive, but there are no restrictions if you'd just like to join the choir and sing.

Most notably, there are no auditions to join— PUCS membership is open to anyone from bathroom soloists to hardened operatic performers. PUCS acts as a training choir for singers with little or no experience in choral singing, but we offer a high musical standard in all of our concerts. Many members of PUCS have gone on to pursue their love of singing in other choirs, solo singing careers, and even as choral conductors.

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Pricing for PUCS is as follows;

  • Standard membership ($80 per semester or $150 per year)
  • Full-time student ($30 per semester or $50 per year)
  • O-day membership ($10 for Semester 1 only)

Payment is easy

  1. Direct Deposit to BSB: 036-054 Account Number: 13 4543 (please put your name in the description)
  2. Pay the Treasurer during rehearsals with cash, EFTPOS, credit card, or cheque

PUCS rehearsals

Everyone is welcome to come along to PUCS rehearsals. We rehearse on Mondays in G5 in the UWA School of Music.

Rehearsals generally start in the first week of semester, and run through until the Christmas concert in mid December. A good time to join is at the beginning of a rehearsal series for an upcoming concert. Keep an eye on the web site for details or check out the rehearsal schedule.

It's a good idea to turn up a little before 7, so that you can get some music and find out where you should be sitting. Rehearsals usually warm up slowly to look after your voice and may include occasional music training. As a matter of policy, members need to attend a minimum of 75% of rehearsals leading up to a concert.

Best parking spots for room G5 are in the car park next to the Guild Sports/Recreation centre. When in Winthrop Hall, you may also want to consider the car park between Computer Science and the Lawrence William Art Gallery. Both venues are close to regular bus services on Mounts Bay Road/Stirling Highway.

If you decide you'd like to join PUCS, semester membership is $70 for non-students and $20 for students. This helps pay for our conductor and accompanist, music hire, and other assorted concert costs.

If you want to find out more about PUCS, or you want to make sure we will be there on a particular night (sometimes we rehearse elsewhere), please email us or phone (08) 6230 2240.

Why join PUCS?

Music! (and an audience!) Membership of PUCS entitles you to sing in our concerts (performed publicly three or four times a year). PUCS normally performs a light concert of jazz, choral rock, or contemporary music early in the year, followed with a major concert of more serious works around September, and typically finishes the year with Christmas music and community carols around mid-December.

Instant social life! The PUCS calendar is simply studded with scintillating social events. PUCS members gather after each rehearsal at a nearby member's house or pub for coffee. Also for every concert we have a weekend camp of rehearsals and parties. After each concert there are post-concert parties or "PCPs" which rage until the wee small hours. Finally every year we have our annual dinner, where we get to dress up and have a "formal" dinner. At the dinner the "Morals" awards are given out to outstanding achievements (or lack thereof) within the choir. There are also parties, games nights, social camps and other events throughout the year. PUCS wont leave you bored.

Intervarsity Choral Festivals! PUCS is affiliated to AICSA, the Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies Association, and members of PUCS regularly participate in choral festivals arranged by the member choirs of AICSA. Intervarsity Choral Festivals (or IVs) are non-competitive festivals which give the participants the opportunity to sing major choral works, which individual choirs would not have the resources to perform themselves. PUCS hosted the 55th IV in 2004, which was part of the Perth International Arts Festival, and 62nd IV in 2011.

So how do I join PUCS?

Simply turn up to a rehearsal and try it out! You can email us to find out where and when we are next rehearsing. You can become a member by speaking to our treasurer before a rehearsal.