The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWChoir)

The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWChoir) began in June 2012 with a small group of enthusiastic singers in Canberra. From these small beginnings the choir grew expanding to 12 national locations and one international. Women sing together in every corner of the country, including Wagga. When posting time comes around choir members rest easy in the knowledge of having a familiarity of social connections when posting into a location with an established choir.

 

AMWChoir is a not for profit, no audition, no experience necessary tri-service choir.  Simply put, we are a group of women with an attachment to a currently serving member of Defence who love to get together and sing. Members join with a variety of singing experiences, a willingness to learn and a desire to make new social connections that strengthen supportive bonds within the Defence community.

 

AMWChoir Wagga rehearse on the first, third and fifth Thursday of the month at Kapooka Neighbourhood House from 1900 to 2030, with the occasional rehearsal going over time as we are having too much fun. New members are warmly welcomed at any time of the year. Members are not expected to attend every rehearsal either as we understand conditions of service means that sometimes it’s just not possible. The main focus of AMWChoir is the benefits of singing socially and as such community performances are only arranged once the choir is ready. At this time members are encouraged to perform, however there is no expectation to do so.

 

To strengthen social connections AMWChoir Wagga members gather regularly for social events, including the popular ‘bring-your-mug-and-tea-bag’ event at the conclusion of the fifth Thursday rehearsal. The highlight of the singing calendar is the annual workshop where women from all locations gather for a weekend of singing, socialising and friendship. This year we are proud and honoured to have been invited to sing at the opening ceremony of Invictus games held in Sydney.

 

AMWChoir would like to thank Defence Health, DHA and DCO for without their generous sponsorship and funding we would not be able to experience the benefits of social singing.

 

If this sounds like something you are interested in have a look at Australian Military Wives Choir on Facebook, go to our website www.amwc.com or contact Justine on amwc.wagga@gmail.com.