24 Oct - 12 Dec

Pop Vox – Youth Pop Vocal Ensemble

Think Pentatonix. Think Pitch Perfect. Join Pop Vox.

Join Penrith Con’s youth contemporary vocal ensemble for 13-19 year olds for the opportunity to sing alongside other talented upcoming vocalists. Singing arrangements of popular favourites from your contribution, work together with your peers to create your own sounds. Learn the craft of singing in a small ensemble, blending work as well as solo skills within a group.

This will be an ensemble featuring an array of works from contemporary artists, re-arranged, mashed up, and delivered back to our audience with a high level of vocal artistry. You will develop your stage craft as you strive towards public performance opportunities and become the vocal student showcase for Penrith Conservatorium.

We invite all young vocalists to join! Depending on enrolments, separate male and female groups will be formed.

What’s involved:

  • Small group intensive vocal ensemble training
  • Mixture of solo and ensemble work (harmonies, blending, solo and ensemble techniques)
  • Accompanied and a capella works
  • Opportunities to perform for the public – be the vocal showcase of Penrith Con, gigs, promotional and seasonal e.g. Christmas) events
  • Students to contribute in the arrangement of music. Learn to create unique sounds.
  • Work with vocal professionals
  • Recording project in Term 3



When: Thursdays 6pm – 7:30pm (1.5hrs)


  • Term 2: 16 May to 4 Jul (8 weeks)
  • Term 3: 8 Aug to 26 Sep (8 weeks)
  • Term 4: 24 Oct to 12 Dec (8 weeks)



24 Oct 2019 6:00 pm

12 Dec 2019 8:00 pm


Entry to Pop Vox is now easier! No more audition is required. Simply submit a clip of yourself singing (this is not an audition – it’s simply to assess where you are vocally so the teacher can prepare for the class).

Please submit:

  • A video of 2 contrasting songs in the pop genre unaccompanied (upload onto the Enrolment form)


N.B. Submission of the EOI form does not guarantee your place in the program. Limited places. 



General age range accepted: 13-19 (Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case scenario)



$180 per 8 week term (1.5hrs per class)


Tutor: Clare Richards

Clare began her musical studies at The Joan on violin at age 5, and by the age of 16 also began studying classical voice. Her focus shifting just to the voice after finishing high school, completing her exams in 8th grade voice with distinction through Trinity College London, and then continuing onto a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

A recipient of the Elizabeth Todd Leider Prize, and with a great passion for new music, Clare was thrilled to round out her time at university, performing Steve Reich’s, Music for 18 Musicians with Splash Percussion at the Sydney Verge Festival, and also featuring as Amy, in new musical Just A Second. Also while at university, Clare performed with MUSE, singing as lead soprano in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and was vocal director of their inaugural compilation show.

Clare has also performed as both a chorister and soloist with both the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and St James Cathedral Choirs, touring Melbourne and Singapore with the St James in 2014. Selected as a young artist for the Canberra International Music Festival, Clare performed alongside the Song Company in various concerts across the capital city, and recently was a participant in the WAAPA International Song Academy. She is also a regular performer with the Voci Stupende ensemble, performing concerts in regional New South Wales.

Clare continues to work alongside coaches from Opera Australia on various projects, and looks forward to working with young people at The Joan, helping them master the best possible vocal techniques, encouraging the importance of music education, and a love for all sorts of music.

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