In Conversation: Shania Choir

In Conversation: Shania Choir

It's their prerogative to have a little fun: the Shania Choir on singing, community and the Queen herself. 

Shania Choir
Melbourne, Australia

In Conversation: Shania Choir

It's their prerogative to have a little fun: the Shania Choir on singing, community and the Queen herself. 

What is it about Shania Twain's discography that made you honour her with an a cappella choir

She is queen! Shania's music was such a strong voice for a lot of us when we were growing up; we have fond memories of singing along to her in the living room and sassing anyone that walked past with her tunes. There's rarely an artist that has been as successful as her (she just got awarded the Billboard Icon award last year!) and we think she's worth all the honour.

How did the choir actually start - what was the aha! moment?

Shania Choir started as the brain child of Amateur Hours creator, Laura Imbruglia. For AH's launch last year, she had the brilliant thought to pull together a bunch of friends for a once off, hilarious a cappella choir in wigs and four-part harmony. Peopled seemed to love it as much as we did, so we thought, hey, why not, let's do it more!

It's not an easy task to set up a choir from scratch - what did you learn during the process? 

So much. The brunt of the responsibility has landed on the shoulders of Alex Morris, who is one of Australia's top choir masters, conductors and arrangers. He skilfully turned Shania into a choral dream and we couldn't be luckier. One of our favourite things we've learnt is how to position choir members next to each other so that each voice blends as perfectly as it can into the next. We've also learnt how much people love Shania - it's ridiculous. It's like we've just validated everyone's 90s renaissance and we're more than happy to do it!

What can the audience expect from this concert experience?

Think drag, leopard print, harmonies, sass, and occasional awkward dancing. One thing they might not be expecting is to come away having learnt a bit more about Shania's life. We've weaved some short monologues in between each song to highlight her incredible journey to fame. 

Shania Choir is proof that choral singing does not have to revolve around obscure works. For young singers interested in getting involved in group singing, how do you recommend they get started?

The first bit is easy - ask. Post on Facebook, or ask your friends who else might be interested and go from there. I think it all starts with an idea and a goal - once you've got that, it's easy for people to get behind. I'm sure that at least half of Shania Choir's success (if any) will be because of the name. 

Can you share your favourite Shania songs? 

That's hard! They're all so loved, but perhaps I'd pick 'Don't be Stupid' and 'I'm Gonna Getcha Good'.