The Big Sing 2018

28 - 30 September

Brolga Theatre, Maryborough


The Big Sing is a regionally hosted conference, held biennially by the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) (Qld branch).  This year the Maryborough Choral Society is hosting the Big Sing.  Internationally renowned musician, singer/songwriter and conductor, Emma Dean, will lead a massed choir in workshops and a Sunday afternoon concert.  Don't miss this opportunity to experience a weekend of singing, networking and performing with other like- minded people passionate about singing!

Friday - Registration, followed by an introductory workshop

Saturday - Workshops, followed by a combined evening dinner

Sunday - Workshops, followed by a public concert

Conference Costs
• $110 for choristers who are affiliated with ANCA
• $120 for choristers who are not affiliated with ANCA
• $35 for evening meal (to be paid with registration fees)

This Includes!
• Set music pieces (to be sent to you prior to the workshop)
• Workshop costs
• Use of world class facilities at the Brolga Theatre
• In-house catering for Friday night supper, lunches and breaks
• Saturday night evening meal at Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort (optional)

The guest conductor, Emma Dean will select music to be practised in preparation for the Big Sing.  This music will be sent out after registrations close, in sufficient time for choristers to practise the parts of the set pieces.  Most of the rehearsal time at the ‘Big Sing’ will be focused on refining skills and techniques towards presenting a great performance.

Each choir may also choose a piece that showcases their individual choir, and prepare it for performance in the main concert.  More details will be given about this once registrations have closed.


 The Brolga Theatre is a wonderful asset to our region.  It is used by the whole community for a range of purposes, but by far, cultural activities are enhanced by our ability to utilise this facility to hold major musical productions, dance concerts, music concerts, Eisteddfods etc.  Come and join us at this world class facility, with a world class conductor, with your friends. 

Meet the Conductor

  Emma Dean singing at the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Emma Dean is an imperfect, romantic and passionate human-being who loves to write theatrical pop songs about love and the human spirit. She has performed in North America, Germany, Costa Rica and all over Australia, and has released over ten independent original albums.

"....It's just right. Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company."
- Noel Mengel, Courier Mail

When Emma is not on stage, she can be found writing choral arrangements for choirs and musicians, including John Farnham, Kate Ceberano and Katie Noonan. She is a passionate advocate of the magical healing qualities of group singing and proudly leads a colourful community choir called Cheep Trill who she considers to be her extended family.

Emma has performed with Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Placebo, Macy Gray, Jinkx Monsoon, Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls, as well as playing lead roles in theatre shows such as Cabaret and The Tempest. Her original show ‘Imaginarium’ was performed on Off-Broadway and she has been listed as ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The New York Post after featuring on the US specialty radio charts alongside PJ Harvey and REM. She is also a recipient of the prestigious ‘Under Our Wing’ cabaret award alongside musical comedy superstars, Tim Minchin and Sammy J.

"....Just sample her monster Broadway single “Sincerely Fearful,” which is 50% “Wicked” and 50% Tori Amos and 100% addictive, and you will find an unavoidable sound worthy of the repeat button." – The New York Post

Emma’s new show, Broken Romantics: A Unicorn’s Quest For Love will be performed around Australia and in Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

TONY DEAN - Accompanist

Tony Dean graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor of Music specialising in jazz drums, in 2006. Since then, Tony has played drums in numerous bands, touring all over Australia and America. When Tony's not drumming he's also a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He has written and independently released his debut EP Whole Day, on which he played all instruments – guitar, piano, bass, drums and vocals. Currently Tony performs around Brisbane as an in-demand covers singer, solo singer songwriter, and as a jazz drummer and crooner. He's also the accompanist and assistant musical director of community choir Cheep Trill.

Registration Information

Need more time? Only just found out the Big Sing is on? You can still register till 19 August 2018 and have time to learn the music that Emma will challenge us with.







  1. Download the registration form using the link above
  2. Save the document in your, or your choir's name
  3. Fill in the relevant boxes in a Word document
  4. Email to
  5. Pay your cheque or direct deposit to ANCA, as per the details on the registration form.

(You may like to use the 'Information Gathering Form' to collect information from your choir before entering it into the registration form.)


Each participant will need to register individually or as part of a choir.  These forms are available above or directly from the Maryborough Choral Society at  As well as providing general details, there will be opportunity to make note of special needs – e.g. dietary requirements etc.


Participants must pay a non-refundable $50 deposit or the full registration fee by 8 July 2018 to secure a place for the event.

Saturday night dinner payments also need to be paid by this date. (These are non-refundable)

If a deposit is paid, the balance must be paid in full by 31 August 2018.  Please note: after 31 August 2018 payments are NOT refundable.  Registration can however be transferred to another person.

Direct debit or cheque may be used to pay the deposit and/or the full registration fee. (Details will be included on the registration form.)


Although the Maryborough Choral Society (MCS) is hosting the Big Sing, it is an ANCA run activity, therefore all monies for the Big Sing must be paid to ‘The Australian National Choral Association, Queensland Branch’.

Cheques are to be sent to the MCS and will be deposited into the ANCA account.  Receipts will be available on request.

Direct debit funds will go directly into the ANCA account. Receipts will be available on request.

See the registration form for details on how to pay.


Once registrations close, you will be sent a registration pack in the mail and email containing a printed copy of the music scores and an electronic copy of all the individual part scores and electronic rehearsal materials.  (Please respect that these materials are only intended for the use of Big Sing participants, for the Big Sing and are protected under copyright laws.)

There will also be a conference program for the weekend and a form for choirs regarding interest in singing in the Sunday afternoon concert in the registration pack.  

Our Sponsors

Support from our sponsors is crucial to the success of the Big Sing.  With their support, we have been able to make the 'Big Sing' a more enjoyable and enriching experience for our participants.  

We would like to publicly acknowledge our sponsors and thank them for their generous support.

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Welcome to the Big Sing!


You may be wondering where to stay when you come to the Big Sing.  Check out these accommodation places to see if they suit your needs.  (Be sure to book accommodation early, as there are many activities running on the long weekend around the Fraser Coast as well as the Big Sing.)

Check out this link for great accommodation deals, tourist attractions, events and other activities in our region around time of the Big Sing!

 What's On in the Fraser Coast for Big Sing Participants

Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort

Half way between Maryborough and Hervey Bay, Susan River Homestead Adventure Resort will provide many activities for you and your family to participate in over the long weekend at the end of the school holidays.  Also, the Saturday night dinner will be held at the resort restaurant, making it convenient to have a relaxing night. 

McNevin's Motel, Maryborough

For those who don't like to travel far, McNevin's Motel is situated about a block from the Brolga Theatre.  There is a breakfast room and also a dining room on the premise.

Carrier's Arms Hotel

For those who carry a set of spare golf clubs in the car, the Carrier's Arms Hotel is for you!  Directly across from ANZAC Park and the golf course, the Carrier's Arms is conveniently located on Alice St on the way into town.  There are a range of room configurations.  Of particular note, there are some select rooms that have a dividing door between 2 family rooms if you wish to open them into one room.  This may be of interest for choirs who like to stick together.

Bed and Breakfast - Quiet and Low Key

If you're interested in bed and breakfast style accommodation in Hervey Bay this might be for you.  

  • One Double Room ( Double Bed) $ 40 per person per night (Single Occupancy $50)
  • One Single Room ( Single Bed) $50 per night
  • Shared 2nd bathroom, shared 2nd separate toilet
  • Ample parking

Contact Peter and Jean Barwick for more information.

Mb:  0477 011 543 (Peter)

Mb:  0407 840 516 (Jean)

Contact Us

  • 5 Walker Street, Maryborough QLD, Australia (Brolga Theatre)
  • PO Box 1140 Maryborough, Qld, 4650