Vocalize was launched in 2012 under the direction of Kerrie Polkinghorne. After having it on her bucket list for a little while, Kerrie decided the time was right and set out promoting through the local newspaper (remember that?!) and social media. On 16th April the first rehearsal was underway at a church hall in Marion, with a turnout of about 20 singers. And it didn't completely fail! Heidi Schutz was soon engaged as our piano accompanist and has put up with us ever since.
The choir soon moved to Faith Lutheran Church in Warradale, where we stayed for 10 years until our recent move to Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre. In that time the choir has developed a positive culture, strong friendships, a great committee, and a series of excellent concert experiences.
Some memorable performances include Captured at the Old Adelaide Gaol (2016), Angels and Fairies at Concordia College chapel (2019), Jazzin Around (2018), Christmas by Candlelight at Wesley Uniting Church (2021) and our 2021 trip to Hobart's Festival of Voices.
During COVID-19 the choir produced virtual choir videos and an online concert, and was supported by the cities of Marion and Adelaide to produce an original music video with local singer-songwriter Jessica Bigg. Several of these videos can be viewed here.
In 2022 Vocalize was the only community choir to compete in the Adelaide Eisteddfod and was lucky enough to take out the Helen Pietsch Choral Encouragement Award, a wonderful achievement!
Post-COVID, Vocalize has engaged in some different activities including a collaboration with Hobart choir Nelson Sound, and some choir camps with guest choral coaches Carl Crossin OAM and Jonathan Bligh.
In 2023 Vocalize continues to go from strength to strength, participating in the Big Sing's performance of The Sorcerer with State Opera South Australia, as well as a collaborative charity concert with Unley choir La La Land, and other exciting performances in the mix. The future is bright at Vocalize!