Welcome to ARCappella!

We are a non-auditioned community choir based in Preston, Victoria. We’re a four-part a cappella (unaccompanied) choir that sings a wide range of music throughout the year. We rehearse weekly during school terms. Many of our members come from the local areas within the Cities of Darebin and Banyule, although others travel from further afield. ARCappella performs often at concerts, eisteddfods, community events and  corporate functions drawing from a large repertoire of music.

We continue to be an accessible adult contemporary vocal group, thanks to our sponsors. A big thanks to one of our major sponsors, the Bendigo Bank East Ivanhoe and Heidlelberg Community Bank branches, that have provided support to ARCappella for over 5 years.

Thanks for visiting our website, we hope to see and hear from you soon.

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The choir first appeared at the Darebin Festival, Edwards Lake Family Day in 1997 as a group of singers from Amateur Repertory company – ARC. It officially became ARCappella – the four part a cappella unaccompanied choir of ARC in 2000.

The benefits of group singing  are numerous and community choirs have become popular around Melbourne over the past few years, because they provide a non-traditional recreational activity and allow individuals to feel part of something bigger; to connect with their local community, promoting a sense of inclusion, health and well-being.

ARCappella are renowned for their diverse repertoire that includes everything from pop songs, music from other nations, spirituals, musical numbers and of course Christmas carols (and we’re always open for new repertoire suggestions!). 99% of our repertoire is sung a cappella, but a few accompanied show tunes (from ARC theatre) have snuck through! Most of our repertoire is in 4 parts, soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) but we do vary this a bit with some female only (SSAA) or male only (TTBB) numbers.

Our 2017 repertoire included (amongst others):

  • You’re the Voice (John Farnham; arr. Emma Dean)
  • Love Shack (B52s; arr. Deke Sharon)
  • Locus Iste (Anton Bruckner)
  • Walking on Sunshine (Kimberley Rew; arr. M Hodge)
  • Tshotsholoza (a traditional South African freedom song; arr. Ames)
  • Drift Away (1973 pop hit by Dobie Gray; arr. Kirby Shaw)
  • My Girl (Robinson and White; arr. Deke Sharon & Anne Raugh)
  • Best Day of My Life (SSAA, American Authors; arr. Deke Sharon)
  • Hijaz Hijinks (David Perry)
  • The Lone Arranger (Rossini William Tell Overture; arr. Werdna Temme)

Our performances range from community events such as music festivals and eisteddfods, to wineries, aged care facilities, weddings, birthdays and a range of Christmas events. We have been the official choir of the Carols at All Nations Park (Darebin Carols) for the past number of years.

Listen to Us

ARC: Sing it Again: 20th Anniversary Year Concert – 22 May 2016

Our YouTube Channel


Join Us

We understand that it may feel daunting to join a vocal group. Here are the most frequently asked questions that we’ve come across from people prior to joining ARCappella.

What sort of music does the choir sing?

Diverse – pop songs, show tunes, music from other cultures, spirituals, Christmas Carols in Term 4.

Is there an age limit for the choir?

We suggest that the choir is suitable for young people over the age of 16.

How many singers are in the choir?

The numbers can fluctuate from term to term, but typically there are over 30 people at each rehearsal.

Do I need to be able to read music?

Some familiarity with music is always good, but there are no minimum requirements, other than a desire to sing and have fun doing so.

Do I need to be able to sight-read or sight-sing?

No, this is desirable, but certainly not necessary.

Will I need to audition to join the choir?

No, new members are welcome at any time.

Does the choir charge any membership fees?

Yes, there is an annual membership fee of $50 to ARC and then choir term fees of $50 per term (4 terms per year)

Is there a minimum attendance policy?

No, there is no minimum attendance policy for rehearsals or concerts.

What is the usual performance apparel?

Usually all black, with a “splash” of colour. We wear white for our Christmas performances

How many performances does the choir do each term?

It can vary, but at least 1 performance per term is typical.

What sort of performances does the choir do?

Darebin Music Feast, Community events, Citizenship ceremonies, Choral Festivals; Term 4 is usually devoted to the Christmas Choir with performances specifically designed for this programme.

How is the choir run or managed?

ARCappella is run by a Committee of Management, as part of Amateur Repertory Company, a registered not for profit Incorporated Association. ARC Inc has two key branches – ARC Theatre and ARCappella Choir.

Which singing part is the best?

Our webmaster, Andy, says that the bass part is vastly superior to all others! However, every part is fun and crucial.

Does the choir do choralography?

Yes – sometimes we try to add some movement to some pieces, and we promise it’s not too hard!