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 City’s 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.

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

News and Events

ARCappella at Montsalvat!

We are so excited to be performing again at Montsalvat! It’s always a wonderful day to not only perform, but also listen to fellow choristers in and around Melbourne. Put Sunday 30 April into your diary for a wonderful day of singing. Tickets are available now. Click here for the Montsalvat flyer

Our NEW ARCappella website

Our website has been given a makeover! We hope it’s a much better experience for all our website visitors. For ARCappella members trying to access rehearsal music, please email manager@arcappella.org.au or contact a committee member during rehearsals for the password. Shout out to Andrew Jameson, our IT guru for putting together this site!

ARCappella Fundraiser @ Grill’d Northland

This month, ARCappella is one of the fundraising jars at Grill’d Northland! For every burger you buy, you’ll receive tokens. Please support us by placing your tokens into our jar – the community organisation that has the most tokens at the end of the month will receive $500! Happy burger eating!


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. Community choirs and the benefits of community singing 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; and connected to their local environment, promoting a sense of health and well-being.

ARCappella is renowned for its diverse repertoire that includes everything from the Beatles, African spirituals, to pop songs and musical numbers and of course Christmas carols (and we’re always open for new repertoire suggestions!). The only rule is it must be a cappella. 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 Darebin Carols for the past three years.

Listen to Us

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

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, showtunes, The Beatles, African 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 40 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 or silver

How many performances does the choir do each term?

It can vary, but 3 to 5 performances 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!