Welcome to ARCappella!

We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit, non-auditioned community choir based in Preston, Victoria. We’re a choir that sings a wide range of music a cappella (voice only) or with accompaniment in at least 3 or even sometimes upto 6-part harmony!

We rehearse weekly on Wednesdays during school terms in Preston. 

We continue to rehearse virtually via Zoom during COVID19 lockdowns. New members are very welcome to join our rehearsals and participate in virtual video projects from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Check out our Virtual Choir page

Most of our members live in the Cities of Darebin and Banyule, but others travel from further afield. ARCappella performs throughout the year at various concerts, eisteddfods, community events and  corporate functions.

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.

We are very proud to be a supported by the Darebin City Council with a 3-year Partnership Grant as a Key Cultural Organisation

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

News and Events

Darebin Music Feast 2019, SING IT! CHOIR IN A DAY

Sing It! Choir In A Day  One-day event Sunday 20th October 2019 10:45am-3pm (inc free lunch)   Admit it, we’ve all belted out the Hallelujah Chorus.  Now’s your opportunity to learn to sing it properly, in 4 parts, with musicians and like-minded lovers of this Handel masterpiece! Lunch is provided, but registration is essential and …


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!). 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 songs are sung either a cappella (voice only) or accompanied

Our 2018 repertoire included (amongst others):

  • Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen; arr. Oliver Gies)
  • This Is Me (The Greatest Showman; arr. Mac Huff)
  • Tshotsholoza (a traditional South African freedom song; arr. Ames)
  • Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper/ Rob Hyman; arr. Kirby Shaw)
  • The Lone Arranger (Rossini William Tell Overture; arr. Werdna Temme)
  • God So Loved the World (from the “Crucifixion”, J. Stainer)
  • Don’t Dream It’s Over (Neil Finn; arr. Steve McGarvie)

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 people over the age of 18.

I’m looking for a choir for my child, do you have a program for children?

Yes, ARC run an auditioned choir for children 7-16 years of age.  http://arc-childrenschoir.org.au

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 $55 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 (such as the ONJ wellness walk), Choral Festivals (such as the Choral Festival at Montsalvat); 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 ARC Choirs.

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!