The VACCA Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir offers opportunities for Aboriginal girls and young women to participate in positive, fulfilling and creative after-school activities, under the musical direction of singer songwriter Monica Weightman.
The choir is led by the young girls, Aboriginal musicians and Elders, and works to build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and sense of identity through connection to Aboriginal culture and local community, learning traditional language, acquiring music skills and performing their own songs.
Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir performing at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
Girls that have been involved in the choir have:
- Developed new skills including song writing, recording and playing instruments
- Learnt about Aboriginal culture and community
- Learnt traditional language and incorporated it into songs
- Performed at numerous community events helping improve their confidence and self-esteem, and connection to community
Worked with and formed strong relationships with Aboriginal Elders and musicians
Album Launch 2013
The girls recorded their first CD – Proud of Who You Are – containing six songs written by the Choir and Jessie Lloyd.
The Koorie Tiddas finished off the year with a CD launch and performance at the VACCA Wominjeka Festival.
Play Me, I’m Yours Project
The Koorie Tiddas had the opportunity to take part in the Play me, I’m Yours project which took place at the Arts Centre. The girls were allocated a piano to decorate in a theme that was important to them. They chose stencilling to cover the piano with lyrics from their song Survival, plus words such as deadly and identity. The pianos were on display around the Arts Centre from January 9th until January 27th. The piano was then delivered to its new home at Songlines.
“Singing in this choir has made me feel more confidence, and the support has made me come to realise that people are here to help me in life to have more confidence and courage and I have gotten this and felt it for a long time and enjoyed it the whole time since running the program. There should be more happening for the kids and support to be yourself and don’t worry about what other people think about you.” – Jolene 18 years old
- Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation
- Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
- Art Centre Melbourne
This project is made possible through the financial support of the Inner North Community Foundation, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Lady Mayoress Committee Fund. Learn more about VACCA’s supporters and how you can support our work.
For further information on the Koorie Tiddas Youth Choir, including to book the choir to perform at your event or for opportunities to be involved, contact Sarah Diplock, VACCA Cultural Programs Coordinator:
Telephone: 03 9287 8800