This year students will use the main entrance into the venue. However, we will also be activating the lighting panels above each door so that teachers will be able to see exactly where their choir should line up to enter. The names of each choir will be displayed in lights – Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.
How will 4,000 students exit the Performance Area?
Designated exits for each choir will operate. Parents will meet their child in an allocated area. Perth Arena Security is going to assist us with this process.
At the end of the concert, can my parents collect their child from the performance floor?
No. Schools will be allocated an area where children will meet their parents.
Can Parents watch the rehearsal?
No, it will be a closed rehearsal. No members of the public will be able to view the rehearsal.
What are the toilet facilities like at Perth Arena and will there be enough for 4,000 students?
Toilets are in abundance at P/A. However, we will require Choir helpers to supervise students from their school when going to the toilet area. Schools will be asked to limit the number of students leaving from their choir at any one time, to ensure the area is not over crowded. This process will be discussed in the last Workshop.
How can my school get to the Perth Arena venue?
Bus or Train one way only from school – for Evening and both ways for Matinee (remember the train station is only a few hundred metres from the Perth Arena) Parents/Carers are responsible after the Evening concert for their own child for the return journey home. This procedure may be different for students from country schools who are making the journey on school buses.
Bus arrivals will be supervised by Advanced Traffic Management personnel. ATM is also responsible for the road closure alongside the P/A where students cross to come into the arena.
Do Music teachers need to attend all three workshops?
Yes. The two Saturday workshops are essential. The third session is a walk through at Perth Arena where teachers will receive the final information. All three sessions are vital.
Do Music teachers need to wear a lanyard as well as the choir helpers?
Yes, with so many students and adults at this event, we are extremely safety conscious. We will provide these to the teachers and the helpers accompanying each choir. Without an identification lanyard P/A security will not allow any person onto the performance floor.
Do I have to conduct any of the songs?
No. It is not compulsory to conduct.
Where do Music Teachers sit throughout the performance especially if they are conducting?
Music Teachers will be sitting on seats in front of their choir with one helper plus any Special Needs Education Assistants. All other helpers will join the audience seats once the concert begins.
When do we learn the actions to the songs?
All choreography will be provided on the website at the first workshop.
What do Music Conductors need to wear?
All conductors need to wear all black clothing; this prevents any distraction from the students. We’d love it if Music Teachers could wear their One Big Voice T-shirt for the performance, although this isn’t compulsory. These will be available for purchase at the workshops or through the website.
I have some students in my choir with Special Needs and one in a wheelchair.
We ask that you notify us as soon as practical by email about any specific student needs. We will discuss this at the workshops but please do not leave this information until the last minute. This could impact on the placement of a choir on the performance floor. We are inclusive of all students.
Do I need to bring a First Aid Kit with me?
Yes. You must also bring any medical action plans and specific medication for individual students. The Perth Arena will have access to some first aid, but this will be limited.
Students with identified medical conditions
These students will be looked after by their own school helpers.
e.g. asthma, severe allergies, epilepsy.
What do my choir students need to wear?
It is a prestigious venue, so we know all teachers will ensure students look smart. We recommend students wear their choir/school uniform shirts.
Where will we be able to eat our evening snack?
The rehearsal will only run for 1.5 hours. A small evening meal could be eaten before arriving at the venue or students could have a small snack in the performance area at the end of the rehearsal.
A small snack such as a muesli bar, sandwich and a water bottle can be taken into the performance area and consumed after the rehearsal.
Please DO NOT order hot pizzas. This creates a lot of rubbish and the residual smell is very unpleasant.
Can the students leave the Perth Arena at any stage from the time they arrive before the end of the concert?
No. This is a duty of care issue unless it is a medical condition.
How many helpers do we bring?
The rehearsal is only for 1.5 hours so minimal helpers will be required. We suggest one helper per 25-30 children and extra helpers for children with special needs.
All helpers will receive a lanyard and no unauthorised people will be able to enter the venue.
What will my helpers be expected to do?
Assist with students as required; supervision of students in their choir lines, toilets, water spills, first aid, etc.
Where will my helpers sit during the performance and how will they get access to the students?
A minimum number of helpers will be seated along each side of the performance area, along with music teachers. Tickets will not be required, however a specific lanyard will be to stay in the bowl during the performance. Due to limited space, all other helpers without will be required to sit in the audience. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the time of registration . We will be speaking about the helpers’ roles at the workshops.
Young Talent auditions have closed. Talented performers have been selected to perform at each concert.
On Registration schools will indicate if their Principal will be attending. Schools will be responsible for accessing this ticket. This will be $25.00. A total of five tickets per school are available at this discounted price. Any extra ticket required will be at the regular price. OBV will no longer be distributing individual Principal tickets.
Costs will be:
Are concession tickets available?
Yes this year there will be concession tickets for school aged children and pensioners. Children under two are free, providing they share a seat with a parent.
What seats will give the best view of my child?
Tickets are now on sale. They are available from Ticketek. A seating map giving a general idea of where each school will be will assist patrons to purchase their tickets to get the best view. Please click on links below. Please note that purchasing tickets in the general vicinity should give a good view.
What are these coupon codes I keep hearing about?
Coupon codes are given to schools for their Principal and assisting staff or helpers to attend.
Will photos and DVDs be available?
Yes. Order Forms will be sent home with your child and will also be available at the venue and on the website.
How long after the show will we receive our DVD order?
Our DVDs are professionally recorded and edited so will not be available for a few weeks after the event. They will be ready in plenty of time however, to send as Christmas gifts!
* this section could be revised/updated throughout the year