ABOUT US - shOUT
Since it fledged from its parent choir, Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus, in 2005, shOUT Youth Chorus has spread its wings and soared.
The first LGBTQIA+ youth choir in Australasia, shOUT provides a platform for young people aged 18 - 29 to make their voices heard.
Made rich by the diversity and creativity of its membership shOUT brings its own unique identity to its musical endeavours with a repertoire that’s surprising, dynamic and joyous.
As a performing choir, shOUT are increasingly in demand and have been invited to perform at many notable occasions including the Melbourne Writers' Festival and Gaytimes Festival, and most recently as part of Paul Mac's The Rise and Fall of Saint George at The Arts Centre.
shOUT’s growing reputation recognises not only the calibre of the music they create, but their importance as emerging leaders of our community.
Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 5:45m – 7pm in South Yarra.
Some shOUT members also regularly rehearse and sing with MGLC, our main chorus.
Membership of shOUT automatically entitles a singer to sing with MGLC with no additional membership fees.
For more information about joining shOUT and/or MGLC, please see our detailed "Join Us" FAQs.
shOUT's Musical Director is Alex Morris.
Alex completed a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the University of Western Australia in 2009. Since then he has been active working with orchestras, arts companies and festivals currently holding the position of General Manager with the Stonnington Symphony. Alex is in demand around the world as a vocal coach working with ensembles, teaching classes and running workshops.
Alex is the former Music Director of Vocal Evolution, leading them to three Barbershop Harmony Australia (BHA) gold medals. Since moving to Melbourne, Alex has taken on the role of Music Director with Geelong Harmony Chorus (Sweet Adelines Australia) as well as Music Director and Co-Producer of Shania Choir and shOUT.
Alex currently holds the positions of Chairman of the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges, BHA Vice President Contest & Judging and is a member of the Sweet Adelines Australia Regional Education Faculty as well as the BHA Education Faculty. In 2013, Alex became the first non-North American certified Barbershop Harmony Society Music Judge. A sought after arranger, Alex is regularly commissioned to write new works and arrangements and sells his music to ensembles around the world.