Our Story

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) has been providing high quality Performing Arts education and wonderful performance opportunities to many thousands of girls from across the country for more than 30 years.

Humble beginnings

The AGC was established in 1984 by Judith Curphey OAM, with 150 girls rehearsing in four classes in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood and Judith as the sole tutor. The appeal of our unique approach to combining dance with choral music meant that it was not long before chapters of the organisation opened in other cities around Australia. Today we are proud to have 6000 girls learning to sing, dance and perform in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

“Every child can learn to sing…”

The founding philosophy behind the AGC is that every child can learn to sing given encouragement and training, and our dynamic and inclusive curriculum is designed to cater to varying abilities and confidence levels. Girls have fun, make friends and blossom musically and socially as members of the AGC.

Engaging audiences all over the world

All of our senior performers begin their journey in our training levels where they learn to dazzle audiences, and many have gone on to entertain audiences around the world with their vibrant performances. The girls have shared the stage with a long list of outstanding artists including Pharrell Williams, Olivia Newton-John and on tour with Hugh Jackman, and have released several CDs including ‘Chasing Rainbows’ for ABC Music.

We have been honoured to perform at the official receptions for many dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Further afield, members of the AGC have toured on 39 occasions with their voices reaching almost every corner of the globe. An audience with Pope Benedict XVI, performance for the King of Tonga, UNICEF benefit concert at the Hanoi Opera House, the Shanghai World Expo and ‘G’Day USA’ Australia Week are just a few of our international accomplishments.

Representing the ‘Spirit of Australia’ for Qantas

There is no greater testament to our reputation than our selection by Qantas to represent the ‘Spirit of Australia’ in their highly acclaimed ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ advertising campaigns since 1998. The filming of the four major campaigns took place in spectacular locations around the world including a glacier in Argentina, a Massai village in Africa, amongst the Terracotta Warriors in China, and in the breathtaking Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory. We are delighted to have involved thousands of our girls in the filming of the advertisements and in live performances for Qantas during our twenty-year relationship.

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Have you ordered your AGC uniform yet? Be sure to head to the online shop to see our level ranges and updated size guide. We also have a range of AGC merchandise that can be ordered throughout the year. Pink hair ribbons can be bought  for $2 at your rehearsal venue from your Venue Manager.

We have been thrilled to receive such a positive response from parents wishing to enrol their daughter in AGC classes in 2021 and expect to have waiting lists at many of our rehearsal venues. If you are still considering enrolment with us, we encourage you to try a complimentary class at your local rehearsal venue in Term 1! 

You can view your local rehearsal venue timetable and book in online here: https://ausgirlschoir.com.au/febopenday/
Term 1 lessons are now well underway and we are glad to see girls settling well into their weekly lessons. If this is your first year at AGC then we encourage familiarising yourself with the ‘AGC Family’.

Venue Manager
They are your main point of contact for all things AGC. Concert days, rehearsal logistics, uniform questions, etc. They’ll let you know what’s coming up each term and are also available for any wellbeing or pastoral care matters you might like to chat with them about.

Your tutor is there to support and nurture your daughter’s musical development and can give you feedback on how she’s going in class and provide extension if ready. Having an open and communicative relationship with your daughter’s tutor is also incredibly valuable as you’ll be able to let them know what you hope your daughter will get out of the choir and they can better nurture that. For each parent it’s different, it might be about social skills, a creative outlet, musical development, or developing their confidence and physical presence.

Other choristers
The other choristers will make your daughter’s time at choir fun and uplifting. Parents comment on how rewarding it is for their daughter to have a social group outside of regular schooling where they can come together with other girls over a common interest in music. Over time these girls will blossom into lifelong friends.

We hope your daughter is having loads of fun jumping into her weekly lessons! Remember our staff are here to support you and you can reach out at any time.