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The Singing Treatts
Now in their sixteenth year of performance, the Singing Treatts are still hitting the high notes. What started in 2003 as a whisper in the wind has slowly grown into a full-voiced choir, bringing harmony and pleasure to audiences around Sydney and beyond.
Pamela Lemberg, initiator and leader of the choir, has always believed that women’s voices should be heard, and the Singing Treatts today includes ten women, all from the North Shore.
The choir is unique in its approach, with no separation between performers and audience. “Our wish is to encourage warmth, participation and togetherness, which often results in 90-year olds dancing in the aisles”, says Pamela. “Our songs instil laughter, tears and nostalgia, not to mention vocal contributions from some of our audience in competition with ours!”
The choir’s repertoire changes with each performance according to the ethnicity and cultural background of the audience, and includes songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Ladino, Russian, Zulu, Aboriginal and Mandarin. The group’s Musical Director, Johanna Segal, acclaimed musician and teacher, brings all her experience and expertise to the development of the choir’s skills and repertoire. Not an easy task!
But it is the enthusiasm, talent and commitment of each choir member that has led to the resounding success of the Singing Treatts. Each participant leads a full business and family life, yet consistently dedicates time and effort to rehearse and perform, and all on a voluntary basis. They remember, and are motivated, by the words spoken by an elderly member of the audience – “The Singing Treatts are like a candle in our dark days”.
Choir members include Johanna Segall, Barbara Arenson, Sheryl Teperson, Melanie Gorfinkel, Ruth Kellerman, Marina Novochenok, Jenny Kahn, Michelle Brener, Josephine Shroot and Pamela Lemberg.
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