The All Stars Choir supports people with physical, intellectual, and multiple disabilities to participate in music and song.
The Choir has been active in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne since 2003. Whilst numbers have fluctuated over that time, today over 30 participants meet on a Wednesday morning at The Alan Ross Centre at Billanook College to share their mutual love of music and their zest for life.
In 2015, newly appointed choir master and Dandenong Ranges musician, Stewart Kohinga, recognised the need to create a more sustainable business model for the choir. In the same year Stewart was joined by Easter City Blues band founding member Captain Ian Green. The Captain, as he is affectionately called is a Captain in the Australian Army Reserve. Captain Ian has since spearheaded the development of a sustainable business model for the choir to ensure it continues to serve the community for years to come.
In 2016, All Stars Choir was incorporated in Victoria as a not-for-profit incorporation. This year has seen the group expand into a community hall in Ringwood East and is considering running more quality music oriented programs to meet existing demands.
In addition to these new changes, All Stars has secured the services of Neesy Smith as a co-choir master. Neesy is a much respected and loved Dandenong Ranges artist and is a radio presenter and sits on The Board of Directors for Mountain District Radio, 3MDR. She was one of the original founding members of the Alex Legg Memorial Foundation board and is busy with several bands including her own. Neesy also runs her own school of Singing and Live Performance in Menzies Creek.
All Stars Choir are delighted to have Maroondah City Council Mayor, Councelor Natalie Thomas, as our patron. Natalie has been an outstanding advocate for the choir and an invaluable encouragement to the All Stars Choir team.
The All Stars now umbrellas an Open Mic located at the Maroondah Sports Club in Ringwood, called ‘The All Stars Open Mic Sessions - Maroondah which welcomes all performers to come along on the last Sunday of every month from 3pm till 6pm and have a platform to show their skills and passion for music in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our dreams are big, but we need the help and support of many to help continue to build a service and community that will last for years to come.
The All Stars Choir exists to enable it's participants a range of musical activities that promote life to the full by enhancing their physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual development.