From rehearsal studio to a Sydney Opera House stage, Opera Australia's Children's Chorus's projected to feature as an example of music, culture and learning, and the lived experiences should it be at the forefront of all that we do. Dion Condack, a young music educator and former member of Opera Australia's Children's Chorus (2004 - 2006) offers his lens from which to explore - how does a professionally structured musical environment effect the emotional and analytical development of boys?
BEHIND THE SCENES
A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing
The arts is a notoriously undervalued and undernourished part of Australian communities and culture in a time where creativity should be at the forefront of all that we do.
The world is continuing to wrestle with higher rates of mental illnesses.
Should extensive professionally lead access to the arts be a human right? Is deliberate practice a fundamental skill to be celebrated? How do we best approach education in this highly technological world? Can creativity, resilience in individuals and the community, be developed concurrently?
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
The documentary's message is to celebrate and encourage the profound value of the arts on community and culture, explore the universal experiences of youth development and education and view the real social benefits of music, music education, group singing and the voice. Specifically, it looks at the impact of a professionally structured music environment on the emotional and analytical development of boys.
What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?
We hope to stimulate discussion and long-form action, in recognition of the intrinsic values the arts pose for society when fully embraced.
To celebrate the artistry produced and nourished in Sydney, Australia.
To celebrate the continued leadership of venues such as the Sydney Opera House and friends.
To encourage revolutionary innovation at the cross section of arts and education.
To see growth in individuals listing the arts as a hobby or profession.
How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?
Philanthropy is encouraged to engage with the project via The Documentary Australia Foundation - fostering social impact through documentary storytelling.
In collaboration with government, various media and creative producers, individuals, national and international distribution, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Opera Australia, the Sydney Opera House, Music Australia and more, resources would be coordinated in support.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
Wide ranging permissions and filming had been discussed, decided and coordinated with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Opera Australia and The Sydney Opera House; as a director/producer, Dion had been provided extensive access to auditions through to closing night, the associated creatives, and the children themselves, to document and discuss.
The remaining historic material to be filmed is yet to be confirmed, though engages existing relationships.
Dion has received encouragement at every step of the road.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
An intense curiosity for all things music, applying themselves to the discipline required to thrive as a musician or creative person. To discuss the documentary and things they discovered with family and friends, so that they too ponder the benefits of participating and associating themselves with the arts.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
Through direct acknowledgement of the documentary's title in discourse.
Through direct conversation.
Through passing conversation.
Through inclusion in the national music syllabus.
Through revolutionary investment in robust creative and educative initiatives.
Through initiatives targeting specialisations that stimulate excellence in education outcomes.