Wayfarers began in 1997 with secondary students, teachers and parents from Steiner/Waldorf schools around Australia; now singers with no connection to Steiner schools are welcome. While there is no formal audition, members do need to be able to match their voice to a required pitch. Reading music is not essential but helps!
Currently (2017) there are three weekly sessions in Canberra:
Tuesdays 1.30 - 3.00 for SSA singers
Wednesdays 7.00 - 8.30 for SSA singers
Saturdays 5.00 - 6.30 for SAB or SATB singers
Teenagers and adults are welcome.
Repertoire includes mediaeval, Renaissance, Baroque, contemporary compositions, arranged folk songs from a variety of cultures, and rounds etc.
Members pay a minimum of $20 per school term, more if their finances allow it.
Canberra Wayfarers perform 3 or 4 times a year, often informally, occasionally giving a formal concert with instrumentalists, soloists etc.
Once each year Canberra Wayfarers may choose to join with interstate and international Wayfarers groups to tour choral and music theatre performances - eg in 2016 a group of 23 Wayfarers from Canberra, Melbourne, Tasmania, Taiwan and Italy performed director Judith Clingan's music theatre adaptation of Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and other overseas locations. In July 2017 a small group of Canberra Wayfarers will join with Wayfarers from Melbourne, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea and Europe to perform choral music and a new music theatre work in Steiner schools in Japan and Korea.