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Musical Director: Shaun Islip

Welcome to Open Door Singers!

OPEN DOOR SINGERS began ten years ago as a gospel choir and has more recently, by popular request, opened its doors even wider via community choirs. The choirs are thriving with a growing membership of over 500 singers.  Many of our members choose to sing in more than one choir. Our repertoire is accessible to everyone, while always striving to raise the bar, helping you to improve your musical skills and enjoyment.

Professional leadership

Our Musical Director is SHAUN ISLIP, internationally acclaimed choral conductor. As boy soloist to Sir Benjamin Britten, Shaun began his choral career at an early age, rapidly emerging as a leading interpreter of sacred and secular choral music in the UK. Later graduating with honours from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Shaun has enjoyed a distinguished international career spanning 40+ years as soloist, cabaret artist, musical director to numerous BBC broadcasts, and is currently directing 7 community and corporate choirs across Melbourne. Shaun’s dynamically charismatic style and ‘can do’ approach constantly allows the most experienced to lift the musical standard while still enabling the OPEN DOOR approach of inclusivity, encouraging people of every ability, age and background to discover their voice and unlock the enormous benefits and enjoyment of singing.

Shaun’s warm and engaging personality, inclusive approach and excellent credentials are a key contributor to the popularity of Open Door Singers.

Find your voice, discover your full potential

Most people love to sing – even if it’s only in the shower. Increasingly more people are learning about, and experiencing, the many documented benefits of singing. Singing improves wellbeing and enhances the mechanisms for coping with stress, feeling happy, releasing emotions, processing information, unlocking creativity – the list is endless.

The bottom line is: SINGING IS GREAT for the mind, body and soul… and it feels really good!

For various reasons, many of us have formed the idea that we can’t (or shouldn’t) sing. This is not only untrue, but deprives us of all the benefits research has found stem from singing. Everyone can and should sing.  Studies have further shown that the human brain has an implicit musical ability. Once you start, you’ll find it’s easier than you think.

Make new friends

With a fun loving, friendly combined community of almost 400, you will also be sure of the warmest of welcomes and the opportunity to enjoy all that Open Door Singers has to offer.

Please do consider visiting us for an evening to find out for yourself!