Who We Are
We're a group of women who love music. We're passionate about choral singing, enjoy a challenge and take pleasure in performing for and entertaining others. We do not audition for the choir and while some members read music this is not a prequisite.
We usually sing in 3 parts (SSA) and are led by our highly accomplished musical director, piano accompanist and assistant musical director. We raise funds through membership fees, concerts and other fundraising events such as movie or theatre nights, and we endeavour to assist a charity each year.
At the end of each term we meet socially for dinner and celebrate our achievements.
A dedicated committee oversees the day-to-day management of the choir.
Musical Director - Katie How
Bachelor of Music Performance
Katie is a Perth-based conductor, singer and teacher. She is currently the Musical Director of the Fremantle Women's Choir and Co-Director of the West Australian Young Voices (WAYV). As a performer, Katie regularly sings with the St George's Cathedral Choir and Consort as well as the Giovanni Consort.
She has performed as a soloist with Perth Lyric Opera, Art Song Perth, Collegium Symphonic Chorus and St George's Cathedral. As well as performing and conducting, Katie is a full-time singing teacher, seeing 50-60 students a week.
Katie graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Music Performance, majoring in Classical Voice. In 2017 she attended the Gondwana Summer School Conducting program and in 2018 she completed her third level of training for the Australian Kodaly Certificate.
Katie is currently completing her Master of Teaching.
Accompanist - Adrian Soares
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Specialist Music Studies
Adrian completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Specialist Music Studies at UWA
in 2018, studying under Graeme Gilling. He was the recipient of the highly regarded Tunley Scholarship at the University. He completed his A.Mus.A (AMEB) diploma for piano in 2012 and has performed in many masterclasses.
He currently teaches piano at Mercedes College and Iona Presentation College. As well as accompanying the FWC, he works with many ensembles in Perth, including the WA Youth Orchestra, WA Opera, Perth Choral Institute and the WA Charity Orchestra. He also sings with VOYCES and participated in the 2017 season of the National Youth Choir of Australia.
In 2017, Adrian made his debut with the WASO and played piano with the WASO Chorus on the China tour in May 2018.
In October 2018, Adrian won the prestigious VOSE Memorial Prize and People's Choice Award for the UWA Conservatorium of Music's Concerto Competition. He adds to this his many prizes and accomplishments at eisteddfods, competitions and festivals in Perth.
Assistant Musical Director - Gabby Scheggia
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Gabrielle is a talented young mezzo-soprano from Perth with a passion for both choral and solo performance. In 2018 she completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia graduating with first class honours and a dual specialisation in classical voice and choral conducting.
Outside of her studies Gabby is a regular performer in the Perth music scene and frequently appears with choral groups Voyces, The Giovanni Consort and the St George's Cathedral Consort and Choir. She has conducted numerous performances of UWA's Vocal Consort and the Lay Clerks of Christchurch Claremont. Gabby is a regular member of the National Youth Choir of Australia having sung in their last four seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane, Geelong and Sydney.
When she's not singing or conducting Gabby works as a private voice teacher and tutors at UWA's junior music school. She finds great joy in passing on her love of music to Perth's youngest generation of musicians.