Sweet Mona’s Choir, based in Ballarat, Australia, is one of Victoria’s leading, and longest running, gospel and world music choirs. The choir was born organically in mid-nineties, when an enterprising teacher used choral singing as an innovative way to teach voice skills in a performing arts course. Sweet Mona’s has evolved over time, with the complexity and variety of arrangements increasing as the choir reached a professional standard that surpassed its original purpose.
Sweet Mona’s Choir focuses on a Capella and rhythm and performs a broad range of contemporary, world and gospel music, including music from the Staple Singers and the Golden Gate Quartet. Expertly directed by multi-instrumentalist, renowned percussionist and vocalist Stella Savy (Los Locos, Ballarat Ska Union), their sound ranges from a rich, deep resonance to a lively, energetic tone, to haunting melodies that stay with you long after the performance is over. Sweet Mona’s Choir are also famous for their world-class arrangements, created by Barry Deenick (Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bustamento), Stella Savy and more. The choir has also been privileged to work with some of the best musicians on the Australian and international music scene, including Venetta Fields, Mal Webb, Tony Backhouse, Hugh Masekela, Valanga Khoza, Andrea Khoza and Vika & Linda Bull. Sweet Mona’s Choir has performed at a huge range of venues including music festivals from Apollo Bay to Brunswick, from churches, weddings and community events to Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne.
Comprising 30-40 singers, from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages, countless people from the community have enjoyed, and benefited from, performing with the choir over the past 20 odd years. Each member offers something different to the choir, keeping Sweet Mona’s Choir a colourful and lively human music machine!