History of the Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival Inc

The Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival first came to fruition in 2006 when a small group of local music teachers and choral directors gathered to discuss the possibility of a choral festival for local choirs. A small committee was formed and after a year of planning the festival was launched on a beautiful day in May 2007. Toorak College provided the perfect setting for the ‘Choirs in the Round’ format.

Since then the festival has evolved to become five concerts with many school and community choirs regularly supporting the event. The festival now provides grants to choirs to further promote choral singing on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival Inc is a non-profit organisation that is administered by a very dedicated committee – Donna Wallis,  Rupert Balint-Smith, David Wilkinson, Sue Gilbert, Jacaqui Rodden, Cindy McMahon, Trudi Mackenzie, Rosemary Saunders, Mary Johnston and Jenny Stevenson. The Committee has been very thankful for the generous support given by Toorak College and The Peninsula School, where both schools have provided facilities to enable this community event to flourish.

The eleventh Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival’s evening concerts will be held at Toorak College. 


The With One Voice Frankston choir thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in the Mornington Peninsula Choral Festival again this year and were grateful of the grant which made participating possible.
– Kathlin Mayer (With One Voice)

Our choir, Heather and I were all very excited to be successful with the grant. I’ll be announcing it at briefing tomorrow morning for the staff also. Thank you for the support for our school’s choirs, Heather and I are looking forward to going shopping.
– Shane (Mornington Primary School)

Please pass on my thanks to all involved with the choral festival. I appreciate all the effort and organisation. The sound was particularly good last so please thank your sound people for me.
Good luck for the rest of the week.
– Karen Ross (Mt Eliza North Primary School)

It was good to be part of the festival program … Congratulations on your role in co-ordinating everything you did a great job. It was so good to get your prompt and clear responses to any of our queries, and very nice to meet you on the day.
– Pat Sullivan (Flinders Singers)