St Paul’s Junior Choir

Click here to register your interest in the St Paul’s Manuka Junior Choir and receive further information.

About the Junior Choir

The St Paul’s Junior Choir is open to boys and girls aged 8-14. It rehearses weekly during school terms and leads the service music at around 8-10 Sunday morning services per year and on some other special occasions.

St Paul’s warmly invites all children to be part of its Junior Choir, regardless of their religious beliefs or denomination. Children are not required to audition for the choir.

The Junior Choir offers a special opportunity for children to develop their innate musical skills and abilities. Choristers receive training in vocal technique, musicianship, sight reading, aural skills and ensemble skills. They are exposed to challenging, beautiful and uplifting choral music from the rich Anglican musical tradition, in a variety of musical styles from the renaissance, baroque and classical periods through to more modern repertoire. 

Child safety and wellbeing is an absolute priority in the Parish of Manuka and the Anglican Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn to which we belong. All personnel working and volunteering with children are required to hold a current Working With Vulnerable People card (ACT Govt) and to complete the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn’s ‘Creating Safe Ministries’ programme. Further information about Diocesan policies and protocols can be found here

General Information

Eligibility: Ages 8-14. There are no other criteria to join the choir and no audition requirement. Children outside of this age group may be interested in our Youth or Training Choirs – please see below.

Rehearsals:     Wednesdays 4.15-5.15 during school terms. Supervised play time and afternoon tea provided from 3.45pm.

Services:          Approx. 8-10 Sunday morning services per year at St Paul’s Manuka. A calendar of service dates for the year can be obtained by contacting the Junior Choir Director.

Choir Director: Kate Edwards. Email:

Enrolment Enquiries

Children are welcome to join the choir at any stage during the year. For further information and expressions of interest, please complete our Expression of Interest Form or contact the Junior Choir Director, Kate Edwards, at

Youth Choir for Ages 14+

Please enquire about our new youth choir for ages 14+ by completing our Expression of Interest Form or by contacting the Junior Choir Director, Kate Edwards:

Training Choir for Ages 4-7

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a younger choir for children aged 4-7 years. Please register your interest by completing our Expression of Interest Form or by contacting the Junior Choir Director, Kate Edwards:

Music Tuition Grants

Music Tuition Grants are offered annually to children who demonstrate exceptional musical potential and who can be fully committed to the choir for the duration of the year.

Any children aged 8-14 who are members of the Junior Choir are eligible to apply for an award of $1000 to be used towards the cost of tuition in any musical instrument with a suitably qualified teacher.

Auditions for the Music Tuition Grants are held in February/March. For further information, please contact the Junior Choir Director:

Junior Choir Directors

Kate Edwards

Kate is a qualified high-school teacher with over a decade’s experience teaching Music, Latin and French. Having graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006 with First Class Honours in Music, she also holds postgraduate qualifications in Languages and Education.

Kate has directed a number of children’s choirs in both school and church settings, including the Junior Choir of St Luke’s, Mosman, and the Junior Choir of Holy Trinity, Orange. For ten years she was the founding director of a junior chamber choir for students of exceptional musical ability at Kinross Wolaroi School in Orange NSW, and she has worked on multiple occasions as a Regional Children’s Choir Director for Opera Australia. 

As a pianist, violinist and chorister, Kate believes in fostering and encouraging all aspects of a child’s musical development. She loves to see the joy that children derive from choral singing and to witness the transformative effect that it can have on their musical and social confidence. She considers the incorporation of fun and laughter in rehearsals absolutely imperative.

Jade McFaul – Associate Director

Jade was born in South Australia and moved to Canberra at the beginning of 2014, recently graduating from a Bachelor of Music at The Australian National University. She was a recipient of the 2014 ANU Christel Larko Music Scholarship, the 2015 Bill Hyslop Prize in Voice, the 2016 Llewellyn Choir Prize, and was the ACT Young Virtuoso of 2016.

Jade has been a chorister with Gondwana National Choirs since 2011 and is regularly involved in local ensembles, including the Canberra Bach Ensemble and Kompactus Youth Chamber. She has been a conductor with the Woden Valley Youth Choir since August 2018, a private music teacher in voice and piano for 7 years, and a chorister and soloist at St Paul’s since December 2018.

Alison Waddell – Associate Director

Alison has been a registered K-6 teacher in the ACT for a number of years. She was Music Director and/or Relief Teacher at the Canberra Montessori School for 10 years, and also ran recorder lessons and a school choir during that time. Her Professional Development during that period often focused on Special Needs and Music.

For two years Alison was Music Director for The Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWC) Canberra, which conducts open rehearsals and performs at various Defence-related venues and events. She has sung with the AMWChoir Canberra since it began in 2013.

Alison taught Early Childhood music (for children aged 3 months-5 years) in Childcare Centres in Melbourne for 4 years, and later ran the music program at Page Pre-school in the ACT for 2 years. She has sung in various church and community choirs since childhood. She plays the piano, percussion and recorder.

Alison enjoys working with children, fostering their learning and appreciation of music.