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“Forming a massive choir behind the orchestra, the “Grads” (as the Graduate Singers are affectionately known) and Elder Conservatorium Chorale were another highlight. Under conductor Karl Geiger, they were divine… What a luxuriance of top choirs we have in Adelaide.”


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InReview, December 2023

“…the choir sang proudly, and the long a cappella section in [Respighi's Lauda per la Nativita del Signore] were excellently delivered.”



Broadway World, December 2015

“…extraordinary sensitivity… meditative choral music, sung by the combined forces of the Graduate Singers and the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, and deftly conducted by Karl Geiger, is a musical highlight.”

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Glam Adelaide, December 2023



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Graduate Singers, or ‘Grads’, is “one of Adelaide’s finest choirs” (The Advertiser, 2016) and has been a dynamic member of the vibrant local choral scene for over 40 years. Grads has received critical acclaim as an exponent of fine choral music and enjoys a reputation for excellence throughout every aspect of presentation and performance. 

Grads is committed to presenting high quality, accessible and diverse concerts, keeping the choral tradition alive and fresh. Grads prides itself on its versatility, being equally at home with large-scale choral standards as with intimate chamber works.

Singers Katharine Lahn, Emma Chesterman, Susan Murdoch and Eleanor Cargill. Photography by James Field

In particular, Grads is an exponent of 20th and 21st century music, and has given numerous premiere performances of works by local and international composers. 

With its roots in university choral societies, Grads maintains a connection to its history through involvement with the local choral community. Grads is proud that its membership represents a wide cross-section of our community, comprising experienced singers from all walks of life – from doctors to engineers, teachers, students, and professional musicians. 


Grads regularly collaborates with organisations and artists, both established and emerging. In addition to presenting its own concert series, Grads maintains a busy schedule of freelance engagements. Recent highlights include a Musica Viva masterclass with Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge conductor Stephen Layton, and performances with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Band of the South Australian Police, City of Adelaide, Norwood Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, and the Adelaide Summer Orchestra in support of the Save the Children charity.

Past directors include conductor and vocalist Timothy Marks, founder and director of Adelaide Chamber Singers Dr Carl Crossin OAM, and conductor and ABC Classic FM presenter Graham Abbott.

Graduate Singers is a member of the Australian National Choral Association.

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