Zing! Sing in Dutch

Zing! is a Melbourne based Dutch choir that was formed in mid-2016 from an expressed interest in the Dutch community for a place to sing in Dutch, and meet other Dutch speakers. The choir is open to all people – whether or not they have previous experience in singing, choirs, or reading music. There is regular socialising before and after rehearsals and performances at local bars and cafes. Zing! is led by professional choir leader, singer and music teacher Jeannie Marsh. Jeannie makes the rehearsals and performances fun, welcoming, and accessible to all ages and interests.

This is a portrait collection of six Zing! members, their migration story and the meaning of the choir in their lives.

Chris’ story

Chris was born in Melbourne. As he was growing up, his family didn’t speak much Dutch at home, but he was drawn to learn Dutch because “I felt it was such a part of my identity and heritage”. Read his story here.

Kurt’s story

‘Hello, this is Kurt from the Netherlands’ is how Kurt used to pick up the phone after he migrated to Melbourne, favourite song: Kom van dat dak af – Peter Koelewijn. Read his story here.

Siri’s story

Siri migrated in the late 1990s, is new to singing in a choir and one of her favourite songs is Pa – Doe maar. Read her story here.

Jorik’s story

Jorik migrated with his partner in 2014, has always enjoyed singing and joined Zing! from the beginning. Read his story here.

John’s story

John migrated with his parents in the 1956 and recently joined Zing! Read his story here.

Caren’s story

Caren migrated for love and is a music director and her favourite song is Mag ik dan bij jou – Claudia de Breij. Read her story here.