Vocal Arts Boys in Action


Manly Carols

"Ignite" Boys Ensemble - perfom for the crowd


The Choir

Featuring Margi Coen


"Ignite" Boys Ensemble

Anzac Day performances


Margi Coen

Vocal Arts Director

performing at the Manly Carols










MArgi, Ignite and the choir




Students can perform in 2 Vocal Arts concerts per year held in a professional performance venue with lighting and sound.



Manly Carols - Choirs & Soloists

Harmony Lovegrove - soloist

Sydney Vocal Arts participate in many large scale events. We are the major supplier of performers for the Manly Carols, Anzac Day and Citizenship ceremonies.

Margi Coen took leadership of SVA in 2002 and the centre operated in Manly until relocating to Seaforth in 2014.  During this time she has established a strong professional association with both Manly and Warringah Councils.

For 10 years Margi has provided soloists, choirs and ensembles from her stable of students, to entertain at Council events such ANZAC Day, Citizenship Ceremonies, Manly and Warringah Jazz Festivals and the hugely popular ‘Carols by Candlelight’ event.

Photos courtesy of Manly Council and Matt Jacobs – “Wild at Heart Photography”

Award Winning Musical Director

In 2009 Margi produced and musically directed a production of ‘The Sound of Music’.   Using the grounds of Manly’s iconic St Patrick’s cathedral as a backdrop, the audience followed the cast into the Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel and played the role of ‘guests’ at the wedding of Captain Von Trapp and Maria.  Starring Simon Westaway, Saskia Smith as the Captain and Maria, the production also featured former speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop in the role of Baroness Von Schrader; Russell Newman as the affable Max and featured two casts of local children as the Von Trapp family.
The production raised funds for Manly-based children’s charity ‘Bear Cottage’.  For her work on the production, Margi was awarded ‘Best Community Event of 2008’ at the Australia Day Awards ceremony.

“You’re the one that I want”

In 2009 Margi produced and musically directed ‘Grease on the Beach’. Located directly on the beach at Clontarf, the production starred Hi-Five alumni Charli Delany as Sandy and Nathan Foley as Kerniciki.
Many of the cast have gone on to achieve success including star of Matilda the Musical, Daniel Raso and Andrew Hazzard former star of Home and Away, Spring Awakening for the Sydney Theatre Company, successful voice-over actor & two-time AiF Heath Ledger nominee. Lana Nesnas recently directed smash-hit schools tour of teen anti-bullying piece Connected and featured in the professional workshop of new musical Atomic. It also featured (current Premier of NSW) Mike Baird. The production raised funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Behind the scenes at Grease on the Beach

with Premier Mike Baird
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