Fusion Vocal Ensemble is a chamber choir based in Brisbane, singing music that is harmonically diverse, textually evocative, and spiritually uplifting. Under the direction of Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié, the group brings together experienced ensemble singers to perform music that challenges and nourishes both their singers and their audience. The interests and backgrounds of the group’s members range widely, though many are active as professional musicians, teachers, conductors, and advocates for music education.
Fusion’s repertoire consists primarily of choral art music, mostly unaccompanied, with a focus on contemporary works by composers from around the world. They also perform some Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, but in all programming they actively look for interesting music that is not often performed in this part of the world. The choir enjoys fostering relationships with other organisations and collaborating on creative and unusual projects. They have performed at the Brisbane Contemporary Church Music Festival, state and national conferences for the Australian National Choral Association, and in 2014 travelled to South Korea for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music.
This is a choir with powerful dynamic range, impeccable intonation and strong ensemble skills. Perhaps one of Fusion’s most interesting characteristics is the way they use their performance spaces. It is electrifying as an audience member to be surrounded by sound, or to experience changes in tone colour as the choir moves about while it sings. Each performance is a journey, an exploration, a restoration. Fusion provides a unique musical gift to our city, a balm over the rawness that our busy lifestyles cause.
— Helentherese Good, violinist & Churchill Fellow