Serbian Choral Society (Srpsko Pevačko Društvo) is an independent Serbian community choir based in Melbourne. The group has members from many different cultural backgrounds and regularly performs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria, both for the Australian public and Serbian community. The choir was founded by its conductor and artistic director, Sanja Drljaca, in February 2000. At the time, it was born as a female octet under the name of Balkan Voices (Balkanski Glasovi). They had many performances within the Serbian community, the most notable being their first annual concert in September 2003.
Due to the long-term health problems of several members, there was a pause in the choir activity for several years. The choir was reborn in March 2010, again as Balkan Voices, but this time it was a mixed choir that included male voices.
The group performed on various occasions for Serbian and Australian audiences alike, until the choir was renamed. This new chapter began in September 2013 when the choir became incorporated under the new name, Serbian Choral Society Inc. The choir set new goals: to bring Serbian music to a wider audience in Australia, and to promote Serbian choral music through concert performances.
Serbian Choral Society performs a variety of Serbian music – sacred and secular compositions by Serbian composers, traditional and folk songs, but the repertoire is not confined only to Serbian music; it includes songs from other nations that shared the same geographic space in the Balkans, and beyond.
For their dedication, hard work and community involvement, the choir and Sanja jointly received the Bishop’s Award (Arhijerejska Gramata) in 2013 from His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej (Dobrijević), Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Australia and New Zealand.
Serbian Choral Society Committee