Celebrating womanhood by uniting women from diverse backgrounds, race and sexuality to raise the spirit and inspire the soul through music and song.
The Decibelles Female Pop Choir Inc. is a Melbourne-based contemporary choir founded in October 2012. We are approximately 40 strong and divided into Sopranos, Mezzos, High Altos and Low Altos.
We love to sing pop music ranging from the 60s to now with a focus on the contemporary.
We regularly perform in our own stand-alone shows, collaborate with a range of artists and other choirs, and provide high quality entertainment for private and public events and charities in our local community.
Musical Director - Ursula Paez
Ursula Paez studied under Stephen Grant and Anna Connolly at the Victoria College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, and was awarded a Bachelor in Music Performance (mezzo-soprano) in 2009.
Having sung as a child in her native country, Colombia, she went on to sing with professional choirs, performing classical and folk music zarzuelas (Spanish operetta). She has also worked as a choir conductor, mainly with children, including collaborating in a music-therapy program to develop expression and communication in young people, while at the same time teaching them basic music skills.
In Australia she has sung with the Melbourne Chorale, conducted by Jonathan Grieves-Smith and in the Wesley Uniting Church Ensemble, conducted by Geoff Urquhart.
In 2007 Ursula won second prize in the Bendigo Vocal Championships and was awarded the VCA Frames Queen Encouragement Award. In 2008 she received the Sleath Rotary Scholarship Minor Prize and also The Alice McDonald Scholarship.
She has been the Musical Director of LOW REZ Male Pop Choir since July 2009 and for The Decibelles since March 2015.
Accompanist - Joshua James Webb
Joshua James Webb, originally from Western Australia, attained his Bachelor of Music at WAAPA (2014).
He was musical director for several independent theatre companies including Spring Awakening (2015) and Sweeney Todd (2016) with Fresh Bred Productions and he was a deputy keyboardist for The Lion King (Disney Theatrical Productions) and Cats (The Really Useful Group) at Crown Theatre. Joshua was Head of Music at the Principal Academy of Dance and Performing Arts from 2014 to 2016.
Now in Melbourne Joshua works at Haileybury College, he is a regular accompanist for the musical improvised comedy group Impromptunes, and he founded Crying Wolf Productions who launched their first show, Elegies, at The Butterfly Club in 2017. Joshua was musical director for A New Brain (2018) with The Popular Mechanicals and was the arranger and musical director for Pictures (2018) starring Kerrie Anne Greenland, which will transfer to the Hayes Theatre in 2019.