What does Cantabile offer singers?

We are having an Open House! Interested singers are invited to come to Sydenham St United Church* on Wednesday May 24 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Learn about the 2017/18 season, and stay for a quick audition with our AD Mark Sirett. Call 613 549 0099 or email info@cantabilechoirs.net for more information. (*Use the William St door and come right upstairs.)

The 2017/18 season has so much to look forward to, including marvelous music, great concerts, touring and recording.  Choristers will enjoy the opportunity to work with the warm and wonderful Jonathan Willcocks, visiting from the UK in March, the children’s choir will wow us once again with their  production of ‘Willy Wonka‘  directed by Brett Christopher of Theatre Kingston, and the season will end with a collaborative venture with the innovative ‘Bicycle Opera Project‘.

audition 2014 As a part of one of Cantabile’s seven choirs, singers enjoy:

                        • a unique opportunity to explore an amazingly diverse range of music selected from Canada and around the world, from classic and well known repertoire to world premieres commissioned for Cantabile’s choirs
                        • skills development at every rehearsal and performance, under the expert leadership of one of Canada’s most renowned directors and composers
                        • working with acclaimed guest conductors and with visiting musicians from many different disciplines
                        • touring opportunities, both nationally and internationally
                        • a friendly and supportive community environment
                        • the satisfaction to be found in rigourous and detailed preparation leading to extraordinary performance results at every Cantabile concert

Auditioning for Cantabile is a quick and friendly process, and Cantabile has a bursary program, for singers who meet the criteria (depending on available funds).  All auditions take place in the rehearsal hall, upstairs at Sydenham St United Church. Requirements are listed below. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children, and our youngest potential choristers may audition with a ‘buddy’ to help calm any nerves. Auditions for new members will take place during the months of April and May, 2017. 

Download Audition Information: cantabile audition info spring 2017
Email Hollie Stewart with any questions, or to set up an audition – other dates and times TBA.

Audition Requirements

Primary Choir (age 6-7)

No audition required. Meets Fridays from 4:30 to 5:15.

Junior Choir (age 8-9)

The audition will consist of pitch matching, rhythm matching, singing a short song (such as “O Canada”). Reading knowledge of music is not required, however, the child must be able to read words. (this choir meets Fridays from 4:15 to 5:15)

Children's ChoirChildren’s Choir (age 10-13)

Pitch matching, singing back intervals, singing back a brief melody,  clapping back rhythms. Elementary music reading skills expected. The child should prepare a brief song to sing without accompaniment (such as a folk song or something the singer has learned in school. This choir meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5:15)

young women nov 2012 2Young Women’s Choir (gr. 8-highschool)

Please prepare a brief song to sing without accompaniment (a folk song is preferable), reading ability will be tested, and finally vocal exercises to test range, flexibility, and blend. (This choir meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.)

Young Men’s Chorus (highschool changed voices)

Please prepare a brief song to sing without accompaniment (a folk song is preferable), reading ability will be tested, and finally vocal exercises to test range, flexibility, and blend. (This choir meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.)

Women’s Choir

Please prepare a brief song to sing without accompaniment (a folk song is preferable), reading ability will be tested, and finally vocal exercises to test range, flexibility, and blend.

Adults auditioning for the Women’s Chorus should be prepared to sight-read. Please note: sight reading is not the major component of your audition, so do not be discouraged! Rather, it is an opportunity for us to get a sense of your reading skills. (This choir meets Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.)

Men’s Choir

men's choir
Please prepare a brief song to sing without accompaniment (a folk song is preferable), reading ability will be tested, and finally vocal exercises to test range, flexibility, and blend.

Adults auditioning for the Men’s Choir should be prepared to sight-read. Please note: sight reading is not the major component of your audition, so do not be discouraged! Rather, it is an opportunity for us to get a sense of your reading skills. (This choir meets Wednesday 5:45 to 7:30.)