Auditioning for Chorus Niagara

AUDITIONS! At this time you may audition via video. Please read Audition Requirements section below.

Chorus Niagara invites singers with a passion for great choral music to join us!
 

Our 2021-22 season is filled with a variety of dramatic, exciting music! We draw singers from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, St.Catharines, Grimsby, Dundas, Ancaster, and Oakville, Brantford and everywhere in between.

Mission Statement

To be a cornerstone of the Niagara Arts Community through creative and passionate programs that entertain and enthrall.

 

Rehearsals and Other Performance Commitments

  • Rehearsals are every Monday night (including holiday Mondays) from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Beacon School in St. Catharines with an expectation that choristers will arrive at approximately 6:45 to pick up music, get seated, and be ready to sing at 7:00 sharp

  • Regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts is expected and choristers are asked to communicate with their Section Head if they will be absent

  • There is an expectation that chorus members work on music at home between rehearsals in order to maintain the high standard for which Chorus Niagara is known

  • Approximately four times per season, extra Saturday morning rehearsals are scheduled (you will be given a full-season rehearsal schedule in September)

  • Chorus Niagara performs in four or five concerts per season (usually Saturday evenings - one event in month of November, December, March, and May) with occasional additional opportunity to perform

  • Repertoire may include classical works, contemporary compositions, commissioned works, Christmas favorites, Handel's Messiah (alternate years), spirituals, operetta, opera choruses and more

  • Concert weekend rehearsals are normally on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings

  • Singers are also requested to sing at Singathon (usually the second Saturday of February from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Auditions are held in late August/early September and on occasion throughout the year

 

Other Membership Commitments

  • Annual fees will be paid in full by October 29th (unless an installment plan or financial assistance has been requested)

  • Choristers will promote concerts by encouraging friends and family to attend, distributing flyers and posters, and liking and sharing posts on social media

  • Choristers will participate in fundraising for the annual Singathon by obtaining $350 in pledges

  • Caring for music and other materials provided by Chorus Niagara (and returning music in a timely fashion after concerts)

 

Fees and Other Costs

  • Annual fees are $295 per person and $125 for students 21 and under (Financial assistance can be requested at cnadmin@becon.org)

  • Music is provided

  • Concert Attire is required for performances (Black Tux or Long Black Dress (Annual $20 Jacket Rental fee for dress option)

  • A black music folder is required for performances

  • A black CN shirt and black pants are required for Singathon and other informal performances

 

Audition Requirements

Prospective chorus members may sing a piece of their own choosing that features their musical ability and vocal range to the best advantage. During the audition, prospective chorus members will also be asked to sing back a short sequence of notes and to sight-read a short piece.

 

In this current period of Covid-19 personal-distancing, and while we are unable to hear prospective singers in a live audition, we invite you to send in a personal video. Perform a selection (either accompanied or a cappella) that demonstrates your voice, it is quality, and range, to best advantage. Please upload your video to Youtube as an UNLISTED video and email us the link. Once restrictions are lifted we will be in touch to arrange a follow-up conversation with the Music Director.

Singing with Chorus Niagara is wonderful, challenging, tremendous fun and a great chance to get together in pursuit of making beautiful music! We welcome your interest! Contact our audition coordinator, Lolly Pettigrew, if you have further questions lollypettigrew@gmail.com.

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