Robert Cooper Choral Scholars

As part of the Chorus Niagara’s mission to be a cornerstone of the Niagara arts community, we invite singers between the ages of 17 and 26 to audition for Chorus Niagara’s Robert Cooper Choral Scholars (RCCS) program. 

RCCS is an endowed program in honour of Robert Cooper's 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director of Chorus Niagara. The program provides a stipend to rehearse and perform with Chorus Niagara during an entire concert season. Scholars have the opportunity to perform as soloists, learn from one of Canada's most knowledgeable choral conductors, and gain valuable performance and leadership experience. 

 

WHO IS A ROBERT COOPER CHORAL SCHOLAR?

If you have a passion for singing, are pursuing vocal studies and enjoy choral music, audition to be an RCCS! This is an opportunity to sing with Niagara’s premiere choir in a position of vocal leadership.

 

Our RCCS:

  • act as vocal section leads

  • perform as soloists throughout the concert season

  • earn rehearsal honorarium and performance fees for solos

  • and receive coaching from Artistic Director Robert Cooper, one of Canada’s most highly respected choral musicians.

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You’ll join a tight-knit group of people with similar interests who grow together as musicians and friends, finding joy in singing and sharing the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with every performance.Chorus Niagara’s season runs from Labour Day to mid-May and typically comprises four season concerts plus occasional outside hires.

Rehearsals

Monday evenings 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Beacon Christian School, St. Catharines

Annual auditions are held in early September.  

TO APPLY FOR RCCS

Part 1: Application Form and Online Audition**

  • Complete and submit the online application form. Click here to complete the RCCS Application Form (We will contact you to confirm we have received your application.)

  • Candidates should ideally be studying voice or music privately or at the post-secondary level. They should also have an interest in ensemble singing.

  • Prepare TWO contrasting solos. One must be a classical selection, the other can be from a genre of choice (classical or other).

  • Please upload your video to Youtube as an UNLISTED video and email the link to Diana McAdorey at cnadmin@becon.org

 

Part 2: Live Audition

  • Musicianship skills are an important part of being an RCCS. You will be given scales to sing to determine your range, a simple sight singing excerpt and rhythm test.

  • You will also be asked to sing live. It is the singers choice whether to sing something new or the selections submitted in the video audition.

  • Please bring two copies of the music with you to the audition; an accompanist will be provided.

**Only singers successful in Part 1 will be invited to take part in a live audition. We will be in touch to arrange a follow up audition with the Music Director.