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Robert Cooper Choral Scholarship

Robert Cooper Choral Scholars is an endowed program in honour of Robert Cooper's 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director of Chorus Niagara.

Singers between the ages of 17 and 26 are invited to audition for Chorus Niagara’s Robert Cooper Choral Scholars (RCCS) program. The program provides a stipend for an emerging singer to rehearse and perform with Chorus Niagara for the duration an entire season. Scholars have the opportunity to perform as soloists, gain valuable performance and leadership experience and be mentored by one of one of Canada's foremost choral musicians.


If you have a passion for singing, are studying voice, or music, privately or at the post-secondary level and enjoy ensemble singing, RCCS is for you! This is an opportunity to sing in a position of vocal leadership with Niagara’s premier choir, a welcoming group of community singers, who find joy in singing together. Chorus Niagara is committed to a high level of musical excellence that is expected of all it’s members.



Monday evenings 7:00-10:00 pm from September through May; 4 concerts per year; other occasional small engagements as required

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Part 1: Online/Video Audition**

Complete and submit the online application form:


Upload ONE video of yourself singing a musical selection of your choice. A classical selection is preferred. The video must be from the past 12 months. Please upload your video to Youtube as an UNLISTED video and email the link to Elise Naccarato at


Part 2: Live Audition

**Singers successful in Part 1 will be invited to take part in a follow up live audition with the Music Director.  

Please prepare 2 contrasting selections. Bring two copies of the music with you to the audition; an accompanist will be provided. As musicianship skills are an important part of being an RCCS, you will be asked to sing scales to determine your range as well as a simple sight singing excerpt and rhythm test. 

Robert Cooper Choral Scholars 2022 - 2023

Welcome Julianna Collevecchio and Isaiah Burry!
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