Our Board choirs enable our musical students to sing in an Honors group, where the emphasis is placed on performance. Since creating the Children's Choir in 1991, we've evolved and expanded into four different choral groups. Our choirs perform annual Christmas and spring concerts and receive invitations to perform at venues such as the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Canada, the House of Commons, and National War Museum, and the Notre Dame Basilca.
Four different choirs for students in Grade 4 to 12
The Children's Choir consists of 80 students from Grades 4 to 8. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for the musical children of the Board to sing in an Honours group, and it performs 10-15 times around our city each year.
The Chamber Choir consists of 40 students in Grades 8 to 12. It was founded as an extension of the Children’s Choir to provide an opportunity for Senior Choir Members to continue studying and to perform more advanced choral repertoire. This choir has enjoyed a reputation for fine ensemble work in a wide variety of styles.
The Boys' Choir consists of about 25 students from Grades 4 to 12. It was created to encourage music enjoyment among boys and to explore the wonderful sound of an all-male choir. All boys who sing in the Children’s and Chamber Choirs also participate in our Boys' Choir.
The Young Voices Choir consists of 50 students in Grades 4 to 8. Students in this training choir are selected based on their desire to sing in a Board Choir and their natural singing abilities.
Auditions to join Board choirs are held each June
OCSB students in Grades 4 to 6 who are interested in joining the Board’s Children’s Choir can audition to become a member. Auditions are held each June, where students are asked to sing “O Canada” and to perform other exercises such as echo singing and clapping. They will then be notified by regular mail or email of the audition results.
Learn more about Choirs
Information and updates about our Board choirs can be found on their website.
Our choirs travel to festivals in places such as Niagara Falls, Kingston, Moncton, and Montreal. They compete in the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival each year, often winning the Luella Barrigar Trophy for Folk Song Chorus and the Ken Little Memorial Trophy. We invite everyone to come and hear the award-winning voices of our choirs. We are sure you will enjoy them!