Over the past 30 years, the choirs have given annual Christmas and Spring concerts and performed at various Board functions. They have been invited to many high profile events in the city at venues such as WE Day, National Arts Centre, the National Military Cemetery, and the House of Commons, and are repeated trophy and scholarship winners at the Kiwanis Music Festival as well as gold and silver medalists at Musicfest Nationals.
The OCSB Choirs program is a multi-level co-ed program made up of five different groups. The choir directors will decide which choir your child should sing with after the auditions.
- Chamber Choir (Performance Level; Grades 8-12)
- Children’s Choir (Performance Level; Grades 4-8)
- Young Voices Choir (Intermediate Level; Grades 4-8)
- Training Choir (Introductory Level; Grades 4-6)
- Boys Choir (Members of the Children’s and Chamber Choirs)
How to Join the Choirs
Choir members are selected by audition, where they will be asked to sing “O Canada” and to perform other common impromptu exercises such as echo singing and clapping. The audition takes place in a very relaxed and supportive environment and children audition with other children.
Where do auditions take place?
Auditions will take place at St. Basil Church, at the Queensway and Maitland exit.
If your child wishes to audition for our choir program, please choose which date you would prefer from the following dates and fill out the corresponding Google sign-up forms. Submit the form by June 5, 2022.
Chamber Choir Auditions will take place on May 31, 2022. If you have missed this date, just choose one of the times listed below for the Children’s Choir. We’ll do Chamber Choir auditions at the same time.
Children’s Choir auditions will take place on June 13, June 16 and June 20, 2022. If you wish to audition for Chamber Choir and missed the May 31 date, just choose one of the times from below. We will do Chamber Choir auditions at the same time.
Rehearsals for all groups take place on Monday evenings, with monthly Saturday morning rehearsals for some groups. The Training Choir and Young Voices choir rehearse at St. John the Apostle School at 5:45 and the Children’s and Chamber Choir rehearse at St. Basil Church at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. Punctuality and regular attendance at rehearsals and performances, memorization of all performance material, care of choir uniform, and professional behaviour at all venues are expected of all members.