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McGill Conservatory Children's Choir

For children age 8 to 12
1:30 hrs/week, September to May
Mondays, 17:00 to 18:30, West-Island
Director: Amy Henderson

The McGill Conservatory Children’s Choir is an ensemble for children ages  8 – 12.  This ensemble, directed by Amy Henderson, serves to provide young children with musical training in a collaborative setting, and to prepare choristers to join the Conservatory Youth Choir, our main touring and recording ensemble. Children who sing in this choir benefit in the following ways:

  • Learn to sing beautifully.
  • Make music with a great bunch of kids, and form friendships with children of different ages, from different schools.
  • Develop the discipline necessary to sing in a musical ensemble, which includes an excellent attention span, preparing for rehearsals as necessary, acting professionally on stage, and being an important member of a talented group.
  • Learn to perform in public, and to develop confidence in front of large audiences.
  • Develop musical literacy (reading music, musical terminology).
  • Develop musical skills (listening skills, intonation, rhythm).
  • Sing a varied repertoire (including classical, ethnic, folk, seasonal and contemporary music), which exposes them to many languages, cultures, and styles of music.
  • Have great, rich opportunities – to perform as an ensemble, and with guest artists and other ensembles, and to share our music making with our community at large.

No musical experience is necessary, but an audition is required to ensure that your child is interested and capable of committing to the choir.

Commitment – weekly Monday rehearsals from 17:00 to 18:30, as well as occasional weekend rehearsals, and approximately  5-8 concerts per year. Rehearsals take place on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Please call the McGill Conservatory Office at 514-398-7673 to schedule an audition.  See audition requirements below. You may also contact us by choirs [dot] conservatory [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

McGill Conservatory Youth Choir

For youth age 12 to 19
2 hrs/week, September to end of June
Mondays, 18:30 to 20:30, West-Island
Director: Amy Henderson

The McGill Conservatory Youth Choir is an ensemble for young singers between the ages of 12 and 19.  This ensemble, directed by Amy Henderson is a dedicated group of talented young singers who perform many concerts each year, as well as touring and recording albums  The choir has made two professional recordings, Nouvelle Chanson (2001) and Voyages (2007).

Singers in this choir benefit in the following ways:

  • Learn to sing beautifully, using proper vocal technique and understanding how our voices are linked to our bodies.
  • Make music in an elite ensemble of like-minded, dedicated young people, and form lasting friendships.
  • Develop the discipline and work ethic necessary to sing in such an ensemble, including learning to manage their time and work, preparing for rehearsals and performances as necessary, acting professionally on stage, and being an important member of a talented group.
  • Act as mentors for younger singers. There are also extra opportunities available for singers who have an interest in developing teaching or mentorship skills.
  • Learn to perform in public, and to develop confidence in front of large audiences.
  • Develop musical literacy (reading music, musical terminology).
  • Develop musical skills (listening skills, intonation, rhythm).
  • Sing a varied repertoire (including classical, ethnic, folk, seasonal and contemporary music), which exposes them to many languages, cultures, and styles of music.
  • Have great, rich opportunities – to perform as an ensemble, and with guest artists and other ensembles, to share our music making with our community at large, to travel, and to make recordings.

No musical experience is necessary, but an audition is required to ensure that your child is interested and capable of committing to the choir. Please see below for contact information to schedule an audition.

Commitment – weekly Monday rehearsals from 6:30 to 8:30pm, a 1-day Fall Camp, a 3-day Winter Camp, as well as occasional weekend rehearsals, and approximately  8-10 concerts per year. Rehearsals take place on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.  Please call the McGill Conservatory Office at 514-398-7673 to schedule an audition. You may also contact us by choirs [dot] conservatory [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

 

McGill Conservatory Singers

For adults (18 years and older)
2 hrs/week, September to May
Tuesdays, 19:15 to 21:30, West-Island
Director: Catherine Le Saunier

The McGill Conservatory Adult Choir is a dynamic ensemble for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass singers. Choristers are offered the opportunity to sing in a variety of styles and languages, being challenged to work toward excellence in the art of choral singing. The choir performs 4 to 6 times per year and rehearses on McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Although previous choral experience and the ability to read music is preferable, it is not mandatory. Please call the McGill Conservatory Office at 514-398-7673 to schedule an audition.

See audition requirements below.
Please call 514.398.7673 for an audition


Audition requirements for all choirs
Must sing one song of your choice, plus "Happy Birthday".
Scale exercises will also be given.


Please refer to the Audition Schedule for dates.

For more information on term dates and fees, please download the pdf document Dates & Fees.