Cantores Celestes Women's Choir is currently not holding auditions, but please check back for updates.
What kind of musical experience is required of incoming singers?
New singers are expected to have some choral experience or have some musical training. We sing in various languages, and memorize music for performances.
When do we rehearse?
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Runnymede United Church where we hold our concerts. Once every three weeks one section comes at 6:15 pm to be joined by the entire choir at 7:00 pm. As it gets closer to concert time we begin rehearsals for the entire choir at 6:30. We hold two retreats a year in September and January, when we rehearse on a Friday evening and all day Saturday!
How much does membership cost?
We expect our members to sell 10 tickets for each of our two main concerts. It works out to $250 twice a year. So you can either sell the tickets and recoup your money or give them away as gifts and you cover the costs.
Where and when do we perform?
The concert season consists of two sets of concerts, one in December and one in April. In addition to our regular concert season, Cantores Celestes also performs at events ranging from church services to the Runnymede Chronic Care Hospital, and fundraisers for charities.
What is the concert attire?
Each singer wears a Cantores Celestes costume which cost about $75. When we perform at casual functions we wear our Cantores Celestes t-shirts and sweat shirts.
What other activities are expected of Cantores Celestes members?
In addition to singing at all scheduled performances, chorus members also contribute to the smooth functioning of the organization by volunteering their skills in finance, stage setup, publicity, etc.
When does Cantores Celestes hold auditions?
Auditions may occur throughout the year at the director's discretion.
What is the audition process?
The audition will consist of a voice quality/range check, a prepared piece (your own choosing), singing scales a cappella, a short sight-reading passage, and a brief interview. Each audition takes around twenty minutes.
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