Spring Choir Information

We’re in the final stretch of choir this year, culminating in our spring Gala performance on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  There will be an evening performance beginning at 7:30pm, and tentatively a matinee for the school during the day.

Rehearsals will be as follows:

Concert Choir

  • Wed Mar 27 – Rehearsal Cancelled (Literacy Test Day)
  • Wed Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24 – Everyone until 3:50pm, then from 3:50-4:15pm will be optional for anyone who would like to participate in the Youtube Mash-up.

Chamber Choir

  • Tues Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30 – Everyone until 3:45pm, then from 3:45-4:15 will be optional for anyone who would like to participate in the Mii-Channel theme.
  • Depending on how things go, we may end up cancelling some chamber choir time near the end and instead devoting it to other smaller specialized groups requiring the practice.

Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday, May 1

The dress rehearsal runs on this day from 1:30-5:30pm, however we rehearse the biggest groups first so most people will be finished much earlier than 5:30. A full schedule will come out closer to the date, but those who are just participating in concert choir and chamber choir can expect to be done at the regular time.

Auditions for Solos in Choir Songs

Anyone interested in singing a solo in Africa, Video Killed the Radio Star, the Youtube Mash-up or Over the Rainbow (last one is chamber choir only) should see me by Wednesday, April 3 at the latest to arrange an audition time.

After Gala

  • We are looking at doing our annual field trip to three of our feeder schools sometime in May. It will be a single day trip with all choir and orchestra members at no additional cost. Exact date TBA.
  • Auditions for next year’s ensembles will take place in early June.

2019-2020 Travel Plans

The political situation with regards to education policy changes in Ontario has been intensifying more quickly and more strongly than I had anticipated. There is a high level of uncertainty surrounding when and how the unions will react and how that may affect extras next year such as school trips.  As such, I will be putting a pause on any planning for travel next year until we have some more clarity. I’m hoping to do something next year, but it could likely be later in the school year with a quick planning process.

Gala Auditions

We have fewer applicants than usual this year and I’ve work with all applicants extensively, so a formal audition process will not be necessary.  Everyone who applied will be accepted into the evening Gala, subject to a few conditions listed below. We won’t be able to get everyone in the matinee, but this will be decided at a later time.


Applicant(s) Notes/Conditions
Alyssa B
(I Wanna Dance)
 Please provide sheet music by Fri Mar 22.
Sam V
(Thank you for the music)
 Please provide sheet music by Fri Mar 22
Vanessa V
(Never be like you)
 Please provide sheet music by Fri Mar 22
Mary W
(Wish You Were Here)
Alyssa, Maddie, Hailey
 We should be able to work on this a bit in class as well. We’ll discuss after March Break how we might put this all together with the additional songs.
Cam, Blake, Claire, Jehvon, Andrew (Creep, Stand by Me) We should be able to get both songs in, BUT we do need to find a time when you can all get together to rehearse. I know this group has already worked pretty extensively on these songs, so we don’t need a lot of time, but we will need to find some.
Zelda Group and Sr. Vocal Ensemble (Evolution of Music) These two selections will be a pretty ambitious undertaking.  We’ll need to talk… either you’ll need to find more rehearsal time (even if some of it is just sectional rehearsal time), or we will need to scale this back somewhat.  We should also come up with a backup plan if these end up just being about half ready as the Gala approaches.

Jehvon – Awesome Zelda arrangement!  I have just a few small suggestions… mainly the sopranos will be getting quite a workout in the introductory theme, and it might make sense to transpose this section down a little bit for them.