AUDITIONS / ASSESSMENTS

Join our talented community and come sing with us! We are auditioning on Saturdays from 11 AM - 1 PM until Thanksgiving. Audition and Assessment information for each choir can be found below. 

4-6 years, established 2000

 
 

7-10 years, established 2000

Youth Preparatory Chorus Assessment Information

Rehearsals:

Mondays

4:45 to 5:45PM

Singers ages 4-6 are invited to:
  • sing a song of their choice.  Some children prefer to record a song to send in advance. This is an informal assessment, and is an excellent opportunity for the parents, child and Artistic Director to meet.

Youth Junior Chorus Assessment Information

Rehearsals: Mondays

5:00 - 6:00PM

Singers ages 7-10 are invited to:
  • demonstrate the ability to sing in tune: prepare one unaccompanied song which they know well (Avoid a pop song due to narrow range and need for ornamentation). Suggestion: “O Canada” or a folk song  (Songs in all languages are welcome.)

  • demonstrate and share musical skill: play a piece on an instrument if they are presently taking lessons

For Junior 2 only:

  • demonstrate beginning note reading: clap basic rhythms in common time (eighth notes and rests, quarter notes and rests, half notes and rests, whole notes and rests)

  • demonstrate the ability to hold a part: sing “Row Your Boat” or another canon of choice with the Artistic Director

 

ages 9 -16; auditioned chorus, established  2001

Youth Main Chorus Audition Information

Auditioned Chorus

Rehearsals:

Mondays

5:45 - 7:15PM

Theory classes:

- Mondays at 4:00-4:30

- Tuesday 7:00-7:30 - Thursday 7:00-7:30.

 

Note: For singers taking RCM exams, duration of classes will increase in March and April.

Singers ages 9-16 are invited to:
  • demonstrate the ability to sing in tune: prepare one unaccompanied song which they know and enjoy (not a pop song) in a language of their choice.  Singers should ensure that the song demonstrates their comfortable vocal range.

    • Note to Parents: The singer must bring a copy of music to the audition.

  • demonstrate the ability to sing in harmony/hold a part: sing “Row Your Boat” in a round with the Artistic Director or a different canon of their own choosing

  • demonstrate instrumental music skill: perform one piece on an instrument, if they are presently taking lessons

  • demonstrate expressive/dramatic ability: the singer will be asked to read a short poem expressively, at sight

  • demonstrate ability to understand and read rhythms: the singer will be asked to perform one of the rhythms sent in advance of the audition.  Write in the counts of your chosen rhythm in advance, and perform it by clapping at a steady tempo

  • demonstrate ability to read music on the staff: prepare with solfege (moveable d, r, m) and sing at sight a diatonic melody in C+, F+ or G+ 

 

leadership through choral music, singers Gr. 8 - 12; auditioned chorus, 

established 2019

Youth Senior Treble Chorus Audition Information

Auditioned Chorus

Rehearsals:

Mondays

5:45 - 7:15PM

Theory classes:

- Mondays at 4:00-4:30

- Tuesday 7:00-7:30 - Thursday 7:00-7:30.

 

Note: For singers taking RCM exams, duration of classes will increase in March and April.

Singers in grades 8-12 are invited to complete the same six assessment components for Main Chorus. Singers in Gr. 8 - 12 have demonstrated excellent commitment in Main Chorus, and willingness to apply a disciplined approach. Singers new to VIVA should submit a reference letter from a teacher (not necessarily a music teacher) indicating the singer’s commitment and perseverance in other contexts.
 

every voice

matters

chorus

(formerly known as the ECS Chorus),

an entry level choir; for teens and adults who currently or previously have an IEP and require individualized support,

established 2010

Every Voice Matters Chorus Assessment Information

Rehearsals:

Mondays

7:30 to 8:45PM 

The singer does not need a formal musical background.  They are welcome to play a short piece on a musical instrument if they wish. 

 

Teens and Adults​ who currently or previously have an IEP and require individualized support are invited to

  • demonstrate the ability to sing in tune: sing a song you enjoy and know well

  • demonstrate their comfortable vocal range:  sing some vocal exercises with the Artistic Director

Modifications in assessment requirements will be made for singers who have diagnosed disabilities or Individual Education Plans. Please indicate these needs at the time 

of booking. Parents and caregivers should be available to discuss their singer’s strengths and needs with the Artistic Director and Inclusion Coordinator at the time of assessment, in order that the appropriate individualized support can be provided.

 

Singers wishing to join EVM should be able to work collaboratively, and demonstrate collegial and respectful behaviour toward others.

 

teens to adults; auditioned, SATB, 

established 2005

Adult Chamber Singers Audition Information

Teens to Adults; Auditioned SATB 

Rehearsals:

Sundays

2:00 to 3:30PM

Singers are invited to
  • prepare an unaccompanied solo song that shows the quality of their voice 
  • perform a challenging sight-singing passage as they demonstrate the ability to hold a harmony part and read at sight, with reasonable accuracy
  • read a poem aloud, at sight, to demonstrate expression
  • perform some vocal exercises to explore range and tessitura
 

entry-level, non-auditioned

mixed voice choir; teens and adults, established 2017

Adult Community Choir

entry-level non-auditioned mixed voice choir; teens and adults

Rehearsals:

Mondays

7:30 to 8:45PM

There is no audition for the Community Choir.  Prospective members are encouraged to attend a rehearsal in advance of joining to explore the nature and calibre of repertoire, as well as the choir’s important partnership with the EVM Chorus.  Membership consists of VIVA parents, friends, staff of TSP Centre, and Annex neighbours.

AUDITION / ASSESSMENT BOOKING

 

We are auditioning on Saturdays from 11 AM - 1 PM until Thanksgiving. 

In regards to COVID-19,  A detailed plan for each choir is now available for next season's 'at home rehearsals'.  Interested choristers and families may request these documents upon booking an assessment or an audition.

If you have any questions about auditions, please email hello@vivayouthsingers.com.