3-6 years, established 2000
The Prep Chorus gently introduces choral singing and performance to children ages 3-6. Choristers learn the foundations of music and notation through a play-based approach to singing, including Orff-based creation opportunities. Singers perform in VIVA’s two in-house concerts each year and participate in one Orff Showcase. Teaching Assistants drawn from the Choral Mentoring & Leadership Program play an active role in fostering collaboration and engagement in music education with the Chorus members.
Children wishing to join the Preparatory Chorus should be prepared to actively and cooperatively participate in age-appropriate singing activities for 2 30-minute weekly rehearsals and two dress rehearsals per year.
Mondays via Zoom - 4:45 to 5:15PM
and Fridays via Zoom - 4:45 to 5:15PM
7-10 years, established 2000
Children ages 7 and up develop their musical knowledge through theory and practice, teamwork, and sight-singing of existing repertoire; and the creation of unique music through Orff-based compositions. Children ready to join the Junior Chorus love singing, successfully tone match, are able to focus for the duration of a 75 minute rehearsal, and are prepared to do some theory and singing homework weekly. Choristers are expected to attend the Fall Performing Arts Camp. For J1, no previous choral or musical experience is required. For children with musical experience, J2 will provide greater challenge in theory and musicianship.
Mondays via Zoom - 5:00 to 6:00PM
ages 9 -16; auditioned chorus, established 2001
Singers ages 9 and up study advanced treble repertoire and have the opportunity to sing in professional engagements as well as VIVA’s two annual in-house concerts. These singers demonstrate a well-developed tone, an ability to sing in harmony, and can read music at a basic level. Singers in the Main Chorus are passionate about singing, focused during rehearsals, and are disciplined about practicing. A basic knowledge of theory is essential. In summary, singers demonstrate the ability to hold a harmony part, follow their part in a score, read music, and sing in tune.
Choristers are expected to attend and actively contribute in all rehearsals and dress rehearsals, Fall Arts Camp, and complete weekly singing and theory homework. Singers wishing to join the Main Chorus should be able to work collaboratively and engage in focused, respectful behaviour which demonstrates readiness for professional contact, festivals and tours.
Main choristers are assessed at the end of each year for progress in musical literacy, theory, and vocal production.
Theory classes will be held Mondays at 5:00-5:30 and Tuesday 7:00-7:30. For singers taking RCM exams, duration of classes will increase in March and April.
Mondays via Zoom - 5:45 to 7:15PM
leadership through choral music, singers Gr. 8 - 12; auditioned chorus,
The Senior Treble Chorus, a branch of the Main Chorus, provides singers with a unique leadership-based choral experience. In addition to their participation in the Main Chorus, singers in the Senior Treble Chorus have opportunities to collaborate with their peers on repertoire choices, performance opportunities, and compositions. Additionally, these singers participate in an individualized leadership development curriculum to build confidence and skills as leaders in the world of vocal music. In addition to regular performance opportunities, singers gain experience leading other VIVA choirs in warm-up and repertoire rehearsal settings.
Senior Treble singers are confident music readers and performers, and are looking for additional challenges as choral musicians, including touring opportunities. Singers attend additional rehearsals on alternate Wednesdays, and pursue RCM Theory Levels 5 and 6 exams as part of the VIVA curriculum.
Senior Treble choristers are assessed at the end of each year for progress in musical literacy, theory, leadership skills, and vocal production.
Theory classes will be held Mondays at 4:00-4:30, Tuesday 7:00-7:30 and Thursday 7:00-7:30. For singers taking RCM exams, duration of classes will increase in March and April.
Mondays via Zoom 5:45 to 7:15PM
and alternating Wednesdays via Zoom - 5:00 to 7:00PM
(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,
EVM Chorus singers receive a combination of small-group and individual instruction, individualized support in rehearsals, and regular integration into the larger (SATB) VIVA Community Choir. EVM learns and performs a variety of music in unison or two parts which is challenging and diverse. Singers are presented with performance opportunities in VIVA’s two annual in-house youth concerts as well as concerts presented jointly with the VIVA Community Choir.
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.
Mondays via Zoom - 7:30 to 8:45PM
teens to adults; auditioned, SATB,
The VIVA Chamber Singers (an SATB chamber choir) is comprised of experienced and highly-skilled singers who are young professionals, post-secondary students, and senior high school students. Singers younger than 15 whose voices have changed may also apply. Members are strong music readers and interpreters, and demonstrate excellent choral tone.
This choir is suitable for dedicated singers who are interested in broadening their vocal and musical horizons, are passionate about performing major choral works, and are keen to take on diverse musical challenges. The singers enjoy opportunities to sing in professional engagements and international tours.
The Chamber Singers offers opportunities for choristers to further their learning by working with the other VIVA choirs as Vocal Coaches and Teaching Assistants through our Choral Mentoring and Leadership Program.
Sundays via Zoom - 2:00 to 3:30PM
mixed voice choir; teens and adults, established 2017
The Community Choir is an SATB choir dedicated to community building and active engagement through the enjoyment of, and passion for, choral music. The vision for this choir is of a large and diverse group of singers of all ages and backgrounds to embody what the name of this choir suggests: community!
The choir is open to adult singers of all ages including young changing voices, and is suitable for all levels of experience. The Community Choir works alongside the EVM Chorus, collaborating on several common pieces each year, including large choral works.
Mondays via Zoom - 7:30 to 8:45PM