The Camrose and Area Children's Choirs have been an active part of the musical life of our community since 1999, with a Junior and Senior division since 2003, and an auditioned select ensemble (named Vivo Cantando, Spanish for 'I Love to Sing') since 2009. This year (2017/18) has seen the addition of a Senior High School-aged, auditioned ensemble, named Minor Details!
The Jr and Sr Choirs are non-auditioned groups, meaning anyone with a love of singing can join at any level of ability. We continue to be extremely proud of the level of musicianship we have achieved with our members each season, and to appreciate the continuity of membership the choirs have enjoyed over the past decade. We have had several singers sing with us for multiple seasons! When singers stick with our program, we are able to improve our level of musicianship that much more each year, and it brings the calibre of performance up for everyone involved.
is intended for those singers in grades 1-3, although we occasionally have Kindergarten-aged members whose love of music can't keep them back! Parents interested in having their K singer join should contact the director for a brief interview to assess interest, maturity (is the child able to sit through an hour of rehearsal in a group?) and musicianship (since most can't yet read, are they quick to pick up notes/tunes and words?).
is for those in grades 4-9. Singers learn more about musicianship and are able to sing in two and three parts. Rehearsals that are slightly longer (an hour and a half) give us lots of time for our music.
is an auditioned ensemble offering those with a bit more experience (often through being in the choir!) a chance to explore more challenging music. The group is for those in grades 5-9/10, allowing anyone interested in pushing themselves this great chance to excel.
is a new auditioned group for those with changed voices and/or in grades 9/10-12. This group will perform with only a few singers per part, multiple part music with a high level of musical challenge (in all genres and styles).
Each year, our mandate of learning about great singing and musicianship leads us to perform in concerts, provide music for local charities and other community events, participate in the Camrose Music Festival, Festival of Trees and Jaywalker’s Jamboree, learn through workshops and choral festivals at both the local and provincial level and take field trip excursions to high-calibre choral, orchestral or theatrical performances.
Concerts this 2018-2019 season will include our annual shared Lessons and Carols on December 9, 2018, our Dessert Fundraiser on February 23, 2019, our mini-tour on April 26, 2018 (to local elementary and Jr High Schools) and “Sing in Spring” Concert on Sunday, April 28.
The Dessert Fundraiser is a themed event, often with a bit of staging/choreography and costuming, and always lots of fun! This year's theme is “Inspire Your Dreams” and will explore music of a variety of styles that reflects the search for meaning and inspiration through beautiful music.
The choir was working toward heading to Ottawa for Canada Day 2018, but some last minute and of course unforeseen changes in circumstances on the Ottawa end of things caused the event to be cancelled for that year. Our choir members are very excited to continue fund-raising in preparation for attending Unisong 2019, around the dates of June 28-July 2.
What is Unisong? It’s a choral festival involving choirs from all across the country, and members of our choir will sing on the stage of the National Arts Centre on Canada Day with hundreds of other young Canadian singers. Stay tuned for more information regarding Unisong Canada, our fundraising efforts, and our repertoire for this National festival. For more information on how you can help the choir reach their goals, please contact us!