How to Join
The Oakville Choir for Children & Youth offers musical education and training for children and youth ages 5 to 24. Our ensembles for young people provide instruction in mastering choral singing. Please complete the new chorister application and book your vocal placement (if applicable).
10% Early Bird Discount
The Oakville Choir offers a 10% early bird discount off our regular tuition fees for registrations until June 30.
The Oakville Choir requires singers entering Grade 2 and above to schedule a vocal placement with our artistic staff to determine which ensemble the singer should be placed in. Singers are placed based on their musical skill level, ability to listen, willingness to learn, first, followed by age. Placement in an ensemble is at the sole discretion of the artistic staff.
The vocal placement is $20 per singer. When you book your appointment, you will be asked for payment information.
Singers who wish to join the Little Voices program (singers entering JK, SK, or Grade 1 in September 2022) are not required to schedule a vocal placement before registering. You can email [email protected] to request the registration information including your login information for the Oakville Choir’s registration platform.
What To Expect In The Vocal Placement Meeting?
The objective of a vocal placement is for our artistic staff to determine where a prospective singer best fits into the ensemble. During this meeting we will be checking the singer’s vocal range, getting to know the tone or character of the voice, and checking basic aural skills (pitch matching/accuracy, aural memory etc.).
BUT – most of all, we are looking for young people who love to sing, who are willing to learn, and who are interested in becoming part of an exciting organization.
Vocal placement meetings are a chance for you to meet our conductors and ask any questions you (parents and singers) might have about the program.
What To Prepare?
A favourite song of your choice, something you can sing well and with confidence. If unsure, you can sing O Canada, Happy Birthday, a favourite show-tune or even a church song you know well.
What To Expect After The Meeting?
After your vocal placement meeting, you will be sent the registration information and the instructions to create your login information to complete your registration through our registration platform, Choir Genius.
If you have any questions, email [email protected]
When to Register
Full Year Programs
Our full year programs run from September to the end of May every year. Registrations for our full year programs occur in the summer (typically starting in June and through the end of August). We permit registrations for our full year programs throughout September and until mid-October. However, we discourage late registrations, since we may have limited availability and rehearsals commence in September. After mid-October, we no longer take registrations for our full year programs. If you miss the deadline for full year registrations, we encourage registering in our mid-year programs.
Our mid-year programs run from January to the end of May every year. Registrations for our mid-year programs occur in December to January. After January, we no longer take registrations for our mid-year programs. If you miss our deadline for mid-year registrations, we encourage waiting to register for our next season.