Choirs Ontario At Your Service...

Take a look at what your Choirs Ontario membership provides...

Publications...

  • Dynamic; newsletter, published quarterly, includes choral news and articles from around the province.

Resources...

  • Concert Listings; an online calendar of concerts and events. Concert information posted free for member choirs.
  • Singers Wanted, Job Postings and Available for Hire; online listings to help you find new choir members, hire new choir employees, or find work! Free for Choirs Ontario members.
  • "How To" Series; publications to help choral administrators handle the day-to-day operation and management of running a choir. Titles include:
    • How to Apply for a Charitable License by Linda Beaupré
    • How to Plan a Programme by Michael Tansley
    • How to Organize a Concert by Mary Davis Little
    • How to Make a Recording by John Barron
    • How to Build a Budget by Beverley Hurlbut
    • How to Manage a Choir by Marlene Fagan
    • How to Audition Choristers by Gerald Fagan
    • How to Organize a Library by Beverley Hurlbut
    • How to Fundraise by Nigel J. Sivel
    • How to Incorporate by William A. Wilson, Q.C.
  • Foreign Language Pronunciation for Choirs; a pronunciation guideline for Latin, French, German, and Hebrew. Each guide serves as a reference for proper vocal pronunciation, a must for today's multi-cultural programming.
  • Children's Choir Reference Library; a collection of over 350 single copies of music suitable for children's choirs, chosen in consultation with conductors of children's choirs, free to Choirs Ontario members. If you live in the GTA, drop by the office and have a look.
  • Music Lending Library; Member Choirs have library privileges to multi-copy sets of over 1,100 choral titles through the Choirs Ontario choral library. A set of single-file copies is available in the Choirs Ontario office to facilitate easy repertoire searches. The catalogue, complete with search feature is posted on our website. Choirs Ontario Member Choirs also have access to thousands of choral titles through the music libraries of choral federations across Canada.

Choral Training Programs...

  • Ontario Youth Choir; provides a exceptional opportunity for young singers from across Ontario to work with some of Canada's outstanding choral professionals. Every summer, 40 talented young singers are selected to participate in OYC's exciting programme of rehearsals, masterclasses and voice lessons. Members of the OYC experience musical challenges while enjoying the camaraderie of talented young colleagues from all over Ontario. Visit the Choirs Ontario home page for details of the next OYC summer programme.
  • Conductor Training; provides a unique learning experience for emerging choral conductors. Condcutor Interns mentor and train with the Master Conductor and work with the Ontario Youth Choir during the ten-day summer choral programme.
  • Choirs Ontario on the Road; musicianship and vocal technique for beginning and intermediate choristers and conductors. Enhance your musicianship and get the most out of your choral experience. Develop vocal technique and improve score knowledge, sight reading, rhythmic awareness and aural skills. Workshops are held in late September in various regions across the province beginning in 2014.
  • SingOntario! A provincial choral festival featuring adjudicated performances, choir clinics and workshop sessions. Bring your choir or come solo for training and coaching with extraordinary adjudicators and clinicians.  Choirs, choristers, and conductors of all ages and abilities are welcome!

Awards and Competitions...

  • Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition; a biennial competition for new choral works with categories alternating between music for treble voice choirs and music for mixed adult choirs. A panel of judges review submissions and the winning entry receives a cash award and a performance at a public concert.
  • President's Leadership Award; recognizes individuals who reside in Ontario who have made an exceptional contribution to the promotion and advancement of choral music in their communities. Candidates must have demonstrated an exceptional leadership role, vision and cultural activism and must be nominated by a CO choir or individual member.
  • Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting; awarded biennially since 1973, was established to support and encourage promising young choral conductors. Choirs Ontario, after a six-year hiatus during which the Ontario Arts Council managed the award, is pleased to announce that it has joined with the OAC to begin jointly administering this award. The Leslie Bell Prize will recognize “emerging” conductors, defined as choral conductors within the first ten years of their professional career. The prize, valued at $10,000, can be an important milestone in the career of a young choral conductor.
  • Professional Development Grants for Choirs; provides funding for artistic and administrative training for conductors, choristers and choral administrators. Member Choirs may aply for financial support to engage artists, (master conductors, vocal coaches, etc,) or administrative professionals, (fundraising / strategic planning specialists etc.) Awards of up to $500 for single applicants and $1,500 for collaborative applicants.

Insurance...

  • Member Choirs are eligible for reduced insurance rates. Includes general liability as well as coverage for directors and officers.
  • As an Ecclesiastical insured you are also eligible for the Legal Connex service which provides unlimited access to legal information.

Staying Connected....

  • Choir Directory; Links to member choirs are posted on the Choirs Ontario website making it easy to contact choirs throughout the province.
  • Choir Talk; online discussion forum for all things choral. Have a question about how to take your choir on tour? Wondering what repertoire to pair with the Faure Requiem? Log on to Choir Talk and get the answer!  Open to all choral enthusiasts.

Your Choral Voice...

  • Advocacy; We support the growth and development of choral music and celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals who have contributed to choral music throughout Ontario. We facilitate communication and strengthen relationships within the choral community and raise the profile of the choral community to the world at large.  We advocate at the provincial and federal levels on behalf of our community and strive to maintain a powerful presence of choral music in Canadian society.  We serve as a referral service to the public at large who wish to join or hire a choir. We maintain a news page on the CO website for the posting of newsworthy items and current developments in the world of choral music.