Details matter, it is worth getting it right
Singers interested in joining the choir must have a minimum of three years’ choral experience, excellent sight singing, excellent ear for intonation, a blending voice, able to sing without vibrato at will.
They must be quick and independent learners, conscientious and prepared, team players, able to take and follow direction, and flexible in their schedule for concerts, tours, competitions, recordings, and other events as needed.
Our rehearsals are done a cappella and take place over the course of the week prior to each concert. Therefore, singers must come to the first rehearsal fully prepared and “concert ready”. Focus during rehearsals is placed on: ensemble, intonation, blend, style, vocal technique, and sound production.
We achieve balanced sections through limited membership. Singers must re-audition annually.
We rehearse both in Oakville and in Hamilton.
10 reasons to audition
- We sing great music from the renaissance and baroque era
- We explore repertoire off the beaten path
- We work hard to present vibrant and polished performances
- We rehearse two weekends before the concerts. No weekly rehearsals
- We present sensitive and unique interpretations
- We are a small group where every member is absolutely essential
- We work with like minded singers and players
- We travel
- We are an exciting group
- We get paid to do what we love: sing
To schedule an audition
Attention at the audition is given to the level of preparedness, rhythmic precision, intonation, the ability to adapt, and to blend.
Your level of preparation at the audition must reflect your level of preparation for a first rehearsal.
Note that we expect singers to come to the first rehearsal concert ready.
Use the following scales to help you with just intonation
The Ensemble also has positions available for string players (violins, viola, cello, bass). We seek musicians with an interest, knowledge, and experience in early music performing practices.
The orchestra performs an average of 3 to 5 programs per season; each program being presented a minimum of two times.
Please contact us to setup an audition.