Rideau Chorale is an auditioned 50-voice community choir composed of men and women of all ages from across the Ottawa region. The vision of the choir, in addition to presenting beautiful music to the community, is to provide opportunities to develop musical abilities such as music reading and singing technique from intermediate to advanced levels.
Regular rehearsals take place once a week at Southminster United Church, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Depending on the nature of the work, added sectionals may be scheduled at other times.
Regular attendance is expected of all members throughout the year. The choir avails all members with helpful home-study material for extra support learning and nailing down parts.
Auditions normally take place once or twice a year. Auditions are designed only to hear your potential as a singer. While the ability to ready music and choral experience are definite assets, the only requirements for joining the choir are being able to match pitches and carry a tune. In your audition, you'll be led through a few vocal exercises to assess your range (soprano or alto, for example), and asked to sing a familiar song, such as O Canada! to gauge your level of experience and ability going in. The only other person in the room will be the director, who, as much as hearing your voice, really wants the chance to meet you! We do everything we can to make the experience easy and stress-free.
Contact us for further information about auditions, providing a brief summary of your choral experience, music-reading ability, and your vocal part (soprano/alto/tenor/bass), if known.
Contact us for information about current membership fees.