Monday choirs – cancelled due to Halloween!

Dear Parents,

In the end, both the Children’s and Youth choirs will NOT rehearse on Monday, Oct 31 as so many choristers & parents have told me they will not be able to attend due to Halloween activities and trick or treating.

I will see you all on Monday, Nov 7! Please ensure your child (or you if your are a chorister reading this!) goes through the music we have done up to now!

Thank you to those choristers and parents who made it to the Fall camp today! We did some great working putting music together. We are on the right path to the Holiday concert! Now, we must keep up this level!

See you all soon,


Slight change to Children’s Choir Fall Camp start time! 11 a.m.

Dear Parents,

I have sent out an email to everyone but if you see this first – we will now start camp with everyone at 11:00.

The schedule still goes until 14:30 with the mini-concert at 14:10.

So Children’s Choir from 11:00 – 14:30.

Thank you for your understanding.

Looking forward to seeing many choristers tomorrow!



Youth choir info – Sat, Oct 29 & Mon, Oct 31

Dear Choristers & parents,

Well done for some really good, focused rehearsals lately. We have started off the choir season with making choral music at a good level already. As you know, I expect no less! We have 5 new members: Jiatian, Siwen, Kendra, Grace & Melissa and we welcome them to our choir community! We are 18 members which is not big, but everyone is singing well! Thank you & let’s keep it up!

Now for information about this weekend:

Saturday, Oct 29 – Choir Fall Camp

@ Union United Church, 24 Maple, Ste Anne (where we rehearse on Mondays!)

11:00-16:30 (changed slightly from handout your child received on Monday!)

11:00-12:00 rehearsal with CC

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 rehearsal with CC

14:10 mini-concert for parents of CC (14:30- CC leave)

14:20 – 14:40 break for YC

14:40-16:10 YC rehearsal, working on YC repertoire (with short break if needed)

16:10Parents invited for a short mini-concert & talk by Penni with important info about choir (including ideas about fundraising for our trip to Kingston in April)

16:30 – end of camp!

Please bring $5 for pizza for lunch! Also, to keep costs down, I am asking everyone to bring a water bottle, their own juice and afternoon snack(s). Peanut free please!


Monday, Oct 31 – Halloween

Youth choir rehearsal will be cancelled next Monday as more than half of the choir will be participating in Halloween events. Most YC choristers seem to be coming on Saturday, thank you for arranging that! I know it is not easy! For me neither!

Therefore, I will extend one or two more rehearsals in November for the Youth choir if needed. Info will come.

Some more info:

We will be doing our Holiday concert on Dec 4 with a local concert band! We will each perform our own pieces and do some traditional Christmas carols together! They are very good and so are we! We have to learn and perform our music well for ourselves, the thrill of making lovely music together and also, to impress! We can do it!

Lastly, one thing I will mention on Saturday, is an invitation I have accepted for the choir to sing at a Christmas fundraising concert in Montreal on Dec 16. It is for a worthy cause. One of our moms is an opera singer! Yes, really! Aline Kutan is of Armenian origin and she is the soloist for this concert organized by the Armenian society to raise funds for musical education in Armenia. I am hoping many will be able to participate in this event with the Children’s Choir as well. More info to come!

Many thanks & gratitude to you all,



Children’s Choir info – Sat, Oct 29, Fall camp & Mon, Oct 31

Dear Parents,

Thanks to your children for a really good rehearsal on Monday. They are starting to know a lot of this music well. Please remind them to look at each piece we have gone through in rehearsal at home, each week. Thanks for this!

Important information for this week!

Saturday, Oct 29 – Choir Fall Camp

@ Union United Church, 24 Maple, Ste Anne (where we rehearse on Mondays!)


10:00-12:00 rehearsals

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 rehearsal

14:10 parents are invited for a mini-concert & brief talk by Penni with important information about the choir

14:30 end for CC

Please bring $5 for pizza for lunch! Bring a water bottle, juice and a morning snack for yourself please!


Monday, Oct 31 – Rehearsal on Halloween!

Shorter rehearsal from 5-6 p.m. Many children will not be there due to trick or treating so I have shortened the rehearsal. If your child is coming, please come in or bring a costume! It will be a Halloween rehearsal!

If your child can not come and he/she has not already told me please email me at:

Thank you!



error in last post!

Dear parents of CC,

There was a slight error with the dates in the last post from this morning.

Here is a revised schedule.

Look forward to seeing your children in two weeks!

Best, Penni

McGill Conservatory Children’s Choir Schedule

L’horaire de la Chorale d’enfants du Conservatoire de McGill

 Automne/Fall 2016

Mondays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. / lundis, 17h-18h30

Union United Church, 24 Ave Maple, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue


Sept 19/14 septembre           First rehearsal/première répétition

Sept 26/26 sept                     Regular rehearsal/répétition


Oct 3/3 octobre                      Regular rehearsal/répétition

Oct 10/ 10 oct                        No rehearsal – Happy Thanksgiving!

Pas de répétition – Action de Grâces!

Oct 17/17 oct                         Regular rehearsal/répétition

Oct 24/24 oct                         Regular rehearsal/repetition

Saturday Oct 29                   FALL CAMP – time tbc – approx. 10:00 – 15:00

Samedi 29 oct                       Camp d’automne – Union United Church

Oct 31/31 oct                         Halloween rehearsal/ repetition d’Halloween!


Nov 7/7 novembre                 Regular rehearsal/répétition

Nov 14/14 nov                       Regular rehearsal/répétition

Nov 21/21 nov                       Regular rehearsal/repetition (possibly extended rehearsal!)

Nov 28/28 novembre                        Extended rehearsal: 5:00-7:00 p.m.!!

Répétition prolongée: 17h-19h!!


Dec 4/ 4 déc                          Holiday Concert – 15:00, Union United Church

                                                Arrive: 13:00                        

Dec 5/5 décembre                  Party! / Fête!

 Rehearsals resume on January 9/Les répétitions recommencent le 9 janvier!