Youth Choir – info for Saturday & new music links!

Dear Parents,

Please find attached the info sheet your child/young adult went home with on Monday evening. Please take the time to read it. If you have any questions, please email me at:

Youth Choir Camp Day

Also, please email me if you can provide some veggies, fruit or cookies (nut-free) to bring for our snacks on Saturday. Remember we do not each parent to provide for all 20 of us rather just enough to share. If you can at all, please help out as if not, I will pester you again!!

Please ensure the singers come with their music!!!

It is a camp day so they should be in comfortable clothing to spend the day in. Just remember we will be going to the Museum of Contemporary Art after!

Also, choristers, here are a couple of links you should listen to! I love this first recording of the Hamilton Children’s Choir singing Adiemus. Listen to how they change their vocal sounds throughout! It starts at 6:00.

Also, we will be working on Clair de Lune by Fauré. Listen to this beautiful interpretation by stunning French soprano, Véronique Gens. Enjoy!




Youth choir update

Dear All,

Following my previous post, I just wanted to confirm that the proposed rehearsal on Sunday, February 25 WILL NOT go ahead as several choristers can not be present both days or have conflicts on the Sunday. We will rehearse on Saturday, Feb 24 downtown at McGill (555 Sherbrooke St West) as outlined in the last blog post. I will bring a paper copy of the details next Monday as well as post more information before then.

I will possibly hold a Sunday afternoon rehearsal some other weekend if I see it is necessary. I will let you know by the end of February. Thank you for organizing yourselves around this! It is important time for us to work on our concert repertoire for March 24! We have two concerts that day! Please block it in your calendars! Here is our agenda again!

Thank you all for supporting us and for making it possible to give your kids these wonderful performance opportunities!


McGill YC Schedule Winter-Spring 18

Youth Choir info

Dear Youth choir members & parents,

This is to confirm again that on Saturday, February 24 we will have a rehearsal day downtown at McGill. We have booked the space for the day. We will meet at 10:00 at Schulich School of Music so we may begin rehearsal at 10:30.

Here is the day’s tentative schedule:

10:30- 12:30 – warm-ups & rehearsal

12:30-1:30 – lunch ( I am hoping we can use the cafeteria at the school! I will confirm this asap!) If we need to go out, I will let you know so they have some money for a quick lunch with them!

1:30-3:30 – rehearsal

3:30 – We all leave for the Leonard Cohen exhibition at MAC (Musée d’art Contemporain). We will be back at the Schulich School of Music for 6 pm pick-up by parents. This exhibition is free for children 12 & under. Please have proof of ID? For ages 13-17, the cost is $7, and for students 18 + the cost is $12. Could I please have a chaperone to attend this with us? Please let me know if you would be interested and email me at:

Here is the link to the museum:

As for the Sunday, Feb 25 – Please let me know mid-morning until mid- afternoon is not possible for you! Choristers can let me know on Monday! Many thanks!

I will send the exact address! Don’t worry!

Also, here are some good recordings of our music! This Polish Youth Choir sings the Jazz Mass beautifully however they pronounce some of the Latin differently so just listen for your parts, not the pronunciation of the words! Listen in particular to Sanctus and Benedictus now.

Here is a good recording of Sound the Trumpet!

And another of two amazing counter-tenors! Don’ laugh while watching! After your laugh just listen to their words, sense of phrasing for this music of the late 17th century vocal music! Enjoy! They sing beautifully!!!!

Adiemus sung by the Hamilton CHildren’s Choir. Go to 6′ mark where this song starts! Enjoy!