What to Expect

Thinking of Auditioning? If you read music, want to improve your choral skills and wish to contribute to an organization establishing itself as a leader in the local singing community, you are invited to request an audition with Rideau Chorale, one of Ottawa’s most exciting community choirs.

Rideau Chorale meets the needs of enthusiastic amateur choral singers seeking a challenging and stimulating singing environment in which to learn and grow as ensemble musicians. Rideau Chorale offers at least two performances each season, which runs from September through April/May.

Auditions take place once or twice a year, depending on the needs of the choir. Auditions are generally 10-15 minutes and held in an informal, relaxed environment with the Music Director. During your audition, the Music Director will assess your vocal skills and determine where best to place you in the choir (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). You will be asked to sing a short piece you have prepared. This could be something you sang in another choir, a Beatles song or O Canada! It’s up to you.

The Music Director may also ask you to sing something he’s chosen to gauge your level of experience and sight-reading skills. Sight-reading is not mandatory and is part of the learning process for the choir. A background in choral experience is an asset.

Rideau Chorale’s performances are well-marketed and well-produced, resulting in high-quality, favourably received public presentations that create lasting memories for all involved. Concerts are live streamed and recorded. Samples are available on our YouTube channel.

Rideau Chorale is a registered charity governed by a volunteer Executive Committee whose strong stewardship has seen the ensemble grow from a pick-up choir of non-auditioned enthusiasts to a robust chorus that has tackled such works as Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Vivaldi’s Gloria among other works.

Why not come sing with us?