Sing with Us!
Do you love to sing? VIVA! welcomes new members and holds auditions periodically throughout the year. To schedule, contact Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every April – Bring a Friend to Choir Day/Open House and Prep/Junior Orff Showcase – Singers interested in joining VIVA! are invited to attend this rehearsal at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre – 427 Bloor St. West. Email email@example.com for rehearsal times.
Our next auditions will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. $25 Audition Fee and Tuition fees apply.
Read Our Parent Testimonials
Our daughter has richly benefitted from VIVA! The choir and its wonderful instructors magically balance pleasure in making music within a highly disciplined environment with ambitious deadlines. It always gives me so much joy to witness the hugely diverse group of VIVA singers glowing happily on stage at each VIVA! performance. – Eve Egoyan, Pianist
Both of my children have grown up with VIVA! It has been an incredible experience for them singing from kindergarten throughout high school. Their musicianship was nurtured and developed over the last 10 years as they moved up through the various levels of choirs. We have had the opportunity to travel to England and Greece to perform in international vocal competitions and community concerts. We appreciate the high quality of teaching and performance opportunities in this friendly and supportive musical environment. – Maria Riedstra, Head of Music, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, TDSB
VIVA! has been a tremendous experience for my boys. Over the years they have morphed from squirmy little boys who love music into joyfully serious choristers who can read music, focus on a conductor, and sing in beautiful harmony. I am so grateful that VIVA! staff have an endless patience with and love for my children; we are so pleased and proud to be a part of such an inclusive and excitingly challenging musical environment! – Michelle DeBraux, Head of Guidance and Student Services, TDSB
Our twin daughters have been involved in VIVA for three consecutive years. They began as members of the Preparatory Chorus with Susan Suchard and are now in their first year as Junior Chorus members with Laura Menard.
We have watched them grow through their involvement with VIVA – both socially and musically. VIVA has not only exposed them to an incredible range of music, but taught them the fundamental elements of musical literacy and theory. Their piano and violin teachers have been impressed by the ease with which they have picked up and progressed in learning instrumental music and we attribute this to VIVA. In addition, involvement in VIVA has taught our daughters discipline – an essential skill in learning within any environment.
However, perhaps most importantly, VIVA has drawn our daughters into a community of friends with whom they have experienced the joy that music – and singing, in particular – brings to our lives. – Karen Wolfe, English Teacher, North Toronto C.I., TDSB
Audition Information and Requirements
Please note that parents are welcome to join their young singers during their auditions. Interested choristers will fill out an application form at the audition. Families may expect to hear from us within three weeks of the chorister’s audition.
There is a $25 audition fee charged to all applicants.
Please remember that, more than anything, we are looking for children who love to sing!
Through VIVA!’s inclusion program, all choirs are able to provide support for youth with disabilities.
Preparatory Chorus (ages 4-6) offered since the year 2000
*Rehearses Monday at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 4:45-5:45
Children will be asked to sing a song they enjoy, and to play some musical games with the conductor. This is a very informal audition, and is more appropriately considered an opportunity for the child and conductor to meet.
Junior Choir (ages 7-10) offered since the year 2000
*Rehearses Monday at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 4:45-6:00
Children should prepare an unaccompanied song which they know well (not a pop song), and sing “Row Your Boat” in round with the conductor. If the child studies an instrument, he or she should be prepared to perform one piece on that instrument for the audition. Children wishing to join the Junior Choir should be able to sit attentively for the 1-hour rehearsals, and should be able to tone match. Choristers are expected to attend the Fall Camp.
Main Chorus (ages 9-16) offered since the year 2000
*Rehearses Monday at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 5:30-7:30
Young people should prepare an unaccompanied song that shows the quality of her/his voice (not a pop song). Since they will be asked to perform some simple sight-singing and rhythmic reading, a basic knowledge of theory is essential. Singers must demonstrate the ability to hold a harmony part and should be prepared to play one piece on an instrument if they are presently taking lessons. Choristers are expected to attend the Fall Camp. This is VIVA’s touring choir.
Beginning in 2017-18, VIVA! is adding a new component to the Main Chorus, a group called Fast Trackers. Singers who demonstrate good intonation and tone, but require additional support to meet literacy requirements, may be offered the option of private voice lessons and one weekly Saturday sight singing class during, at least, their first year of Main Chorus membership.
VIVA! Community Choir and
ECS – Everyone Can Sing Core Members Inclusion Program offered since the year 2010
*Rehearses Monday at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 7:30-8:45
VIVA! Community Choir is a non-auditioned SATB Choir. Young adults and mature adults are welcome to enrol by the term. VIVA! Parents and VIVA! staff are welcome. Excellent repertoire and high musical standards with a sense of community and fun are at the heart of our programming.
Core members must audition for the Community Choir. Members’ needs will be implemented with an individual learning plan, with a one on one Teaching Assistant to support their needs.
ECS core members will be asked to sing a song they enjoy and to sing a few vocal exercises with the conductor. The singer does not need a strong musical background, although he or she should be able to match pitch. If she/he plays another musical instrument, he or she is welcome to play a short piece on that instrument as well. Parents or caregivers should be available to discuss their singer’s abilities and needs with the conductor and staff at the time of the audition. Those auditioning should be very eager to sing with others, and to persevere with the routine of weekly rehearsals.
VIVA! VOICES Chamber Choir offered since the year 2005
*Rehearses Monday at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Sundays 2-3:30
The Chamber Choir is composed of experienced singers who read music, blend well with other singers, and sing in tune. Singers are offered concerts on a project basis. Many of these singers work in our Choral Mentoring and Leadership Program, though involvement is not required.
Choral Mentoring and Leadership Program offered since the year 2000
Singers in Senior High School and University can apply for a unique opportunity to work with and teach VIVA!’s younger choirs and to acquire pedagogical skills. Application forms available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations for Time Committment
Please note that membership in VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto requires a similar time commitment to studying an instrument. The amount of time required varies with the time of year and with the choir in which the chorister is singing. Please note that we do not consider a family’s commitment to enroll their child in VIVA! Youth Singers to be casual: singers are expected to attend rehearsals regularly and complete all homework as it is assigned.
Leaving the Choir
Any chorister resigning at any time for any reason must complete an official VIVA! Youth Singers Resignation Form. We rely on registration fees to maintain the high-quality programming for which we have become known. With that in mind, refunds on registration fees are generally not available. For complete information, please see the refund policy as stated in the Choir Handbook or contact the General Manager.
Work with VIVA!
We are always growing our team and accept Teaching Assistants, Accompanists and administrative support throughout the year. To inquire, please call our manager at 416-788-8482 or submit your resume to email@example.com.