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Choral Ensemble [MUSC 115/215/315/415 (001)]

MUSC 115/215/315/415 (001)/1.5 Choral Ensemble

Director, Darrell Christie

The Queen’s University Choral Ensemble is open to the entire Queen’s Community.

In line with our return to campus plan, we are planning for all choirs/vocal ensembles to take place in-person this upcoming year, while adhering to all public health guidelines.

This mixed voice, large ensemble, conducted by Darrell Christie, rehearses throughout the year (September to April) performing several public concerts annually. The ensemble has had the opportunity to sing regularly with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Queen’s Symphony Orchestra, and last year had the chance to participate in a workshop with the Canadian Chamber Choir. Previous significant works performed have included Faure’s Requiem, Orff’s, Carmina Burana, and Jenkins’ The Armed Man. The ensemble also focuses on contemporary and Canadian works, performing repertoire by Lauridsen, Rutter, Whitacre, and Runestad, to name a few. The ensemble regularly performs at Queen’s University Remembrance Day Services and has also presented music at important Queen’s events, such as the installation of our Principle and Chancellor.

Weekly Rehearsal Times
Monday: 4:00-5:30 pm
Wednesday: 2:30-4:00 pm

Concert Dates for the 2021/22 Academic Year
Sunday, November 28, 2021, 2:30 pm
Friday, April 1, 2022, 7:30 pm

Learning Hours: 168 (72Pc;96P)
Prerequisite: Permission of the School upon audition.

Application & Audition Information
Admission to the ensemble is by audition – however, this audition is used mostly to ensure correct placement into voice sections, and all are encouraged to apply, regardless of formal singing experience.

Students are asked to submit a short video (1-2 minutes), performing an unaccompanied song of their choice that demonstrates their ability to sing in a choral style. Examples of suitable songs include classical songs, folk songs, or choral repertoire. Full instructions are found on the Ensemble Auditions webpage, and all videos should be received by Tuesday, August 31, 2021.