St. Thomas' Choral Academy
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. — Saint Augustine of Hippo
For children from 8 to 15 years old
St. Thomas' Junior Choir is modelled after the programmes of English Cathedral choirs, with an equivalent musical curriculum. Choristers have the privilege of learning music for free, in exchange for their participation in services. They are exposed to a large repertoire of great choral music, and learn to read music and sight-sing, vocal technique, music theory, and ear training. Each chorister progresses at their own pace through the five levels of the choir.
Rehearsals are offered five days a week, to allow flexibility around busy schedules. Choristers are required to come at least once a week, but they can come more often, and therefore progress more quickly.
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:30 to 6 pm
Friday from 6 to 7:30 pm
Sunday from 12:15 to 1 pm
For children under 8 years old
On Sundays from 12 to 12:15 pm
The Cherub Choir provides excellent musical initiation to boys and girls under 8 years old. The Cherub Choir is an opportunity for children to develop a sense of melody and rhythm through games and short hymns and songs.
Preparatory Choir & Sight-Singing Class
On Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:15 pm
Sight-singing is the art of reading and singing a piece of written music without having heard it played on an instrument or sung to us first. This class is designed for beginners, those who think they cannot sing, and those who claim they are tone-deaf, but still have the desire to sing in a choir.
The Preparatory Choir joins the Senior Choir and sings for the Sunday service once a month.
On Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 pm
St. Thomas' Senior Choir is a mixed-voice ensemble, that performs sacred music from all periods, with a special emphasis on the great classical repertoire. The Senior Choir sings every Sunday for the 10:30 am service, as well as for Christmas, Easter, and other special events. The choir also participates in Evensongs and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Choral Scholarships are available for college and university students who sing in the Senior Choir.
Although there is no musical ability prerequisite to join the choral academy, choristers are selected for their potential to learn in the choir setting. Children develop their ear and voice through the choral academy program. The directors of music must meet all prospective choristers. For an appointment, or for more information, please contact:
Francine & Matthieu Latreille
Telephone: (613) 962-3636
Les francophones sont également les bienvenus. Cependant, la méthode utilisée pour enseigner le solfège est la technique anglaise appelée « Tonic Sol-Fa ». Les directeurs musicaux sont bilingues.
St. Thomas' Choral Academy is supported by the Anglican Foundation of Canada.