The Principal Chorus offers an accelerated, professional musical experience, where young people learn and perform complex repertoire in many different languages, supported by work on advanced musical skills, including IPA. Ensemble work is balanced with work on solo skills and developing healthy advanced vocal technique, performing, and acting techniques. Rehearsals include regular drama training, full chorus rehearsals, sectional work, solo coaching, and staging rehearsals.
The Principal Chorus regularly collaborates with leading professional musicians, musical organizations, coaches, directors, and conductors, and most notably, acts as the children’s chorus for the Canadian Opera Company, when their productions call for young voices.
Participation in the Principal Chorus requires significant commitment, but members enjoy exciting performance and training opportunities and are part of a rich and supportive community.
PC choristers are typically ages 11 – 15.
Days and Times: Mondays from 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. (September – June)
The Principal Chours attends a PC Camp Retreat (sleep away camp) during the last week of August.
Towards the end of the season (March – April), the Principal Chorus also attends Saturday rehearsals and a week of technical rehearsals in the evening, in preparation for the fully staged annual spring opera production.
Location: St. Clement’s Church, 70 St. Clement’s Avenue, Toronto
Artistic Staff: Teri Dunn, CCOC Music Director and Conductor, Christina Faye, Pianist & Chelsea Woolley, Head of Drama
To join the Principal Chorus, sumbit an Audition Application or learn more about the audition process first.