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to sing or not to sing

August 30th, 2006, 05:04 PM
I am having a dilemma and need advise.

I love to sing. Not alone, but in choirs. I love singing in large choirs, doing great huge operas and such. I was a member of all kinds of award winning choirs in highschool and university.

When I was done with school, I realised there aren't many public choirs to join. THere is the obvious big one in toronto (the Toronto Mendelson Choir) that I would love to join, but they RARELY take new members, and the audition process is VERY hard. Most of the members there are retired opera singers, etc, which is a little out of my league.

I found a choir, the Peel Choral Society, last year. I joined in the fall for one "term" (you can do a half year, spring or fall, or the full year, both spring and fall). I did the fall, and it was great doing all the Christmas Music (which I LOVE) and such, but I didn't feel that it was a great choir at all. It was no more than 40 people, too many altos, some bad sopranos, and only 3 or 4 men for the base and tenors. Therefore, the sound was very uneven. Plus, the median age for most of the members was 50+ (there were only two other people under 40 like me). Maybe it was due to the age, but a lot of the music was contemporary type stuff, like cheesy songs from some old movies or plays and showtunes. I like more operatic, classical, or gospel type music (we did Carl Orff's Carmina Berana in Highschool, which was AMAZING!)

I just got this years email with all the details re: music, themes, performances. We are doing Vivaldi's Gloria at christmas, which would be nice to sing, since we will ACTUALLY have an orchestra.

I just don't know if it will be worth it. The conductor isn't the best, the quality of sound isn't great, it will cost be $50 (which used to be tax deductable as the money went to the arts foundation of Peel region, but no longer), and it is from 7 pm to 9:30 pm each monday, which totally throws off my whole week, since i go to bed at 9 pm.

Anyone know of any other choirs in the Toronto/Peel region that are public?

August 30th, 2006, 05:16 PM
I say do it! And then start a fundraiser (advertised very discretely on to pay your fees, in exchange for a recording of the performance on a podcast!

No, seriously, I say go for it. Yeah, so it's not perfect, and you have to pay for it, and everyone's way older than you, but you get to sing! and that's what matters!

September 2nd, 2006, 11:22 AM
I don't know if public or not

St James I noted auditions

Here is a website with a listing of choirs

September 2nd, 2006, 07:13 PM
Thanks, but I don't think I will be able to do it, or any choir for the matter. I just found out that my new job could entail after hours shifts (overnights), so I can't make the commitment to a choir at this time.

Oh well. Maybe in a few years.